Characteristics of a 3-D HTS actuator with various shaped electromagnets

S. B. Kim, T. Inoue, A. Shimizu, J. H. Joo, S. Murase

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We have been investigating a three-dimensional (3-D) superconducting actuator using HTS bulk to develop the transportation device with non-contact and move in free space. Proposed superconducting actuator consists of the stator constructed by two-dimensional arranged electromagnets and HTS bulk superconductor as a mover. The 2-D arranged electromagnets were individually controlled to move the HTS bulk. It is expected that our proposed 3-D superconducting actuator will be useful as a transporter used in clean rooms where silicon wafers are manufactured. Wafers must be protected from contact with dust and other contamination. To realize the superconducting actuator with HTS bulks, the electromagnetic characteristics of HTS bulk, such as trapped field strength and patterns, should be clarified and the optimized controlling system is also required. Therefore, in this study, to construct the optimal 3-D actuator system, the fundamental characteristics of the levitation for HTS bulks with individually controlled four and eight-polarities electromagnets were Investigated experimentally. And two kinds of cap cores attached the top of the core to improve the control ability of proposed actuator were fabricated and tested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2327-2330
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • Actuator
  • Cap core
  • Electromagnet
  • HTS bulk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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