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Micromachines 2018, 9(1), 16; doi:10.3390/mi9010016

Towards Miniaturization of Magnetic Gears: Torque Performance Assessment

Departamento de Teoría de la Señal y Comunicaciones, Universidad de Alcalá, Ctra. Madrid-Barcelona, Km 33,66, Alcalá de Henares 28871, Spain
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Received: 5 December 2017 / Revised: 20 December 2017 / Accepted: 30 December 2017 / Published: 31 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Micro/Nano Robotics, Volume II)
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Magnetomechanical components can be a good solution in order to reduce, or even completely avoid, friction phenomena in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) since they can transmit forces through magnetic fields without contacts. In this communication, electromagnetic simulations of the expected specific torque of a coaxial magnetic gear are given. The results show that micromagnetic gears (3 mm of diameter) could provide a specific torque up to 8.98 Nm/kg, several times larger than the specific torque that microgears (<9 mm of diameter) can provide. This implies that micromagnetic gears could provide speed conversion without contact in the teeth, avoiding corresponding friction, but also that it would even improve the specific torque transmission with respect to contact microgears. View Full-Text
Keywords: magnetic gears; MEMS friction; micromagnets magnetic gears; MEMS friction; micromagnets
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Diez-Jimenez, E.; Sanchez-Montero, R.; Martinez-Muñoz, M. Towards Miniaturization of Magnetic Gears: Torque Performance Assessment. Micromachines 2018, 9, 16.

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