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Experimental Levitating  Rotor Machine
                      2400mm Diameter
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Build Commenced Nov 2008

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For  several years I have been building experimental machines in an attempt to replicate a DGF. A machine using these fields would be propelled vertically away from the Earth by the large planetary DGF.  There would be some distortion of the machines DGF, but as the machine would be entirely within this field, the field and machine will move as one entity. This movement would be accelerative. Very little energy input would be required. My calculations show that if a machine left the surface with an acceleration of 1 G, that at the distance of the Moon it would have reached a velocity of about 5 million KPH, in just 6 minutes.

From about 2018 have I changed my thinking on how these DGFs could be created.  My concept of these fields has not changed, just the best way to create them. I initially thought it was simply a matter of rotating magnet fields through the planet's DGF, while the magnets, or magnetic rotor, levitated.

 Previously I believed that Electro Dynamic Suspension was just magnetic repulsion or levitation, and I required a levitating rotor. I did not attempt to use this method as details were very vague, although it is known to be very stable.
I had 2 other options. The first was electromagnetic levitation which is also stable, but requires considerable power input.

I chose to use permanent magnets for levitation. The main problem is that this will not work in a static arrangement as it is inherently unstable. The intention was to have guides or rollers, and at some rotational velocity it may take on dynamic properties and levitate in a stable manner.

The rotor I have been using may not be suitable now, and a rebuild may not happen. I am still working on designs in late 2020.

A new design could have a rotor made mostly aluminium. It could be both driven and levitated electromagnetically as a 3 phase circular linear motor. It would need magnets embedded in the top surface, and repelling magnets above to restrain the rotor from excess lift. It would need the same below to take much of the load off the linear motor. This would create a rotating DGF within the Earth's stationary surface DGF. The magnets on the existing rotor are set out like this, but there is only thin alum sheet used in the construction.

Another method would have a heavy alum plate under the rotor, and install a very powerful circular Halbach Array directly above on the existing rotor. Halbach Arrays are very powerful, so this should provide the required levitation and the existing BLDC motor drive system could be utilized.
This system would create a non rotating DGF, but as can be seen by dropping a magnet down an alum tube, the DGFs may interact with no rotation.

These DGFs do not seem to care if they are created by changing polarity, or just one polarity. Hold a long magnet in a alum tube, inserting just half the magnet. Move the magnet slowly upwards and the drag is quite apparent. The Halbach Arrays, which are alternating polarity, simply make much more powerful magnetic fields. The DGFs seem to have more lift and less drag when the magnetic field creating them, is at a distance. This is quite different to a motor or generator, where a minimum air gap is required. Perhaps a magnetic field has 2 layers. The inner will create electricity or run a motor, and an outer layer which interacts with shorted non magnetic metals. It may be that a Halbach Array removes the outer layer from 1 side and doubles it on the otherside.
I have designed a circular Halbach Array in which the magnets are arranged both circumferentially and radially. I have not built this yet, but it should prove even more powerful.

Rotor Electronic Drive System
Plans & Circuits
Various Pieces Of Test Equiptment
Start Idle Run Control
For a small diameter this layout would have gaps in the outer ring. If the magnets are 10mm cubes it would be ideal  around a large 2.5 meter ring as the gaps would be imperceptible.
A better drawing below shows a 600mm circle.
148 Magnets around circumference
37 Groups of 4 rows.
14 magnets per group
518 magnets. 10mm
Volume 1 cube magnet 1000mm3
Volume 1 cylinder magnet 785mm3
Cube magnets would be easier to assemble
and about 25% more powerful. I have cylinder
magnets on hand.
A 600mm outer diameter ring can be done with
39 groups of 4. Very tight tolerances 0.27mm
between inner row magnets. It would have 546 magnets. Extemely powerful. And expensive.
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