Magnetic levitation experiments in Sendai

I. Mogi, K. Takahashi, S. Awaji, K. Watanabe, M. Motokawa

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A levitating apple in a hybrid magnet implies the presence of microgravity conditions under gradient magnetic fields. However, several unique behaviors were found, the orientation of levitating rice grains, the alignment of levitating bismuth particles, and the thermal convection in water under the levitation conditions. These are unlikely under the microgravity conditions in the space and are characteristic of the magnetic levitation. On the basis of the understanding of such behaviors, the magnetic levitation was applied to containerless materials processing, and such an attempt resulted in the development of a magnetic levitation furnace.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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