Ball bearing motor


Ball bearing motor

A ball bearing motor is an unusual electric motor that consists of two ball-bearing-type bearings, with the inner races mounted on a common conductive shaft, and the outer races connected to a high current, low voltage power supply. An alternative construction fits the outer races inside a metal tube, while the inner races are mounted on a shaft with a non-conductive section (e.g. two sleeves on an insulating rod). This method has the advantage that the tube will act as a flywheel. The direction of rotation is determined by the initial spin which is usually required to get it going.

S. Marinov suggests that the device produces motion from electricity without magnetism being involved, operating purely by thermal means.cite web | url=http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/Bbmotor.Html| author=Mike Harrison|title=The Ball-Bearing electric motor| accessdate=2006-10-08] The same explanation is given by Watson, Patel and Sedcole for rotating cylinders (instead of balls).D. B. Watson, S. M. Patel, N. P. Sedcole. Ball-bearing motor effect with rolling cylinders. IEE Proc.-Sci. M eas. Technol., Vol. 146, No. 2, March 1999. [http://forseti.grainger.uiuc.edu/~iee/SMT/146_02/990289/99028900.pdf] ] However, H. Gruenberg has given a thorough theoretical explanation based on pure electromagnetism (and neglecting the thermal effects completely).H. Gruenberg. The ball bearing as a motor. American Journal of Physics, Dec. 1978, Vol. 46, Issue 12, pp. 1213-1219. [http://scitation.aip.org/getabs/servlet/GetabsServlet?prog=normal&id=AJPIAS000046000012001213000001&idtype=cvips&gifs=yes] ] Also, P. Hatzikonstantinou and P. G. Moyssides claim to have found an excellent agreement between the results from the electromagnetic theory and the experiments measuring the total power and efficiency of the motor.P. Hatzikonstantinou, P. G. Moyssides. Explanation of the ball bearing motor and exact solutions of the related Maxwell equations. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, Volume 23, Issue 14, pp. 3183-3197 (1990). [http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/0305-4470/23/14/017] [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1990JPhA...23.3183H] ]

This motor could also be described as a concentric rail gun.

Other similar effects:

Homopolar generator

Homopolar motor

Faraday Paradox

References

ee also

External links

* [http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/Bbmotor.Html The Ball-Bearing electric motor]


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