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Innovative Energy Elevator: a Physics and Engineering Wonder!

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Engineering Physics and Physics Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Physics and Physics

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Bala Maheswaran Northeastern University

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Bala Maheswaran, PhD
Northeastern University
367 Snell Engineering Center
Boston, MA 02115

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Cristian Scott Stransky Northeastern University

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Computer science and computer engineering student enrolled in Northeastern, graduating 2020.

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Haridas Kumarakuru Northeastern University

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Department of Physics,
College of Science,
100 Forsyth street,
Boston, MA 02115

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In the last decade, people are using more electricity in their daily life; therefore, it becomes crucial to research for methods to reduce energy consumption. Considering our average daily routine, using simple physics concepts, we have designed a method to harness energy from the movement of an elevator. In this paper, we describe a miniature model of an elevator and its shaft through 3D printing. We wrapped a copper wire around the structure and put a stack of magnets in the elevator. On its downward movement, our project successfully generated a current through the copper wire by electromagnetic induction and basic physics. We recorded the electric potential through our Sparkfun circuit and then used Matlab to analyze our results. Our primary goal was to prove that Faraday’s theory could be applied to an elevator, while our secondary goal was to optimize the electrical potential generated by the process. We hope that this model could either work in the real world or lay the groundwork for the next generation.

Maheswaran, B., & Stransky, C. S., & Kumarakuru, H. (2018, June), Innovative Energy Elevator: a Physics and Engineering Wonder! Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30667

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