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Support Magnetic Levitation Research

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Project ended on March 30, at 06:17 AM EDT
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Support Magnetic Levitation Research


We are an undergraduate research team, comprised of thirteen members from diverse backgrounds, under the mentorship of Dr. Frank Coale. We are working to develop a means to magnetically levitate, stabilize, and manipulate an object with the use of a microcontroller. This technology can be applied to a vast array of fields, ranging from increasing the speed of dampening shocks’ response to improving the efficiency of wind turbines.


We want to analyze an existing circuit and condense the logic of that circuit into a series of algorithms, with the aid of computer simulations and modeling. Once we have derived these algorithms, we will build our own circuit. Our circuit will be simpler than the existing one, however we will have more control over the object with the development and implementation of the algorithms. With these tools, we will have complete control over our levitated object, i.e. we can levitate it at varying heights, displace it in any direction, and rotate it.


Our research requires expensive circuit components, lab equipment, and materials. These include custom-made solenoids, potentiometers, sensors, and magnets. With your support, we will be able to purchase these materials and continue to strive towards the successful completion of our project. We are grateful for any and all donations and thank you for your support.


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Hockey Player

This contribution will allow us to purchase puck magnets, which we will be using to levitate and test our device.


The Life of Pi

This contribution will allow us to purchase components for our Raspberry Pi micro computer that will allow us to gather and manipulate our data.


Lord of the Rings

This contribution will allow us to buy a ring magnet.


100 Multi-meter Dash

This contribution will allow us to purchase a multimeter which will help us to debug our circuit.



This contribution will pay for room and board for two of our students to go to a conference and present our research.


Master of Magnetism

This contribution will allow us to pay for a custom made solenoid. The solenoids will be what we primarily use to manipulate our magnetic field.



This contribution will allow us to buy an oscilloscope, a device that will allow us to gather data, debug our circuit and more!

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