On the Dynamics of a Spinning, Disc-shaped Magnet

G.R.Dixon, 3/10/04

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G.R.Dixon, 3/10/04

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Fig. 1, copied from a previous article, shows a connecting wire/load assembly at rest in the electric field of a spinning, disc-shaped permanent magnet. This spin-induced electric field has a radial, outward-pointing component above and below the magnet (when the magnetís spin is CW, viewed from above). Guala-Valverde et al have measured potential drops across the load, despite the fact that there is theoretically no potential rise across the return wire (Wire A in the diagram). This raises the interesting question of whether the device has a net energy gain. Energy conservation of course suggests that this cannot be the case.

Figure 1

Spinning Magnet and Load

Let I = Ne/sec be the current, where e is the electronic charge magnitude (1.6E-19 coul). The power dissipated in the load is:

. (1)

Now although there is no emf rise over Wire A, from shaft to peripheral ring, a conduction electron must have its kinetic energy increased when passing from the shaft out to the spinning ring. The rate at which kinetic energy is created is:

, (2)

where R is the ringís radius and w is its angular rate. Under the best conditions energy conservation requires that Pload = PKE. That is,

(3)

or

. (4)

PKE is provided by the drive shaft. That is, when a connecting wire (with nonzero load) closes the circuit, "drag" develops on the spinning magnet/ring. In order for w to remain constant, the shaft must counteract this drag with an appropriate torque:

, (5)

or

. (6)