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Ball bearing supported electromagnetic microgenerator

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Methods and apparatus for forming an electromechanical device are disclosed. In some embodiments, an electromechanical device includes a first substrate; a second substrate; a rotor movably disposed in the first and second substrates and having a plurality of first turbine blades disposed on a first side of the rotor and a plurality of permanent magnets disposed on a second side of the rotor, wherein the plurality of permanent magnets are arranged about a central axis of the rotor, wherein adjacent permanent magnets have opposing magnetic poles; a channel disposed between the first and second substrates and a peripheral edge of the rotor; a plurality of microballs disposed in the channel to provide a bearing for the rotor; a third substrate disposed proximate the second side of the rotor and having a plurality of coils disposed therein such that rotation of the rotor induces current the plurality of coils.

Inventors: 
Beyaz, Mustafa I.; Ghodssi, Reza; Waits, Christopher M.
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Electronics and Energy
FIle Date: 
2012-09-05
Grant Date: 
2015-07-14
Grant time: 
1,042 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
19
Claim count percentile rank: 
2
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US ARMY