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Method for obtaining large levitation pressure in superconducting magnetic bearings

United States Patent

*** EXPIRED ***
August 5, 1997
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A method and apparatus for compressing magnetic flux to achieve high levitation pressures. Magnetic flux produced by a magnetic flux source travels through a gap between two high temperature superconducting material structures. The gap has a varying cross-sectional area to compress the magnetic flux, providing an increased magnetic field and correspondingly increased levitation force in the gap.
Hull; John R. (Hinsdale, IL)
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
08/ 486,302
June 7, 1995
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy and The University of Chicago, representing Argonne National Laboratory.