2023 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Peter Müllner


Electric vehicles and clean energy production have become increasingly popular, making electric motors more in demand than ever before. Currently, the majority of electric motors use magnets created with rare earth resources such as Neodymium and Dysprosium. The supply chain for these materials is fragile, and they are not being produced in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of clean energy initiatives. With this in mind, we wanted to address the issues surrounding magnets in motors. Our objective was to determine if an environmentally friendly magnet composed of aluminum, gallium, and manganese could power an electric motor. We investigated the fundamentals of brushed DC motors, designing and we prototyped a DC brushed motor, and ultimately created a simple, modular final product.