Industrial Clamping Device for Irregular or Fragile Parts
Blucher, Joseph, Northeastern University, Department of Mechanical Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
The magnetic chukc is a unique device to be used in a machine shop setting to clamp or hold firmly an irregular, fragile part for machining. This is accomplished by embedding the part in a ferrous media, then hardening the media via electromagnetism. This unique device has three major components: a workpiece container, electromagnetic coils and a yoke. When energized, the coils induce a magnetic flux through the entire device, cause the ferrous medium to harden and secure the part firmly in place. Experimental models based on theory were built and tested to determine the interrelationships among design variables. Once these relationships were established, the three key parameters were then adjusted such that the device provided maximum clamping force. Consequently, prototype testing showed that this device meets all of the design requirements set forth for this project, however, future refinement is necessary to ensure outstanding, practical performance.
magnetic chuke, prototype, clamp
Northeastern University, Department of Mechanical Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Patel, Atul; Michal, J. Corey; Anapol, Susan; Hebold, Daren; and Reed-Erickson, Adam, "Design of an Industrial Clamp" (2007). Capstone Design Program: Mechanical Engineering. Paper 31. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10010397
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