Modified Howard Johnson Linear Magnet Motor Test One

4/10/14 Update-
Including the 'bounce' back from the end of the line at arrival station "B" the distance travelled is around 218 inches which comes to around 18.2 feet. In terms of HO scale (1:87.1); this is around .3 miles total distance travelled.

Hey all you science furs and everybody else out there paying attention to this seeking knowledge, wisdom, and enlightenment stuff.

Scorch G. Dragon here to demonstrate my replication of a Modified Howard Johnson linear motor in the form of my scale model transportation system which is powered by magnets only. I first saw this transportation system demonstrated in a video, presented by www.youtube.com/user/PMMG4HYBRID, many years ago.

This transportation system is powered by a single stator, single actuator, linear motor and the source of its energy is merely the permanent magnets you see.

The stator is just these really common, cheapo, ceramic magnets.
The actuator is high end neo magnets glued together to create an arched magnet per the original Howard Johnson patent.

As you can see, I have assembled all the track I have on hand to create a single, scale model, rail transportation system with a final stop at the arrival station exactly 170 inches away from the departure station.

The mass of the train car, actuator, and cargo is around 5.5 ounces.
The cargo is lead fishing weight ballast that I installed below the deck of the car just to keep this thing from flying off the track.

As you can see; the car is held in place with this brass pin and is already subject to magnetic thrust energy and is ready to go as soon as I pull this pin.

Did you see that? The car bounced back as the kinetic energy continues to be discharged into additional travel back the other way at least 48 more inches. . .

The mass of this transportation system, including its cargo, has now travelled the entire distance and would have gone substantially farther if I had more room and track.

So, to all your scientific calculator eggheads, in consideration that science says energy may be converted from one form to another, such as magnetic force converted to accelerated motion forward, how much work, in terms of watts, has just been converted and consumed by this 5.5 ounce mass that travelled a distance of 170 inches over a relatively level surface.
Keeping in mind that air resistance and bearing friction also consumed some energy.

I am also wondering how long do permanent magnets last? And how many thousands of these departures and arrivals may be accomplished without consuming any obvious external energy sources such as gas, coal, electricity or heat energy?

And, BTW, this system is scalable. Can always add more stators to travel greater distance and add more actuators to accelerate additional mass such as adding an actuator car in-between every 2-3 cargo or passenger cars.
Be the first to comment