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Electromagnetic Levitation Part I: Theoretical and Experimental Considerations

Sayavur I. Bakhtiyarov1, Dennis A. Siginer2

Department of Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM 87801-4796 USA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67230-0133, USA

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2008, 4(2), 99-112.


Levitation of liquid bodies against gravity is a contactless confinement process appropriate for manufacturing very pure materials. A variety of levitation techniques have been developed over the last few decades, such as aerodynamic, acoustic, electrostatic, microwave, and electromagnetic levitations. More recently, a new generation of novel techniques, essentially combinations of the established primary techniques, has been successfully introduced. Examples are acoustic-electric, aerodynamic-acoustic and acoustic-electromagnetic. The purpose of this series of papers in three parts, Bakhtiyarov and Siginer (2007a,b), is to review the advances in electromagnetic levitation (EML) since its introduction as a containerless melting technique, and a tool for the determination of the thermophysical properties of molten metals under both terrestrial and microgravity conditions.


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Bakhtiyarov, S. I., Siginer, D. A. (2008). Electromagnetic Levitation Part I: Theoretical and Experimental Considerations. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 4(2), 99–112.

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