Project Title

Levitate

College

College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 10:39:04

Major

Computer Engineering

Honors Course

4450:401 Senior Design Project I, 4450:402 Senior Design Project II

Number of Credits

5

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

Levitate is designed to create a healthier work environment by providing a way of entertaining a worker while not distracting them. To fulfill this task, the device needs to be interesting and self-sufficient while not being overly flashy. To complete this task, Levitate is designed so that it is able to lift a platform from rest using magnetism and that will be able to stabilize itself using electromagnets. It initiates this process by lifting the permanent magnet using servo motors. Then, the device is able to achieve stability through the use of hall sensors feeding their results to the board controlling the electromagnets through a transfer function designed to attain stability. Due to the natural instability of the field, there is a chance that the platform will lose stability. As a result, the device will be able to automatically shut off if stability is lost. By achieving levitation and stability, Levitate will be able to provide entertainment in the workplace while minimally reducing productivity.

Research Sponsor

Gergory A. Lewis

First Reader

Nathan Ida

Second Reader

Robert Veillette

Honors Faculty Advisor

Robert Veillette

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