17-Year-Old Designs a New Electric Motor

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Gen-Z to the rescue. This young engineer figured out a way to generate substantial torque without the need of rare earth minerals! Robert Sansone won first prize the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. More from My Modern Met:

Using 3-D printed plastic, copper wires, and a steel rotor, the teen designed a new sort of prototype synchronous reluctance motor. These motors typically power smaller items like fans, as they lack the torque and power to move larger objects such as EVs. While a traditional EV motor uses electromagnetic fields to spin the motor, a synchronous reluctance motor uses a steel rotor with air gaps within a rotating magnetic field. The reluctance—or magnetism—of the steel rotor generates torque.

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