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1. (WO2014194140) ELECTROMAGNETIC OPPOSING FIELD ACTUATORS

Pub. No.:    WO/2014/194140    International Application No.:    PCT/US2014/040091
Publication Date: Fri Dec 05 00:59:59 CET 2014 International Filing Date: Fri May 30 01:59:59 CEST 2014
IPC: H01F 7/06
H02K 33/18
Applicants: ACTIVE SIGNAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Inventors: KOHLHAFER, Dennis John
Title: ELECTROMAGNETIC OPPOSING FIELD ACTUATORS
Abstract:
Electromagnetic actuators capable of generating a symmetrical bidirectional force are disclosed. The electromagnetic actuators include a housing made of a ferromagnetic material and a shaft made of a magnetically inert material movable along an axis within the housing. In one type of actuator, captive permanent magnets are arranged on opposite interior end walls of the housing and an electromagnetic coil is mounted on a central portion of the shaft. The electromagnetic coil is capable of generating a force when energized that causes linear displacement of the shaft in either direction along its axis depending on the direction of current through the electromagnetic coil. In another type of actuator, captive electromagnetic coils are arranged on opposing inner end walls of the housing, and a permanent magnet is mounted on a central portion of the shaft. The electromagnetic coils are capable of generating a force when energized that causes linear displacement of the shaft in either direction along its axis depending on a direction of current through the electromagnetic coils.