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First Advisor

Diran Apelian

Second Advisor

Dhammika Bandara

Date

2014

Abstract

Rare earth magnets (REM) are powerful magnets that are commonly used in household appliances, wind turbines, and other technological processes. A growing shortage of the elements needed in order to make REMs as well as trade disputes between the countries exporting the materials cause fluctuating costs for both manufacturers and consumers. The goal of this project was to investigate ways to increase REM recycling rates in end of life (EOL) products and devise a plan to establish this practice in the United States since there are currently no systems in place. Through research of recycling practices in Europe and Asia, along with research of different magnetic separation processes, we have developed a plan to address this problem. We recommend that the recycling of REMs be integrated into already existing recycling processes with the addition of magnetic resonance damping to separate the magnetic materials from the basic ferrous scrap.2,3,5,6

Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2014)

Keywords

Recover; Reuse; and Recycle

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Business | Education | Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rights

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

Recover; Reuse; and Recycle

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

application/pdf

Attractive Recycling Recycling of Rare Earth Metals


Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2014)

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