Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.

Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton


This Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is directed at creating an integrated electric motor and eddy current brake. This combination is designed to be used in the automotive industry as an electric all-wheel drive system that can be managed by available traction and stability control technology. This project addresses the physical concept of using an induced electromagnetic field to slow the proposed vehicle. The goal is lessening the lifetime maintenance of a vehicle and eliminating several high maintenance items. This system is designed as a “frictionless” system and although it is not completely frictionless it eliminates the need for standard hydraulic brake pads and rotors which wear and fail due to friction material loss. This saves the consumer time and money in maintenance.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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