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Title: Electromagnetic fasteners

An electromagnetic fastener for manipulating objects in space uses the matic attraction of various metals. An end effector is attached to a robotic manipulating system having an electromagnet such that when current is supplied to the electromagnet, the object is drawn and affixed to the end effector, and when the current is withheld, the object is released. The object to be manipulated includes a multiplicity of ferromagnetic patches at various locations to provide multiple areas for the effector on the manipulator to become affixed to the object. The ferromagnetic patches are sized relative to the object's geometry and mass.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1176665
Assignee:
United States Of America, Department Of Energy OSTI
Patent Number(s):
H001378
Research Org:
United States Of America, Department Of Energy
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS