Project Announcement: Magnetically Attached Device Removal – Phase II

Quick and easy removal of unwanted or no longer needed Magnetically Attached Devices (MADs) has been and continues to be an issue in the commercial world as well as in DoD. A workable solution currently does not exist. The overall objective of the Phase II ReMaD project is to further the evaluation and experimentation with the existing proof-of-concept detachment system developed in Phase I, leading to a specific recommendation to proceed to Phase III of development, sustainability and commercialization for the public good.

Phase I demonstrated a Proof of Concept solution through experimentation. Using MAD-emulating devices could become detached using appropriately applied magnetic fields. More work, however, is required to progress to the proposed solution of detaching unwanted MADs to a workable prototype. For example, the mathematical/physical descriptions initially laid out in Phase I will need to continue to be developed to describe the interactions of the MAD with the detachment system. This will allow for the forces to be simulated and optimized for application in the field. It should be noted that the project goals of Phase I were not to develop a prototype for field deployment and/or commercialization, but instead to prove that the employed approach to achieving MAD detachment was feasible. A detachment system for real-life application would need to cover large contoured and dynamic surfaces, whereas the proof of concept device developed in Phase I demonstrates detachment from a single specific point. This issue of not yet achieving full detachment “coverage” across the anticipated attachment surfaces will be a primary focus of investigation during Phase II.  In Phase II, the initial attempt will be to modify and optimize the magnet system for possible incorporation into a future two-dimensional array of detachment electromagnets that will have a thin, flat profile and may or may not be possible to make flexible. This approach would allow for application of appropriately constructed arrays of varying dimensions to the contoured, irregular shaped or textured surfaces and other attachment substrates.

We’re looking for full machining, electronics, and magnet technology equipment and related expert personnel to support this project. Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Lisa Stobierski, lisas@ncms.org or (734) 995-5636 within 90 days of this project announcement.  We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).