Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Modelling and simulation of inductive levitation micro-actuators

  • Type:Master Thesis
  • Supervisor:

    Dr. Kirill Poletkin

  • Field of Study:

    Mechanical engineering, physics

Job description

Electromagnetic levitation is defined as the stable or indifferent equilibrium of a body without material contact to its surrounding environment, which is reached by means of stored electromagnetic energy inducing, in turn, the ponderamotive forces acting on the levitated body and equilibrating gravitational forces. Electromechanical systems implement the principle of electromagnetic levitation on a micro-scale is referred as electromagnetic levitation micro-systems or levitation micro-systems.

Levitation micro-systems offer a fundamental solution to overcome the domination of friction over inertial forces at the micro-scale. This fact makes levitation micro-systems to be very attractive for their applications in micro-inertial-sensors, micro-motors, switches, micro-accelerators, particle traps, digital micro-fluidics, nano-force sensors, micro-transporters, micro-bearings and etc.

The main goal of the master project will be to model and simulate inductive levitation micro-actuators in MatLab using the qualitative approach developed by our group.

Obtained results of the master thesis will be applied for our current project aimed on the developing a 2D array of cooperative hybrid levitation micro-actuators for supporting the levitation of arbitrary shaped micro-objects, performing their linear and angular positioning and transportation.

Link to YouTube video of micro-devices based on inductive levitation developed by our group:


Hybrid levitation micro-actuator:


Starting date: as soon as possible

Contract duration: 6 months

We are looking for an enthusiastic and open mind candidate to join our research group, who has knowledge and interest in micro-systems, electro-mechanics, levitation micro-actuators.

Technical Contact

Dr. Kirill Poletkin
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institute of Microstructure Technology
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

phone: +49 721 608-29317
e-mail: kirill poletkinPuu5∂kit edu