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Louis Xavier M Manlapig

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Will we be able to use this Quantum Locking and super conductivity idea on mechanical machines?

Starting somewhat small, will it be possible to create frictionless automotive engine parts? Will it be possible for us to replace traditional petroleum based lubricants with a system sharing the same principles as the one in the video?

Will it also be possible to produce magnetic currents under vehicles and have the road be infused with the same material as the super conductor for automobiles to have the same performance as the maglev? This is also assuming that the car's handling problems and cooling are taken care of.

Will we finally see.... a hoverboard?


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  • Jul 3 2012: Higly doubt it... If they can construct a big enough superconductor set that can move with autonomy, the big issue would be the road itself. think on the budget that countries spend on normal roading, wich ascend to billions, now imagine magneticing them.... you would have to add some kind of magnetic particle to the asfalt.... i dont think there is enough magnetic material in the whole planet to sustain that.

    As for hoverboards... well why not? you would only have to add that magnetic compound to a smaller surface like a skating park... would be expensive but possible.

    I think the future of superconductors would be much more focused on electronics advances, power storage and power administration. we are talking about resistance free materials here, that on its own its much better than a hoverboard :D and with the fuel shortage not so far away, we are going to need a lot of electricity and means to produce and storage it.

    I dont have that much information on the subject but, wasnt there some pattents from Nicola Tesla that would be finally possible to make with this kind of materials, now THAT is exiting!
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      Jul 3 2012: That's a really good suggestion right there.On energy production, what if we could pull this off with turbines in power plants? Will this also be a good way to lessen the amount of energy lost when trying to turn the turbines? That way, we would only have to deal with the turbine's inertia resisting but as it accelerates in a vacuum would it be possible to obtain higher RPMs and energy output from a very rapidly turning turbine?

      I was thinking that, if it took lesser energy to keep the turbine spinning, we could possibly have a more efficient turbine. Also, will the magnets at the end of the turbine be the only resisting force on the turbine and what other forces act on the turbine?
      • Jul 4 2012: I can imagine this technology on turbine shafts, the main problem would be the temperatures they need in order to have this properties. thinking in numbers the energy output produced by said turbine should be high enough to sustain the cooling and still produce a certain amount of energy. How much energy, that is yet to be seen... just imagine a retro feed sistem that should be cooling itself in order to operate, yes, you wouldnt have the resistance problem and the energy output would be sustantially higher, but most of that increase would go to cool the whole sistem to near absolute zero. If we can manage somehow to make that energy output high enough, that would be economic. But with our actual technology i dont think we can produce that positive balance. Maybe and just Maybe, if someone could design a cooling system strong enough to make this possible... i think the higher output would be storing directly electricity generated from the sun. I have seen some TED talk about a way to produce this with a very simple machine invented many years ago, an air engine (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/bill_gross_on_new_energy.html) this, conbined with superconductivity... may work.
    • Jul 9 2012: I would imagine that using them with those "smart roads" would be imagined. http://www.ted.com/conversations/926/will_more_use_mass_transportat.html

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