We are looking into the possibility of constructing a device (probably using electromagnets) that can transfer a high shear force from the source, to another magnetic item. This is a bit like the old trick of having a paperclip on a sheet of paper and a magnet underneath - move the magnet and the clip moves about, etc. The only thing is, the forces resisting the horizontal movement are going to be high (in the order of 200 kN). Additionally, the magnets cannot touch the separating surface because they will be moving at high speed so there is going to be a relatively large gap. Does this sound feasible? Are there any sources of info on the web for this sort of thing? Or, does anyone know of any companies that might be able to help. Any information is greatly appreciated.
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