Most electronic door locks use a solenoid based locking mechanism, which have several drawbacks. This project presents an opportunity to design and develop a novel type of magnetic lock which uses electro-permanent magnets, which can be bistable and also ultra energy efficient for infrequent operation. The basic door lock has already been designed and this project will take it to a different level with electronic control.
· Conduct a research on electropermanent magnets and their functionality
· Improve the existing electronic design to make it more energy efficient
· Investigate control strategies used on electronically controlled locks
· Add on electronic control to the electropermanent magnet door lock
Investigate the overall energy efficiency and performance of the final door lock design
Lab allocations have not been finalised