In conclusion, the aimof the experiment was to find the effect of the thickness and radius of aconductive material on the average magnetic braking torque, and this wassuccessfully done for a one disk system. The braking torque was shown to have alinear relationship with the thickness of the conductive disk and a logisticrelationship with the outer radius of the conductive disk. Through the relationshipspresent in this experiment it was determined that to maximize the brakingperformance of a magnetic brake the thickness should be equal to the skin depthand the radius of the disk should be the same as the magnetic field created bythe magnets.
However, during experimentation one major flaw with magneticbraking was identified which is that when there is no motion then there will beno braking force created. This is not ideal for cars as there are times atwhich a braking force must be applied when there is no motion. After some research,I found that the solution to this problem is to make use of integrated brakeswhich utilize both a friction brake and an eddy current brake (Gay, 2005). Therefore, you areable to get both the superior braking torque of a friction brake when needed,while still having the comfort and reduced wear of an eddy current brake. The results of thethickness relationship can be considered to be adequate as the relationship isvery clear and the error bars are quite small, reducing the uncertainty of theexperiment. However, for the radius relationship due to the high percentage errorsand small data set the results are limited to the data set studied and thisrelationship may not continue for larger radii. More experimentation will needto be done to ensure the radius relationship is accurate for all radii.