Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Jinseok Kim

Second Advisor

Bade Shrestha


Garage door systems are loud and energy inefficient given their many contact points and need for continual maintenance. Most garage door systems use a loud, bulky electric motor to pull the garage door up and down using a chain. To reduce noise and energy loss due to friction from the electric motor and chain, electromagnetic forces used in Electromagnetic Suspension (EMS) trains were researched and adapted to a garage door system. The electromagnetically propelled garage door (EPGD) system was designed and validated using SOLIDWORKS and ANSYS simulation with significantly less contact points due to non-contact electromagnetic propulsion (EMP). The design is for a roll-up type garage door system that is used in most industrial settings and uses pre-designed garage door geometry while incorporating new propulsion through electromagnets. A prototype was built to show proof of the concept of the garage door system. The completed model provides further insight into EMP technology and its use in garage door systems. The electromagnetically propelled garage door system explores vertical application possibilities of EMS and EMP and will provide a quieter, more efficient garage door.


Co-authored with:

David Boktor

Rachel Cavan

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access