Magnetostrictive Materials

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Magnetostrictive Materials


soft-magnetic materials that exhibit appreciable magnetostriction.

Magnetostrictive materials are used as converters of electromagnetic energy (for example, into mechanical energy), and for pressure transducers. Magnetostrictive materials include nickel and alloys such as Fe-Al (Alfer), Fe-Ni (Permalloy), Co-Ni, Fe-Co, and Co-Fe-V (Permendur); several ferrites (CoFe2O4 and NiFe2O4); and some rare earths and their alloys and compounds. Nickel has good magnetostrictive, mechanical, and anticorrosion properties. Permendur has large values of saturation magnetostriction Δs and magnetization. The ferrites have high specific electric resistivity and corrosion resistance; they are also the least expensive magnetostrictive materials.

Table 1 shows the initial and reversible magnetic permeability μa and μr, respectively, of magnetostrictive materials; the magnetostriction constant α = ((∂σ/∂β)ε>), which characterizes the dependence of mechanical strain on the magnetic induction B of the specimen under conditions of constant deformation €; the sensitivity β = (∂β/∂σ)h of magnetostrictive materials with respect to strain in a constant magnetic field H\ and the coefficient of gyromagnetic coupling k, which is essential for magnetostrictive ultrasonic emitters (the ratio of the mechanical energy, which was converted by the emitter, to the electromagnetic energy supplied).

Table 1. Main characteristics of most important magnetostrictive materials
(% by mass)
μaμrimg0065img0066kλs × 106
Note: 1 dyne/(gauss-cm2) = 103 N/(T-m2); 1 (gauss-cm2)/dyne = 10-3 (T.m2)/ N
Nickel999 Ni2005016610.3035
Co-Ni18 Co, 82 Ni1,000200191270.35-25
Permendur49 Co 2 V; remainder Fe6008011830.3065
Iu14 (Alfer)14 Al, 86 Fe1,0002508650.2450
Ni-Co ferriteNiO0.98Co0.02.Fe2O3707020580.28-25


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Table 1. Main characteristics of most important magnetostrictive materials
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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