Magnetic Properties of Metals: Magnetic Hysteresis, Coercive Force, Absolute Permeability

 Magnetic Properties of Metals

Magnetic properties of materials arise from the spin of the electrons and the orbital motion of electrons around the atomic nuclei. In certain atoms, the opposite spins neutralize one another, but when there is an excess of electrons spinning in one direction, magnetic field      is produced. Many materials except ferromagnetic material which can form permanent magnet, exhibit magnetic affects only when subjected to an external electro-magnetic field. Magnetic properties of materials specify many aspects of the structure and behavior of the matter. Various magnetic properties of the materials are magnetic hysteresis, coercive force and absolute permeability which are defined as under.


1. Magnetic Hysteresis

Hysteresis is defined as the lagging of magnetization or induction flux density behind the magnetizing force or it is that quality of a magnetic substance due to energy is dissipated in it on reversal of its magnetism. Below Curie temperature, magnetic hysteresis is the rising temperature at which the given material ceases to be ferromagnetic, or the falling temperature at which it becomes magnetic. Almost all magnetic materials exhibit the phenomenon called hysteresis.

2.  Coercive Force

It is defined as the magnetizing force which is essential to neutralize completely the magnetism in an electromagnet after the value of magnetizing force becomes zero.

3. Absolute Permeability

It is defined as the ratio of the flux density in a material to the magnetizing force producing that flux density. Paramagnetic materials possess permeability greater than one whereas di-magnetic materials have permeability less than one.


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