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APPLYING THE GRAIN-BOUNDARY DIFFUSION PROCESS USING ELECTROPHORETIC DEPOSITION TO SELECTED REGIONS OF A Nd-Fe-B MAGNET
Blaž Goričar, 2014, master's thesis

Abstract: This Master's thesis research is about the localized coercivity enhancement of Nd-Fe-B magnets, which are used in electric motors. Computer simulations show, that when magnets operate at high temperatures, they experience large demagnetizing fields. However, this happens only on specific parts of the body of the magnet. The demagnetization can be prevented by locally enhancing the coercivity only on these specific parts. The goal of this Master’s thesis was to research the localized coercivity enhancement by creating a magnet, where one half would have different magnetic properties compared to the other half. Commercially available Nd-Fe-B magnets were bought from Shin-Etsu, Japan. The magnetic properties of the magnets were measured on two very different devices – the permeameter and the vibrating sample magnetometer. The demagnetization curves were compared. The coercivity of the magnet was improved with the electrophoretic deposition of dysprosium on the surface. The dysprosium then diffused, at high temperature, from the surface to the inside of the magnet along the grain boundaries. The microstructure of the magnet was analysed on the scanning electron microscope, while the content of the elements was quantitatively analysed with the EDS method. The demagnetization curves of both devices were comparable. The grain-boundary diffusion process of dysprosium with the electrophoretic deposition increased the coercivity of the magnet by 25 %, without any significant loss in remanence. The research on the localized grain-boundary diffusion was first done with measurements on the vibrating sample magnetometer and then confirmed with the Hall probe. We discovered that one part of the magnet could have different magnetic properties compared to the other half. There was a clear border between the two.
Keywords: Nd-Fe-B magnet, coercivity, magnetic properties, electrophoretic deposition, grain-boundary diffusion process.
Published: 09.09.2014; Views: 1634; Downloads: 94
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