The first quadrant shows the behaviour of the material when it is being magnetised. When an external magnetic field of strength H is applied, the magnetic moments are oriented parallel to this field. When all magnetic moments are oriented, the magnetisation is said tob e saturated.
The second quadrant of the hysteresis loop is demagnetisation curve. The shape of the demagnetisation curve and ist initial and final points, giving remanence Br and coercivity HC , represent the most important magnetic properties of a permanent magnet. All curves in the figures of this brochure show average values of quantities. The B and J curves in the third and fourth quadrant are the same as in the first two quadrants, reflected throught the origin. Here the magnetisation is rotated by 180 °C (in the opposite direction).
- Point 1:
X axis: Magnetic field strength H (kA/m) [kA/m]
The x axis gives values of the external magnetic field strength H.
- Point 2:
Y axis: Magnetic flux density B/Magnetic polarisation J [mT]
The y axis gives values of the magnetic flux density B in the magnet and the magnetic polarisation J.
- Point 3:
B curve: Magnetic flux density (magnetic induction) [mT]
The B curve shows the magnetic flux density B in the magnet, depending on the externally applied magnetic field strength.
- Point 4:
J curve: Magnetic polarisation J [mT]
The J curve shows the contribution of the magnet material to the magnetic flux density, depending on the externally applied magnetic field strength (J = B-µ0 • H).
- Point 5:
Remanence Br [mT]
The remanence Br, is the remaining magnetisation in a magnetic material at field strength H = 0 kA/m, after it has been magnetised to saturation in a closed path.
- Point 6:
Coercivity HCB [kA/m]
The coercivity HCB is the magnetic field strength required to bring the polarisation back to 0 in a ferromagnetic material which has been magnetised to saturation.
- Point 7:
Coercivity HcJ [kA/m]
The coercivity HcB is the magnetic field strength required to bring the polarisation back to O in a ferromagnetic material which has been magnetised to saturation.
- Point 8/9:
Energy product (8)
The figure shows hyperbolas (9), whereby all points on any hyperbola have the same energy product B * H (product remains constant).
The hyperbola tangent to the B curve has the maximum energy density (B*H)max.
- Point 10:
Operating load line
The operating load line describes the properties of the magnetic loop. Ist angle depends on the magnet geometry and the magnetically soft pole pieces used. If a permanent magnet has no surrounding iron, the angle of the operating load line depends only on the magnet geometry. In systems with magnetically soft pole pieces, the angle of the operating load line depends on the relationship of the air gap to the magnet´s length. When an external magnetic field (H ≠ O) is applied, the new operating load line is displaced parallel to the former one.
- Point 11:
The operating point is defined as the intersection of the operating load line and the B curve. It is the point on the demagnetisation curve whose coordinates are the magnet’s magnetic flux density and the magnetic field strength in an operating state. The operating point of a permanent magnet must always be in the linear region of the demagnetisation curve, taking the effects of temperature (temperature coefficients of B, and HCJ) and external opposing fields into account. If the operating point comes into the nonlinear region near the knee, the magnet will become partially demagnetised (irreversible losses).
- Point 12:
Length-to-diameter ratio h : D
In our figures, there are auxiliary lines for determining the operating load line of a magnet without surrounding iron. To construct the operating load line, connect the origin of the graph with factor h : D. The factor h . D describes the ratio of the operating load line varies within a magnet; our figures show average values. For a very small h : D ratio (< 0.3) one should take into account that the operating point in the centre of the magnet is much lower than the average value.
- Point 13:
An initial curve shows the magnetic flux density (or the magnetic polarisation), as a function of the externally applied magnetic field strength, for the initial magnetisation of a magnet.
- Point 14:
When a magnet is fully magnetised, the polarisation does not continue to increase with increasing field strength.