Sintered Ceramic Ferrite
Sintered Ceramic Ferrite Magnets
Developed in the late 1950’s Sintered Ferrite or Ceramic magnets are manufactured from a composite powder containing 80% Iron oxide and 20% Barium or Strontium oxide. This powder is die pressed into a component that is then sintered in a furnace at approximately 1200°C.
Ferrite suits a wide range of applications due to its low cost. It is readily available in blocks, rings and discs. Principal applications are DC motors, loudspeakers, reed switch operation, magnetic separator assemblies and general holding devices such as pot magnets. The un-magnetised blocks are machined using diamond cutting machines to match customers’ exact specification.
Ferrite has an excellent resistance to demagnetisation and can be magnetised before or after assembly without danger of losing any performance. It can be used in operating temperatures ranging from -40°C to + 250°C. However it does have a poor temperature coefficient losing approximately 0.2% of remanence per degree C when heated above zero.
Sintered Ferrite will not corrode even in salt-water applications. It also has good chemical stability, with the only exceptions being concentrated acids such as hydro-chloric.
With mechanical properties similar to ceramics or porcelain, it means that only grinding techniques can be used to machine these products. Care is required during handling due to their brittle nature.
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