What is Ferrite Used for

magnetic ferrites

Ferrite is a ferromagnetic metal oxide. As far as electrical properties are concerned, the resistivity of ferrite is much larger than that of metal and alloy magnetic materials, and it also has a higher dielectric function. The magnetic function of ferrite also shows high permeability at high frequency. Therefore, ferrite has become an ordinary non-metallic magnetic material for high frequency and weak current limits. Because of the low magnetic energy reserved in the unit volume of ferrite and the low saturation magnetization, the application of ferrite in demanding high magnetic energy density at low frequency and high power band limits is limited.

Ferrite belongs to the category of semiconductor electronically, so it is also called magnetic semiconductor. Magnetite (the key component is Fe3O4) is a simple ferrite. Ferrite has been merged as early as the beginning of the 20th century. In the 30th century, France, Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands have carried out systematic discussions. The production of ferrite soft magnetic raw materials has been in the Netherlands since 1946. China started manufacturing ferrite industry around 1956. Ferrite has been widely used in communication, broadcasting, computing, automatic control, radar navigation, space navigation, satellite communications, instrument measurement, printing, pollution treatment, biomedicine, high-speed transportation, etc.

magnetic ferrites

1. Soft magnetic ferrites include manganese ferrite (MnO.Fe2O3), zinc ferrite (ZnO.Fe2O3), nickel-zinc ferrite (Ni-Zn.Fe2O4), manganese-magnesium-zinc ferrite (Mn-Mg-Zn.Fe2O4) and other single or multi-component ferrites. The resistivity is much larger than that of metal magnetic materials, and it has a higher dielectric function. Therefore, ferrites with both ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism and piezoelectricity appear. At high frequencies, it has much higher permeability than metal magnetic materials (including ferronickel alloy and aluminum-silicon-iron alloy). It can be applied to work at frequencies ranging from several kilohertz to several hundred megahertz. Processing ferrite belongs to the usual ceramic process, so the process is simple, and save a lot of precious metals, low cost.

The saturated flux density of ferrite is low, usually only 1/3-1/5 of iron. Ferrite has low magnetic energy reserve per unit volume, which limits its use in demanding high magnetic energy density at low frequency, high current, and high power band boundaries. It is more suitable for high frequency, low power, and the weak electric field surface. Nickel-zinc ferrite can be used as antenna rod and medium frequency transformer core in radio, and manganese-zinc ferrite can be used as line-conveying transformer core in the TV receiver. In addition, soft magnetic ferrites are also used to add sensors and filter cores in communication lines. High-frequency magnetic recording transducer has been used for many years.

2. Permanent magnetic ferrites include barium ferrite (BaO.6Fe2O3) and strontium ferrite (SrO.6Fe2O3). High resistivity, belongs to the semiconductor category, so eddy current consumption is small, the coercive force is large, can be used effectively in the air gap magnetic circuit, unique for small generators and ideas of permanent magnets. It does not contain precious metals such as nickel and cobalt. The raw materials are excellent, the process is not complicated and the cost is low. It can be used as a substitute for AlNiCo permanent magnet. Its contrast large magnetic energy product is lower, so it is larger than metal magnet in the condition of considerable magnetic energy. Its temperature stability is poor, its texture is brittle and fragile, and it can not withstand the impact and sensation. It is not suitable for measuring instruments and magnetic devices with careful requirements. The products of permanent magnet ferrite are mainly anisotropic series. They can be used to manufacture permanent magnet starter motor, permanent magnet motor, permanent magnet concentrator, permanent magnet suspender, magnetic thrust bearing, magnetic broadband separator, loudspeaker, microwave device, magnetic therapy sheet, hearing aid, etc.

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Author: Maria Higgins

Welcome! I am a Standford Magnets engineer with over 10 years dedication to the R&D of licensed Rare-earth permanent magnets, Neodymium magnets and SmCo magnets, ceramic magnets, flexible magnets and magnetic assemblies since the mid of the 1980s. I shall keep you well informed of the leading-edge knowledge in the Magnets world.

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