Difference Between Soft and Hard Magnetic Materials – Magnetism and Matters

Hard magnetic materials are difficult to magnetize and demagnetize, such as tungsten steel, ferrite, neodymium-iron-boron, etc. These materials are easy to magnetize and difficult to demagnetize. They are mainly used as tape materials and permanent magnets. Soft magnetic materials refer to ferromagnetic materials with narrow hysteresis loops, high permeability, low remanence, low coercivity and low magneto resistance. Difference Between Soft and Hard Magnetic Materials are as Follows:                            

Comparison of properties of Soft iron and Steel

  1. The area of hysteresis loop for soft iron is much smaller than for steel so energy loss per unit volume per cycle or soft iron is smaller than steel.
  2. The retentivity of soft iron is greater than that of steel.
  3. The coercivity of steel is much larger than that of soft iron.
  4. The magnetisation and demagnetisation is easier in soft iron than steel.
          5.Soft iron acquires saturation magnetisation for quite low value of magnetising field than in case of steel or soft iron is much                    strongly magnetised than steel.
Ex. An iron sample of mass 8.4 kg is repeatedly magnetised and demagnetised at a frequency of 50 cycles/sec. $3.2 \times 10^{4}$ Joule of energy is lost as heat in 30 minutes. If density of iron is 7200 $\mathrm{kg} / \mathrm{m}^{3}$ calculate the value of energy dissipated per unit volume per cycle in iron sample. Sol. If H is energy lost per unit volume per second in iron sample then energy lost by sample in a given time t is $E=H V n t$ where V is volume of sample So $\quad \mathrm{H}=\frac{\mathrm{E}}{\mathrm{Vnt}}=\frac{3.2 \times 10^{4} \times 7200}{8.4 \times 50 \times 30 \times 60}=304.8 \mathrm{Jm}^{-3} \mathrm{cycle}^{-1}$ dia, para and ferromagnetic substances
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