Inverse magnetostrictive effect

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The inverse magnetostrictive effect (also known as magnetoelastic effect or Villari effect) is the name given to the change of the magnetic susceptibility of a material when subjected to a mechanical stress.


The magnetostriction \lambda characterizes the shape change of a ferromagnetic material during magnetization, whereas the inverse magnetostrictive effect characterizes the change of sample magnetization M(for given magnetizing field strength H) when mechanical stresses \sigma are applied to the sample.[1]

Qualitative explanation of magnetoelastic effect[edit]

Under a given uni-axial mechanical stress \sigma, the flux density B for a given magnetizing field strength H may increase or decrease. The way in which a material responds to stresses depends on its saturation magnetostriction \lambda_s. For this analysis, compressive stresses \sigma are considered as negative, whereas tensile stresses are positive.
According to Le Chatelier's principle:


This means, that when the product \sigma \lambda_s is positive, the flux density B increases under stress. On the other hand, when the product \sigma \lambda_s is negative, the flux density B decreases under stress. This effect was confirmed experimentally.[2]

Quantitative explanation of magnetoelastic effect[edit]

In the case of a single stress \sigma acting upon a single magnetic domain, the magnetic strain energy density E_\sigma can be expressed as:[1]

E_\sigma = \frac{3}{2} \lambda_s \sigma \sin^2(\theta)

where \lambda_s is the magnetostrictive expansion at saturation, and \theta is the angle between the saturation magnetization and the stress's direction. When \lambda_s and \sigma are both positive (like in iron under tension), the energy is minimum for \theta = 0, i.e. when tension is aligned with the saturation magnetization. Consequently, the magnetization is increased by tension.

Magnetoelastic effect in the single crystal[edit]

In fact, magnetostriction is more complex and depends on the direction of the crystal axes. In iron, the [100] axes are the directions of easy magnetization, while there is little magnetization along the [111] directions (unless the magnetization becomes close to the saturation magnetization, leading to the change of the domain orientation from [111] to [100]). This magnetic anisotropy pushed authors to define two independent longitudinal magnetostrictions \lambda_{100} and \lambda_{111}.

  • In cubic materials, the magnetostriction along any axis can be defined by a known linear combination of these two constants. For instance, the elongation along [110] is a linear combination of \lambda_{100} and \lambda_{111}.
  • Under assumptions of isotropic magnetostriction (i.e. domain magnetization is the same in any crystallographic directions), then \lambda_{100} = \lambda_{111} = \lambda and the linear dependence between the elastic energy and the stress is conserved, E_\sigma = \frac{3}{2} \lambda \sigma (\alpha_1 \gamma_1 +\alpha_2 \gamma_2 + \alpha_3 \gamma_3)^2. Here,  \alpha_1 ,   \alpha_2 and  \alpha_3 are the direction cosines of the domain magnetization, and  \gamma_1 ,  \gamma_2 , \gamma_3 those of the bond directions, towards the crystallographic directions.

Method of testing the magnetoelastic properties of soft magnetic materials[edit]

Method suitable for effective testing of magnetoelastic effect in magnetic materials should fulfill the following requirements:[3]

  • magnetic circuit of the tested sample should be closed. Open magnetic circuit causes demagnetization, which reduces magnetoelastic effect and complicates its analysis.
  • distribution of stresses should be uniform. Value and direction of stresses should be known.
  • there should be the possibility of making the magnetizing and sensing windings on the sample - necessary to measure magnetic hysteresis loop under mechanical stresses.

Following testing methods were developed:

  • tensile stresses applied to the strip of magnetic material in the shape of a ribbon.[4] Disadvantage: open magnetic circuit of the tested sample.
  • tensile or compressive stresses applied to the frame-shaped sample.[5] Disadvantage: only bulk materials may be tested. No stresses in the joints of sample columns.
  • compressive stresses applied to the ring core in the sideways direction.[6] Disadvantage: non-uniform stresses distribution in the core .
  • tensile or compressive stresses applied axially to the ring sample.[7] Disadvantage: stresses are perpendicular to the magnetizing field.

Applications of magnetoelastic effect[edit]

Magnetoelastic effect can be used in development of force sensors.[8][9] This effect was used for sensors:

Magnetoelastic effect have to be also considered as a side effect of accidental application of mechanical stresses to the magnetic core of inductive component, e.g. fluxgates.[12]


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  3. ^ Bienkowski, A.; Kolano, R.; Szewczyk, R (2003). "New method of characterization of magnetoelastic properties of amorphous ring cores". Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 254: 67. Bibcode:2003JMMM..254...67B. doi:10.1016/S0304-8853(02)00755-2. 
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  5. ^ Bienkowski, A.; Rozniatowski, K.; Szewczyk, R (2003). "Effects of stress and its dependence on microstructure in Mn-Zn ferrite for power applications". Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 254: 547. Bibcode:2003JMMM..254..547B. doi:10.1016/S0304-8853(02)00861-2. 
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  7. ^ Szewczyk, R.; Bienkowski, A.; Salach, J.; et al. (2003). "The influence of microstructure on compressive stress characteristics of the FINEMET-type nanocrystalline sensors" (PDF). Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials 5: 705. 
  8. ^ Bienkowski, A.; Szewczyk, R. (2004). "The possibility of utilizing the high permeability magnetic materials in construction of magnetoelastic stress and force sensors". Sensors and Actuators A - Physical (Elsevier) 113: 270. doi:10.1016/j.sna.2004.01.010. 
  9. ^ Bienkowski, A.; Szewczyk, R. (2004). "New possibility of utilizing amorphous ring cores as stress sensor". Physica Status Solidi A - Applied Research 189: 787. Bibcode:2002PSSAR.189..787B. doi:10.1002/1521-396X(200202)189:3<787::AID-PSSA787>3.0.CO;2-G. 
  10. ^ a b Bienkowski, A.; Szewczyk, R.; Salach, J. (2010). "Industrial Application of Magnetoelastic Force and Torque Sensors" (PDF). Acta Physica Polonica A 118: 1008. 
  11. ^ Meydan, T.; Oduncu, H. (1997). "Enhancement of magnetostrictive properties of amorphous ribbons for a biomedical application". Sensors and Actuators A - Physical (Elsevier) 59: 192. doi:10.1016/S0924-4247(97)80172-0. 
  12. ^ Szewczyk, R.; Bienkowski, A. (2004). "Stress dependence of sensitivity of fluxgate sensor". Sensors and Actuators A - Physical (Elsevier) 110 (1-3): 232. doi:10.1016/j.sna.2003.10.029. 

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