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Force solenoid - magnetite powdered tip

  1. Jun 12, 2014 #1

    I am designing a solenoid to interact with a magnetite-powder tip. I can't find specifications about the magnetite I am using, and properties seem to depend on factors I don't know. Could you give me a rough estimate (just order of magnitude is fine) of the force give a certain magnetic field B of the solenoid and a tip of area pi*(0.2mm)^2 covered in magnetite powder?

    Thank you
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  3. Jun 12, 2014 #2
    A uniform field won't exert a force on the solenoid.

    It's the gradient of the field you need.

    Assuming an air coil with ~ 100 Gauss and..... I need the volume of the magnetic material, not just the area.
  4. Jun 13, 2014 #3
    It says on the pack of magnetite powder: 'Particle size: 95% < 170 mesh (~53µ)'. We are going 'dip' the tip of the object, having area pi*(0.2mm)^2, into this magnetic powder.
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