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How to find the strength of an electromagnet

  1. Apr 4, 2013 #1
    I have created a simple electromagnet that is just an iron railroad spike with some thick insulated wire wrapped around it. This is connected to a dodgy, old motorbike battery (I'm thinking of being a decent battery...).

    I have looked up how you measure the strength, but I'm not sure what is the one I'm looking for. Is it magnetic flux density?

    If so, I found the formula for teslas: T = N/Am. How can I apply this to my magnet? I can find the Amperes with a multimeter, but I don't know how to find the Newtons... Also, with the metres part, is that the length of iron wrapped in the coil, or just the length of iron all together?
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  4. Apr 5, 2013 #3
    Ok, thankyou, the link was very helpful.

    I'm not sure if I should start a new thread for this or not, but I'm hoping there is an easy answer.
    I also have a horse-shoe shaped permanent magnet, and I was wondering how I can figure out its strength, to compare with electromagnets that I will build.
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