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Making a stronger inductor

  1. Aug 15, 2012 #1
    If I wrap a wire around a permanent magnet (iron) to make an inductor... will that increase the strength of the inductance? Or just push the inductor into magnetic saturation?

    What if I just use a solid ferromagnetic core (not magnetized) such as an iron or steel rod? How much does that increase inductance over an air coil inductor?

    Thanks for the help!
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  3. Sep 1, 2012 #2
  4. Sep 2, 2012 #3


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    hi amanno,
    welcome to PF :)

    Reading your post, Im still trying to decide if you have a bit of a misunderstanding about an iron cored inductor

    I cant think of any example in any electronics I have ever worked on where the iron core is already a permanent magnet. I cant think of any good reason why you would want to do that. As the magnetic field would work against the the magnetic field being generated by the coil when a current passes through it.

    Inductors come in 2 usual styles ....
    1) -- air core and a
    2) -- ferromagnetic core (not magnetized) it can be either laminated or a ferrite powder as is commonly used in transformers or solid iron core as usually used in an electromagnet for say a relay or solenoid

    using a ferrite, laminated or solid iron core has the effect of concentrating the magnetic field within the core and coil. The iron type core can increase the inductance by a factor of 1000 or more over an air cored inductor

    Laminated or ferrite / fericeramic cored materials are used to decrease ot stop the generation of eddy currents within the core.

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