SmCo

A samarium–cobalt (SmCo) magnet, a type of rare earth magnet, is a strong permanent magnet made of an alloy of samarium and cobalt.
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Sintered SmCo magnets

A samarium–cobalt (SmCo) magnet, a type of rare earth magnet, is a strong permanent magnet made of an alloy of samarium and cobalt. They were developed in the early 1960s based on work done by Dr. Karl Strnat and Dr. Alden Rey at Wright-Patterson AFB and the University of Dayton, respectively.

SmCo is argueably the best permanent magnet material commercially available, with remanence similar to neodymium magnets, but with higher temperature ratings and with superior temperature stability. There are two types of SmCo magnets, SmCo 1:5 and SmCo 2:17.

 

Manufacturing process

Both the types of SmCo magnets are manufacture by powder metallurgy. The raw materials are melted in a furnace and cast into thin sheet or ingot. The material is crushed and then pulverized by ball milling or by jet milling. The powder is then oriented with external magnetic field and pressed into blocks or near net shape. Final properties and density are achivied in following sintering and heat treatments. The blocks are then cut to shape and magnetized.

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