Microstructure and Soft Magnetic Properties of Fe61Co10Y8Me1B20 (Where Me = W, Zr or Nb) Amorphous Alloys
The microstructure and the soft magnetic properties of the multi-component Fe61Co10Y8Me1B20 amorphous alloys (where Me = W, Zr or Nb) have been investigated; the samples were in the form of ribbons of 3 mm width and 30 μm thickness. The samples were produced using a single-roller melt-spinning method. The alloy composition was investigated using an X-ray diffractometer. The amorphous nature of the entire volume of all the as-quenched samples was confirmed. From the magnetic measurements performed using the ‘LakeShore’ vibrating sample magnetometer, magnetic parameters such as: coercivity, saturation of the magnetization for the as-quenched samples were derived. All of the investigated alloys displayed good soft magnetic properties, making them perfect materials for magnetic cores. The core losses for different values of magnetic field and operating frequency were also measured. It was shown that the investigated alloys featured lower core losses than commercially-used classical FeSi steel.