Microstructural improvement of NdFeB magnetic powders by the Zn vapor sorption treatment

L. Y. Zhu, T. Hirae, M. Itakura, N. Kuwano, K. Machida

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Abstract

The microstructural modification for NdFeB magnetic powders (MQP-B) after Zn vapor sorption has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is found that a coating layer about 100 mn thick was formed on the surface of powder. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses show that the coating layer consists of condensed nano-scale crystallites of Fe11Zn40, NdZn5 and Zn. After the temperature for Zn vapor sorption is raised to 648 K, a thin layer has been formed on boundaries of Nd2Fe14B grains locally in the rim region of the powders. The morphology of the grain-boundary thin-layers is very similar to that in HDDR-NdFeB magnet powder after Zn vapor sorption treatment. Since the latter has a good thermal stability of magnetic property, the Zn vapor sorption treatment is expected to improve also the thermal stability of MQP-B magnet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2673-2677
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Transactions
Volume43
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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