Question regarding electromagnetics

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by antseezee, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. antseezee

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    Sep 16, 2006
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    Can you make a magnet be more magnetic (attracting with greater intensity) by using a variable voltage source and increasing the amplitude?

    Like if I attached an iron blob to something, and had a magnet being powered by an electric circuit nearby. By increasing the intensity of the circuit, would this cause the magnet to pull on the iron blob even greater?
     
  2. beenthere

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    An electromagnet becomes more attractive as the current in the electric coil around it increases. Volume 1, chaper 14 of the E-book on this site gives a discussion of the electromagentic phemenon.

    For your example - yes, the electromagnet will pull harder as current becomes greater (substitute that for "intensity of the circuit"). There is a limit to the magnetic field that can be produced, but any increase in current below that point will produce more pull.
     
  3. antseezee

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    Sep 16, 2006
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    Thanks. I should have remembered the basics of this. I'll read up on it. I have an idea that will change the world!
     
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