Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Magnetic Properties of Steel
Name: Dave N.
Status: Other
Age: 30s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2001


Question:
I am wondering if you can refer me to a source or provide me information on the differing magnetic properties of various steel types? I am working on a project that I would like to use commonly available steel to attach magnets to. I would like to use inexpensive steel but don't know what types of steel I can obtain and still have it have strong magnetism (e.g. - stainless steel does not work, carbonsteel would - I think, what if there is a zinc coating over carbon steel to prevent corrosion) Or more simply what is the best, most common/least expensive steel I could buy and still be assured good results? (Maybe the magnet itself is the bigger variable than the steel?)



Replies:
Do a web search on the term(s) "steel(s) magnetic properties" and you will get a lot of "hits" such as:

http://www.ceramaseal.com/reference/magnetic_properties.cfm

I use the search engine: www.google.com

Vince Calder



Click here to return to the Engineering Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory