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How are electromagnets made?

How are electromagnets made?

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Asked by M. Jabrowsky, Last updated: Jan 17, 2020

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Matz Lewis Clark

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Matz Lewis Clark, College student, Graduation, Orlando

Answered Dec 13, 2018

A magnetic field can be made by passing an electric current through a wire, and electromagnets are used for creating plenty of appliances ranging from motors, speakers, heads for tape drives, and hard disks. It is a kind of magnet in which an electrical current makes the magnetic field.

The magnetic field disperses when the current is turned off. Electromagnets usually consist of wire around a coil. A current through the wire makes a magnetic field which is concentrated in the hollow in the middle of the coil. The wire turns are often coiled around a magnetic core concentrates the magnetic flux, and it makes a more powerful magnet.

An electromagnet needs a sustained supply of current to sustain the magnetic field. Electromagnets are also employed in the industry for picking and moving heavy iron objects. This can include scrap iron steel.

 

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