Effect of the strong magnetic field on the magnetic interaction between two non-magnetic particles migrating in a conductive fluidZ. Sun1, T. Kokalj1, M. Guo1, F. Verhaeghe1, O. Van der Biest1, B. Blanpain1 and K. Van Reusel2
1 Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, BE-3001 Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium, EU
2 Department of Electrical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, BE-3001 Heverlee (Leuven), Belgium, EU
received 23 September 2008; accepted in final form 1 December 2008; published January 2009
published online 7 January 2009
This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the interaction between two non-magnetic particles migrating in a conductive fluid due to an imposed strong magnetic field. A repulsive force induced by the conductive fluid flow around the particles is first derived and calculated for a concrete example. From the numerical results, a counteracting behavior with the interparticle magnetic dipole-dipole attractive force is found to exist at a critical particle size which makes the particles controllable under strong magnetic fields (e.g., B > 10 T). This renders a better understanding of recent experimental results and provides a basis to control the particle size distribution using strong magnetic fields for materials processing.
47.65.Cb - Magnetic fluids and ferrofluids.
75.47.-m - Magnetotransport phenomena; materials for magnetotransport.
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