Structure and magnetic properties of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe 40Co 40Cu 0.5Zr 9Al 2Si 4B 4.5 alloys
Crystallisation behaviour and magnetic properties of as-spun and annealed Fe 40Co 40Cu 0.5Zr 9Al 2Si 4B 4.5 alloy have been studied. The annealing was performed at 873 K for 15 min. XRD and TEM studies shows the formation of nanocrystalline α-(Fe,Co)(SiAl) particles with 7.5±2 nm in diameter dispersed in an amorphous matrix. The Curie temperature of the as-spun amorphous ribbon is 736 K. Saturation magnetisation of the annealed sample decreases at a rate of 0.5 emu/g/K in the measured temperature range of 300-1000 K. Excellent room temperature AC magnetic properties are achieved for the nanocrystalline sample. The low value of the imaginary part of the permeability and the high cut-off frequency (20 kHz) suggest that the eddy current contribution in the annealed materials is low. The coercivity of the annealed sample remains almost constant at 95 A/m up to the frequency of 20 kHz. High saturation magnetisation, high Curie temperature and excellent soft magnetic properties in the nanocrystalline state suggests that Fe 40Co 40Cu 0.5Zr 9Al 2Si 4B 4.5 alloy is a strong candidate for high temperature magnetic application.