Effect of annealing on nanostructure and magnetic properties of Zr 2Co11 material

W. Y. Zhang, X. Z. Li, S. Valloppilly, R. Skomski, D. J. Sellmyer

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Single-phase Zr2Co11 nanomagnetic materials with high coercivity have been fabricated by melt spinning with subsequent annealing under Ar, N2, and vaccum. Annealing coarsens the grains and decreases the density of defects, leading to intergrain decoupling action and the enhancement of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy field of the hard magnetic phase. Therefore, coercivity increases 44.7% from 6.7 kOe for the as-spun to 9.7 kOe for the annealed which is the highest among Zr-Co alloys so far. The results show that the magnetic-hardening mechanism is primarily dominated by domain-wall pinning. In addition, annealing clearly increases the saturation magnetization. The above results indicate that Zr2Co11 has potential for fabricating rare-earth-free permanent-magnet nanocomposites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-67
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Annealing
  • Coercivity
  • Magnetic-hardening
  • Nanostructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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