rare earth magnets

  1. Mooring and Maritime Magnets

    Mooring and Maritime Magnets
    Silversea Cruises — a luxury cruise liner with headquarters in Monaco — has begun implementing powerful permanent magnets as a part of their effort to moor passenger excursion boats against the larger vessel. The goal is to deploy Zodiac boats safely, quickly, and efficiently, and return them to the cruise ship in the same manner.  Continue reading →
  2. The Recycling and Disposal of Rare Earth Magnets

    The Recycling and Disposal of Rare Earth Magnets
    While the recycling of rare earth magnets – including neodymium and samarium cobalt – is technically possible, it is not scalable or efficient for most businesses. In fact, less than 1 percent of rare earths were recycled as of 2011, due to a combination of technical, financial, and political reasons. Still, several organizations and scientific studies are attempting to create...
  3. How Scientists Can Use “Greener” Methods to Extract Rare-Earth Metals for Your Smartphone

    How Scientists Can Use “Greener” Methods  to Extract Rare-Earth Metals for Your Smartphone
    Almost all technological products we use daily contain rare-earth metals, from computers and screens to networks, MRIs, batteries, magnets, automobiles, and various types of special optical glasses. They’re also used as a catalyst for oil refining. Because so many rare-earth metals are used in these products, the US Department of Education renamed these commonly found rare-earth metals “technology metals.” A...
  4. Rare Earth Magnets Recycling Round-Up

    Rare Earth Magnets Recycling Round-Up
    You may have ordered rare earth magnets in the past for a DIY craft, classroom or lab demonstration, or maybe a home organization project, but have you ever looked into where these permanent magnets come from, or how they could potentially be reused? Continue reading →
  5. Recovered Rare Earth Magnets Are Repurposed for Motors

    Recovered Rare Earth Magnets Are Repurposed for Motors
    In a recent blog post, we discussed the importance of recycling rare earth magnets. These rare earth metals play a significant role in everyday technologies, including rechargeable batteries, touchscreen cell phones, and computer hard drives. Through a project funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Critical Materials Institute, a research team in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recovered magnets from used computer hard drives and repurposed them for use in an axial gap (or axial flux) electric motor, one of two basic direct drive motor configurations. The motor transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy through the electromagnetic interactions of magnetic fields generated by the magnets and coils within. Continue reading →
  6. Global Industry Analysis of Rare Earth Magnets

    Global Industry Analysis of Rare Earth Magnets
    Rare earth magnets are part of a massive, multi-billion dollar industry that is only growing in size and complexity. A recent study by Grand View Research Firm, Inc. predicts that the already lucrative industry will be worth $38.53 billion by the year 2024; that is a nine percent increase from its $16.5 billion net worth in 2016.  This spike comes...
  7. Recycling Computers into Rare-Earth Magnets

    Recycling Computers into Rare-Earth Magnets
    Magnetic hard drives store so much personal information in this day and age. So how do you get rid of them securely when your computer’s time is up? According to Tim McIntyre, program manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division, 115 million hard drives will reach the end of their use in 2016 alone. Why not put them to good use? Especially when that use does wonders for the world of magnets. Continue reading →
  8. Can You Recycle Rare Earth Magnets?

    Can You Recycle Rare Earth Magnets?
    How many electronic devices do you use on a daily basis? With headphones, cell phones, hard drives, and electric motors the answer might be countless. You’ve also probably replaced and upgraded your devices innumerable times. As you burn through all of that technology, consider the parts of the devices. Rare Earth magnets are key ingredients in most electronic devices. These small, powerful magnets are named for the rare Earth metals found on Earth’s surface and which are in limited supply. Because these elements are difficult to find in mass naturally and are also in high demand, many companies tried to develop efficient methods for recycling the elements from used products. Continue reading →
  9. 3 Creative Ways To Use Magnetic LED Throwies

    Using LED lights around your home can present a number of benefits. For example, LED lights consume 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. They also last an average of 100,000 hours━100 times longer than the average incandescent light bulb. You can attach LED lights to magnets and use them in dozens of places around your home. Plus, unlike regular lights, they have a high heat and cold resistance, so they can be used all year round. Continue reading →
  10. What is Gauss?

    What is Gauss?
    Gauss is a unit of measurement that is used to describe the strength of a magnetic field. The gauss is named after Carl Friedrich Gauss, a German physicist and mathematician who developed a way to measure the strength of a magnet in relation to mass, length and time. People who are purchasing magnets including rare earth magnets and neodymium magnets...

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