Magnetic Fields Tutorial 4 - Magnetic
Flux Density, Flux, and Flux Linkage
We have seen how B is called the magnetic field strength, or the flux density, and is measured in Tesla, T. The magnetic flux density can be thought of as the concentration of field lines. We can increase the force by increasing any of the terms within the equation:
F = BIl
If we coil up the wire, we increase its length within the
magnetic field. Flux density
is a vector.
is a vector.
If we look at the magnetic field of a solenoid, we know that it is like a bar magnet:
can see that the magnetic field strength is uniform within the solenoid.
However the flux density becomes less at the ends, as the field lines get
We need a term that tells us the number of field lines, and it is called the magnetic flux. It is given the physics code F (‘Phi’, a Greek capital letter ‘Ph’, or 'F'), and it has the units Weber (Wb), where:
1 Wb = 1 T m2
1 T = 1 Wb m-2
The formal definition is:
between the magnetic flux density and the area when the field is at right angles
to the area.
code we write:
Flux F is a vector.
that flux density is the number of field line per unit area, not unit volume!
flux linkage is the flux multiplied by the number of turns of wire. If each turn cuts (or links) flux
the total flux linkage for
turns must be
We can also write this as
linkage = number of turns of wire
magnetic field strength
NF = BAN
The diagram shows the situation when the flux linkage is the greatest.
How much flux links a 200 turn coil of area 0.1 m2 when it is placed at 90o to a magnetic field of strength 2.5 ´ 10-3 T?
Now we turn the coil through an angle q.
We now have to change our formula to take the angle into account:
NF = BAN cos q
Where the flux linkage is the greatest, q = 0, hence cos q = 1. If the coil were parallel to the field, q = 90o therefore cos q = 0.
flux linkage can be changed in two ways:
can alter the strength of the magnetic field;
can alter the area at 90o to the magnetic field by moving the
coil. If we are turning the
coil, the new flux linkage is given by
is the angle the area makes to the magnetic field.
When we move a coil across a magnetic field, the area swept is the
change in area (just like the change in distance is the distance moved).
give the change in flux linkage the physics code
The coil in Question 1 is now turned so that it makes an angle of 60 o with the magnetic field lines. What is the change in flux linkage?