Alignment of strontium hexaferrite, by cold compaction of anisotropic non-magnetically interacting crystallites†
Cold compacted, anisotropic shaped non-magnetically interacting precursors are used to achieve aligned strontium hexaferrites. The simple process of dry mixing platy hematite and/or rod-like goethite with strontium carbonate removes the need for external magnetic fields or high temperatures during compaction to assist in alignment. The calcined strontium hexaferrite pellets all displayed preferred orientation and high levels of phase purity (>99 wt%). The mix of goethite and strontium carbonate achieved the highest degree of magnetic alignment with Mr/Ms reaching 0.83(1) obtained by vibrating sample magnetometry. The magnetic data were supported by examining crystallographic alignment using powder X-ray diffraction as well as 2D texture synchrotron analysis.