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Old 25 July 2012, 19:08   #21
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It's something to do with the crystaline stucture of the steel
Now for the science bit

Iron (plain carbon steel) is allotropic which means that at low temps it has a Body Centred Cubic (BCC) structure which is magnetic and at high temps it has a Face Centred Cubic structure which is non magnetic.

Stainless steel (austenitic) props have on average 20% Chromium, 10% Nickel and 3% Molybdenum which produces a FCC - non magnetic structure at low temperatures - that also why austenitic S/S fittings do not produce compass deviation

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Old 26 July 2012, 02:29   #22
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As the resident scientist can you explain how aluminium (non-magnetic) can be induced to be magnetic by a moving magnetic field?

I believe this is how mag-lev trains work and also the old fashioned speedometers (the ones with cable drive).

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As the resident scientist can you explain how aluminium (non-magnetic) can be induced to be magnetic by a moving magnetic field?

I believe this is how mag-lev trains work and also the old fashioned speedometers (the ones with cable drive).

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Different ball game altogether Les. When you pass an electric current through a conductor, a magnetic field is created around the conductor. This magnetic field interacts with other magnetic fields from either permanent magnets or other electro magnets. That's basically how motors & generators work ( and large Hadron Colliders ). Aluminium is a good conductor, pass a current through it & a magnetic field is created around it, voila!
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