Heating of metal particles in a single-mode microwave applicator

Noboru Yoshikawa, Etsuko Ishizuka, Shoji Taniguchi

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Microwave (MW) heating behavior of various metal particles was investigated using a single-mode applicator. Considering the distributions of the electromagnetic fields in the wave guide, specimens were placed at four specific positions with respect to the electric and the magnetic fields of MW. They were heated at conditions of constant power input. It was demonstrated that iron particles were heated well in the magnetic field, and that ferro-magnetic metal particles having the higher Curie point was heated the better. It was possible to heat iron bulk particles (∼3 mm) in a magnetic field without occurrence of electric discharge. In the range of nickel particle size between 45 and 150 μm, the particles with the smaller size were heated the better. Nickel oxide (NiO) was heated well only in the position of large electric field, which indicates that the heating was caused by the different (dielectric heating) mechanism from the metal particles. From these results, contribution of magnetic field to heating metal particles was discussed, considering the heating mechanisms of the magnetic loss and the eddy current loss. The dependence of the heating rate of metal particles on their size was discussed in terms of the heat transfer rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-902
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar


  • Dielectric
  • Electromagnetic field
  • Ferromagnetic
  • Heating
  • Metal particle
  • Microwave
  • Single mode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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