Magnetostrictive properties of Fe-Ga/Ni bimorph layers

Teiko Okazaki, Masamune Tanaka, Norimasa Okanisi, Syun Kojima, Munemi Michigami, Yasubumi Furuya

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Giant magnetostrictive Fe-Ga alloys are expected as actuator/sensor materials with high respective velocity and large stress created by the magnetostriction. To develop magnetostrictive material induced by low magnetic fields, we investigated magnetostrictive (positive magnetostriction/negative magnetostriction) bimorph layers, that is, Fe80Ga20 ribbon (146μm)/Ni (14μm) film produced by magnetron sputtering. The Fe 80Ga20 ribbon was prepared by rapid solidification. The magnetostrictive property of the cantilever-type foil was determined experimentally using the optical lever method. The displacement of the upper part of the foil with a length of 22 mm was 530 μm under a low steady magnetic field of 40kAm-1 and exhibits little hysteresis. These magnetostrictive properties are also maintained under a low-frequency alternating magnetic field. Moreover, the displacement of the foil at the mechanical resonance frequency exhibits a peak and reaches 2.0mm at a weak magnetic field of 4 kAm-1. The magnetostrictive bimorph layers are useful for applications in microdevices such as micropumps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Bimorph layers
  • Cantilever
  • Iron-gallium alloy
  • Magnetostriction
  • Vibrating actuator/sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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