Recent trend of the researches for reducing dysprosium usage in a Nd-Fe-B sintered magnet

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Nd-Fe-B sintered magnets are widely used in many applications and the motor for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) becomes one of the promising applications for the magnets. However, as the operating temperature of the magnets becomes over 200 °C in the application, a room temperature coercivity around μ0HcJ = 3 T is needed. To meet this requirement, currently shipped Nd-Fe-B magnets contain a huge amount of Dy. But, this method has a crucial disadvantage. That is, an estimated short supply of Dy owing to its low natural abundance as compared with that of Nd. In order to realize a high μ0HCJ in Nd-Fe-B magnets without Dy or with a much-reduced Dy content, and to secure a stable future supply of these high-performance magnets, a five year national project has started in Japan. This paper introduces unique researches in the project toward Dy-free or Dy-lean Nd-Fe-B sintered magnets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-400
Number of pages6
JournalFuntai Oyobi Fummatsu Yakin/Journal of the Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Dysprosium
  • Grain refinement
  • Interface
  • Microstructural control
  • Neodymium-iron-boron

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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