The overall aim of the new concerted action is to focus development of the research base which will allow European industry to participate fully in a rapidly-evolving sector, which is set to expand dramatically in the 1990s.
The previous phase of the Concerted European Action on Magnets (CEAM) was very successful in stimulating research on all aspects of rare-earth iron permanent magnets, including materials development, magnet processing and engineering developments. We intend to build on the earlier achievements in a new and final phase of CEAM which will last to three years.
There are approximately 70 participating laboratories from 12 countries, including 25 industrial firms, all whom are actively engaged in work in this area. The concerted action involves general meetings, specialized topical meetings, a regular Newsletter, bibliographical data base and short and medium-term exchanges of research personnel between participating laboratories.
A key feature of this final phase of CEAM is that advances made in the earlier phase will now be moved towards the stage of industrial exploitation. Special emphasis is to be placed on promising new developments-rare-earth iron nitrides, thin film magnets, low cost processing routes and micromotors-all of which have significant economic potential.
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