MMA’19: Magnetic Materials and Applications


Sep 18th 2019 - Sep 19th 2019

Milan, Italy

Updated 18/07/19

This year we are pleased to be holding our annual two day event on materials and applications in Milan, in partnership with Laboratorio Elettrofisico as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations, and we are also being joined by the NOVAMAG project, for their project closure event.

The event will cover magnetic materials, their applications and related technologies with the aim of creating a rich environment for the creation, development and cementing of relationships within the magnetics community throughout Europe and the UK.


  • Dr Nick Simpson, University of Bristol
  • Mr Matthew Swallow, Bunting Magnetics Ltd
  • Dr Maria Francesca Dell’Acqua, Laboratorio Elettrofisico


This EU project aims to create novel, critical materials free, permanent magnets with high anisotropy phases. NOVAMAG developed an automated large computational screening followed by experimental screening of new and novel intermetallic compounds with uniaxial structures (with high saturation magnetisation, magnetocrystalline anisotropy and Curie temperature), which can be used for the rapid development of high performance permanent magnets without the use of critical raw materials (CRM).


Getting to Milan is simple from across Europe, with good rail and road links.


There are two main airports associated with Milan available for the seminar: Malpensa and Bergamo. Malpensa is the closest to the seminar venue.

(Bergamo is not actually located in Milan itself, but many airlines now call the airport ‘Milan Bergamo’, and it has good access to the centre of Milan.)


The seminar will be held at the Villa Ida Lampugnani, Milan.


There are a few hotels for accomodation.

The main hotel will be the

Corso Sempione, 241 – SAN VITTORE OLONA (MILANO)

80,00€ double room fo single use & breakfast / night
85,00€ double room & breakfast / night

Please contact the hotel directly at +39 0331 423411 or info@polihotel.it, and use booking code: ELETTROFISIC060

Alternative hotels include:

via Achille Grandi 4, PARABIAGO (MILANO)

65,00€ single room & breakfast / night
75,00€ double room fo single use & breakfast / night
85,00€ double room & breakfast / night

Please contact info@expohotelmilan.com, and use booking code: ELETTROFISIC060

Via San Giuseppe, 1 – PARABIAGO (MILANO)

60,00€ single room & breakfast / night
75,00€ double room fo single use & breakfast / night
85,00€ double room & breakfast / night

Please contact +39 0331 554600 or info@hotelriale.it, and use booking code: ELETTROFISIC060

Via Grigna, 14 – 20025 LEGNANO (MILANO)

68,00€ single room & breakfast / night
83,00€ double room & breakfast / night

Please contact +39 0331 540001 or info@welcomehotel.info, and use booking code: ELETTROFISIC060


Timings may be subject to change

Wed 18 Sep 19

10:00 Registration opens

10:45 Welcome

11:00 Technical Talks Begin

18:00 Technical Talks End

19:00 Informal Dinner

Thu 19 Sep 19

09:00 Technical Talks Begin

14:00 Technical Talks End

15:00 Tour of Laboratorio Elletrofisico

17:00 Tour Finishes

There will be continuing informal networking sessions available for those remaining until Friday the 20th; more details to be announced.


The dress code for the event is business attire / smart casual.


Neodymium Level

Ceramic Level

Ferrite Level


NOVel, critical materials free, high Anisotropy phases for permanent MAGnets, by design
by José Manuel Barandiarán of BCMaterials

Theoretical characterization of new phases for permanent magnets
by Heike Herper of Uppsala University

Modelling of microstructure for optimum hard magnetic properties
by Thomas Schrefl of Danube University Krems

Experimental screening of theoretically predicted phases
by Dimitris Niarchos of National Center of Scientific Research “Demokritos"

Fabrication of new phases with high coercivity
by Oliver Gutfleisch & Konstantin Skokov of Technische Universität Darmstadt

Securing the Supply Chain of Rare-Earth Elements for Nd-Fe-B Type Magnets
by Jürgen Gassmann of Fraunhofer Research Institution Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS

Eddy Current Losses in Sintered NdfeB Magnets
by Patrick Aeschlimann of BOMATEC GmbH & Co

by Sami Ruoho of Arnold Magnetic Technologies

by Philipp Bucher of LCD LaserCut AG

A UK Magnetics Society Success Story
by Rupert Cruise of Magway

Post Assembly of Halbach PM Rotor
by Chris Riley of Bunting Magnetics Europe

Raw Material Efficient Production Techniques
by Christoph Brombacher of Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co KG

PM Rotors In-Situ Magnetisation for Power Train Motors
by Federico Russo of Laboratorio Elettrofisico

PM Brushless motors are the first choice for electric and hybrid vehicles. One part of the motor is the inductor, which provides the magnetic field by means of series of permanent magnets. Until a couple of years ago, motor producers used to magnetize the magnets before their insertion in the rotor. Heavy industrial duty cycle, troubles in handling pre-magnetized magnets, and the effect of hot glue on pre-magnetized magnets quality all made it necessary to magnetize the entire rotors after assembly. It is known as in-situ magnetization. It comprises the magnetization, quality control, and handling automation. Here, the most recent development on EV PM rotors magnetization is described, with focus on design, development, MP equipment, and related automation systems production.

PM Magnetisation Model for Mixed Anisotropic and Isotropic Magnets
by Govind Bisht of Laboratorio Elettrofisico

Widely used permanent magnets are alloys made from powdered ferrite oxides or rare earth compounds. Powdered grains are milled at the desired grade, then pressed and sintered or mixed with plastic and injected. During pressing or injection, often, a strong magnetic field keeps the grains oriented to obtain anisotropic magnets. This process is not ideal: therefore, anisotropic magnets have certain percentage of isotropy associated with them. The presence of isotropy in an anisotropic magnet for what concerns the magnetization process has been described here. In addition, the modelling of such supposedly anisotropic magnet having certain isotropy level using FEA; the definition and measurement of isotropy present; along with different magnetization approaches according to the effect this isotropy ratio would have in the final application is presented here.

Computer Simulation Techniques: Evolution and Perspectives
by Alessandro Tassi of Spin Applicazioni Magnetiche S.r.l.

Shielding Effects During Permanent Magnets Magnetisation Process
by Matteo Pistaffa of Laboratorio Elettrofisico

The magnetic shielding is the reduction of the magnetic field by means of a material, namely a shield. Different mechanisms are responsible for the rise of this effect, as the field can be reflected or driven through the shield, according to the frequency of the magnetic field itself. The “skin depth” of the field through the shield is the key parameter controlling the phenomenon. It depends on the frequency of the magnetic field and on the resistivity and the magnetic permeability of the material of the shield. A conscious choice of these properties allows us to exploit the effect in many applications. This work, in particular, analyzed the use of the effect to shield magnetizing inductors and, sometimes, to improve their efficiency. Then, some examples are presented, which are related to the magnetization of loudspeakers and DC motor housings, in which the permanent magnets are behind bodies that shield the magnetizing field – thus, strategies are needed to let the magnetizing field penetrate such shields.

Laboratorio Elettrofisico’s 60 Years of Experience in Magnetic Measurements
by Andrea Del Prete of Laboratorio Elettrofisico

The 60 years of Laboratorio Elettrofisico’s activities in the magnetic technology give rise to the occasion to see how magnetic measurements, standards and instrumentation followed the evolution of the materials and necessities of the industry. The wide variety of magnetic materials and their different uses demand measuring techniques to provide information that is fundamental from the beginning of the project of a magnetic device to its quality control in production. The measurement principles and modern standard techniques to measure magnetic materials are described from the point of view of the instrumentation developed by Laboratorio Elettrofisico, from the past to the present day.

by Badrinath Veluri of GRUNDFOS A/S


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Non-Member £269.00 20%20%
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