Course: Online Magnetics Bootcamp with Dr Stan Trout


Jun 24th 2020 - Jul 1st 2020

Updated 28/05/20

A one day* online course on Permanent (Hard) Magnetic Materials and their applications, delivered by recognised industry expert Dr Stan Trout of Spontaneous Materials.

Excellent for:

  • people who require an introduction to magnetics,
  • a thorough refresher course for people who’ve been working with them for a while.

* The course will be delivered online via Zoom over two half days.

As an online course, it is open to everyone.

Course dates for this cohort^:

Day 1: 24 June 2020; 14:00 UK time

Day 2: 1 July 2020; 14:00 UK time

There will be plenty of scope for Q&A and interaction, and a copy of the slide pack will be made available.

What’s included

  • Taught course
  • Open ended Q&As after each session
  • Set questions
  • Copy of the course material
  • Follow ups with Stan available

This video from Stan gives the background and outline to the course:

Course Content

Stan will cover the following subjects:

Day 1

  1. Welcome
  2. Background
  3. Things we already knew
    1. Poles
    2. Living on a magnet
    3. Viewing magnetic fields
  4. Two simple tests
    1. Does it stick to a magnet?
    2. Does it remain magnetized?
  5. Magnetic Theory
    1. Hysteresis
    2. Three materials
    3. Three vectors
    4. Units and Conversions
  6. Electromagnetism
    1. Field from a current
    2. Wires & Coils
  7. Ferromagnetism
    1. Spin
    2. Exchange
    3. Anisotropy
    4. Curie temperature
  8. Permanent magnets
    1. Processing
    2. Thermal Effects
    3. Corrosion

Day 2

  1. Raw Materials
    1. Economics
    2. Analysis vs. Recovery
    3. Role of Dy and Tb
    4. Recycling
  2. Fields, Forces and Faraday
  3. Magnetizing
  4. Self-demagnetization
  5. Measurements
  6. Case studies
    1. Saturated return path
    2. Incorrect magnetization
    3. Ferrite conversion
    4. Nineteen Mistakes
  7. What’s on the horizon
    1. NdFeB with less Dy
    2. Exchange magnets
    3. Anisotropic powder
    4. FeN
  8. Material Selection Guidelines
  9. Wrap-up


Dr Stan Trout, BSc, MSc, PhD

Stan Trout has over forty years’ experience in the permanent magnet and rare earth industries. He has a wealth of problem solving abilities, gained from a wide variety of technical and commercial roles, that he is eager to share with his clients. He has been very fortunate to confer, study, meet and collaborate with many international luminaries along the way. He is particularly proud to have trained many of today’s active industry professionals. Stan has a B.S. in Physics from Lafayette College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Trout is a registered Professional Engineer in both Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Several years ago he set up his own consultancy, Spontaneous Materials, to provide expertise on magnetics design issues and material selection. Along with several other industry experts, Walter Benecki, Steve Constantinides, and John Ormerod, he also writes the Magnet Industry Newsletter, published 6 times a year.

He has delivered a physical version of the magnetics bootcamp many times, both at conferences in the USA including the annual Magnetics conference in Orlando, and at individual organisations.

^ Expression of Interest

If this course is successful, we may run future cohorts. If you can’t make the dates of this cohort; please sign up as an expression of interest, and we can contact you if we run the course again.


Dr Stan Trout of Spontaneous Materials


TimeSession TitleSession Host
24 June 2020, 14:00 UK timeDay 1 starts
24 June 2020, 18:00 UK timeDay 1 ends; Q&A opens
1 July 2020, 14:00 UK timeDay 2 starts
1 July 2020, 18:00 UK timeDay 2 ends; Q&A opens


Type Standard Fee Group Discount
(3+ delegates)
Member Fee £199.00 20%
Non-Member Fee £299.00 20%
Expression of Interest 20%
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