The online magnetic calculator from Australian Magnetic Solutions generates graphs of magnetic flux density (induction)Try our Online Magnet Design Software, its FREE! Providing speedy solutions for designers, engineers and inventors, our unique online magnet design tool and calculator generates values of magnetic flux strength at various distances and applications. Test different concepts quickly and easily. Provides a range of results to show the effects of varying the Br, thickness, diameter, width or length. See the outcomes of various design changes and specifications. Guaranteed to save you lots of time. The program demonstrates the results of several approximate formulae used to estimate magnetic flux density, attractive force etc. This is the list of calculation cases currently documented:
Flux density at a distance from a rectangular magnetTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the magnet, we use the formula:
Flux density at a distance from a single rod magnetTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the magnet, we use the formula:
Flux density at a distance from a steelbacked rectangular magnetTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the magnet, we use the formula below. This is equivalent to the single rectangular magnet case using double the thickness of the magnet to simulate the effect of the steel  a common approximation.
Flux density at a distance from a single steelbacked rod magnetTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the magnet, we use the formula below. This is equivalent to the single rod magnet case using double the thickness of the magnet to simulate the effect of the steel  a common approximation.
Flux density at a distance along the axis between a pair of rectangular magnetsTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the centre point, we use the formula below. This is derived from the single rectangular magnet formula using the principle of superposition. where B_{1} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{1} = (d/2 + x), B_{2} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{2} = (d/2  x), d being the distance between the magnets.
Flux density at a distance along the axis between a pair of rod magnetsTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the centre point, we use the formula below. This is derived from the single rod magnet formula using the principle of superposition. where B_{1} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{1} = (d/2 + x), B_{2} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{2} = (d/2  x), d being the distance between the magnets.
Flux density at a distance along the axis between a pair of rectangular magnets with steel pathTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the centre point, we use the formula below. Using an approximation, the results of the earlier analysis of 2 rectangular magnets facing each other can be applied to magnets in a steel circuit provided that the steel is not saturated. When using these formulas, it is customary to double the thickness of the magnet to simulate the effect of the steel. If most of the flux is passing through the gap (i.e. not leaking to nearby magnets and steel), this is a good approximation. As before, we use the principle of superposition. where B_{1} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{1} = (d/2 + x), B_{2} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{2} = (d/2  x), d being the distance between the magnets.
Flux density at a distance along the axis between a pair of rod magnets with steel pathTo estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the centre point, we use the formula below. Using an approximation, the results of the earlier analysis of 2 rod magnets facing each other can be applied to magnets in a steel circuit provided that the steel is not saturated. When using these formulas, it is customary to double the thickness of the magnet to simulate the effect of the steel. If most of the flux is passing through the gap (i.e. not leaking to nearby magnets and steel), this is a good approximation. As before, we use the principle of superposition. where B_{1} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{1} = (d/2 + x), B_{2} is the flux density for a rectangular block at distance x_{2} = (d/2  x), d being the distance between the magnets.
Flux density at a distance from a single magnet with a central holeThis applies to the four cases above, ie. Single rectangular or rod magnets, with or without steel backing. To estimate the flux density B on the central axis at a distance x from the magnet, we use the relevant formula above as for a solid magnet and then subtract the value of flux density calculated for a magnet the shape and dimensions of the hole. Note that this calculation generally results in a negative value of flux density close to the magnet, indicating flux reversal in this region on the axis. Because of the rapid variation of flux density off the axis great care should be taken when attempting to make use of these results. Force at a distance from a single magnetThis applies to the four cases above, ie. Single rectangular or rod magnets, with or without steel backing. To estimate the force F on a large piece of steel at a distance x from the magnet, we calculate the crosssectional area of the magnet A, and use the relevant formula above to calculate the flux density B on the axis for a solid magnet. Where a steel backing is NOT used, we also apply a special case where x=0 (steel in contact with magnet) and use the formula for a steelbacked magnet. Then the following empirical formula gives an approximate estimate of the force:
where F is Force in Pounds, B is Flux density in Kilogauss and A is pole area in square inches. Flux density vs magnetizing force for mild steel materialThis case simply plots a section from our digitized magnetic material property data for steel. The same data is also used in other calculations, below. Current required to achieve a given flux density in the gap of a 3leg circuitThis case concerns a 3leg magnetic circuit with an electrical coil wound around the centre leg. We estimate the current required in the coil to achieve a given flux density in the gap. First we calculate the crosssectional areas of the centre and outer legs A_{c} and A_{o} from the specified width and thickness values. The crosssectional area of the gap A_{g} is either taken to be equal to that of the centre leg or is specified by the user, depending on the analysis case. Then we use the following formulae to calculate flux density in the centre and outer legs B_{c} and B_{o} (B_{g} is the required flux in the gap, specified by the user).
Next we calculate the magnetizing forces in the centre and outer legs MF_{c} and MF_{o} by lookups in the digitized material property data for steel (see Flux density vs magnetizing force for mild steel material above). The magnetizing force in the air gap MF_{g} comes directly from the permeability of air μ_{0}:
We multiply the magnetizing force in each part of the circuit by its length to obtain the magnetomotive force (MMF) and sum this to obtain the total MMF in the circuit:
Finally, the current in the coil I is the MMF divided by the number of turns N_{t}:

