Magnetic field of a solenoid

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by John Woodgate, Nov 30, 2003.

1. John WoodgateGuest

even coil guns, feedback or abduction. Sorry.

Does anyone know where I can find an analytic expression for the
magnetic field vector (or preferably its paraxial and radial components)
at an arbitrary point *outside* a cylindrical solenoid?

Plenty of web sites give the field at the centre and some give it at one
end, but outside? Nah. One would think that the external field was never
of any consequence.

I'm going to be off-line for a while, but would appreciate a timely
response. TIA.

2. Rene TschaggelarGuest

You can calculate the field caused by a current through
a wire segment ? I don't have the formular at hand but
could look it up if required. The direction of the field
is perpendicular to the current vector and perpendicular
to the distance vector. Something proportional to i/r.
Then do the vector integral by adding vectorially the
components of each wiresegment.

Rene

3. John PopelishGuest

I think you have to integrate the field from a current loop over the
dimensions of your solenoid for each point in the space around the
solenoid.

http://www.netdenizen.com/emagnet/offaxis/iloopoffaxis.htm

4. John WoodgateGuest

I read in sci.electronics.design that Rene Tschaggelar <>
Yes, I know that's how to do it, but I have at present a failure to
visualise the geometry, even with a wire model I just made. I can only
do that sort of mathematics when the wind is nor-nor-west by south. (;-)

5. Rene TschaggelarGuest

How about doing the display for the projections or components ?

Rene

6. Fred BloggsGuest

solve magnetics problems. QuickField is one, specifically has an example
for calculating solenoid force as a function of geometry and magnetic
properties of the coil-close- at least involves a solenoid-) It is a 3M

7. James MeyerGuest

I was prepared to suggest that one myself. QuickField also does
electrostatic analysis IIRC. All in all, a very handy program much like SPICE
for doing "what if?" simulations.

Jim

8. John WoodgateGuest

I read in sci.electronics.design that Fred Bloggs <>
To do what I need to do, I need an analytic expression: a FEA won't do.
I had a DOS version of Quickfield, but I couldn't even understand the
manual. (8-(

9. Helmut SennewaldGuest

Hello John P.,
this is a great link about the formulas for a one turn coil.
http://www.netdenizen.com/emagnet/offaxis/elliptic_c.htm
This program calculates the off axis field for a one turn coil.
The only addon needed is to program the sum of the H-fields over all turns.
I have done it as an exercise based on this program from E. Dennison (Nov
17, 1998).

Hello John W.,
sorry that there is no single formula.
Please let me know if you are interested in the source or the .exe program.
The program have to be additionally extended if the coil has more than
one layer of windings. But this is an easy task.
Can you give me some idea about the properties of your coil?

Best Regards
Helmut