Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 1435–1444 | Cite as

The magnetic field of a permanent hollow cylindrical magnet

  • Felix A. ReichEmail author
  • Oliver Stahn
  • Wolfgang H. Müller
Original Article


Based on the rational version of MAXWELL’s equations according to TRUESDELL and TOUPIN or KOVETZ, cf. (Kovetz in Electromagnetic theory, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000; Truesdell and Toupin in Handbuch der Physik, Bd. III/1, Springer, Berlin, pp 226–793; appendix, pp 794–858, 2000), we present, for stationary processes, a closed-form solution for the magnetic flux density of a hollow cylindrical magnet. Its magnetization is constant in axial direction. We consider MAXWELL’s equations in regular and singular points that are obtained by rational electrodynamics, adapted to stationary processes. The magnetic flux density is calculated analytically by means of a vector potential. We obtain a solution in terms of complete elliptic integrals. Therefore, numerical evaluation can be performed in a computationally efficient manner. The solution is written in dimensionless form and can easily be applied to cylinders of arbitrary shape. The relation between the magnetic flux density and the magnetic field is linear, and an explicit relation for the field is presented. With a slight modification the result can be used to obtain the field of a solid cylindrical magnet. The mathematical structure of the solution and, in particular, singularities are discussed.


Magnetic field Cylindrical hollow magnet Axial magnetization Vector potential Closed-form solution Complete elliptic integrals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felix A. Reich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Oliver Stahn
    • 1
  • Wolfgang H. Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachgebiet Kontinuumsmechanik und Materialtheorie, Institut für MechanikTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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