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Journal of Ceramics
Volume 2013, Article ID 451863, 7 pages
Research Article

Thermal Variation of Elastic Modulus on Nanocrystalline NiCuZn Ferrites

Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500 007, India

Received 26 April 2013; Accepted 1 September 2013

Academic Editor: Matjaz Valant

Copyright © 2013 S. R. Murthy. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The nanopowders of Ni0.38Cu0.12Zn0.5Fe2O4 with particle size, 20 nm have been synthesised using Microwave-Hydrothermal method and characterized. Then the ferrite samples were microwave sintered at different temperatures in an air atmosphere and characterized. The magnetic properties were measured at room temperature. The dielectric constant (), initial permeability () and quality factor () has been measured on sintered samples at 1 MHz. Thermal variation of initial permeability has been measured over temperature range of 300 K–600 K. A detailed study of elastic behaviour of NiCuZn ferrites has been under taken using a composite piezoelectric oscillator method over a temperature of 300 K–600 K. The room temperature elastic moduli is found to be slightly sample dependent and decreases with increasing the temperature, except near the Curie temperature, , where a small anomaly is observed. The internal friction at room temperature is also found to be more particle size dependent. The temperature variation of internal friction exhibits a broad maximum around 500 K, just below Curie temperature 530 K. The above observations were carried on in the demagnetized state; on the application of a 400 mT magnetic field allowed us to reach the saturated state of the sample at any of the measuring temperature. The anomaly observed in the thermal variation of elastic moduli and internal friction is explained with the help of temperature variation of magneto-crystalline anisotropy constant.