A rare earth metal is a non-magnetic metal. In common terms, it is any material having a higher percentage of non-magnetic elements than normal iron, nickel, cobalt, or chromium. Most people are familiar with magnets as being used to hold things on the refrigerator door. Magnets work because the strong repulsive and attracting properties of magnets with different properties allow them to push against each other without touching. Thus, the strong attraction between the magnet on the door and the object on the refrigerator.
Rare earth metals can be magnetic in their natural state; however, they are much more difficult to make into usable permanent magnets due to their weight and other properties. Many people search for these rare earth metals so that they may be used for crafting permanent magnets. Unfortunately, the search for rare earth metals that are strong enough to be used as permanent magnets proves to be fruitless. It seems that the science community will have to take another look at the problem if there is ever going to be a solution to this problem.
The most promising way to create a rare earth magnet is by using what are called linear actuators. Linear actuators are used in many medical equipment such as ultrasound machines and electrocardiographs. Because these machines work with large amounts of force, they often require a lot of force applied to move the parts. Linear actuators can be used to create a large number of smaller, less forceful circular motions that are needed to move many parts at a time.
Because of the difficulty of crafting the parts necessary to make permanent magnets, many researchers have turned their attention to how to create rare earths that are strong enough to be used as actuators. In order to make use of these rare metals in this manner, you must make sure that the magnets or the metal actuator you are using can grip the magnetic field created by the actuator without breaking the surface. Unfortunately, very few metals can be used for this purpose. One of the most promising metals is gold. Scientists have been able to coat gold with a substance that will render it capable of achieving a much stronger grip on the magnetic force field.
Researchers have also been trying to create a rare earth magnet that has the strength to allow it to create a perpetual motion. Perpetual motion is created when a piece of machinery is run on a constant current of electricity. If this machine is powered by a rare earth magnet, it may be possible to use the unique attraction between the two to allow the machine to run continuously on its own. It will still be important, however, that the rare earth magnetic force must be strong enough to negate the attraction the other way around.
Scientists have also been trying to make use of the rare earth magnets in their efforts to create a battery. This would allow scientists to power small electronic devices such as digital cameras and cell phones. China is currently the only country that produces a battery using rare earths. The battery would, however, have to be made in a very large factory somewhere in China. Most of the battery research that has been done so far has been directed toward creating batteries for commercial use rather than to power household electronics.
Another energy product that makes use of rare earth magnets is an energy converter. An energy converter is used in order to convert the energy that comes from various different sources into a usable energy product. Many energy converters make use of neodymium magnets. Neodymium magnets are unique because they are extremely powerful, yet very soft. Neodymium magnets have the ability to attract strong attractive magnets in order to hold them, which allows the magnets to become an energy converter. The strength of the magnets and the strength of the permanent magnetism in the neodymium magnets will determine the efficiency of the converter.
Researchers have found rare-earths, iron, titanium, cobalt, and nickel alloys that have the ability to create a magnetic field. These alloys are highly conductive of electricity, which allows them to be used to create a generator that runs on magnets. The generators do not need electricity to run, and they produce their own electricity.