Magnetocaloric properties of rapidly solidified Dy3Co alloy ribbons
Sánchez Llamazares, José Luis
Flores Zúñiga, Horacio
Álvarez Alonso, Pablo
Sánchez Valdés, Cesar Fidel
Lara Rodríguez, Gabriel Ángel
Fernández-Gubieda Ruiz, María Luisa
"The magnetic and magnetocaloric (MC) properties of melt-spun ribbons of the Dy3Co intermetallic compound were investigated. Samples were fabricated in an Ar environment using a homemade melt spinner system at a linear speed of the rotating copper wheel of 40 ms(-1). X-ray diffraction analysis shows that ribbons crystallize into a single-phase with the Fe3C-type orthorhombic crystal structure. The M(T) curve measured at 5mT reveals the occurrence of a transition at 32K from a first to a second antiferromagnetic (AFM) state and an AFM-to-paramagnetic transition at T-N = 43 K. Furthermore, a metamagnetic transition is observed below T-N, but the magnetization change Delta M is well below the one reported for bulk alloys. Below 12 K, large inverse MC effect and hysteresis losses are observed. This behavior is related to the metamagnetic transition. For a magnetic field change of 5 T (2 T) applied along the ribbon length, the produced ribbons show a peak value of the magnetic entropy change Delta S-M(peak) of -6.5 (-2.1) Jkg(-1) K-1 occurring close to TN with a full-width at half-maximum delta T-FWHM of 53 (37) K, and refrigerant capacity RC = 364 (83) Jkg(-1) (estimated from the product vertical bar Delta S-M(peak)vertical bar x delta T-FWHM)."