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Hi! I was wondering, when a person puts a magnet inside a steel armature to increase its magnetic strength, and that assembly is allowed to interact with another magnet that does not have a steel armature, is there a risk that the steel will be attracted by that second magnet and ruin the magnet assembly? Thanks for your help!
Question Date: 2010-01-08
Answer 1:

I'm not entirely sure what the steel armature around a magnet consists of, but if I understand it right, it's a piece of steel around the first magnet that gets magnetized by it, in which case it will act like it's part of the magnet. So unless the second magnet is producing an incompatible magnetic field to the first (e.g. they're in north-to-north configuration), then, no, the second magnet should not impact the armature.

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