In this paper we present the development of a composite magnetostrictive material for automotive applications. The material is based on cobaltferrite,CoO⋅Fe2O3, and contains a small fraction of metallic matrix phase that serves both as a liquid-phasesintering aid during processing and enhances the mechanical properties over those of a simple sinteredferrite ceramic. In addition the metal matrix makes it possible to braze the material, making the assembly of a sensor relatively simple. The material exhibits good sensitivity and should have high corrosion resistance, while at the same time it is low in cost.
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