Magnetic Flux
What is Magnetic Flux
Magnets and electromagnets produce a magnetic field represented by imaginary lines known as magnetic field lines or magnetic lines of force. Magnetic flux is the number of lines passing through a given area, whether in air or vacuum or inside a magnetic material. The magnetic flux is analogous to the electric flux.
Magnetic Flux Equation
The magnetic flux is a scalar quantity and can be quantified by establishing an imaginary surface represented by the area vector A in the vicinity of a magnetic field of strength B. The magnetic flux φ is given by the dot product of B and A.
φ = B.A
If the angle between B and A is θ, then the equation for magnetic flux is given by,
Equation
φ = BA cos θ
Symbol: Greek letter phi, φ
SI Unit: Weber or Wb
CGS Unit: Maxwell
Dimensions: [M^{1} L^{2} T^{2} I^{1}]
If the direction of B and A are the same, then the flux is positive. Otherwise, it is negative.
Problem 1: A rectangular loop is 0.50 m long and 0.40 m wide. It is placed in a constant magnetic field of 0.3 T such that its area vector A makes an angle of 30° with B. Determine the magnetic flux through the surface.
Solution: Given the following information,
B = 0.3 T
θ = 30 ͦ
l = 0.5 m
w = 0.4 m
A = l x w = 0.5 x 0.4 = 0.2 m^{2}
Therefore,
φ = BA cos θ
or, φ = 0.3 T x 0.2 m^{2} x cos 30 ͦ
or, φ = 0.052 Wb
Special Case
Suppose the area under consideration is such that the lines pass perpendicular to the surface, i.e., the area is perpendicular to the field direction. Then, the angle between B and A is 0 ͦ and cos 0 ͦ= 1
φ = BA cos 0 ͦ
or, φ = BA
Problem 2: A magnetic field of 1.5 T passes perpendicular to a disc of diameter 6 cm. Find the magnetic flux passing through the disc.
Solution: Given the following information,
B = 1.5 T
d = 6 cm
r = d/2 = 6/2 cm = 3 cm = 0.03 m
A = πr^{2} = π x (0.03 m)^{2} = 0.0028 m^{2}
Therefore,
φ = BA
or, φ = 1.5 T x 0.0028 m^{2}
or, φ = 0.0042 Wb
Magnetic Flux Density
In the above equation, when A = 1, φ = B. Therefore, the magnitude of the magnetic field is given by the flux per unit area perpendicular to the field’s direction. It is also called the magnetic flux density.
B = φ/A
SI Unit: Wb/m^{2}
Significance of Magnetic Flux
Faraday’s Law
Magnetic flux is significantly essential in Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction. Suppose a conducting wire is wound into a loop or a coil, and a magnet is brought closer. According to Faraday’s law, a current will be induced in the wire whose electromotive force or emf is given by,
ε = N Δφ/Δt
where,
ε: Induced emf
N: Number of turns of the coil
Δφ/Δt: Change in magnetic flux over time
Lenz’s Law
Suppose a loop of wire is placed in a changing magnetic field such that the magnetic flux passes through the wire. Then, Lenz’s law gives the direction of the induced current in the wire and the polarity of the induced emf. The induced current will generate an induced magnetic field, whose direction is given by the righthand rule.
Gauss’s Law for Magnetism
Gauss’s law for magnetism states that the net magnetic flux coming out of a closed surface is zero. This statement gives an understanding of magnetic field sources. For example, all field lines in a bar magnet from the north pole must enter the south pole. A closed surface enclosing a bar magnet will have no flux coming out. Therefore, Gauss’s law for magnetism proves that magnetic monopole does not exist.
Difference Between Electric Flux and Magnetic Flux
Electric Flux  Magnetic Flux  

Definition  Number of electric field lines passing through a given surface  Number of magnetic field lines passing through a given surface 
Density gives  Electric field  Magnetic field 
Formula  φ = E.A  φ = B.A 
SI Unit  Voltmeter (Vm)  Weber (Wb) 
FAQs
Ans. A magnetometer is a device used to measure the magnetic field and the magnetic flux at a given point.

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Article was last reviewed on Saturday, September 11, 2021