The interaction of water vapor with passivated iron particles used in magnetic recording was studied under different temperature and humidity conditions using a flow microcalorimetric (FMC) technique. Water uptake by passivated iron particles increased linearly with relative humidity ranging from 30% to 70% RH in the temperature range 30°C to 70°C. Mossbauer measurements showed that the ratio of core iron to oxide iron decreased during aging. Particles coated with hydrophobic PVC exhibited much less water uptake than particles coated with a less hydrophobic polymer, poly(vinyl alcohol).
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- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)