Oscillator For Magnet Therapy (BM059E)

Although the effects of magnetic fields on health are controversial, many use small devices which generate magnetic fields and even magnets in an attempt to relieve certain pain or other problems. The oscillator we describe is experimental. We do not promise major cures or effects, leaving it to the reader to seek more from appropriate sources.

Low-frequency magnetic fields are thought to have beneficial effects in some situations involving health.

For example, it has been found that fracture recovery can be accelerated with the help of external magnetic fields.

Aches, it is believed, can also be relieved under certain conditions with the help of low frequency fields and even the presence of permanent magnets, as suggested in Figure 1.



Figure 1 - An application of magnet therapy
Figure 1 - An application of magnet therapy



However, there are also studies which show that intense fields can be harmful to health like those created by power transmission lines.

So, our project does not promise any effect, because this is on behalf of each individual.

We only teach how to assemble a small generator of small intensity magnetic fields which can be applied to small regions of one’s body for the purposes discussed above.

The field is of low intensity, offering no danger and the handling of the device is simple and safe.



When an electric current flows through a coil, as shown in Figure 2, a magnetic field is created.


   Figure 2 - Magnetic field of a coil
Figure 2 - Magnetic field of a coil



The intensity of this field will depend on the intensity of the current and also on the number of windings of the coil.

Thus, to create a low-frequency magnetic field, what we do is to use an oscillator and an amplifier that apply the signal to a small coil, as shown in Figure 3.



   Figure 3 - A coil with ferrite core
Figure 3 - A coil with ferrite core



This circuit can also be used in experiments in the biology or botanical laboratory to study the effect of fields on animals.



In Figure 4 we have the complete circuit of the device that makes use of a CMOS integrated circuit as an oscillator.


Figure 4 - Oscillator circuit
Figure 4 - Oscillator circuit



For a trial version, the circuit may be built on a protobard array with the array of components shown in Figure 5.


Figure 5 - Assembly on a protoboard
Figure 5 - Assembly on a protoboard



In the assembly, observe the position of the integrated circuit and the transistor.

In this version, we supply power from a source, but nothing prevents medium or large batteries from being used, since the consumption of the circuit is rather high.

The transformer has a secondary current of approximately 500 mA.

In Figure 6 we have a suggestion of a box for the assembly.


   Figure 6 - Assemble suggestion
Figure 6 - Assemble suggestion



The coil is of homemade construction and can be winded into a small form of a cardboard or box ith the dimensions shown in Figure 7.


   Figure 7 - Winding the coil
Figure 7 - Winding the coil



This coil consists of 30 to 100 turns of enamelled wire that can have any thickness between 28 and 32 AWG.

A cable with plugs is used to connect the coil to the device.



To test, simply turn on the unit and approach the coil of an AM radio tuned out of station.

If the circuit is operating, interference must be detected.

We can also test the circuit by connecting its output to a piezoelectric transducer or even a small speaker which should beep.

S2 switches a speaker just in order to check the operation.

S3 is used for momentary applications by activating the device for short time intervals.


To use, simply position the coil on the place where you want to apply the magnetic field.


CI-1 - 4011 - CMOS integrated circuit

Q1 - TIP110 - Darlington power transistor

D1, D2 - 1N4002 - silicon diodes

S1, S2 - Single switches

S3 - Pressure switch

F1 - 500 mA fuse

T1 - Transformer - see text

T - coil

C1 - 2n2 - ceramic or polyester capacitor

C2 - 1000 uF x 12 V - electrolytic capacitor

R1 to R3 - 10 k ohm x 1/8 W - resistors - brown, black, orange

P1 - 470 k ohm - potentiometer



Printed circuit board or contact array, power cable, coil material, wires, welding, etc.


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