I'm trying to create an electromagnet from a microwave oven transformer. The secondary coil will be removed, and the top of the transformer (The I in the E-I transformers) will be sawed off (to increase field strength).
My DC power supplies can only supply low currents (12 V @ 5 A, 20 V @ 2 A) since it's DC, so I thought that AC current might be better. I'm not that familiar with using AC. The problem right now is that I'm unsure whether removing the secondary coil and cutting the top off will cause a short circuit issue.
This is because I had read somewhere that the impedence comes from trying to change the magnetic field of the iron core (in between the cycles). With part of the core removed, would that cause any problems?
To clarify further: The only thing keeping the primary coil from short circuiting is the flactuating magnetic field (trying to change the magnetic field of the iron core). So with part of the core removed (only the I part of EI), would that cause any issues?
Thank you for your time. Any related articles/resources would also be helpful.
Note: I'm using 240 VAC @ 50Hz.