SIMION Refine has new support for solving magnetic scalar potential in the presence of permeable materials. This will is supported in SIMION 8.2 (see SIMION® Roadmap (8.2 and Beyond)). Previous versions of SIMION always assumed magnetic poles had infinite permeability (e.g. flux perpendicular to pole surfaces and magnetic scalar potential having equipotential lines along surfaces).
Permeable materials can be accounted for by first defining a magnetic PA in the same manner as done since SIMION 7.0. This magnetic PA defines the boundary conditions for magnetic scalar potential, and it’s the PA in which magnetic scalar potential is solved in (via Refine). You will also need to define an additional PA which will represent the relative permeability throughout space. This permeability PA is consulted when refining the magnetic PA. The entire process is quite similar to handling dielectrics in the case of electric fields, so it’s recommended to familiarize yourself with that. However, also see Magnetic Potential for important details specific to magnetic field theory.
Many examples of permeability are included in SIMION Example: magnetic_potential (included in the 188.8.131.52-TEST installer and runnable under SIMION 8.2).