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Sample records for re-123 coated conductors

  1. Sample and length-dependent variability of 77 and 4.2 K properties in nominally identical RE123 coated conductors

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    Rossi, L.; Hu, X.; Kametani, F.; Abraimov, D.; Polyanskii, A.; Jaroszynski, J.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2016-05-01

    We present a broad study by multiple techniques of the critical current and critical current density of a small but representative set of nominally identical commercial RE123 (REBa2Cu3O7-δ , RE = rare Earth, here Y and Gd) coated conductors (CC) recently fabricated by SuperPower Inc. to the same nominal high pinning specification with BaZrO3 and RE2O3 nanoprecipitate pinning centers. With high-field low-temperature applications to magnet technology in mind, we address the nature of their tape-to-tape variations and length-wise I c inhomogeneities by measurements on a scale of about 2 cm rather than the 5 m scale normally supplied by the vendor and address the question of whether these variations have their origin in cross-sectional or in vortex pinning variations. Our principal method has been a continuous measurement transport critical current tool (YateStar) that applies about 0.5 T perpendicular and parallel to the tape at 77 K, thus allowing variations of c-axis and ab-plane properties to be clearly distinguished in the temperature and field regime where strong pinning defects are obvious. We also find such in-field measurements at 77 K to be more valuable in predicting 4.2 K, high-field properties than self-field, 77 K properties because the pinning centers controlling 77 K performance play a decisive role in introducing point defects that also add strongly to J c at 4.2 K. We find that the dominant source of I c variation is due to pinning center fluctuations that control J c, rather than to production defects that locally reduce the active cross-section. Given the 5-10 nm scale of these pinning centers, it appears that the route to greater I c homogeneity is through more stringent control of the REBCO growth conditions in these Zr-doped coated conductors.

  2. YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2010-01-01

    carefully aligning the grains in YBCO films, low angle boundaries between superconducting YBCO grains allow more current to flow. In fact below a critical misalignment angle of 4 , the critical current density approaches that of YBCO films grown on single crystal substrates [10]. Typically, 2G HTS wires have three components, flexible metal substrate, buffer layers, and REBa2Cu3O7- (REBCO: RE = Rare Earth) superconductor layers [1-7]. Several methods were developed to obtain biaxially textured templates suitable for fabricating high-performance YBCO coated conductors. They are Ion-Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD), Rolling-Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates (RABiTS) and Inclined-Substrate Deposition (ISD). Compared to 1G wire, for producing 2G wires using RABiTS or IBAD process, silver is replaced by a low cost nickel alloy, which allows for fabrication of less expensive HTS wires.

  3. Strain-controlled critical temperature in REBa2Cu3Oy-coated conductors

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    Awaji, Satoshi; Suzuki, Takumi; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2015-01-01

    Recently, we succeeded in detwinning REBa2Cu3O7 (RE123, RE = rare-earth elements)-coated conductors by annealing under an external uniaxial strain. Using the untwinned RE123 tapes, the uniaxial-strain dependencies of the critical temperature Tc along the a and b crystal axes were investigated over a wide strain region from compression to tension. We found that the strain dependencies of Tc for the a and b axes obey a power law but exhibit opposite slopes. In particular, the maximum value of Tc is obtained when the CuO2 plane becomes a square, and its lattice constant is close to 0.385 nm. It is suggested that a tetragonal structure with a ≈ 0.385 nm is the optimum condition for a high critical temperature in high-Tc cuprates. PMID:26063123

  4. Strain-controlled critical temperature in REBa2Cu3Oy-coated conductors.

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    Awaji, Satoshi; Suzuki, Takumi; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2015-01-01

    Recently, we succeeded in detwinning REBa2Cu3O7 (RE123, RE = rare-earth elements)-coated conductors by annealing under an external uniaxial strain. Using the untwinned RE123 tapes, the uniaxial-strain dependencies of the critical temperature Tc along the a and b crystal axes were investigated over a wide strain region from compression to tension. We found that the strain dependencies of Tc for the a and b axes obey a power law but exhibit opposite slopes. In particular, the maximum value of Tc is obtained when the CuO2 plane becomes a square, and its lattice constant is close to 0.385 nm. It is suggested that a tetragonal structure with a ≈ 0.385 nm is the optimum condition for a high critical temperature in high-Tc cuprates. PMID:26063123

  5. National accelerated coated conductor initiative

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    Hawsey, Robert A.; Peterson, Dean E.

    2002-01-01

    The national Accelerated Coated Conductor Initiative (ACCI) is committed to assuring continued U.S. leadership in the development of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) wire for electric power and other applications of national interest. Increased energy efficiency, power density, and power-to-weight ratio are just a few of the tangible benefits that will be possible if today's meter lengths of HTS wire based upon the compound yttrium-barium-copper-oxygen (YBCO) can be scaled up by U.S. industry to kilometer lengths. This paper presents an evaluation of the current state of the development of coated conductor technology and a vision for its future. The challenges that U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories and their industrial and university partners face will be presented against the backdrop of the history of superconductivity program achievements. It is the purpose of this initiative to accelerate the development, commercialization, and application of high temperature superconductors through joint efforts among DOE laboratories, American industry, and universities, so that future challenges of the electric power industry can be met. Based on their advances in HTS coated conductor development in a program funded by the DOE's Office of Power Technologies, Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories lead and support this effort by improving their own capabilities, including equipment, facilities, and technical expertise. Each laboratory has, in 2001, acquired new laboratory space, new capital equipment, and new personnel with the goal of working closely with U.S. companies to take technologies invented in the labs and demonstrated in 1-m lengths and transfer these technologies to the commercial sector. The present status of the performance of the second-generation YBCO wires will be described, and the future plans of the national laboratories will be presented. Opportunities for collaboration are discussed, as well. .

  6. Systematic Evaluation of Jc Decrease in Thick Film Coated Conductors

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    Alex Ignatiev; Dr. Amit Goyal

    2006-05-10

    Address both thickness dependence of Jc, in thick film YBCO coated conductors through an application of a suite of new measurement techniques to thick film wire samples produced by commercially viable coated conductor technologies.

  7. Resistive coating for current conductors in cryogenic applications

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    Hirayama, Chikara; Wagner, George R.

    1982-05-18

    This invention relates to a resistive or semiconducting coating for use on current conductors in cryogenic applications. This includes copper-clad superconductor wire, copper wire used for stabilizing superconductor magnets, and for hyperconductors. The coating is a film of cuprous sulfide (Cu.sub.2 S) that has been found not to degrade the properties of the conductors. It is very adherent to the respective conductors and satisfies the mechanical, thermal and electrical requirements of coatings for the conductors.

  8. Conversion of Oxyfluoride Based Coated Conductors

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    Dan Wesolowski

    2006-11-01

    Direct measurements of HF pressure in equilibrium with the film during the BaF2 process are sorely needed. It is the HF partial pressure that governs the rate at which the film composition is changing and is, therefore, an important factor in controlling the composition/time trajectory of the film. Establishing the composition/time trajectory of both MOD-derived and e-beam derived films for a given set of conditions is another goal for the project. These studies will provide a fundamental understanding of the ex situ process for producing coated conductors.

  9. Visualization of non-uniform current flow in coated conductors by scanning Hall-probe magnetic microscopy

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    Abiru, K.; Honda, Y.; Inoue, M.; Kiss, T.; Iijima, Y.; Kakimoto, K.; Saitoh, T.; Nakao, K.; Shiohara, Y.

    2009-10-01

    We have visualized non-uniform current flow in RE123 coated conductors by using a scanning Hall-probe magnetic microscopy (SHPM). Newly developed SHPM system allows us to measure two-dimensional magnetic field distribution with high spatial resolution in micro-meter scale. Corresponding current density distribution can be obtained from the magnetic field image by solving inverted Biot-Savart’s law. One of the most important advantages of the present system is to visualize the current density distribution in practical high transport current and also in wide scanning area. For example, the system has current leads with large capacity up to 500 A, and the operating distance can be 15 cm by 15 cm with a micro-meter step distance. Using the SHPM system, we have successfully visualized current density distributions in the coated conductor, and clarified different kinds of non-uniform current flow. Those insights are very useful to identify local defects as well as non-uniform tape quality. These results indicate that the SHPM system is a powerful diagnostic tool not only to observe spatial inhomogeneities of transport property but also to understand their reason in practical coated conductors.

  10. Coated conductors for power applications: materials challenges

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    Obradors, Xavier; Puig, Teresa

    2014-04-01

    This manuscript reports on the recent progress and the remaining materials challenges in the development of coated conductors (CCs) for power applications and magnets, with a particular emphasis on the different initiatives being active at present in Europe. We first summarize the scientific and technological scope where CCs have been raised as a complex technology product and then we show that there exists still much room for performance improvement. The objectives and CC architectures being explored in the scope of the European project EUROTAPES are widely described and their potential in generating novel breakthroughs emphasized. The overall goal of this project is to create synergy among academic and industrial partners to go well beyond the state of the art in several scientific issues related to CCs’ enhanced performances and to develop nanoengineered CCs with reduced costs, using high throughput manufacturing processes which incorporate quality control tools and so lead to higher yields. Three general application targets are considered which will require different conductor architectures and performances and so the strategy is to combine vacuum and chemical solution deposition approaches to achieve the targeted goals. A few examples of such approaches are described related to defining new conductor architectures and shapes, as well as vortex pinning enhancement through novel paths towards nanostructure generation. Particular emphasis is made on solution chemistry approaches. We also describe the efforts being made in transforming the CCs into assembled conductors and cables which achieve appealing mechanical and electromagnetic performances for power systems. Finally, we briefly mention some outstanding superconducting power application projects being active at present, in Europe and worldwide, to exemplify the strong advances in reaching the demands to integrate them in a new electrical engineering paradigm.

  11. Maximum permissible voltage of YBCO coated conductors

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    Wen, J.; Lin, B.; Sheng, J.; Xu, J.; Jin, Z.; Hong, Z.; Wang, D.; Zhou, H.; Shen, X.; Shen, C.

    2014-06-01

    Superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) could reduce short circuit currents in electrical power system. One of the most important thing in developing SFCL is to find out the maximum permissible voltage of each limiting element. The maximum permissible voltage is defined as the maximum voltage per unit length at which the YBCO coated conductors (CC) do not suffer from critical current (Ic) degradation or burnout. In this research, the time of quenching process is changed and voltage is raised until the Ic degradation or burnout happens. YBCO coated conductors test in the experiment are from American superconductor (AMSC) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Along with the quenching duration increasing, the maximum permissible voltage of CC decreases. When quenching duration is 100 ms, the maximum permissible of SJTU CC, 12 mm AMSC CC and 4 mm AMSC CC are 0.72 V/cm, 0.52 V/cm and 1.2 V/cm respectively. Based on the results of samples, the whole length of CCs used in the design of a SFCL can be determined.

  12. Fabrication of Filamentary YBCO Coated Conductor by Inkjet Printing

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    List III, Frederick Alyious; Kodenkandath, Thomas; Rupich, Marty

    2007-01-01

    Inkjet printing is a potentially low cost, high rate method for depositing precursors for filamentary YBCO coated conductors. The method offers considerable flexibility of filament pattern, width, and thickness. Using standard solution precursors and RABiTSTM substrates, the printing, processing, and properties of some inkjet-derived filamentary YBCO coated conductors for Second Generation (2G) wire are demonstrated on a laboratory scale. Some systematic variations of growth rate and critical transport current with filament width are observed and discussed.

  13. Low ac loss geometries in YBCO coated conductors and impact on conductor stability

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    Duckworth, Robert C; List III, Frederick Alyious; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Rupich, M. W.; Zhang, W.; Xie, Y. Y.; Selvamanickam, V.

    2007-01-01

    Reduction of ac losses in applied ac fields can be accomplished through either the creation of filaments and bridging in YBCO coated conductors or an assembly of narrow width YBCO tapes. The ac losses for each of these geometries were measured at 77 K in perpendicular ac fields up to 100 mT. While ac loss reduction was achieved with YBCO filaments created through laser scribing and inkjet deposition, the assembly of stacked YBCO conductor provides an alternative method of ac loss reduction. When compared to a 4-mm wide YBCO coated conductor with a critical current of 60 A, the ac loss in a stack of 2-mm wide YBCO coated conductors with a similar total critical current was reduced. While the reduction in ac loss in a 2-mm wide stack coincided with the reduction in the engineering current density of the conductor, further reduction of ac loss was obtained through the splicing of the 2-mm wide tapes with low resistance solders. To better determine the practicality of these methods from a stability point of view, a numerical analysis was carried out to determine the influence of bridging and splicing on stability of a YBCO coated conductor for both liquid nitrogen-cooled and conduction cooled geometries.

  14. The critical current density of yttrium barium copper oxide coated conductors

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    Kim, Sang Il

    The critical current density Jc of YBa 2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors is determined by the connectivity of the polycrystalline grain network and by vortex pinning. The aim of this work is to explore these two key scientific issues. Current obstruction effects of the grain boundary network were first studied by measuring variable width tracks in variously-textured ex situ coated conductors. We found that the global texture exercises a significant effect on Jc especially in low fields. We then grew low angle [001]-tilt bicrystal YBCO films with controlled doping so as to study the influence that variable size and charge segregants would have on the inter-grain Jc. The beneficial effects of Ca doping was already proven, but here we were able to show that the optimum doping of low angle grain boundaries was obtained with the smaller substitutions of 15% Ca for Y, rather than the 30% previously employed. We then studied Ca-doping in the small rare-earth (RE) ion Yb variant of the RE-123 structure, YbBa2Cu3O7-x, and the influence of substitutions for Y of the large RE ion Nd in YBa2Cu3O7-x. We found that strain- and charge-driven segregation to the grain boundary was consistent with the segregation model of Gurevich. Very interestingly, the 6° Nd-doped YBCO grain boundaries exhibited no degradation of intergrain Jc compared to the intragrain Jc without significant Tc reduction. Then, the vortex pinning was studied by sequential ion milling of YBCO films with various vortex pinning microstructures. YBCO films without strong pins exhibited two-dimensional collective pinning behavior and thermal fluctuation depinning effect, and thus Jc fell off fast with increasing thickness, magnetic field and temperature. In contrast, a YBCO film with dense, insulating, nanoscale pins exhibited strong three-dimensional pinning behavior and a high and uniform Jc through thickness. Analysis of the through-thickness properties of ex situ high Jc coated conductors showed them to be well

  15. Splice Resistance Measurements in 2G YBCO Coated Conductor

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    Rey, Christopher M; Duckworth, Robert C; Zhang, Yifei

    2009-01-01

    Abstract The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been investigating the electrical splice resistance of second-generation (2G) YBCO coated conductor. The purpose of the experimental investigation is to study the splice resistance of 2G YBCO coated conductor as a function of: a) operating temperature, b) magnetic field strength (B-field), and c) magnetic field orientation ( ). Understanding the splice resistance with its corresponding variation as a function of surface preparation and operating conditions is essential to the practical implementation of electric utility devices; e.g., motors, generators, transformers, cables, and fault-current limiters, etc. Preliminary test results indicate that the 2G YBCO splice resistance shows a weak temperature dependence and a significantly stronger dependence upon magnetic field strength and magnetic field orientation. Surface preparation conditions are also briefly discussed. Index Terms coated conductor, splice, critical current, YBCO

  16. Persistent currents in a magnetic bearing with coated conductors

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    Sass, F.; Ramos de Castro, André; Gonçalves Sotelo, Guilherme; de Andrade, R.

    2015-11-01

    Superconducting magnetic bearings are normally built with bulk superconductors. Since coated conductors properties are far superior, we have proposed in a previous work the replacement of bulks for stacks of 2G wires in magnetic levitation devices. A major limitation of this replacement lies in the fact that the induced current is constrained in narrow loops along the available commercial widths of 2G wires. This work presents a technique to achieve wider loops of persistent current without the need of increasing the coated conductors width. As a result, the use of 2G wires in magnetic bearings took a step towards its economical feasibility.

  17. Overview of Materials and Power Applications of Coated Conductors Project

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    Shiohara, Yuh; Taneda, Takahiro; Yoshizumi, Masateru

    2012-01-01

    There are high expectations for coated conductors in electric power applications such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, power cables, and transformers owing to their ability to contribute to stabilizing and increasing the capacity of the electric power supply grid as well as to reducing CO2 emission as a result of their high critical-current characteristics. Research and development has been performed on wires/tapes and electric power devices worldwide. The Materials and Power Applications of Coated Conductors (M-PACC) Project is a five-year national project in Japan started in 2008, supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), to develop both coated conductors that meet market requirements and basic technologies for the above-mentioned power applications using coated conductors. In this article, research and development results are reviewed and compared with the interim/final targets of the project, and future prospects are discussed.

  18. Oxygen and cation diffusion in YBCO coated conductors

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    Tsukui, S.; Koritala, R. E.; Li, M.; Goretta, K. C.; Adachi, M.; Baker, J. E.; Routbort, J. L.

    2003-10-01

    Biaxially textured YBa 2Cu 3O x (YBCO) films 0.3 μm thick were deposited on single-crystal LaAlO 3 and buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates. After annealing in 18O at 400 °C, secondary-ion mass spectrometry was used to determine oxygen-diffusion profiles and several cation-diffusion profiles within the various layers of the conductors. Oxygenation in the YBCO/LaAlO 3 specimen was relatively slow and hours would be required for full oxygenation of the YBCO. Oxygen diffusion was rapid in the coated conductor. It was dominated by diffusion along a- b planes and full oxygenation of a 0.3-μm-thick YBCO layer was achieved in several minutes. Cation interdiffusion was limited in the YBCO/LaAlO 3 specimen, but was significant within the coated conductor. Although Cu diffused out of the superconductor, an SrTiO 3 layer between textured MgO and YBCO limited diffusion of cations from the various substrate layers into the superconductor.

  19. Numerical study on AC loss characteristics of superconducting power transmission cables comprising coated conductors with magnetic substrates

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    Amemiya, N.; Nakahata, M.

    2007-10-01

    Electromagnetic field analyses were made for mono-layer conductors comprising coated conductors for superconducting power transmission cables in order to evaluate their AC loss characteristics. We focused on the magnetic properties of the substrates of coated conductors. The current distribution in each coated conductor and the magnetic flux profile around each coated conductor were visualized. The influence of relative permeability and the space between coated conductors on the AC loss characteristics of mono-layer conductors were studied based on the visualized current and magnetic flux distributions. The influence of a saturated magnetic property on a calculated AC loss was also discussed.

  20. High current DyBCO-ROEBEL Assembled Coated Conductor (RACC)

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    Goldacker, W.; Nast, R.; Kotzyba, G.; Schlachter, S. I.; Frank, A.; Ringsdorf, B.; Schmidt, C.; Komarek, P.

    2006-06-01

    Low AC loss high transport current HTS cables (>1 kA) are required for application in transformers, generators and are considered for future generations of fusion reactors coils. 2G coated conductors are suitable candidates for high field application at quite high operation temperatures of 50-77 K, which is crucial precondition for economical cooling costs. As a feasibility study we present the first ROEBEL bar cable of approx. 35 cm length made from industrial DyBCO coated conductor (THEVA GmbH, Germany). Meander shaped ROEBEL strands of 4 mm width with a twist pitch of 180 mm were cut from 10 mm wide CC tapes using a specially designed tool. The strands carried in average 157 Amps/cm-width DC and were assembled to a subcable with 5 strands and a final cable with 16 strands. The 5 strand cable was tested and carried a transport current of >300 Amps DC at 77 K, equivalent to the sum of the individual strand transport critical currents. The 16 strand cable carried 500 A limited through heating effects and non sufficient stabilisation and current sharing. A pulse current load indicated a current carrying potential of >1 kA for the 16 strand cable.

  1. Status of high transport current ROEBEL assembled coated conductor cables

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    Goldacker, Wilfried; Frank, Antje; Kudymow, Andrej; Heller, Reinhard; Kling, Andrea; Terzieva, Stanimira; Schmidt, Curt

    2009-03-01

    Assembling coated conductors (CC) into flat ROEBEL bars (RACC cable) was introduced in 2005 by the authors as a practicable method of reaching high transport currents in a low AC loss cable, which is a cable design suited for application in windings. The transport current of 1.02 kA in self-field at 77 K achieved so far, however, is still too low for several applications in electrical machinery such as larger transformers and generators/motors. A new cable concept for further increased currents was presented just recently. The goal of the new design was primarily to demonstrate the possibility of strongly increased transport currents without changing the important cable features for low AC losses. such as, for example, the transposition length of the strands. We present detailed investigations of the properties of this progressed cable design, which has threefold layered strands, an unchanged transposition pitch of 18.8 cm and finally the application of 45 coated conductors in the cable. A 1.1 m long sample (equivalent to six transposition lengths) was prepared from commercial Cu stabilized coated conductors purchased from Superpower. The measured new record DC transport current of the cable was 2628 A at 77 K in self-field (5 µV cm-1 criterion). The use of three slightly different current carrying batches of strand material (± 10%) was a special feature of the cable, which allowed for interesting investigations of current redistribution effects in the cable, by monitoring a representative strand of each batch during the critical current measurement. Although current redistribution effects showed a complex situation, the behaviour of the cable was found to be absolutely stable under all operational conditions, even above the critical current. The high self-field degradation of the critical current reached the order of 60% at 77 K, and could be modelled satisfactory with calculations based on a proven Biot-Savart-law approach, adapted to the specific boundary

  2. Conductance Degradation in HTS Coated Conductor Solder Joints

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    Canavan, Edgar R.; Leidecker, Henning; Panashchenko, Lyudmyla

    2015-12-01

    Solder joints between YBCO coated conductors and normal metal traces have been analysed as part of an effort to develop a robust HTS lead assembly for a spaceflight mission. Measurements included critical current and current transfer profiles. X-ray micrographs were used to verify proper solder flow and to determine the extent of voiding. SEM of cross-sections with EDS analysis was crucial in understanding the diffusion of the protective silver layer over the YBCO into the solder for different solder processes. The assembly must be stored for an extended period of time prior to final cool-down and operation. Measurements of the joint resistance over the course of months show a significant increase with time. Understanding the interface condition suggests an explanation for the change.

  3. Control of flux pinning in MOD YBCO coated conductor.

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    Zhang, W.; Huang, Y.; Li, X.; Kodenkandath, T.; Rupich, M. W.; Schoop, U.; Verebelyi, D. T.; Thieme, C. L. H.; Siegal, E.; Holesinger, T. G.; Maiorov, B.; Civale, L.; Miller, D. J.; Maroni, V. A.; Li, J.; Martin, P. M.; Specht, E. D.; Goyal, A.; Paranthaman, M. P.; American Superconductor Corp.; LANL; ORNL

    2007-06-01

    NTwo different types of defect structures have been identified to be responsible for the enhanced pinning in metal organic deposited YBCO films. Rare earth additions result in the formation of nanodots in the YBCO matrix, which form uncorrelated pinning centers, increasing pinning in all magnetic field orientations. 124-type intergrowths, which form as laminar structures parallel to the ab-plane, are responsible for the large current enhancement when the magnetic field is oriented in the ab-plane. TEM studies showed that the intergrowths emanate from cuprous containing secondary phase particles, whose density is partially controlled by the rare earth doping level. Critical process parameters have been identified to control this phase formation, and therefore, control the f 24 intergrowth formation. This work has shown that through process control and proper conductor design, either by adjusting the composition or by multiple coatings of different functional layers, the desired angular dependence can be achieved.

  4. Solderability Study of RABiTS-Based YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Zhang, Yifei; Duckworth, Robert C; Ha, Tam T; Gouge, Michael J

    2011-01-01

    The solderability of commercially available YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) coated conductors that were made from Rolling Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates (RABiTS)-based templates was studied. The coated conductors, also known as second-generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires (in the geometry of flat tapes about 4 mm wide), were laminated with copper, brass, or stainless steel strips as stabilizers. To understand the factors that influence their solderability, surface profilometry and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the wire surfaces. The solderability of three solders, 52In48Sn, 67Bi33In, and 100In (wt.%), was evaluated using a standard test (IPC/ECA J-STD-002) and with two different commercial fluxes. It was found that the solderability varied with the solder and flux but the three different wires showed similar solderability for a fixed combination of solder and flux. Solder joints of the 2G wires were fabricated using the tools and the procedures recommended by the HTS wire manufacturer. The solder joints were made in a lap-joint geometry and with the superconducting sides of the two wires face-to-face. The electrical resistances of the solder joints were measured at 77 K, and the results were analyzed to qualify the soldering materials and evaluate the soldering process. It was concluded that although the selection of soldering materials affected the resistance of a solder joint, the resistivity of the stabilizer was the dominant factor.

  5. High-temperature-superconductor coated conductors: technical progress in Japan

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    Iijima, Yasuhiro; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2000-01-01

    It is now a widespread view that a high-Jc superconducting wire with a high performance under strong magnetic fields at liquid-nitrogen temperature needs to be realized by the material Y-123. However, because of the weak linking nature of this material, the fabrication of the wire must be based on a coated-conductor process to achieve a highly textured Y-123 thin film on a long starting wire tape. Various attempts to obtain a textured substrate with sizable length have been made by various methods, with or without the aid of buffer layers. Approaches to the fabrication of an epitaxial thin film of Y-123 have also been made from vapour, liquid, or solid phases by different methods. Therefore, combinations of these proposed processes in each category have led to several promising on-going worldwide approaches to achieve the realization of practical coated superconducting wires in the near future. This review focuses on the most outstanding achievements in Japan.

  6. High-field thermal transport properties of REBCO coated conductors

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    Bonura, Marco; Senatore, Carmine

    2015-02-01

    The use of REBCO coated conductors (CCs) is envisaged for many applications, extending from power cables to high-field magnets. Whatever the case, thermal properties of REBCO tapes play a key role for the stability of superconducting devices. In this work, we present the first study on the longitudinal thermal conductivity (κ) of REBCO CCs in magnetic fields up to 19 T applied both parallel and perpendicularly to the thermal-current direction. Copper-stabilized tapes from six industrial manufacturers have been investigated. We show that zero-field κ of CCs can be calculated with an accuracy of +/- 15% from the residual resistivity ratio of the stabilizer and the Cu/non-Cu ratio. Measurements performed at high fields have allowed us to evaluate the consistency of the procedures generally used for estimating in-field κ in the framework of the Wiedemann-Franz law from an electrical characterization of the materials. In-field data are intended to provide primary ingredients for the thermal stability analysis of high-temperature superconductor-based magnets.

  7. Development of coated conductors by inclined substrate deposition

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    Balachandran, U.; Ma, B.; Li, M.; Fisher, B. L.; Koritala, R. E.; Miller, D. J.; Dorris, S. E.

    2003-10-01

    Inclined substrate deposition (ISD) offers the potential for rapid production of high-quality biaxially textured buffer layers suitable for YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO)-coated conductors. We have grown biaxially textured magnesium oxide (MgO) films on Hastelloy C276 (HC) substrates by ISD at deposition rates of 20-100 Å/s. Scanning electron microscopy of the ISD MgO films showed columnar grain structures with a roof-tile-shaped surface. X-ray pole figure analysis revealed that the c-axis of the ISD MgO films is titled at an angle ≈32° from the substrate normal. A small full-width at half maximum of ≈9° was observed for the φ-scan of MgO films. YBCO films were grown on ISD MgO buffered HC substrates by pulsed laser deposition and were determined to be biaxially aligned with the c-axis parallel to the substrate normal. The orientation relationship between the ISD template and the top YBCO film was investigated by X-ray pole figure analysis and transmission electron microscopy. A transport critical current density of Jc=5.5×10 5 A/cm 2 at 77 K in self-field was measured on a YBCO film that was 0.46-μm thick, 4-mm wide, 10-mm long.

  8. Improvement of Production Rate of YBCO Coated Conductors Fabricated by TFA-MOD Method

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    Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Usui, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    The metal-organic deposition (MOD) method using trifluoroacetate (TFA) salts is considered to be an effective method for inexpensively fabricating YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) coated conductors with high critical current density property. The long-length TFA-MOD YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by multi-turn reel-to-reel system. Increasing the thickness per single coating in the multi-turn reel-to-reel system is a cost-effective technique for fabrication of the precursor films in the calcination process since it reduces the number of coatings and shortens the processing time. In this work, we have developed a new starting solution consisting of non-fluorine salts of yttrium propionate and copper 2-ethylhexanoate with focusing on increasing the thickness per single coating for a high-rate fabrication of the YBCO coated conductors by the TFA-MOD method. The critical thickness per single coating of the precursor film fabricated from the new starting solution was improved to 0.44 μm/coat. Furthermore, the addition of diacetoneacrylamide in the new starting solution increased the critical thickness per single coating to 0.79 μm/coat. High critical current of 791 A/cm-width with high critical current density of 2.7 MA/cm2 was obtained using the new starting solution with diacetoneacrylamide at the thickness per single coating of 0.49 μm/coat.

  9. Fracture behavior of coated layer and its influence on critical current of DyBCO coated conductor

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    Arai, T.; Shin, J. K.; Toda, A.; Ochiai, S.; Okuda, H.; Sugano, M.; Osamura, K.; Prusseit, W.

    2010-11-01

    The coated conductors are attractive due to their high superconducting properties. As the conductors are subjected to mechanical and electromagnetic stresses in preparation and service, the study on the mechanical behavior and its influence on superconducting properties is demanded for application. In the present work, the DyBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ coated conductor with MgO buffer layer deposited on the Hastelloy C-276 substrate by inclined substrate deposition, prepared at THEVA, was used as the sample. The relation of the deformation and fracture behavior to the change of critical current under applied tensile strain was investigated. The experimental result of tensile test and critical current measurement revealed that the change of critical current with increasing applied tensile strain is caused in two stages; micro-cracking of the coated layer in the fist stage and extensive multiple cracking of the coated layer induced by the discontinuous yielding of the substrate in the second stage.

  10. Modelling ac ripple currents in HTS coated conductors

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    Xu, Zhihan; Grilli, Francesco

    2015-10-01

    Dc transmission using high temperature superconducting (HTS) coated conductors (CCs) offers a promising solution to the globally growing demand for effective, reliable and economic transmission of green energy up to the gigawatt level over very long distances. The credible estimation of the losses and thereby the heat dissipation involved, where ac ripples (introduced in rectification/ac-dc conversion) are viewed as a potential source of notable contribution, is highly essential for the rational design of practical HTS dc transmission cables and corresponding cryogenic systems to fulfil this demand. Here we report a targeted modelling study into the ac losses in a HTS CC subject to dc and ac ripple currents simultaneously, by solving Maxwell’s equations using the finite element method (FEM) in the commercial software package COMSOL. It is observed that the instantaneous loss exhibits only one peak per cycle in the HTS CC subject to sinusoidal ripples, given that the amplitude of the ac ripples is smaller than approximately 20% of that of the dc current. This is a distinct contrast to the usual observation of two peaks per cycle in a HTS CC subject to ac currents only. The unique mechanism is also revealed, which is directly associated with the finding that, around any local minima of the applied ac ripples, the critical state of -J c is never reached at the edges of the HTS CC, as it should be according to the Bean model. When running further into the longer term, it is discovered that the ac ripple loss of the HTS CC in full-wave rectification decays monotonically, at a speed which is found to be insensitive to the frequency of the applied ripples within our targeted situations, to a relatively low level of approximately 1.38 × 10-4 W m-1 in around 1.7 s. Comparison between this level and other typical loss contributions in a HTS dc cable implies that ac ripple currents in HTS CCs should only be considered as a minor source of dissipation in superconducting dc

  11. Development of Low AC Loss TFA-MOD Coated Conductors

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    Katayama, K.; Machi, T.; Nakamura, T.; Takagi, Y.; Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    TFA-MOD process is expected to be promising for future applications since it can produce high performance YBCO coated conductors (CCs) with low cost. Applying YBCO CCs to the power electric devices such as transformers and power cables, the reduction of alternating current (AC) loss for long wire is necessary. Multi-filamentation process, which is one of the most effective approaches for AC loss reduction, has been developed by the scribing process. We have developed the filamentation process using chemical etching. MOD derived CCs are, however, easily damaged in the chemical etching process due to existence of pores in a YBCO layer, resulting in critical current (Ic)-degradation and weak delamination strength. Consequently, it is difficult to scribe MOD derived CCs into 1mm-wide filaments for long length using the chemical etching process. Accordingly, we have studied a scribing process using an excimer laser without chemical etching. We defined P' value in this study as a function of irradiated laser power [J] divided by processing speed[m/s]. We studied relationship between the P' value and the results of scribing. It was found that we could scribe the C.C. with a sufficient depth in the condition of large P' value. Furthermore, we found that the Ic was degraded with further increase of the P' value. A 5 mm wide short sample was divided into 10 filaments by the excimer laser scribing process at the P' of 9[J/(m/s)]. The sample revealed reduction of the hysteresis loss down to 1/10 which could be expected from a theoretical prediction using the numbers of the filaments. Ic-degradation was suppressed as 28%, which was smaller than that of the scribed sample using chemical etching (Ic degradation was 38%). Subsequently, we applied the technique to a 100m long YBCO CC. The hysteresis loss of the 100m long MOD derived CC was reduced down to 1/10 (1/the number of filaments) after the multi-filamentation.

  12. High-rate fabrication of YBCO coated conductors using TFA-MOD method

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    Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Usui, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    The YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) coated conductors derived from metal-organic deposition (MOD) method using the metal salts of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) have been developed with high critical current property. The long-length YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by multi-turn reel-to-reel system. Increasing the thickness per single coating in the multi-turn reel-to-reel system is a cost-effective technique for fabrication of the precursor films in the calcination process. In this work, we have developed a new starting solution consisting of non-fluorine salts of yttrium 4-oxopentanoate and copper 2-ethylhexanoate with focusing on increasing the thickness per single coating for a high-rate fabrication of the YBCO coated conductors by the TFA-MOD method. The critical thickness per single coating of the film fabricated from the new starting solution was 0.54 μm/coat. High critical current of 377 A/cm-width with high critical current density (3.0 MA/cm2) was obtained in the YBCO film fabricated on CeO2 buffered LaMnO3/MgO/Gd2Zr2O-7/HastelloyTM substrates using the new starting solution at the thickness per single coating of 0.42 μm/coat.

  13. Japanese efforts on coated conductor processing and its power applications: New 5 year project for materials and power applications of coated conductors (M-PACC)

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    Shiohara, Y.; Fujiwara, N.; Hayashi, H.; Nagaya, S.; Izumi, T.; Yoshizumi, M.

    2009-10-01

    Five years of Japanese national project (FY2003-FY2007) was ended last spring with remarkable success. The national project was originally aimed for development of coated conductors which have high superconductivity performance and long length enough to fabricate high temperature superconducting (HTS) electric power devices. Preliminary research and development of HTS electric power devices were carried out as well. A series of R&D results will be summarized and reviewed in this paper. The new 5 years Japanese national project has started last June (FY2008-FY2012) to develop HTS electric power applications including SMES, cables and transformers and to develop/produce coated conductors satisfying the requirements from the respective power devices. Collaborative R&D efforts by national laboratories, universities and private companies have been started with the supports of NEDO and METI. The accomplishment of the previous project will be summarized and the plans and goals of the new project will be presented in this paper.

  14. Test of 60 kA coated conductor cable prototypes for fusion magnets

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    Uglietti, D.; Bykovsky, N.; Sedlak, K.; Stepanov, B.; Wesche, R.; Bruzzone, P.

    2015-12-01

    Coated conductors could be promising materials for the fabrication of the large magnet systems of future fusion devices. Two prototype conductors (flat cables in steel conduits), each about 2 m long, were manufactured using coated conductor tapes (4 mm wide) from Super Power and SuperOx, with a total tape length of 1.6 km. Each flat cable is assembled from 20 strands, each strand consisting of a stack of 16 tapes surrounded by two half circular copper profiles, twisted and soldered. The tapes were measured at 12 T and 4.2 K and the results of the measurements were used for the assessment of the conductor electromagnetic properties at low temperature and high field. The two conductors were assembled together in a sample that was tested in the European Dipole (EDIPO) facility. The current sharing temperatures of the two conductors were measured at background fields from 8 T up to 12 T and for currents from 30 kA up to 70 kA: the measured values are within a few percent of the values expected from the measurements on tapes (short samples). After electromagnetic cycling, T cs at 12 T and 50 kA decreased from about 12 K to 11 K (about 10%), corresponding to less than 3% of I c.

  15. Inkjet printing of multifilamentary YBCO for low AC loss coated conductors

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    Hopkins, S. C.; Joseph, D.; Mitchell-Williams, T. B.; Calleja, A.; Vlad, V. R.; Vilardell, M.; Ricart, S.; Granados, X.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.; Usoskin, A.; Falter, M.; Bäcker, M.; Glowacki, B. A.

    2014-05-01

    Considerable progress has been made with the development of REBCO coated conductors in recent years, and high performance conductors are available commercially. For many applications, however, the cost remains prohibitive, and AC losses discourage their selection for higher frequency applications. Chemical solution deposition (CSD) methods are attractive for low-cost, scalable preparation of buffer and superconductor layers, and in many respects inkjet printing is the method of choice, permitting non-contact deposition with minimal materials wastage and excellent control of coating thickness. Highly textured coatings of YBCO and Gd-doped CeO2 have previously been reported on buffered metal substrates. Inkjet printing also introduces the possibility of patterning - directly depositing two and three dimensional structures without subtractive processing - offering a low-cost route to coated conductors with reduced AC losses. In this contribution, the inkjet deposition of superconducting YBCO tracks is reported on industrially relevant buffered metal substrates both by direct printing and an inverse patterning approach. In the latter approach, ceria tracks were printed reported, which are a candidate both for resistive filament spacers and buffer layers. TFA-based precursor solutions have been printed on SS/ABAD-YSZ/CeO2 and Ni-W/LZO/CeO2 RABiTS substrates, and the resulting multifilamentary samples characterised by microscopy and scanning Hall probe measurements. The prospects for future inkjet-printed low AC loss coated conductors are discussed, including control of interfilamentary resistivity and bridging, transposed filamentary structures and stabilisation material.

  16. Superior properties of SmBCO coated conductors at high magnetic fields and elevated temperatures

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    Fuger, R.; Eisterer, M.; Oh, S. S.; Weber, H. W.

    2010-03-01

    In addition to the well investigated YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (Y-123, YBCO) compound, many other rare earth-123 compounds are candidate materials for the production of coated conductors. Sm-123 seems to be an excellent alternative because of its higher transition temperature ( T c) and higher critical current densities ( J c) in external magnetic fields. Because of the fast decrease of J c in YBCO at elevated temperatures, especially around the boiling point of liquid nitrogen, the slightly higher T c can be an important advantage. Recently, significant progress has been made in the production of long length Sm-123 based coated conductors. We report here on transport measurements on these conductors in the liquid nitrogen temperature range. The critical current densities were determined as a function of the applied field and the crystallographic orientation under maximum Lorentz force configuration. A shift of the c-axis (∼7°) from the tape normal was found. The conductor properties were compared to those of commercially available YBCO coated conductors. The critical current densities as well as the irreversibility fields are higher in the SmBCO tapes, thus demonstrating the superior properties of the Sm-123 compound.

  17. AC loss reduction of TFA-MOD coated conductors in long length by laser scribing technique

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    Katayama, K.; Hirano, H.; Machi, T.; Takagi, Y.; Takahashi, Y.; Izumi, T.

    TFA-MOD process is expected to be promising for future applications since it can produce high performance YBCO coated conductors with low cost. Applying YBCO coated conductors to the power electric devices such as transformer, cable, motors, reduction of AC loss for long wire is necessary. Multifilamentation, which is one of the effective approaches for AC loss reduction, has been developed by the scribing process. YBCO coated conductors produced by our standard TFA-MOD process delaminated into two parts by the laser scribing. The delamination was clarified to occur within the superconducting layer caused by the defects such as pores in the superconducting layer. In order to reduce the defects in the superconducting layer, we modify the heat treatment profile performed on the decomposed precursor films by applying the interim annealing(550-600°C) before crystallization heat treatment(740-770°C). The interim annealed samples had much less and smaller pores than the standard processed ones. The peel strength measured by transverse tensile test was as high as the PLD derived coated conductors which was successfully scribed into five filaments resulting in 1/5 AC loss. A 50m long YBCO coated conductor with the characteristics of 398A/cmwidth was obtained and cut into 5 mm width, followed by the laser scribing process into five filaments. The multifilamentation process was successfully performed without delamination throughout the wire. The hysteresis loss was down to 1/N (N: number of filaments), as we aimed. The IC properties of the filaments were 29±4A, indicating the wire was uniformly fabricated.

  18. Development of buffer layers by chemical solution deposition for YBCO coated conductors

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    Akin, Yalcin

    Short length YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by vacuum thin film deposition techniques. However, the fabrication process increases the cost, and makes them impractical to use for commercial applications even if they are fabricated in kilometer lengths. YBCO coated conductors could be available in the market with a cheaper price by developing non-vacuum deposition techniques. The objective of this research was to investigate development of buffer layers by chemical solution deposition technique for YBCO coated conductors. Buffer layer structures are mainly used to prevent metal ion diffusion, and to reduce the lattice mismatch between YBCO and the metallic substrate. The technical approach, which was adapted here, is the reel-to-reel sol-gel dip coating process to fabricate long length coatings by developing buffer layers' chemical solutions. Rolling assisted biaxially textured Ni substrates were used for deposition of buffer layers. Cold rolled Ni strips were heat-treated at certain conditions to form biaxially textured structure, which became templates for textured growth of buffer layers that is necessary to obtain high critical current in the coated conductors. CeO2 was chosen as a buffer layers because it has been recognized as one of the best cap layers. Growth of highly textured, crack free, pinhole free and smooth CeO2 buffer layers have been demonstrated by chemical solution deposition technique on biaxially textured substrates. A new buffer layer with pseudocubic lattice parameters matching YBCO, (Eu0.893Yb0.107)2O3, was developed for the first time by using a mixture of Eu2O 3 and Yb2O3 to eliminate lattice mismatch, which adversely affected the critical current of the coated conductors. Highly textured (Eu0.893Yb0.107)2O3 buffer layers were deposited on biaxially textured Ni substrates by chemical solution deposition technique. Finally, the growth of CeO2 and (Eu0.893Yb 0.107)2O3 buffer layers were investigated on oxide layers because both Ce

  19. The Integration of YBACU3O6+X Coated Conductors into Magnets and Rotating Machinery

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    Levin, G. A.; Barnes, P. N.

    2006-03-01

    The implementation of the 2nd generation high-Tc superconductors in power applications, such as electrical transformers, motors and generators requires superconducting wires that are superior to copper Litz wires at cryogenic temperatures in terms of losses in time-varying magnetic fields, as well as in engineering current density. Another problem is to find a way to make practical coils and armatures out of flat tape-like conductors with low bending strain tolerance. We discuss several novel approaches to the construction of coils and armatures based specifically on the properties of coated conductors manufactured today.

  20. Influence of magnetization on field quality in cosine-theta and block design dipole magnets wound with coated conductors

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    Sogabe, Yusuke; Sakashita, Masaki; Nakamura, Taketsune; Ogitsu, Toru; Amemiya, Naoyuki

    2016-04-01

    We carried out electromagnetic field analyses on the cross sections of two dipole magnets wound with coated conductors. One was a cosine-theta magnet, and the other was a block design magnet. The electric field-current density characteristics of the coated conductors were formulated using a percolation depinning model based on the measured voltage-current characteristics. We calculated the temporal evolutions of the current-density distributions in all the turns of each magnet and used these evolutions to calculate the multipole components of the magnetic field. We compared the two magnets, which differed in coated-conductor orientations, regarding the influence of coated-conductor magnetization on the field qualities.

  1. Electrical characteristics of DyBCO coated conductors at high current densities for fault current limiter application

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    Therasse, M.; Decroux, M.; Antognazza, L.; Abplanalp, M.; Fischer, Ø.

    2008-10-01

    We report on the electrical and thermal characterisation of DyBa 2Cu 3O 7 (DyBCO) coated conductors. Detailed I- V curves of these coated conductors are presented showing that the flux flow resistivity of these CC is 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than the one observed in HTS thin films grown onto sapphire substrates. This high flux flow resistivity, which might reflect the presence of grain boundaries, influences the switching behaviour of the superconducting line. The thermal characteristics of these coated conductors have been investigated on two aspects; the propagation velocity of the normal zone and the heating of the line. The propagation velocity is very low of the order of cm/s and a very fast increasing of the temperature of DyBCO switched line is observed. From all these measurements, the electrical and thermal behaviour of the coated conductors will be discussed.

  2. YBCO coated conductors on highly textured Pd-buffered Ni-W tape

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    Celentano, G.; Galluzzi, V.; Mancini, A.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Augieri, A.; Petrisor, T.; Ciontea, L.; Gambardella, U.

    2006-06-01

    High critical current density YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors were obtained on cube textured Ni-W. The use of a Pd transient layer as a first buffer led to a sharp out-of-plane grains alignment of the CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer layer. YBCO films grown on this template exhibit an out-of-plane orientation with a full width at half maximum of about 3°, less than 50% of the respective starting Ni-W value. Despite the complete interdiffusion between Ni-W and Pd after the YBCO film deposition, the coated conductors exhibit good film adherence as well as a crack free and smooth surface of the YBCO film. YBCO thin films show critical temperature values above than 88 K and a critical current density of 2.1 MA/cm2 at 77 K and self field.

  3. Apparatus and method for measuring critical current properties of a coated conductor

    DOEpatents

    Mueller, Fred M.; Haenisch, Jens

    2012-07-24

    The transverse critical-current uniformity in a superconducting tape was determined using a magnetic knife apparatus. A critical current I.sub.c distribution and transverse critical current density J.sub.c distribution in YBCO coated conductors was measured nondestructively with high resolution using a magnetic knife apparatus. The method utilizes the strong depression of J.sub.c in applied magnetic fields. A narrow region of low, including zero, magnetic field in a surrounding higher field is moved transversely across a sample of coated conductor. This reveals the critical current density distribution. A Fourier series inversion process was used to determine the transverse J.sub.c distribution in the sample.

  4. Construction and test of a non-insulated insert coil using coated conductor tape

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    Uglietti, D.; Wesche, R.; Bruzzone, P.

    2014-05-01

    A small coated conductor coil (central field 1 T at 200 A) was constructed and tested in order to evaluate the benefit and the possible disadvantages of non insulated, double pancake construction, in particular regarding quench protection. The insert coil consists of three double pancakes without turn to turn insulation, and it was impregnated with beeswax. The coil was equipped with voltage taps on each pancake, thermocouples and a quench heater. Quench tests were carried out because quench protection is one of the main issues in developing coil technology for coated conductors. Quenches were induced either by a heater or by exceeding the coil critical current; in all cases the quench protection system was able to detect the quench.

  5. On-Line Texture Diagnostics for Coated Conductor Manufacture. Final Report

    SciTech Connect

    White, M. K.

    2002-12-30

    This Phase I project was undertaken to assess the feasibility of implementing a particular diagnostic method for characterizing the crystallographic texture of high temperature superconductor (HTS) coated conductors on-line during their reel-to-reel continuous manufacture. Key factors in this technique were the use of an area detector to greatly reduce scan time, an x-ray mirror to enhance incident beam brightness, and an automation scheme for diffractometer control, tape motion control, and calculation and output of texture characterizations.

  6. Fabrication, qualification and test of high Jc ROEBEL YBCO coated conductor cable for HEP magnets

    SciTech Connect

    Lombardo, V.; Barzi, E.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; Long, N.J.; Badcock, R.A.

    2010-08-01

    The ROEBEL cable concept allows for a high critical current cable assembled using commercially available YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{Delta}} coated conductors. this approach to cable design leads to several technological improvements if applied to the manufacture process of next generation low inductance, high current density HTS coils. A reduction in inductance proves to be extremely important when it comes to protection of coils capable of generating fields in the range of 40-50T, such as the ones needed in the last stage of the cooling channel of a muon collider. In this work several aspects are presented including the qualification and minimum requirements for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{Delta}}coated conductor in terms of 2D current density uniformity and the manufacturing process of ROEBEL cables. Test results achieved using a superconducting transformer for critical current measurements in liquid helium are shown, discussed and compared to the performance of a single YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{Delta}} coated conductor tape.

  7. Measurement of transverse Jc profiles of coated conductors using a magnetic knife of permanent magnets

    SciTech Connect

    Haenisch, J; Mueller, F M; Ashworth, S P; Coulter, J Y; Matias, Vlad

    2008-01-01

    The transverse J{sub c} distribution in YBCO coated conductors was measured non-destructively with high resolution using a 'magnetic knife' made of permanent magnets. The method utilizes the strong depression of J{sub c} in applied magnetic fields. A narrow region of low (including zero) magnetic field, in a surrounding higher field, is moved transversely across the sample in order to reveal the critical-current density distribution. The net resolution of this device is approximately 65 {micro}m, and the J{sub c} resolution is better than 0.5%. A Fourier series inversion process was used to determine the transverse J{sub c} distribution in the sample. The J{sub c} profile was correlated with other sample properties of coated conductors prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Because of its straight-forward and inexpensive design, this J{sub c} imaging technique can be a powerful tool for quality control in coated-conductor production.

  8. Joint of REBa2Cu3O7-δ Coated Conductors Using Metal Organic Deposition

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    Hiramatsu, K.; Teranishi, R.; Yamada, K.; Sato, Y.; Kaneko, K.

    Joint techniques connecting REBa2Cu3O7-δ(REBCO) coated conductors (CCs) are required to fabricate long length CCs and to repair locally damaged one. Two pieces of REBCO CC were attempted to be jointed using a metal organic deposition (MOD) method. The starting solution for YBCO layer was coated on GdBCO layer of CCs and calcined to fabricate precursor films, two of which were stuck together in a face to face manner, and then these films were pressurized and crystallized to joint them. Two CCs were successfully jointed together with c-axis oriented YBCO without pores and reacted phases at the joint interface.

  9. Field and temperature scaling of the critical current density in commercial REBCO coated conductors

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    Senatore, Carmine; Barth, Christian; Bonura, Marco; Kulich, Miloslav; Mondonico, Giorgio

    2016-01-01

    Scaling relations describing the electromagnetic behaviour of coated conductors (CCs) greatly simplify the design of REBCO-based devices. The performance of REBCO CCs is strongly influenced by fabrication route, conductor architecture and materials, and these parameters vary from one manufacturer another. In the present work we have examined the critical surface for the current density, J c(T, B, θ), of coated conductors from six different manufacturers: American Superconductor Co. (US), Bruker HTS GmbH (Germany), Fujikura Ltd (Japan), SuNAM Co. Ltd (Korea), SuperOx ZAO (Russia) and SuperPower Inc. (US). Electrical transport and magnetic measurements were performed at temperatures between 4.2 K and 77 K and in magnetic fields of up to 19 T. Experiments were conducted at three different orientations of the field with respect to the crystallographic c-axis of the REBCO layer, θ = 0°, 45° and 90°, in order to probe the angular anisotropy of J c. In spite of the large variability of the CCs’ performance, we show here that field and temperature dependences of J c at a given angle can be reproduced over wide ranges using a scaling relation based only on three parameters. Furthermore, we present and validate a new approach combining magnetic and transport measurements for the determination of the scaling parameters with minimal experimental effort.

  10. AC Loss Reduction in Filamentized YBCO Coated Conductors with Virtual Transverse Cross-cuts

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Yifei; Duckworth, Robert C; Ha, Tam T; List III, Frederick Alyious; Gouge, Michael J; Chen, Y; X, Xiong,; Selvamanickam, V.

    2011-01-01

    While the performance of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO)-based coated conductors under dc currents has improved significantly in recent years, filamentization is being investigated as a technique to reduce ac loss so that the 2nd generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires can also be utilized in various ac power applications such as cables, transformers and fault current limiters. Experimental studies have shown that simply filamentizing the superconducting layer is not effective enough to reduce ac loss because of incomplete flux penetration in between the filaments as the length of the tape increases. To introduce flux penetration in between the filaments more uniformly and further reduce the ac loss, virtual transverse cross-cuts were made in superconducting filaments of the coated conductors fabricated using the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method. The virtual transverse cross-cuts were formed by making cross-cuts (17 - 120 {micro}m wide) on the IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition)-MgO templates using laser scribing followed by depositing the superconducting layer ({approx} 0.6 {micro}m thick). AC losses were measured and compared for filamentized conductors with and without the cross-cuts under applied peak ac fields up to 100 mT. The results were analyzed to evaluate the efficacy of filament decoupling and the feasibility of using this method to achieve ac loss reduction.

  11. Estimation of magnetic relaxation property for CVD processed YBCO-coated conductors

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    Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Shikimachi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2010-11-01

    Ion Beam Assist Deposition/Chemical Vapor Deposition(IBAD/CVD)-processed YBCO-coated conductors with high critical current density Jc at high magnetic fields are expected to be applied to superconducting equipments such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES). For application to superconducting magnet in SMES one of the most important properties for superconductors is the relaxation property of superconducting current. In this paper, the relaxation property is investigated for IBAD/CVD-processed YBCO-coated conductors of the superconducting layer in the range of 0.18-0.90 μm. This property can be quantitatively characterized by the apparent pinning potential, U0∗. It is found that U0∗ takes a smaller value due to the two-dimensional pinning mechanism at high magnetic fields for conductor with thinner superconducting layer. Although U0∗ decreases with increasing thickness at low magnetic fields at 20 K, it increases at high magnetic fields. The results are theoretically explained by the model of the flux creep and flow based on the dimensionality of flux pinning. Scaling analysis is examined for the dependence of U0∗ on the magnetic field, temperature and the layer thickness.

  12. Mixed Electronic and Ionic Conductor-Coated Cathode Material for High-Voltage Lithium Ion Battery.

    PubMed

    Shim, Jae-Hyun; Han, Jung-Min; Lee, Joon-Hyung; Lee, Sanghun

    2016-05-18

    A lithium ionic conductor, Li1.3Al0.3Ti1.7(PO4)3 (LATP), is introduced as a coating material on the surface of Mg-doped LiCoO2 to improve electrochemical performances for high-voltage (4.5 V) lithium ion batteries. Structure, morphology, elemental distribution, and electrical properties of the materials are thoroughly characterized by SEM, TEM, EELS, EDS, and C-AFM. The coating layer is electrically conductive with the aid of Mg ions which are used as a dopant for the active materials; therefore, this mixed electronic ionic conductor strongly enhances the electrochemical performances of initial capacity, cycling property, and rate capability. The LATP coating layer also demonstrates very promising applicability for 4.4 V prismatic full cells with graphite anode, which correspond to the 4.5 V half-cells with lithium anode. The 2900 mA h full cells show 85% of capacity retention after 500 cycles and more than 60% after 700 cycles. PMID:27127906

  13. Bend strain tolerance of YBa2Cu3O7-x-coated conductors fabricated by inclined substrate deposition

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    Shankar, P. S.; Singh, J. P.; Ma, B.; Koritala, R.; Fisher, B. L.; Balachandran, U.

    2006-09-01

    The effect of tensile bend strain on the critical current of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO)-coated conductors was evaluated as a function of YBCO film thickness. The YBCO-coated conductors were fabricated on Hastelloy C276 metal substrates templated with MgO by inclined substrate deposition. It was observed that a conductor with 0.2 µm thick YBCO retained 90% of the unstrained critical current until a strain of ap0.4%, whereas for a conductor with 0.5 µm thick YBCO film the critical strain value was ap0.2%. At strains higher than the critical strain, the critical current dropped precipitously. The inverse dependence of bend strain tolerance on the YBCO film thickness is in reasonable agreement with analytical prediction. This inverse dependence was used to approximate the fracture toughness of the YBCO film, which was found to be in general agreement with the literature.

  14. Fabrication of long REBCO coated conductors by PLD process in China

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    Li, Yijie; Liu, Linfei; Wu, Xiang

    2015-11-01

    In China, the First National Key Project on CC Program started in 2009, which was focused on developing hundred meter long class CC tapes based on PLD/RABiTS processes. In this project, SJTU mainly worked on all of functional layer deposition process development. Northwest Institute for Non-ferrous Metal Research worked on RABiTS tape fabrication. At the end of the project in 2011, SJTU successfully fabricated hundred meter long CC tapes with over 300 A/cm (at 77 K, self field) on RABiTS tapes. To develop high performance CC tapes by PLD/IBAD-MgO processes, a pilot CC fabrication line was set up at Shanghai Superconductor Technology Corporation, Ltd. in 2013. High quality long REBCO coated conductors have been successfully fabricated on flexible polycrystalline metal tapes by PLD plus magnetron sputter and IBAD processes. Under optimized conditions, the IBAD-MgO layers showed pure (0 0 1) orientation and excellent in-plane texture. The in-plane phi-scan rocking curve is 4-6 degrees. AFM observation showed MgO layer had very smooth surface. The RMS is less 1 nm. On the textured MgO layer, sputter deposited single cerium oxide cap-layer showed pure (0 0 1) orientation and excellent in-plane texture of 4-6 degree. Reel-to-reel PLD process with high deposition rate was already scaled up to 100 m/h tape speed. Hundred meters long coated conductor tapes with over 500 A/cm performance have been routinely fabricated. And now, the process optimization for kilometer long coated conductor tapes is underway.

  15. Interlayer structure in YBCO-coated conductors prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Molina-Luna, Leopoldo; Egoavil, Ricardo; Turner, Stuart; Thersleff, Thomas; Verbeeck, Jo; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Eibl, Oliver; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf

    2013-07-01

    The functionality of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO)-coated conductor technology depends on the reliability and microstructural properties of a given tape or wire architecture. Particularly, the interface to the metal tape is of interest since it determines the adhesion, mechanical stability of the film and thermal contact of the film to the substrate. A trifluoroacetate (TFA)—metal organic deposition (MOD) prepared YBCO film deposited on a chemical solution-derived buffer layer architecture based on CeO2/La2Zr2O7 and grown on a flexible Ni5 at.%W substrate with a {100}<001> biaxial texture was investigated. The YBCO film had a thickness was 440 nm and a jc of 1.02 MA cm-2 was determined at 77 K and zero external field. We present a sub-nanoscale analysis of a fully processed solution-derived YBCO-coated conductor by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) combined with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). For the first time, structural and chemical analysis of the valence has been carried out on the sub-nm scale. Intermixing of Ni, La, Ce, O and Ba takes place at these interfaces and gives rise to nanometer-sized interlayers which are a by-product of the sequential annealing process. Two distinct interfacial regions were analyzed in detail: (i) the YBCO/CeO2/La2Zr2O7 region (10 nm interlayer) and (ii) the La2Zr2O7/Ni-5 at.%W substrate interface region (20 nm NiO). This is of particular significance for the functionality of these YBCO-coated conductor architectures grown by chemical solution deposition.

  16. Improvement of Film Thickness Uniformity in TFA-MOD Coated Conductors

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    Katayama, K.; Nakahata, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    TFA-MOD process is expected to be promising for future applications since it can produce high performance YBCO coated conductors with low cost. The dip-coating is adopted as the coating process because of its simplicity and controllability of the overall film thickness. Dip-coated films have uniform thickness along longitudinal direction, but not necessary in transverse direction. In the case of thicker films, the more cracks form during processing at the thicker region near the edges generate and propagate mainly due to tensile and bending strain. So we have to suppress the thickness distribution in transverse direction for thicker films for high IC values. In this study, we found that the thickness distribution was firstly given by meniscus shape and then the solution flew down till it's dried. The solution in the center region drops more since it is slowly dried compared with the edge region. Then, we developed a drying process, which accelerates the drying by blowing hot gas to prevent the coated solutions from dropping. As a result, the thickness uniformity was improved; the thickness ratio of the thick region (edge) to the flat one (center) was improved from 1.35 to 1.07. Furthermore, we successfully produced ~1.5 μm thick films with high critical current density values (> 2MA/cm2) by the new coating process including the force drying step.

  17. Flux-Pinning Centers In Metal-Organic Deposited YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Strickland, N. M.; Long, N. J.; Talantsev, E. F.; Xia, J. A.; Kennedy, J.; Markwitz, A.; Zondervan, A.; Rupich, M. W.; Zhang, W.; Li, X.; Sathyamurthy, S.

    2009-07-23

    We present our recent results in introducing artificial flux-pinning centers in metal-organic deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} coated conductors. In particular, we describe methods for creating point-like and planar defects through precursor and process modifications, and linear defects using post-process heavy-ion irradiation. We observe these defects through transmission-electron microscopy. Each type of defect contributes a particular critical-current signature and combinations of defects can be used to tailor the superconductor for specific applications.

  18. Growth of graphene on cylindrical copper conductors as an anticorrosion coating: a microscopic study

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    Datta, A. J.; Gupta, B.; Shafiei, M.; Taylor, R.; Motta, N.

    2016-07-01

    We have successfully grown graphene film on the surface of cylindrical copper conductors by chemical vapour deposition. The quality and number of graphene layers have been investigated using Raman spectroscopy, Raman mapping and scanning electron microscopy, as a function of methane gas flow rate and of growth temperature. Transmission electron microscopy analysis has been performed to verify the number of graphene layers, confirming the results obtained by Raman spectroscopy. The results open up the possibility of using graphene as an anticorrosion coating for copper cables and earth grids.

  19. High current density electropolishing in the preparation of highly smooth substrate tapes for coated conductors

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    Kreiskott, Sascha; Matias, Vladimir; Arendt, Paul N.; Foltyn, Stephen R.; Bronisz, Lawrence E.

    2009-03-31

    A continuous process of forming a highly smooth surface on a metallic tape by passing a metallic tape having an initial roughness through an acid bath contained within a polishing section of an electropolishing unit over a pre-selected period of time, and, passing a mean surface current density of at least 0.18 amperes per square centimeter through the metallic tape during the period of time the metallic tape is in the acid bath whereby the roughness of the metallic tape is reduced. Such a highly smooth metallic tape can serve as a base substrate in subsequent formation of a superconductive coated conductor.

  20. Insert Coil Test for HEP High Field Magnets Using YBCO Coated Conductor Tapes

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    Lombardo, V.; Barzi, E.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; /Fermilab

    2011-06-15

    The final beam cooling stages of a Muon Collider may require DC solenoid magnets with magnetic fields of 30-50 T. In this paper we present progress in insert coil development using commercially available YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} Coated Conductor. Technological aspects covered in the development, including coil geometry, insulation, manufacturing process and testing are summarized and discussed. Test results of double pancake coils operated in liquid nitrogen and liquid helium are presented and compared with the performance of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} tape short samples.

  1. Growth of graphene on cylindrical copper conductors as an anticorrosion coating: a microscopic study.

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    Datta, A J; Gupta, B; Shafiei, M; Taylor, R; Motta, N

    2016-07-15

    We have successfully grown graphene film on the surface of cylindrical copper conductors by chemical vapour deposition. The quality and number of graphene layers have been investigated using Raman spectroscopy, Raman mapping and scanning electron microscopy, as a function of methane gas flow rate and of growth temperature. Transmission electron microscopy analysis has been performed to verify the number of graphene layers, confirming the results obtained by Raman spectroscopy. The results open up the possibility of using graphene as an anticorrosion coating for copper cables and earth grids. PMID:27263663

  2. Influence of superconductor film composition on adhesion strength of coated conductors

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    Kesgin, Ibrahim; Khatri, Narayan; Liu, Yuhao; Delgado, Louis; Galstyan, Eduard; Selvamanickam, Venkat

    2015-11-20

    The effect of high temperature superconductor (HTS) film composition on the adhesion strength of rare- earth barium copper oxide coated conductors (CCs) has been studied. It has been found that the mechanical integrity of the superconductor layer is very susceptible to the defects especially those along the ab plane, probably due to the weak interfaces between the defects and the matrix. Gd and Y in the standard composition were substituted with Sm and the number of in-plane defects was drastically reduced. Consequently, a four-fold increase in adhesion or peeling strength in Sm-based CCs was achieved compared to the standard GdYBCO samples.

  3. How filaments can reduce AC losses in HTS coated conductors: a review

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    Grilli, Francesco; Kario, Anna

    2016-08-01

    Second-generation high-temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes, known also as coated conductors, are very promising tapes for HTS applications, in virtue of their extremely high critical current density, in-field behavior, and mechanical strength. Yet, the extremely large (typically in the range 1000–10 000) width-to-thickness ratio of the superconducting material makes them prone to high power dissipation in the presence of time-varying magnetic fields perpendicular to their flat face—a condition frequently met in several applications. Since the dissipation is directly proportional to the square of the superconductor's width, an obvious way of reducing it is by striating the superconductor into narrow filaments (stripes): in that case, provided that the filaments are electromagnetically uncoupled, the losses are reduced by a factor equal to the number of filaments. In the past two decades, many researchers from groups around the world have tried to apply this idea to practical conductors using different techniques. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of such efforts, focusing on the different approaches to make filamentized conductors, on the effectiveness of the AC loss reduction, and on the applicability of those techniques to long lengths.

  4. Coated conductors

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    Arendt, Paul N.; Foltyn, Stephen R.; Stan, Liliana; Usov, Igor O.; Wang, Haiyan

    2010-06-15

    Articles are provided including a base substrate having a layer of an IBAD oriented material thereon, and, a layer of barium-containing material selected from the group consisting of barium zirconate, barium hafnate, barium titanate, barium strontium titanate, barium dysprosium zirconate, barium neodymium zirconate and barium samarium zirconate, or a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the layer of an IBAD oriented material. Such articles can further include thin films of high temperature superconductive oxides such as YBCO upon the layer of barium-containing material selected from the group consisting of barium zirconate, barium hafnate, barium titanate, barium strontium titanate, barium dysprosium zirconate, barium neodymium zirconate and barium samarium zirconate, or a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates.

  5. Nonvacuum Deposition of Silver Doped YBCO Coated Conductor on %100 Lattice Match Buffered Ni Tapes

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    Arda, L.; Cakiroglu, O.; Keskin, S.; Sacli, O. A.

    2007-04-01

    Silver doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors were fabricated on Gd1.624Ho0.376O3 (100 % lattice match with YBCO) textured buffer layers on Ni tape by reel-to-reel sol-gel dip coating system. Sample were prepared with different wt(1-5) % Ag doped ratio. The surface morphologies and microstructure of all sample were characterized by ESEM, EDS and XRD. Pole figure texture analyses have been done to characterize texture of buffer layer and YBCO superconducting film . The critical current Ic measurement was performed using four wire method with the 1 μV/cm criterion. The critical current density, Jc was measured to be 2.2 × 104 A/cm2 at 77 K self field for 1 wt % Ag doped YBCO sample.

  6. Substrate surface treatment and YSZ buffer layers by IBAD method for coated conductors

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    Feng, F.; Liu, R.; Chen, H.; Shi, K.; Wang, Z.; Wu, W.; Han, Z.

    2009-10-01

    In this work, an Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) system was utilized to fabricate Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) template films for coated conductors. The surface of the Hastelloy C276 substrate was modified by rolling and electropolishing. The effect of the electropolishing parameters of the substrate on the texture of the YSZ buffer layers was studied. The electropolishing current and time were optimized for short samples of 1 cm×1 cm square shape as 1 A and 60 s, respectively. And the relationship between the roughness of the substrate surface and the texture of the YSZ layer is discussed. Reel-to-reel metal tape moving apparatus was installed and used to produce meter-long buffer layer for coated conductors. The YSZ template film was deposited by IBAD method on meter-long Hastelloy tape with tape shifting speed of 15-20 m/h, and the thickness of the buffer layer was up to about 1.7 μm. The Hastelloy substrate surface was measured by Atomic Force Microscope. The thickness of the YSZ films over length was measured by Thermal Field Emission Scan Electronic Microscopy. X Ray Diffraction Ω-scan and ϕ-scan measurements were performed in order to examine the out-of-plane and in-plane texture of the YSZ buffer layers, respectively.

  7. Enhancement of critical current through oxygen irradiation in optimized 2G superconducting coated conductors

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    Kihlstrom, Karen; Leroux, M.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W.-K.; Koshelev, A. E.; Crabtree, G. W.; Rupich, M. W.; Fleshler, S.; Malozemoff, A. P.; Kayani, A.; CES Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate the strong enhancement of the critical current density, Jc, of commercial coated conductors (CC) in high magnetic fields using 3 MeV oxygen irradiation. The rapid suppression of Jc of coated conductors in magnetic fields remains a barrier for application of CCs in motors, generators, transformers, solenoids, and MRI systems. Using TRIM simulations, we determined that 3-MeV O-ions produce an essentially uniform defect distribution in bare CC at a rate that is ~ 2500 faster than that achieved with proton irradiation. Irradiating with 3 MeV O-ions to a dose of 1x1013 O-ions/cm2 generates a near doubling of the critical current at low temperatures: at 5K, 5T, we enhanced the critical current from 6.4 MA/cm2 to 12.2 MA/cm2. This dose can be achieved in a couple of seconds, thus this irradiation technique could be incorporated into a viable reel-to-reel production process. This work supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. D.O.E., Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (K.K, M.L.,A.K) and by the D.O.E, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 (U.W., W.K.).

  8. Suitability of coated conductors for fusion magnets in view of their radiation response

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    Prokopec, R.; Fischer, D. X.; Weber, H. W.; Eisterer, M.

    2015-01-01

    HTS coated conductors could replace Nb3Sn wires in future fusion power plants, where the superconductors are exposed to neutron radiation. The maximum neutron fluence a superconductor can sustain is an important criterion for its suitability for fusion magnets. We report on the change of the superconducting properties in HTS RABiTS based coated conductors following high fluence irradiation (up to 3.3 · 1022 m-2) in a research reactor, which is significantly higher than previously reported. The transition temperature decreases as a function of fluence by up to 8 K and the critical current, Ic, heavily degrades when the magnetic field is applied parallel to the tape surface. The critical currents exhibit a maximum in their fluence dependence for the perpendicular field orientation, which shifts to lower fluences at higher temperatures. The same behavior is found for the fluence where Ic falls below that of the pristine tape. This limits the operation conditions to low temperatures under the expected lifetime fluences in future fusion magnets.

  9. Superconducting layer thickness dependence of magnetic relaxation property in CVD processed YGdBCO coated conductors

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    Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Shikimachi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2011-11-01

    One of the most important properties of coated conductors for Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) is the relaxation property of persistent superconducting current. This property can be quantitatively characterized by the apparent pinning potential U0∗. In this paper, the dependence of U0∗ on the thickness of superconducting layer d is investigated in the range of 0.33-1.43 μm at the temperature range of 20-30 K and in magnetic fields up to 6.5 T for Y 0.7Gd 0.3Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ coated conductors. It was found that the value of critical current density did not appreciably depend on d at 20 K. This indicates that no structural deterioration of superconducting layer occurs during the process of increasing thickness. U0∗ increases and then tends to decrease with an increasing magnetic field. The magnetic field at which U0∗ starts to decrease increases with increasing thickness. This property was analyzed using the flux creep-flow model. Application of scaling law is examined for the dependence of U0∗ on magnetic field and temperature. It was found that the dependence could be expressed using scaling parameters B,U0 peak∗ in the temperature range 20-30 K.

  10. Calculating AC Losses in High-temperature Superconducting Cables Comprising Coated Conductors

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    Noji, Hideki; Kawano, Shouta; Akaki, Yoji; Hamada, Tsugio

    In this study, we present a new calculation model of AC loss in a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cable comprising coated conductors. AC loss is calculated by an electric circuit (EC) model. A previous EC model had three circuit elements: resistance as a function of the layer current, inductances related to the circumferential and axial fields. The new EC model has only inductances, and resistance is eliminated. In both models, AC loss of the coated conductor in each layer of an HTS cable is calculated on the basis of the Norris equation for a thin strip. The differences between measurement and calculations using the previous and new models are 12% and 14%, respectively, when transporting 1 kArms, which indicates that the new model is applicable for the calculation of AC loss in an HTS cable. These results indicate that layer current is dependent on inductances and not on resistance. The elimination of resistance simplifies AC loss calculation because it does not require repeated calculations for the convergence of the layer current. The calculation time was 1/20th of that of the previous model. In the new model, the Norris equation can be replaced with the calculation result obtained by the two-dimensional finite element method to obtain more accurate AC loss.

  11. Doubling of the Critical Current Density of 2G-YBCO Coated Conductors through proton irradiation

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    Welp, Ulrich; Jia, Ying; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Rupich, Marty; Fleshler, Steven; Kayani, Asfghar

    2013-03-01

    We report on magnetization and transport measurements of the critical current density of commercial 2G YBCO coated conductors before and after proton irradiation. The samples were irradiated along the c-axis with 4 MeV protons to a fluence of 1.5x1016 p/cm2. We find that at temperatures below 50 K, proton irradiation increases Jc by a factor of 2 in low fields and increases up to 2.5 in fields of 7 T. At 77 K, proton irradiation is less effective in enhancing the critical current. Doubling of Jc in fields of several Tesla and at temperatures below 50 K will be highly beneficial for applications of coated conductors in rotating machinery, generators and magnet coils. - Work supported by the US DoE-BES funded Energy Frontier Research Center (YJ), and by Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (UW, WKK), under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  12. Ac-loss measurement of a DyBCO-Roebel assembled coated conductor cable (RACC)

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    Schuller, S.; Goldacker, W.; Kling, A.; Krempasky, L.; Schmidt, C.

    2007-10-01

    Low ac-loss HTS cables for transport currents well above 1 kA are required for application in transformers and generators and are taken into consideration for future generations of fusion reactor coils. Coated conductors (CC) are suitable candidates for high field application at an operation temperature around 50-77 K, which is a crucial precondition for economical cooling costs. We prepared a short length of a Roebel bar cable made of industrial DyBCO coated conductor (Theva Company, Germany). Meander shaped tapes of 4 mm width with a twist pitch of 122 mm were cut from 10 mm wide CC tapes using a specially designed tool. Eleven of these strands were assembled to a cable. The electrical and mechanical connection of the tapes was achieved using a silver powder filled conductive epoxy resin. Ac-losses of a short sample in an external ac field were measured as a function of frequency and field amplitude in transverse and parallel field orientations. In addition, the coupling current time constant of the sample was directly measured.

  13. Microstructure of RABiTS-type high-Tc superconductor coated conductors

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    Yang, Chau-Yun

    2000-11-01

    The objective of this dissertation was to characterize quantitatively the microstructure of the high Tc superconductor and buffer layer materials in prototype superconducting coated conductor tapes with the goal of understanding the microstructure-property relationships that determine their suitability for large scale applications of high Tc superconductivity. The coated conductor materials were fabricated by the rolling-assisted biaxially-textured substrates (RABiTS) approach at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. YBa2Cu 3O7-δ (YBCO), a high Tc superconductor, was deposited on various combinations of oxide buffer layers on RABiT metal tape substrates. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy were used in combination to study the microstructure in the superconductor and buffer layers. The electromagnetic properties of the samples were determined in collaborations with researchers in the UW Applied Superconductivity Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Buffer layers deposited by both physical vapor deposition and chemical solution deposition methods showed a wide range of microstructures and surface topographies. Electron-beam evaporated yttia stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) buffer layers were composed of loosely packed, slab- shaped columnar grains with rectangular cross sections and average dimensions of 10nm by 50nm by the film thickness. Magnetron sputtered YSZ had a smooth and featureless surface and a 50nm diameter cell structure defined by the threading dislocations. Solution deposited buffer layers were locally dense, but showed larger scale surface roughness of ~50 nm in some cases. The YBCO films grown epitaxially on these buffer layers had similar microstructures and properties, however. With one exception, the YBCO layers possessed island structures. The average misorientation angles of the boundaries that defined the islands were largely between 2 and 4° in the high critical

  14. VOLTAGE DISTRIBUTION AND MECHANICAL STRENGTH IN SPLICE JOINTS MADE FROM AS-MANUFACTURED YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS

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    Duckworth, Robert C; Zhang, Yifei; Gouge, Michael J; Rey, Christopher M; Van der Laan, Danko; Clickner, Cam

    2010-01-01

    With recommendations from wire manufacturers as a starting point, a series of solder joints were fabricated and characterized to determine the best method to produce repeatable, low-resistance and high-mechanical-strength splices in as-manufactured, stabilized YBCO coated conductors. From the 2.54 cm long splice joints that were fabricated, parameters such as solder material, stabilization material, fabrication method, and conductor geometry were varied to determine the impact of each on splice joint properties. Results indicate that the lowest resistance splice joints were influenced primarily by the tape orientation in the joint and the stabilization material. The lowest resistances were between 2 10-8 and 1.0 10-7 in 4-mm wide tapes and were obtained from pure copper stabilized tapes oriented with the YBCO layers in closest proximity. The voltage drop along the splice length indicated that only a fraction of the splice length contributes to the splice joint resistance. Mechanical characterization of splice joints showed that the joint resistance remained unchanged under axial stress up to a stress level at which the critical current of the tapes forming the joint degrades irreversibly.

  15. High-rate reel-to-reel continuous coating of biaxially textured magnesium oxide thin films for coated conductors

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    Chudzik, M. P.; Erck, R. A.; Balachandran, U.; Luo, Z. P.; Miller, D. J.; Kannewurf, C. R.

    2000-01-12

    Biaxially textured thin films of magnesium oxide (MgO) were deposited by electron beam evaporation at deposition rates of 0.6 {mu}m/min on moving Ni-based alloy tapes as oriented buffer layers for coated conductors. Moving substrates were inclined with respect to the atomic vapor and translated through collimated dual vapor sources. Growth anisotropy in the MgO and self-shadowing effects due to the inclined angle combine to create biaxial texture in the deposited thin films. MgO films grown to a thickness of 2.0 {mu}m with this inclined-substrate deposition technique have yielded in-plane textures of 10--12{degree} fill-width half-maximum (FWHM). Results of a parametric study on the in-plane texture in short-length static-mode samples are presented, along with preliminary results of long-length samples deposited under translating conditions.

  16. RCS of a coated circular waveguide terminated by a perfect conductor

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    Lee, Choon S.; Lee, Shung-Wu

    1987-01-01

    The radar cross section (RCS) of a circular waveguide terminated by a perfect electric conductor is calculated by the geometrical theory of diffraction for the rim diffraction and by a physical optics approximation for the interior irradiation. The interior irradiation is generally more than 10 dB higher than the rim diffraction for a/lambda equal to or greater than 1 (a is the waveguide radius, lambda is the free-space wavelength). At low frequencies (a/lambda about 1), the interior irradiation can be significantly reduced over a broad range of incident angle if the interior waveguide wall is coated with a thin layer (1 percent of the radius) of lossy magnetic material. Our theoretical prediction is confirmed by measurements. At higher frequencies (a/lambda about 3), a thin layer of coating is effective for the case of near axial incidence, provided that a good transition of the TE(11) mode near the waveguide opening to the HE(11) mode inside the waveguide is made. A thicker layer of coating is required for the RCS reduction over wider incident angle.

  17. Critical current density measurement of striated multifilament-coated conductors using a scanning Hall probe microscope

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    Li, Xiao-Fen; Kochat, Mehdi; Majkic, Goran; Selvamanickam, Venkat

    2016-08-01

    In this paper the authors succeeded in measuring the critical current density ({J}{{c}}) of multifilament-coated conductors (CCs) with thin filaments as low as 0.25 mm using the scanning hall probe microscope (SHPM) technique. A new iterative method of data analysis is developed to make the calculation of {J}{{c}} for thin filaments possible, even without a very small scan distance. The authors also discussed in detail the advantage and limitation of the iterative method using both simulation and experiment results. The results of the new method correspond well with the traditional fast Fourier transform method where this is still applicable. However, the new method is applicable for the filamentized CCs in much wider measurement conditions such as with thin filament and a large scan distance, thus overcoming the barrier for application of the SHPM technique on {J}{{c}} measurement of long filamentized CCs with narrow filaments.

  18. Factors associated with biaxial texturing of Cu tapes for YBCO coated conductors

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    Kim, Y. H.; Sung, T. H.; Han, S. C.; Han, Y. H.; Jeong, N. H.; Kim, C. J.; Jun, B. H.; Oh, S. S.; Kim, H. S.; Kim, T. H.; No, K. S.

    2007-10-01

    A biaxially textured Cu(2 0 0) tape was used as a substrate for YBCO coated conductors by cold rolling followed by recrystallization heat treatment. In this work, we studied the influence of annealing conditions and final tape thickness on the recrystallization process. Phi (ϕ) scan and omega (ω) scan XRD revealed that the best in-plane and out-of-plane alignment of the Cu tape (thickness 100 μm), measured in terms of full width half maximum (FWHM) values of 6.64° and 4.49°, were obtained by annealing at 800 °C for 30 min. The texture of CeO2 buffer layer thermally-evaporated on the Cu tape was also analyzed.

  19. Doubling the critical current density of high temperature superconducting coated conductors through proton irradiation

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    Jia, Y.; LeRoux, M.; Miller, D. J.; Wen, J. G.; Kwok, W. K.; Welp, U.; Rupich, M. W.; Li, X.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Malozemoff, A. P.; Kayani, A.; Ayala-Valenzuela, O.; Civale, L.

    2013-09-16

    The in-field critical current of commercial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} coated conductors can be substantially enhanced by post-fabrication irradiation with 4 MeV protons. Irradiation to a fluence of 8 × 10{sup 16} p/cm{sup 2} induces a near doubling of the critical current in fields of 6 T || c at a temperature of 27 K, a field and temperature range of interest for applications, such as rotating machinery. A mixed pinning landscape of preexisting precipitates and twin boundaries and small, finely dispersed irradiation induced defects may account for the improved vortex pinning in high magnetic fields. Our data indicate that there is significant head-room for further enhancements.

  20. Mechanical and transport properties of IBAD/EDDC-SmBCO coated conductor tapes during fatigue loading

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    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Dedicatoria, Marlon J.

    2011-06-01

    In electrical devices like superconducting motor, generator and SMES, HTS coated conductor (CC) tapes will be subjected to alternating stress or strain during manufacturing and operation. The repeated loading will affect the mechanical integrity and eventually the electrical transport property of CC tapes. Therefore in such applications, electro-mechanical property of CC tapes should be evaluated. In this study, the endurance of an IBAD/EDDC-SmBCO CC tape under high-cycle fatigue loading has been evaluated. Applied maximum stress and fatigue life ( S-N) relation was obtained at 77 K. The mechanical properties and the critical current, I c, of the sample under fatigue loading were investigated at 77 K. Considering the practical operating environment, the effect of the stress ratio R, on the degradation behavior of I c under fatigue loading was also examined.

  1. Scanning Hall probe measurements of field distributions of a coated conductor under applied fields

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    Yoo, Jaeun; Jung, Yonghwan; Lee, Jaeyoung; Lim, Sunme; Moo Lee, Sang; Jung, Ye Hyun; Youm, Dojun; Kim, Hosup; Ha, Hong Soo; Oh, Sangsoo

    2006-12-01

    We measured the field profiles near the surface of a coated conductor (CC) under various applied fields by using the scanning Hall probe method. The field, applied in the normal direction, was increased from zero to 171.5 Oe and then decreased to -58.8 Oe. We could not analyse our data completely by the direct use of Brandt's calculation but by a modification with unusual field dependences of the introduced parameters. Since Brandt's original calculation was based on homogeneous films, it was not suitable for CCs with coarse granular structures. The modified calculations with appropriate parameters are related to the coarse granular structures. Those parameters, D, Jc, and R, represent the three characteristics of the flux penetration network: the average distance of flux penetrations, the density of critical sheet currents, and the range of meandering of the flux penetration front, respectively. The external field dependences of these parameters were different from those of the classical critical state model.

  2. Development of Solution Buffer Layers for RABiTS Based YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Qiu, Xiaofeng; List III, Frederick Alyious; Zhang, Yifei; Li, Xiaoping; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Thieme, C. L. H.; Rupich, M. W.

    2011-01-01

    Abstract The main objective of this research is to find a suitable alternate solution based seed layer for the standard RABiTS three-layer architecture of physical vapor deposited CeO cap/YSZ barrier/Y O seed on Ni-5%W metal tape. In the present work, we have identified CeO buffer layer as a potential replacement for Y O seeds. Using a metal-organic deposition (MOD) process, we have grown smooth, crack-free, epitaxial thin films of CeO (pure and Zr, Cu and Gd-doped) directly on biaxially textured Ni-5W substrates in short lengths. Detailed XRD studies indicate that a single epitaxial CeO phase with slightly improved out-of-plane texture compared to the texture of the underlying Ni-W substrates can be achieved in pure, undoped CeO samples. We have also demonstrated the growth of YSZ barrier layers on pure CeO seeds using sputtering. Both sputtered CeO cap layers and MOD-YBCO films were grown epitaxially on these YSZ-buffered MOD-CeO /Ni-5W substrates. High critical currents per unit width, of 264 A/cm (critical current density, of 3.3 MA/cm ) at 77 K and 0.01 T was achieved for 0.8 m thick MOD-YBCO films grown on MOD-CeO seeds. These results indicate that CeO films can be grown directly on Ni-5W substrates and still support high performance YBCO coated conductors. This work holds promise for a route for producing low-cost buffer architecture for RABiTS based YBCO coated conductors.

  3. Pd layer on cube-textured substrates for MOD-TFA and PLD YBCO coated conductors

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    Mancini, A.; Celentano, G.; Galluzzi, V.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Augieri, A.; Ciontea, L.; Petrisor, T.; Gambardella, U.; Longo, G.; Cricenti, A.

    2008-01-01

    Pd films were deposited on rolling assisted biaxially textured substrate (RABiTS) Ni-5 at.% W in order to exploit the Pd effect of the texture sharpening with respect to that of the substrate, for the development of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors. The Pd sharpening effect was relevant in the out-of-plane direction where the reduction for the ω-scans' full width at half maximum (FWHM) ranged from 55 to 65%, depending on the substrate roughness. The obtained minimum values of the FWHM in the transverse rolling direction of the (002) Pd ω-scan and in the (111) Pd phi-scan were of about 2.5° and 5°, respectively. The CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 (YSZ is Y2O3-stabilised ZrO2) heterostructure of the buffer layer was developed by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In order to transfer the sharp orientation of the Pd film, both the seed CeO2 layer and the YSZ layer were deposited at low temperatures (450 °C), low enough to avoid Pd/Ni-W interdiffusion. The YBCO, films deposited by both PLD and metal-organic deposition (MOD) using metal trifluoroacetate acid (TFA), exhibited rolling direction (005) ω-scan and the (113) phi-scan FWHM values of about 2° and 5°, respectively. In spite of the complete interdiffusion between Ni and Pd during the YBCO film deposition, the coated conductors exhibit good adherence, as well as a smooth and crack-free surface. A zero-resistance critical temperature (TC0) of 90.8 K for the MOD-TFA YBCO films and critical current-density (JC) up to 2.2 MA cm-2 at 77 K and self-field for PLD YBCO films have been obtained.

  4. Development of Solution Buffer Layers for RABiTS Based YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Qiu, Xiaofeng; Kim, Kyunghoon; Shi, D.; Zhang, Yifei; Li, Xiaoping; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Thieme, C. L. H.; Rupich, M. W.

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this research is to find a suitable alternate solution based seed layer for the standard RABiTS three-layer architecture of physical vapor deposited CeO2 cap/YSZ barrier/Y2O3 seed on Ni-5%W metal tape. In the present work, we have identified CeO2 buffer layer as a potential replacement for Y2O3 seeds. Using a metal-organic deposition (MOD) process, we have grown smooth, crack-free, epitaxial thin films of CeO2 (both pure and Zr, Cu and Gd-doped) directly on biaxially textured Ni-5W substrates in short lengths. Detailed XRD studies indicate that a single epitaxial CeO2 phase with slightly improved out-of-plane texture compared to the texture of underlying Ni-W substrates can be achieved in pure, undoped CeO2 samples. We have also demonstrated the growth of YSZ barrier layers on pure CeO2 seeds using sputtering. Both sputtered CeO2 cap layers and MOD-YBCO films were grown epitaxially on these YSZ-buffered MOD-CeO2/Ni-5W substrates. High critical currents per unit width, Ic of 264 A/cm (critical current density, Jc of 3.3 MA/cm2) at 77 K and 0.01 T was achieved for 0.8 m thick MOD-YBCO films grown on MOD-CeO2 seeds. These results indicate that CeO2 films can be grown directly on Ni-5W substrates and still support high performance YBCO coated conductors. This work holds promise for a route for producing low-cost buffer architecture for RABiTS based YBCO coated conductors.

  5. Progress towards all-chemical superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-coated conductors

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    Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Pomar, A.; Sandiumenge, F.; Mestres, N.; Coll, M.; Cavallaro, A.; Romà, N.; Gázquez, J.; González, J. C.; Castaño, O.; Gutierrez, J.; Palau, A.; Zalamova, K.; Morlens, S.; Hassini, A.; Gibert, M.; Ricart, S.; Moretó, J. M.; Piñol, S.; Isfort, D.; Bock, J.

    2006-03-01

    Chemical solution deposition (CSD) has recently emerged as a very competitive technique for obtaining epitaxial films of high quality with controlled nanostructure. In particular, the all-CSD approach is considered to be one of the most promising approaches for cost-effective production of second-generation superconducting wires. The trifluoroacetate (TFA) route is a very versatile route for achieving epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) layers with high critical currents. In this work, recent advances towards improvement of the performance of several conductor architectures based on the YBCO TFA process will be presented. We show that new improved anhydrous TFA precursors allow a significant shortening of the pyrolysis time (~1.5 h), and we have increased the total film thickness in a single deposition using polymeric additives. On the other hand, further understanding of the YBCO nucleation and growth process has allowed us to obtain a controlled microstructure and high critical currents (Jcap4-5 MA cm-2 and Icap300 A cm-1 width at 77 K). The growth conditions (CSD) and post-processing conditions (sputtering and CSD) for the underlying oxide cap and buffer layers (CeO2, BaZrO3, SrTiO3, La2Zr2O7, (La,Sr)MnO3) and of self-organized nanostructures (CeO2, BaZrO3) deposited by CSD have been investigated to obtain high-quality interfaces in multilayered systems. Different single-crystal or metallic substrates (YSZ-IBAD (yttrium stabilized zirconia-ion beam assisted deposition) and Ni-RABiT (rolling assisted biaxial texturing)) have been investigated and long (ap10 m) CSD biaxially textured buffers (CeO2, La2Zr2O7) have been grown on Ni-RABiT substrates using a reel-to-reel system. High-performance TFA-YBCO-coated conductors have been obtained on vacuum-based buffer layers (Icap140 A cm-1 width) and on CSD buffer layers grown on IBAD YSZ-SS (stainless steel) substrates. Finally, we report on recent analysis of the magnetic granularity and vortex pinning properties of TFA

  6. Current status and future prospects of Japanese national project on coated conductor development and its applications

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    Shiohara, Y.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Yamada, Y.

    2008-09-01

    Four years of the current five-year national project since 2003 for development of coated conductors using Y-system superconductors have passed and lots of remarkable results have been achieved. In this paper, the current status and the future prospect of this project are reviewed. The current national project comprises several groups of national laboratories, universities and private companies. The group of high performance tape development, consisting of Fujikura and SRL-NCCC, has worked on the tape by PLD-REBCO superconducting tapes on the PLD-CeO 2/IBAD-GZO buffered substrates. The high product of Ic and L equal to 112,166 A m was achieved in the 368 m-304.8 A GdBCO tape whose Ic value is mostly above 350 A/cm-w. The performance under the magnetic fields was also improved up to 42 A at 3 T in a GdBCO short film with doping of ZrO 2. About 61 m long GdBCO tape with ZrO 2 doping showed a high Ic value of 220 A at self field and 30 A at 3 T. On the other hand, the other group focusing on the low production cost has worked on processes of TFA-MOD and MOCVD, etc. The extremely high Ic value of 735 A/cm-w was attained in the TFA-MOD films on PLD-CeO 2/IBAD-GZO/Hastelloy C276 substrate by means of using the effect of Ba-poor nominal composition. In the efforts for long tape production, 200 m long tapes with high Ic values of 200 A/cm-w and 205 A/cm-w were obtained by MOD-YBCO/PLD-CeO 2/IBAD-GZO/Hastelloy C276 and PLD-HoBCO on buffered NiW substrate, respectively. The Ic × L value of the MOD-derived tape was 40,000 A m, which is the highest value in the world by the MOD process. Based on the above achievements on the coated conductor process development, two new additional goals were set in the project. One is the development for the extremely low cost tape and another is the development of the basic technologies for making the electric power devices including cables, transformers, motors, current-limiters and cryocoolers. Some of the new themes already revealed the

  7. Modified Lanthanum Zirconium Oxide Buffer for Low-Cost, High Performance YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Li, Xiaoping; Specht, Eliot D; Wee, Sung Hun; Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit; Rupich, M. W.

    2010-01-01

    Lanthanum Zirconium Oxide, La2Zr2O7 (LZO) has been developed as a potential replacement barrier layer in the standard RABiTS three-layer architecture of physical vapor deposited CeO2 cap/YSZ barrier/Y2O3 seed/Ni-5W. The main focus of this research is to see (i) whether we can improve further the barrier properties of LZO; (ii) can we widen the LZO composition and still achieve the high performance?; and (iii) is it possible to reduce the number of buffer layers? We report a systematic investigation of the LZO film growth with varying compositions of La:Zr ratio in the La2O3-ZrO2 system. Using metal-organic deposition (MOD) process, we have grown smooth, crack-free, epitaxial thin films of LaxZr1-xOy (x = 0.2-0.6) on standard Y2O3 buffered Ni-5W substrates in short lengths. Detailed XRD studies indicate that a single epitaxial LZO phase without the (111) texture can be achieved in a wider compositional window of x = 0.2-0.6 in LaxZr1-xOy. Both CeO2 cap layers and MOD-YBCO films were grown 2 epitaxially on these modified LZO barriers. Transport property measurements indicate that we can achieve a higher critical current, Ic of 274-292 A/cm at 77 K and self-field on MOD-YBCO films grown on LaxZr1-xOy (x = 0.4-0.6) films. These results indicate that LZO films can be grown with a wider compositional window and still achieve high performance YBCO coated conductors. In addition, epitaxial MOD LaxZr1-xOy (x = 0.25) films were grown directly on biaxially textured Ni-3W substrates. About 3 m thick YBCO films with a Jc of 0.55 MA/cm2 at 77 K and 0.01 T were grown on a single MOD LZO buffered Ni-3W substrate using pulsed laser deposition. This work promises a route for producing simplified buffer architecture for RABiTS based YBCO coated conductors.

  8. A Phase Relation Study of Ba-Y-Cu-O Coated-Conductor Films Using the Combinatorial Approach

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Otani, M.; Levin, I.; Schenck, P.; Yang, Z.; Liu, G.; Cook, L. P.; Feenstra, Roeland; Zhang, W.; Rupich, Marty

    2009-01-01

    Phase relationships in bulk and thin film Ba-Y-Cu-O high-Tc superconductor system were determined at processing conditions relevant for industrial production of coated conductors. Our results demonstrated that the absence of BaY2CuO5 (which has a critical effect on flux pinning) at 735 C--a typical temperature employed in production of coated conductors--in thin films processed in situ from the BaF2 precursor is caused by the sluggish reaction kinetics rather than by the presence of fluorine in the system. Thermodynamic calculations combined with annealing experiments confirmed that BaY2CuO5 is thermodynamically stable but forms at temperatures higher than 735 C.

  9. Cryostatic influence of Formvar coatings on sizing of the stabilizer in superconductive NbTi-Cu - Conductor bundle effects

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    Caspi, S.; Lee, J. Y.; Kim, Y. I.; Chuang, C.; Allen, R. J.; Frederking, T. H. K.

    1979-01-01

    In continuation of single-conductor studies, quench onset data of quasi-steady operation are reported for a Formvar-coated composite (Nb48Ti/Cu) in bundle geometry (conductor thickness about 0.2 cm, approximately square cross section). Overall thermal conductances of the heater simulation technique applied are of the order 0.1 W/(sq cm-K), comparable to single-specimen results, around 4 K and below the lambda transition in agreement with model predictions. Considerable deterioration, however, occurs below 3 K and down to the lambda temperature during operation in near-saturated He I. Consequences for magnets of intermediate energy density are discussed with emphasis on the modifications necessitated by coatings.

  10. An equation for the quench propagation velocity valid for high field magnet use of REBCO coated conductors

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    Bonura, M.; Senatore, C.

    2016-06-01

    Based on a study of the thermophysical properties, we derived a practical formula for the normal zone propagation velocity appropriate for REBa2Cu3O7-x coated conductors in high magnetic fields. An analytical expression to evaluate the current sharing temperature as a function of the operating conditions is also proposed. The presented study has allowed us to account for experimental results not fully understood in the framework of the models widely used in the literature. In particular, we provided a fundamental understanding of the experimental evidence that the normal zone propagation velocity in REBa2Cu3O7-x coated conductors can be mainly determined by the operating current, regardless of the applied field and temperature.

  11. Development of Long Coated Conductors with High In-field Ic Performance by PLD Method at High Production Rate

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    Ibi, Akira; Yoshida, Tomo; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh; Yokoe, Daisaku; Kato, Takeharu; Hirayama, Tsukasa

    We fabricated short samples and a 93 m long coated conductor (C. C.) of EuBa2Cu3O7-δ (EuBCO) with BaHfO3 (BHO) by the IBAD and the PLD methods, which exhibited the high in-field minimum Ic value, (Ic(min)), performance of 141.2 (77 K in 3 T) and 411.3 (65 K in 3 T) A/cm-w for a short sample, and 133.9 (77 K in 3 T) A/cm-w for 93 m long C. C. with 3.6 μm in thickness, respectively. Moreover, this long EuBCO with BHO coated conductor also showed high uniform longitudinal Ic distributions and n-value in magnetic fields. However, the deposition rate for obtaining the high in-field Ic performance was comparatively slow down to 10 μm/h. To realize the low production cost for EuBCO with BHO coated conductors, improvement of the deposition rate of the EuBCO with BHO layer with high Ic is required. To solve this problem, we optimized growth conditions including deposition conditions. One of the objectives of this work was changing the layer growth mode from the vapor-solid (VS) mode to the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) one to fabricate EuBCO with BHO layers for achievement of high production rate and maintaining the high in-field Ic and Jc performance of the films deposited at slow deposition rates. As a result, we fabricated EuBCO with BHO coated conductors at a high deposition rate of about 40 μm/h and production rate of about 10 m/h, which revealed the Ic(min) value of 48.7 A/cm-w at 77 K in 3 T for 1.35 μm in thickness.

  12. Calculating transport AC losses in stacks of high temperature superconductor coated conductors with magnetic substrates using FEM

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    Ainslie, Mark D.; Flack, Tim J.; Campbell, Archie M.

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the authors investigate the electromagnetic properties of stacks of high temperature superconductor (HTS) coated conductors with a particular focus on calculating the total transport AC loss. The cross-section of superconducting cables and coils is often modeled as a two-dimensional stack of coated conductors, and these stacks can be used to estimate the AC loss of a practical device. This paper uses a symmetric two dimensional (2D) finite element model based on the H formulation, and a detailed investigation into the effects of a magnetic substrate on the transport AC loss of a stack is presented. The number of coated conductors in each stack is varied from 1 to 150, and three types of substrate are compared: non-magnetic weakly magnetic and strongly magnetic. The non-magnetic substrate model is comparable with results from existing models for the limiting cases of a single tape (Norris) and an infinite stack (Clem). The presence of a magnetic substrate increases the total AC loss of the stack, due to an increased localized magnetic flux density, and the stronger the magnetic material, the further the flux penetrates into the stack overall. The AC loss is calculated for certain tapes within the stack, and the differences and similarities between the losses throughout the stack are explained using the magnetic flux penetration and current density distributions in those tapes. The ferromagnetic loss of the substrate itself is found to be negligible in most cases, except for small magnitudes of current. Applying these findings to practical applications, where AC transport current is involved, superconducting coils should be wound where possible using coated conductors with a non-magnetic substrate to reduce the total AC loss in the coil.

  13. Development of 6.6 kV/600 A superconducting fault current limiter using coated conductors

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    Yazawa, T.; Koyanagi, K.; Takahashi, M.; Toba, K.; Takigami, H.; Urata, M.; Iijima, Y.; Saitoh, T.; Amemiya, N.; Shiohara, Y.; Ito, T.

    2009-10-01

    As one of the programs in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) project regarding R&D on superconducting coated conductor, three-phase superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) for 6.6 kV application was developed and successfully tested. The developed SFCL was mainly comprised three-phase set of current limiting coils installed in a sub-cooled nitrogen cryostat with a GM cryocooler, circuit breakers and a sequence circuit. The whole system was installed in a cubicle. Two tapes of coated conductor were wound in parallel in each coil to obtain the rated current of 72 A rms. After developing the whole SFCL system, short circuit experiments were implemented with a short circuit generator. In a three-line ground fault test, the SFCL successfully restricted the prospected short circuit current over 1.6 kA to about 800 A by the applied voltage of 6.6 kV. The SFCL was installed in a user field and connected with a gas engine generator, followed by a consecutive operation. In this program, 600 A class FCL coil, with which four coated conductor tapes were wound, was also developed. The coil showed sufficiently low AC loss at the rated current. With these results, the program attained the planned target of the fundamentals for the 6.6 kV/600 A SFCL.

  14. Rapid Doubling of the Critical Current of YBa2Cu3O7-δ Coated Conductors

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    Welp, U.; Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Holleis, S.; Rupich, M. W.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Sheng, H. P.; Miller, D. J.; Eley, S.; Civale, L.; Niraula, P. M.; Kayani, A.; Kwok, W. K.

    We demonstrate the doubling of the critical current density of production-line REBCO coated conductors (CCs) in fields of 6 T ||c at 27 K by irradiation with a 3.5-MeV oxygen ion beam. This doubling of Jc is achieved within one second or less opening an industrially viable approach to address a persisting challenge, namely the greatly reduced performance of CCs in even modest applied magnetic fields. TEM images reveal that the enhanced critical current is due to finely dispersed small clusters approximately 5 nm in diameter. The major effect of the irradiation-induced defects is the reduction of the field-dependence of Jc, which we attribute to the mixed pinning landscape composed of strong pre-existing pin sites and the finely dispersed irradiation-induced defects. Work supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an EFRC funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Patterning and microstructural characterization were performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, an Office of Science user facility, supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  15. Inclined-substrate deposition of biaxially textured magnesium oxide thin films for YBCO coated conductors.

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Jee, Y. A.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Balachandran, U.; Energy Technology

    2002-02-01

    Highly textured MgO films were grown by the inclined-substrate deposition (ISD) technique at a high deposition rate. A columnar grain with a roofing-tile-shaped surface was observed in these MgO films. X-ray pole figure, and {phi}- and {omega}-scan were used to characterize in-plane and out-of-plane textures. MgO films deposited when the incline angle {alpha} was 55 and 30 degrees exhibited the best in-plane and out-of-plane texture, respectively. High-quality YBCO films were epitaxially grown on ISD-MgO-buffered Hastelloy C substrates by pulsed laser deposition. {Tc}=88 K, with sharp transition, and j{sub c} values of {approx}2x10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in zero field were observed on films 5 mm wide and 1 cm long. This work has demonstrated that biaxially textured ISD MgO buffer layers deposited on metal substrates are excellent candidates for fabrication of high-quality YBCO coated conductors.

  16. Biaxially aligned template films fabricated by inclined-substrate deposition for YBCO-coated conductor applications.

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Erck, R. A.; Dorris, S. E.; Miller, D. J.; Balachandran, U.

    2002-08-12

    Inclined substrate deposition (ISD) has the potential for rapid production of high-quality biaxially textured buffer layers, which are important for YBCO-coated conductor applications. We have grown biaxially textured MgO films by ISD at deposition rates of 20-100 {angstrom}/sec. Columnar grains with a roof-tile surface structure were observed in the ISD-MgO films. X-ray pole figure analysis revealed that the (002) planes of the ISD-MgO films are tilted at an angle from the substrate normal. A small {phi}-scan full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of {approx}9{sup o} was observed on MgO films deposited at an inclination angle of 55{sup o}. In-plane texture in the ISD MgO films developed in the first 0.5 {micro}m from the interface, then stabilized with further increases in film thickness. YBCO films deposited by pulsed laser deposition on ISD-MgO buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates were biaxially aligned with the c-axis parallel to the substrate normal. T{sub c} of 91 K with a sharp transition and transport J{sub c} of 5.5 x 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in self-field were measured on a YBCO film that was 0.46-{micro}m thick, 4-mm wide, 10-mm long.

  17. Analysis of the anisotropic critical current behaviour of HTS coated conductors

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    Leys, P. M.; Klaeser, M.; Schleissinger, F.; Schneider, Th

    2014-05-01

    In order to generate fields of more than 20 T using pure superconducting magnets, the implementation of HTS coated conductors (CCs) is an option. Amongst the characteristics of the REBCO is its intrinsic anisotropy which means its critical current, Ic, varies as a function of its orientation with respect to the external magnetic field, phi, as well as being dependent on external field, B, and temperature, T. For the design of the high field insert coils for the experimental magnet facility HOMER II, the behaviour of Ic at fields of about 24 T and at phi approximately 80 ° is required. Within our JUMBO facility it is possible to measure the U(I) behaviour of commercial CCs at liquid helium and liquid nitrogen temperatures. The free bore available is 100 mm at 4.2 K; the applied magnetic field can be varied up to 10 T, and phi can be set between 0 and 180 °. Measurements were carried out on commercially available CCs with emphasis on phi values near to 90 °. The critical current was determined by means of a power law function fitted to the resulting U(I) curves using specially written Matlab® programs. A number of different three dimensional functions were fitted to the measurement data and compared with each other.

  18. Structure property relationships in a nanoparticle-free SmBCO coated conductor

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    Knibbe, R.; Strickland, N. M.; Wimbush, S. C.; Puichaud, A.-H.; Long, N. J.

    2016-06-01

    We examine the temperature, field and field angle dependence of the critical current of a SmBa2Cu3O y coated conductor produced by reactive co-evaporation. A transmission electron microscopy based microstructural analysis shows the film contains extended c-axis defects, stacking faults, and two different species of inclined defects. By applying a maximum entropy decomposition of the field angle dependent critical current I c(θ) datasets we are able to identify the individual contributions of these defects to the critical current even though they do not produce distinct peaks but rather an anisotropy in I c(θ). We are able to confirm the structure property relationships by determining the matching fields where each of the individual defect contributions are a maximum and showing that these are consistent with the observed microstructure. For a critical current component having a maximum magnitude at an intermediate temperature we propose a model of thermally activated depinning to explain the behaviour.

  19. Enhanced critical currents of commercial 2G superconducting coated conductors through proton irradiation

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    Welp, Ulrich; Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Kwok, W.-K.; Koshelev, A. E.; Miller, D. J.; Rupich, M. W.; Fleshler, S.; Malozemoff, A. P.; Kayani, A.

    2015-03-01

    We report on magnetization and transport measurements of the critical current density, Jc, of commercial 2G YBCO coated conductors before and after proton irradiation. The samples were irradiated along the c-axis with 4 MeV protons. Proton irradiation produces a mixed pinning landscape composed of pre-existing rare earth particles and a uniform distribution of irradiation induced nm-sized defects. This pinning landscape strongly reduces the suppression of Jc in magnetic fields resulting in a doubling of Jc in a field of ~ 4T. The irradiation dose-dependence of Jc is characterized by a temperature and field dependent sweat spot that at 5 K and 6 T occurs around 20x1016 p/cm2. Large-scale time dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations yield a good description of our results. This work supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. D.O.E., Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (KK, ML, AEK) and by the D.O.E, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 (UW, WKK).

  20. Dual Ion Assist Beam Deposition of Magnesium Oxide for Coated Conductors

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    Groves, J. R.; Arendt3, P. N.; Holesinger, T. G.; Hammond, R. H.; Foltyn, S. R.; DePaula, R. F.; Stan, L.; Usov, I. O.

    2006-03-01

    Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) of Magnesium Oxide (MgO) has been proven to be a viable route for producing template films used to deposit high quality YBCO coated conductors on flexible polycrystalline metal substrates. Here we will discuss improvements in this process using a dual ion assist beam configuration. Dual ion assist beam deposition of MgO reduces the requirements for substrate surface finishing while maintaining comparable film quality (phi scan full-width at half-maximum values between 7 and 8 degrees). Furthermore, this adaptation of the IBAD process eliminates the degradation of MgO texture observed in thick IBAD MgO films deposited on silicon nitride. We have deposited films up to 50 nanometers thick without degradation of in-plane texture. Increasing the MgO thickness increases the chemical stability of the template layer and can eliminate the necessity for subsequent buffer layers or the application of the homoepitaxial MgO layer needed to stabilize the thin, conventional IBAD MgO layer. Initial results of subsequently deposited YBCO on these dual assist ion beam MgO templates are quite promising.

  1. Long length oxide template for YBCO coated conductor prepared by surface-oxidation epitaxy method

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    Watanabe, Tomonori; Matsumoto, Kaname; Maeda, Toshihiko; Tanigawa, Toru; Hirabayashi, Izumi

    2001-08-01

    A 50 m long, biaxially textured NiO buffer layer for epitaxial growth ofYBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) film has been fabricated on the long cube textured nickel tape using surface-oxidation epitaxy (SOE) method. The SOE-NiO layers were highly {1 0 0} <0 0 1> textured. The full width at half maximum of 10-14.5° from X-ray φ-scan ( Δφ) was in the range of 10-14.5° through the whole length. The critical current density ( Jc) values exceeding 0.3 MA/cm 2 (77 K, 0 T) have been obtained in short samples of YBCO films on NiO/Ni tapes, by using thin MgO cap layer. Thirty meters long Ni-clad Ni-20wt.%Cr (Ni/NiCr) and Ni-clad austenitic stainless steel (Ni/SS) tapes were also prepared for YBCO coated conductors with higher strength and lower magnetism than those of pure nickel tape. Highly {1 0 0} <0 0 1> textured NiO layers were formed on those textured composite tapes by SOE method as same as on cube textured pure nickel tapes. YBCO films with Jc of 0.1 MA/cm 2 (77 K, 0 T) have been obtained on MgO/SOE-NiO layer of short Ni/NiCr composite tape.

  2. Fabrication of YSZ buffer layer by single source MOCVD technique for YBCO coated conductor

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    Jun, Byung-Hyuk; Sun, Jong-Won; Kim, Ho-Jin; Lee, Dong-Wook; Jung, Choong-Hwan; Park, Soon-Dong; Kim, Chan-Joong

    2003-10-01

    Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) buffer layers were deposited by a metal organic chemical vapor deposition technique using a single liquid source for the application of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) coated conductor. Y:Zr mole ratio was 0.2:0.8, and tetrahydrofuran (THF) was used as a solvent. The (1 0 0) single crystal MgO substrate was used for searching the deposition conditions. Bi-axially oriented CeO 2 and NiO films were fabricated on {1 0 0} <0 0 1> textured Ni substrate by the same method and used as templates. At a constant working pressure of 10 Torr, the deposition temperatures (660-800 °C) and oxygen flow rates (100-500 sccm) were changed to find the optimum deposition condition. The best (1 0 0) oriented YSZ film on MgO was obtained at 740 °C and O 2 flow rate of 300 sccm. For a YSZ buffer layer with this deposition condition on a CeO 2/Ni template, full width half maximum values of the in-plane ( ϕ-scan) and out-of-plane ( ω-scan) alignments were 10.6° and 9.8°, respectively. The SEM image of YSZ film on CeO 2/Ni showed surface morphologies without microcracks. The film deposition rate was about 100 nm/min.

  3. Voltage-ampere characteristics of YBCO coated conductor under inhomogeneous oscillating magnetic field

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    Geng, J.; Shen, B.; Li, C.; Zhang, H.; Matsuda, K.; Li, J.; Zhang, X.; Coombs, T. A.

    2016-06-01

    Direct current carrying type II superconductors present a dynamic resistance when subjected to an oscillating magnetic field perpendicular to the current direction. If a superconductor is under a homogeneous field with high magnitude, the dynamic resistance value is nearly independent of transport current. Hoffmann and coworkers [Hoffmann et al., IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 21, 1628 (2011)] discovered, however, flux pumping effect when a superconducting tape is under an inhomogeneous field orthogonal to the tape surface generated by rotating magnets. Following their work, we report the whole Voltage-Ampere (V-I) curves of an YBCO coated conductor under permanent magnets rotating with different frequencies and directions. We discovered that the two curves under opposite rotating directions differ from each other constantly when the transport current is less than the critical current, whereas the difference gradually reduces after the transport current exceeds the critical value. We also find that for different field frequencies, the difference between the two curves decreases faster with lower field frequency. The result indicates that the transport loss is dependent on the relative direction of the transport current and field travelling, which is distinct from traditional dynamic resistance model. The work may be instructive for the design of superconducting motors.

  4. Improvement of magnetic properties for long YGdBCO coated conductors using TFA-MOD process

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    Kimura, Kazunari; Hironaga, Ryusuke; Koizumi, Tsutomu; Nakamura, Tatsunori; Nakanishi, Tatsuhisa; Aoki, Nobuo; Hasegawa, Takayo; Takahashi, Yasuo; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh

    YxGd(1-x)Ba2Cu3Oy(YGdBCO) coated conductors (CCs) containing artificial pinning centers (APCs) were fabricated by the trifluoroacetate-metalorganic deposition (TFA-MOD) method using a batch heat-treatment process, which have been industrially applied to fabricate long superconducting tapes which have high critical current (Ic) have been successfully manufactured. From the viewpoint of applications, the characteristics in magnetic fields become further important and one solution has been showed by Miura et al. [1,2] as introduction of APCs such as BaZrO3 (BZO). We applied their technique to our CCs fabrication process. The heat-treatment conditions, specifically total gas pressure, oxygen concentration and crystallization temperature, were optimized for the batch heat-treatment process. A 40 m-long YGdBCO CC in which APCs are introduced was fabricated, and it has Ic value of 320 A/cm-width (critical current density (Jc) value of 2.2 MA/cm2) in self-field and 20 A/cm-width at 3 T in Liq. N2.

  5. Modeling of screening currents in coated conductor magnets containing up to 40000 turns

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    Pardo, E.

    2016-08-01

    Screening currents caused by varying magnetic fields degrade the homogeneity and stability of the magnetic fields created by REBCO coated conductor coils. They are responsible for the AC loss; which is also important for other power applications containing windings, such as transformers, motors and generators. Since real magnets contain coils exceeding 10000 turns, accurate modeling tools for this number of turns or above are necessary for magnet design. This article presents a fast numerical method to model coils with no loss of accuracy. We model a 10400-turn coil for its real number of turns and coils of up to 40000 turns with continuous approximation, which introduces negligible errors. The screening currents, the screening current induced field (SCIF) and the AC loss is analyzed in detail. The SCIF is at a maximum at the remnant state with a considerably large value. The instantaneous AC loss for an anisotropic magnetic-field dependent J c is qualitatively different than for a constant J c , although the loss per cycle is similar. Saturation of the magnetization currents at the end pancakes causes the maximum AC loss at the first ramp to increase with J c . The presented modeling tool can accurately calculate the SCIF and AC loss in practical computing times for coils with any number of turns used in real windings, enabling parameter optimization.

  6. Ac susceptibility of a coated conductor with high-temperature superconducting film and covered copper stabilizer

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    Chen, D.-X.

    2014-07-01

    The ac susceptibility, χ=χ‧-jχ″, of a nearly square sample, cut from a coated conductor tape consisting of a high-temperature superconducting film and a covered copper stabilizer, is measured as a function of temperature, T, at several values of frequency, f. It is found that the χ(f) at T>Tc can be well simulated by a modeling eddy-current susceptibility of the stabilizer, and there is an extra low-T stage, where χ is not constant as expected and may be separated into two parts. The T-independent part is contributed by Meissner currents in the film with over-low |χ‧|, indicating that the film edge was damaged by cutting during tape and sample preparation. The T-dependent part is contributed by both eddy-currents and supercurrents, having a special f dependence with unknown mechanism. Both currents are interacted to each other in a complex way in the T range below and near Tc, resulting in interesting features in χ(T,f).

  7. Tuning Vortex Creep in Irradiated YBa2Cu3O7-δ Coated Conductors

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    Eley, Serena; Kihlstrom, Karen; Holleis, Sigrid; Leroux, Maxime; Rupich, Martin; Miller, Dean; Kayani, Asghar; Welp, Ulrich; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Civale, Leonardo

    YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors (CCs) show non-monotonic changes in the temperature-dependent creep rate, S (T) , due to mixed pinning landscapes comprised of twin boundaries, planar defects, point defects, and nanoparticle precipitates. Notably, in low fields, there is a conspicuous dip in S as T increases from ~20K to ~65K. The source of this dip is poorly understood. Moreover, pinning landscapes that are favorable for high critical currents, Jc, are not necessarily optimal for low S. We have found that, though oxygen irradiation introduces few-nm-sized defects that result in significant increases in Jc, it is detrimental to creep, increasing S (reducing the dip depth) for T > 20K. Understanding the source of this dip is crucial to engineering pinning landscapes that concurrently promote high Jc and low S. To this end, we study changes in S (T) as we tune the ratio of smaller (point to few-nm-sized) defects to larger nanoparticles in an oxygen-irradiated CC by annealing in O2 at 250°C to 600°C. We observe a steady decrease in S (T > 20K) with increasing annealing temperature. This suggests that pre-existing nanoparticle precipitates are likely responsible for the dip in S (T) , and underlines the fact that the effects of defects are not additive, but rather can be competitive.

  8. Microstructure Characteristics of High Lift Factor MOCVD REBCO Coated Conductors With High Zr Content

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    Galstyan, E; Gharahcheshmeh, MH; Delgado, L; Xu, AX; Majkic, G; Selvamanickam, V

    2015-06-01

    We report the microstructural characteristics of high levels of Zr-added REBa2Cu3O7-x (RE = Gd, Y rare earth) coated conductors fabricated by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD). The enhancements of the lift factor defined as a ratio of the in-field (3 T, B parallel to c-axis) critical current density (J(c)) at 30 K and self-field J(c) at 77 K have been achieved for Zr addition levels of 20 and 25 mol% via optimization of deposition parameters. The presence of strong flux pinning is attributed to the aligned nanocolumns of BaZrO3 and nanoprecipitates embedded in REBa2Cu3O7-x matrix with good crystal quality. A high density of BZO nanorods with a typical size 6-8 nm and spacing of 20 nm has been observed. Moreover, the high Zr content was found to induce a high density of intrinsic defects, including stacking faults and dislocations. The correlation between in-field performance along the c-axis and microstructure of (Gd, Y) BCO film with a high level of Zr addition is discussed.

  9. Future prospects of high Tc superconductors-coated conductors and their applications

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    Shiohara, Yuh; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Takagi, Yuji; Izumi, Teruo

    2013-01-01

    The research and development of high-temperature superconducting wires, especially yttrium-based coated conductors (CCs), and their energy applications have been expected to reduce CO2 emissions. This article reviews recent progress in this area, mainly focusing on the results obtained by national projects in Japan. The Ic (critical current) × L (wire length) value of CCs has been improved to reach 466,752 A m (572 A/cm-W, 816 m), which exceeds that of Bi-system wires. CCs have also been improved in terms of in-field performance and AC loss reduction to meet market requirements. Power applications such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, power cables and transformers have been developed using CCs in the current project. Because of fundamental research on high-capacity power cables, a low AC loss of 0.8 W/m-ph at 3 kA and 73.7 K was achieved. System design and fundamental research were performed on a 2GJ-class SMES system and a 20 MVA-class transformer. Based on the technologies developed by the end of the current project (FY2012), the innovation process of those applications will reach the implementation stage, where the long-term reliability tests will be performed. The process is expected to reach the penetration and propagation stage around 2020.

  10. RCE-DR, a novel process for coated conductor fabrication with high performance

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    Lee, Jae-Hun; Lee, Hunju; Lee, Jung-Woo; Choi, Soon-Mi; Yoo, Sang-Im; Moon, Seung-Hyun

    2014-04-01

    We report in detail on SuNAM’s reactive co-evaporation by deposition and reaction (RCE-DR) process. We have successfully fabricated a high performance GdBCO coated conductor (CC) with high throughput by the RCE-DR process, that consists of two steps for the deposition of elemental metal oxides and the conversion of cation oxides into the GdBCO superconducting phase. Constituting metals such as Gd, Ba and Cu were first deposited on LaMnO3 (LMO)-buffered IBAD-MgO templates at low temperatures and low pressures followed by a high temperature treatment step under high oxygen partial pressure for fast phase conversion. GdBCO CCs fabricated by RCE-DR showed excellent transport properties such as a critical current of 794 A cm-1 width at 77 K in self-field. With the RCE-DR process, we have achieved an overall processing speed of more than 120 m h-1 (in terms of a real process linear tape speed equivalent). SuNAM’s RCE-DR technique showed great potential as the highest throughput fabrication process compared with other methods developed previously for second generation high temperature superconducting wires, meeting the current and future need of industry in terms of price and production speed.

  11. Roebel assembled coated conductor cables (RACC): Ac-Losses and current carrying potential

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    Frank, A.; Heller, R.; Goldacker, W.; Kling, A.; Schmidt, C.

    2008-02-01

    Low ac-loss HTS cables for transport currents well above 1 kA are required for application in transformers and generators and are taken into consideration for future generations of fusion reactor coils. Coated conductors (CC) are suitable candidates for high field application at an operation temperature in the range 50-77 K. Ac-field applications require cables with low ac-losses and hence twisting of the individual strands. We solved this problem using the Roebel technique. Short lengths of Roebel bar cables were prepared from industrial DyBCO and YBCO-CC. Meander shaped tapes of 4 or 5 mm width with twist pitches of 123 or 127 mm were cut from the 10 or 12 mm wide CC tapes using a specially designed tool. Eleven or twelve of these strands were assembled to a cable. The electrical and mechanical connection of the tapes was achieved using a silver powder filled conductive epoxy resin. Ac-losses of a short sample in an external ac-field were measured as a function of frequency and field amplitude as well as the coupling current decay time constant. We discuss the results in terms of available theories and compare measured time constants in transverse field with measured coupling losses. Finally the potential of this cable type for ac-use is discussed with respect to ac-losses and current carrying capability.

  12. Dynamic Resistance of YBCO-Coated Conductors in Applied AC Fields with DC Transport Currents and DC Background Fields

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    Duckworth, Robert C; Zhang, Yifei; Ha, Tam T; Gouge, Michael J

    2011-01-01

    In order to predict heat loads in future saturable core fault-current-limiting devices due to ac fringing fields, dynamic resistance in YBCO-coated conductors was measured at 77 K in peak ac fields up to 25 mT at 60 Hz and in dc fields up to 1 T. With the sample orientation set such that the conductor face was either parallel or perpendicular to the ac and dc applied fields, the dynamic resistance was measured at different fractions of the critical current to determine the relationship between the dc transport current and the applied fields. With respect to field orientation, the dynamic resistance for ac fields that were perpendicular to the conductor face was significantly higher than when the ac fields were parallel to the conductor face. It was also observed that the dynamic resistance: (1) increased with increasing fraction of the dc transport current to the critical current, (2) was proportional to the inverse of the critical current, and (3) demonstrated a linear dependence with the applied ac field once a threshold field was exceeded. This functional behavior was consistent with a critical state model for the dynamic resistance, but discrepancies in absolute value of the dynamic resistance suggested that further theoretical development is needed.

  13. Broad Temperature Pinning Study of 15 mol.% Zr-Added (Gd, Y)-Ba-Cu-O MOCVD Coated Conductors

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    Xu, AX; Khatri, N; Liu, YH; Majkic, G; Galstyan, E; Selvamanickam, V; Chen, YM; Lei, CH; Abraimov, D; Hu, XB; Jaroszynski, J; Larbalestier, D

    2015-06-01

    BaZrO3 (BZO) nanocolumns have long been shown to be very effective for raising the pinning force F-p of REBa2Cu3Ox (REBCO, where RE = rare earth) films at high temperatures and recently at low temperatures too. We have successfully incorporated a high density of BZO nanorods into metal organic chemical vapor deposited (MOCVD) REBCO coated conductors via Zr addition. We found that, compared to the 7.5% Zr-added coated conductor, dense BZO nanorod arrays in the 15% Zr-added conductor are effective over the whole temperature range from 77 K down to 4.2 K. We attribute the substantially enhanced J(c) at 30 K to the weak uncorrelated pinning as well as the strong correlated pinning. Meanwhile, by tripling the REBCO layer thickness to similar to 2.8 mu m, the engineering critical current density J(e) at 30 K exceeds J(e) of optimized Nb-Ti wires at 4.2 K.

  14. Jointing of Coated Conductors by Using Nano-particle Metal Pastes

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    Nakanishi, Tsuyoshi; Machi, Takato; Izumi, Teruo; Teranishi, Ryo; Kato, Tomohiro; Kato, Takeharu; Hirayama, Tsukasa

    Development of a jointing technique of coated conductors is important for all applications, such as superconducting magnets, cables, etc. Low resistance jointing techniques by means of silver diffusion [1] and for superconducting joints[2] have been reported so far. Since these processes were carried out at higher temperatures than the O2 annealing temperature for appropriate carrier doping to the REBa2Cu3O7-d (REBCO) crystals and resulted in oxygen deficiency in the REBCO crystals, long time O2 annealing was required for compensation of this oxygen deficiency. Because the long time and high temperature post annealing is an inappropriate process as on-site technology, solder jointing technology has been widely accepted, in general, for practical applications. However, the resistance of the solder joint is 50 - 100 nΩ, and then the Joule heat generation in the joint region is a serious problem and must be solved. Consequently, we have studied a new jointing technique by using the pastes containing of silver or gold nano-particles. Because the Ic value of GdBCO was deteriorated with higher temperature heat treatment, we have tried to develop a jointing technology with the low temperature (below 200°C). We used the nano-particle metal pastes (∼5 nm) which contained dispersants around the chemically active surface of nano-particles and dissociates at low temperatures and achieved the low resistance joint (∼ 3nΩ, 10 x 160 mm2, 77 K) as well as no Ic degradation without O2 post annealing.

  15. Numerical models for ac loss calculation in large-scale applications of HTS coated conductors

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    Quéval, Loïc; Zermeño, Víctor M. R.; Grilli, Francesco

    2016-02-01

    Numerical models are powerful tools to predict the electromagnetic behavior of superconductors. In recent years, a variety of models have been successfully developed to simulate high-temperature-superconducting (HTS) coated conductor tapes. While the models work well for the simulation of individual tapes or relatively small assemblies, their direct applicability to devices involving hundreds or thousands of tapes, e.g., coils used in electrical machines, is questionable. Indeed, the simulation time and memory requirement can quickly become prohibitive. In this paper, we develop and compare two different models for simulating realistic HTS devices composed of a large number of tapes: (1) the homogenized model simulates the coil using an equivalent anisotropic homogeneous bulk with specifically developed current constraints to account for the fact that each turn carries the same current; (2) the multi-scale model parallelizes and reduces the computational problem by simulating only several individual tapes at significant positions of the coil’s cross-section using appropriate boundary conditions to account for the field generated by the neighboring turns. Both methods are used to simulate a coil made of 2000 tapes, and compared against the widely used H-formulation finite-element model that includes all the tapes. Both approaches allow faster simulations of large number of HTS tapes by 1-3 orders of magnitudes, while maintaining good accuracy of the results. Both models can therefore be used to design and optimize large-scale HTS devices. This study provides key advancement with respect to previous versions of both models. The homogenized model is extended from simple stacks to large arrays of tapes. For the multi-scale model, the importance of the choice of the current distribution used to generate the background field is underlined; the error in ac loss estimation resulting from the most obvious choice of starting from a uniform current distribution is revealed.

  16. Fabrication and Characterization of YBCO Coated Conductors by Inclined Substrate Deposition

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    Ma, B.; Balachandran, U.; Xu, Y.; Bhattacharya, R.

    2006-03-31

    Inclined substrate deposition (ISD) is an effective method for rapid fabrication of high-quality template layers for YBCO-coated conductors. We have deposited biaxially textured ISD-MgO films on flexible metallic tapes in a reel-to-reel system by electron-beam evaporation at rapid deposition rates, 2-10 nm{center_dot}s-1. Strontium ruthenium oxide (SRO) buffer and YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Pole figure analysis of a meter-long ISD-MgO tape was carried out by X-ray diffraction using a Bruker's D8 DISCOVER equipped with GADDS (general area detection diffraction system). The c-axis of the ISD-MgO film was tilted away from substrate normal. A full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of {approx_equal}10 deg. was observed from the {phi}-scan of the MgO (002) diffraction measured on samples deposited with 35 deg. inclination angle. Surface morphology measured by atomic force microscopy revealed a roof-tile shaped structure for the ISD-MgO films. Through the use of the SRO buffer, biaxial alignment in the YBCO film deposited on the ISD-MgO template was improved. The {phi}-scan FWHM was 5.8 deg. for the YBCO (005) diffraction. We have measured the critical transition temperature Tc = 91 K and transport critical current density Jc >1.6x106 A{center_dot}cm-2 at 77 K in self-field on a SRO-buffered YBCO film grown with ISD-MgO architecture.

  17. Influence of Gas Flow and Improvement of Homogeneity on the Distribution of Critical Current Density in YBCO Coated Conductor Processed by TFA-MOD Method

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    Shiohara, Kei; Higashikawa, Kohei; Kawaguchi, Teppei; Inoue, Masayoshi; Kiss, Takanobu; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Izumi, Teruo

    Using a scanning Hall-probe microscopy, we have investigated in-plane distribution of critical current density in TFA-MOD processed YBCO coated conductors. We compared the distributions of critical current density for two kinds of coated conductors processed with different directions of gas flow at the calcinations. As a result, it was found that the direction of the gas flow largely influenced the distribution of critical current density. For example, the maximum value of critical current density was 1.5 times higher than the average for a sample processed with a gas flow in width direction. On the other hand, the distribution of critical current density was relatively uniform for the one with a gas flow in axial direction perpendicular to the surface of the conductor. These findings will be very important information for the optimization of the manufacturer processes for the conductors. Actually, a very uniform distribution of critical current density has been observed for a coated conductor produced by an optimized process. This demonstrates a high potential of TFA-MOD processed YBCO coated conductors for practical applications.

  18. The effect of strain on grains and grain boundaries in YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors

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    van der Laan, D. C.; Haugan, T. J.; Barnes, P. N.; Abraimov, D.; Kametani, F.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Rupich, M. W.

    2010-01-01

    The role of grains and grain boundaries in producing reversible strain effects on the transport current critical current density (Jc) of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors that are produced with metal-organic deposition (MOD) was investigated. The strain (ɛ) dependence of Jc for full-width coated conductors is compared with that for samples in which the current transport was limited to a few or single grain boundaries by cutting narrow tracks with a laser or focused ion beam, as well as with thin films deposited on bicrystalline SrTiO3 substrates by use of pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). Our results show that the dependences of Jc on ɛ for the grains and for the grain boundaries from the two kinds of YBCO samples can be expressed by the same function, however with a greater effective tensile strain at the grain boundaries than in the grains. The really striking result is that the grain boundary strain is 5-10 times higher for grain boundaries of in situ PLD grown bicrystals as compared to the aperiodic, meandered, nonplanar grain boundaries that develop in ex situ grown MOD-YBCO in the coated conductor of this study. Work partially supported by NIST, a US government agency, not subject to US copyright. Certain commercial materials are referred to in this paper to foster understanding. Such identification does not imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST, nor does it imply that the materials identified are necessary the best available for the purpose.

  19. Present status and strategy of reel-to-reel TFA-MOD process for coated conductors

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    Izumi, T.; Yoshizumi, M.; Miura, M.; Nakaoka, K.; Ichikawa, Y.; Sutoh, Y.; Miyata, S.; Fukushima, H.; Yamada, Y.; Shiohara, Y.

    2009-10-01

    On the research and development of a reel-to-reel TFA-MOD (Metal Organic Deposition using Trifluoro-acetates) process, a present status is reviewed and its future strategy is addressed. As a base of the study, the 90 m long tape with uniform I c distribution of the 300 A/cm-width level was obtained on the CeO 2 buffered IBAD-Gd 2Zr 2O 7/Hastelloy C276 substrate. The tape has the 56 m region with the end-to-end I c value of 250 A, which corresponds to maximum product of I c × L of 14,000 Am. Based on the results, several directions on R&D have been studied such as “higher I c”, “higher I c- B”, “higher production rate both in coating/calcinations and crystallization steps” and lower cost buffer/substrate”. Then, an extremely high I c value of 735 A/cm-width was achieved in a short tape by the compositional control (e.g. Ba-deficient), in the starting solutions. On the efforts for achieving higher I c- B properties, high I c values of 115 and 35 A/cm-width under the magnetic fields of 1 and 3 T were obtained by the RE mixture of Y and Gd in REBCO, addition of Zr and a growth rate control process. On the other hand, the production rate for the coating/calcinations process was improved by development of new starting solutions, which uses F-free Y salt instead of TFA salt of Y. The high J c value of 1.9 MA/cm 2 was confirmed using the precursor films fabricated at a high traveling rate of 10 m/h. Concerning a higher rate in the crystallization step, the multi-turning system with a vertical gas flow system was developed. The validity of the concept was confirmed using 2-turn parts of the furnace. The high I c value of 250 A/cm-width was realized in the 5 m tape crystallized with a traveling rate of 3 m/h, which is equivalent to 15 m/h for usage of entire area of the furnace of 10-turns. Furthermore, in order to achieve the lower cost, the architecture of the coated conductor with a low cost buffer/substrate system has been developed. An IBAD buffered

  20. Insert coil test for HEP high field magnets using yba2cu3o7-δ coated conductor tapes

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    Lombardo, Vito; Barzi, Emanuela; Turrioni, Daniele; Zlobin, Alexander

    2012-06-01

    The final beam cooling stages of a Muon Collider require DC solenoid magnets with magnetic fields of 30-50 T. In this paper we present progress in insert coil development using commercially available YBa2Cu3O7.δ Coated Conductor. Technological aspects covered in the development, including coil geometry, insulation, manufacturing process and testing are summarized and discussed. Test results of double pancake coils operated in liquid nitrogen and liquid helium are presented and compared with the performance of YBa2Cu3O7.δ tape short samples.

  1. Note: Effective anvil size for transverse delamination test of rare-earth-Ba₂Cu₃Oy coated conductor tapes.

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    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Gorospe, Alking B; Dedicatoria, Marlon J

    2015-10-01

    In coated conductor (CC) tapes used in magnet and coil applications, delamination due to excessive transverse tensile stresses is still one of the major issues that need considerations. Recently, several methods in evaluating the delamination strength of CC tapes are being used. In the case of anvil test, size of the anvils will be an important factor considering its applications (i.e., superconducting coil impregnation). In this study, delamination strength of CC tape was examined using different upper anvil sizes and their effects were discussed. Finally, reasonable sizes of upper anvil to be used were proposed considering the application conditions. PMID:26521009

  2. Experimental investigations on the vortex instability and time effects of YBa2Cu3O7-x coated conductors

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    Zhang, Xingyi; Zhou, Jun; Yue, Donghua; Liu, Wei; Zhou, Youhe

    2014-02-01

    We have investigated the effect of the current sweep rate (CSR) on the vortex dynamic in the YBa2Cu3O7-x coated conductors (YBCO CCs). It is found that the CSR has several effects on vortex motion in that it gives rise to enhancement of dissipation as the CSR decreases, significant time effects and instabilities are observed in current-voltage (I-V) and voltage-time (V-t) curves. Thus, the CSR on practical applications of the YBCO CCs can be optimized, and relevant CSR which is designing superconducting devices made by the YBCO CCs should be considered in future.

  3. Design and test of current limiting modules using YBCO-coated conductors

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    Schmidt, W.; Gamble, B.; Kraemer, H.-P.; Madura, D.; Otto, A.; Romanosky, W.

    2010-01-01

    Within the cooperation between American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) and Siemens Corporate Technology we have investigated the fault current limiting performance of YBCO-coated conductors (also called second-generation or 2G HTS wires) stabilized with stainless steel laminates. Design rules for the length and width of the wire depending on utility grid requirements have been established. Bifilar coils have been manufactured and tested with a typical limitation period of 50 ms under stepwise increasing voltage loads to determine the maximum temperature the wires can withstand without degradation. Coils have been assembled into limiter modules demonstrating uniform tripping of the individual coils and recovery within seconds. At present this cooperation is proceeding within a joint project funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) that encompasses the design, construction and testing of a 115 kV FCL for power transmission within a time frame of 4-5 years, and additional partners. Besides AMSC and Siemens, Nexans contributes the high voltage terminations and Los Alamos National Lab investigates the ac losses. Installation and testing are planned for a Southern California Edison substation. The module planned for the transmission voltage application consists of 63 horizontally arranged coils connected in parallel and series to account for a rated current of 1.2 kArms and voltage of 31 kVrms plus margins. The rated voltage of the module is considerably lower than the line to ground voltage in the 115 kV grid owing to our shunted limiter concept. The shunt reactor connected in parallel to the module outside the cryostat allows for adjustment of the limited current and reduces voltage drop across the module in case of a fault. The fault current reduction ratio is 42% for our present design. A subscale module comprising six full-size coils has been assembled and tested recently to validate the coil performance and coil winding technique. The module had a critical

  4. Growth of lanthanum manganate buffer layers for coated conductors via a metal-organic decomposition process

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    Venkataraman, Kartik

    LaMnO3 (LMO) was identified as a possible buffer material for YBa2Cu3O7-x conductors due to its diffusion barrier properties and close lattice match with YBa2Cu 3O7-x. Growth of LMO films via a metal-organic decomposition (MOD) process on Ni, Ni-5at.%W (Ni-5W), and single crystal SrTiO3 substrates was investigated. Phase-pure LMO was grown via MOD on Ni and SrTiO 3 substrates at temperatures and oxygen pressures within a thermodynamic "process window" wherein LMO, Ni, Ni-5W, and SrTiO3 are all stable components. LMO could not be grown on Ni-5W in the "process window" because tungsten diffused from the substrate into the overlying film, where it reacted to form La and Mn tungstates. The kinetics of tungstate formation and crystallization of phase-pure LMO from the La and Mn acetate precursors are competitive in the temperature range explored (850--1100°C). Temperatures <850°C might mitigate tungsten diffusion from the substrate to the film sufficiently to obviate tungstate formation, but LMO films deposited via MOD require temperatures ≥850°C for nucleation and grain growth. Using a Y2O3 seed layer on Ni-5W to block tungsten from diffusing into the LMO film was explored; however, Y2O3 reacts with tungsten in the "process window" at 850--1100°C. Tungsten diffusion into Y2O3 can be blocked if epitaxial, crack-free NiWO4 and NiO layers are formed at the interface between Ni-5W and Y2O3. NiWO 4 only grows epitaxially if the overlying NiO and buffer layers are thick enough to mechanically suppress (011)-oriented NiWO4 grain growth. This is not the case when a bare 75 nm-thick Y2O3 film on Ni-5W is processed at 850°C. These studies show that the Ni-5W substrate must be at a low temperature to prevent tungsten diffusion, whereas the LMO precursor film must be at elevated temperature to crystallize. An excimer laser-assisted MOD process was used where a Y2O 3-coated Ni-5W substrate was held at 500°C in air and the pulsed laser photo-thermally heated the Y2O3 and LMO

  5. Engineered oxide thin films as 100% lattice match buffer layers for YBCO coated conductors

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    Akin, Y.; Heiba, Z. K.; Sigmund, W.; Hascicek, Y. S.

    2003-12-01

    One of the most important qualities of buffer layers for RE-BCO coated conductors' growth is close lattice match with RE-BCO. However, there is no natural material with a 100% lattice match with RE-BCO. In this study mixtures of europium oxide (Eu 2O 3) and ytterbium oxide (Yb 2O 3), (Eu 1- uYb u) 2O 3 (0.0⩽ u⩽1.0), were investigated as a candidate buffer layer that could have same lattice parameter as YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ(YBCO). Because the pseudocubic lattice parameter of Eu 2O 3 is bigger, and that of Yb 2O 3 is smaller than lattice parameter of YBCO, and the mixed oxides with appropriate ratio would have same lattice parameter of YBCO. The mixtures were prepared using metal-organic precursor by sol-gel process, and it was found that all mixed samples are single phase, complete solid solutions, and have same crystal system over the whole range of " u". Lattice parameters of mixed (Eu 1- uYb u) 2O 3 oxide powders were changed between 10.86831 and 10.42828 Å which are lattice parameter of Eu 2O 3 and Yb 2O 3, respectively by changing the ratio of Eu/Yb in the mixture. Phase and lattice parameter analysis revealed that pseudocubic lattice parameter of (Eu 0.893Yb 0.107) 2O 3 is 3.82 Å which is same as the lattice parameter of YBCO. Textured (Eu 0.893Yb 0.107) 2O 3 buffer layers were grown on biaxially textured-Ni (1 0 0) substrates. The solution was prepared from Europium and Ytterbium 2,4-pentadioanate, and was deposited on the Ni substrates using a reel-to-reel sol-gel dip coating system. The textured films were annealed at 1150 °C for 10 min under 4% H 2-Ar gas flow. Extensive texture analysis has been done to characterize the texture of (Eu 0.893Yb 0.107) 2O 3 buffer layers. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the buffer layer showed strong out-of-plane orientation on Ni tape. The (Eu 0.893Yb 0.107) 2O 3 (2 2 2) pole figure indicated a single cube-on-cube textured structure. The omega and phi scans revealed good out-of-plane and in-plane alignments. The full

  6. Enhancement of Flux Pinning in Y1-xSmxBa1.5Cu3Oy Coated Conductors with Nanoparticles

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    Miura, Masashi; Kato, Takeharu; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Yamada, Yutaka; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh; Hirayama, Tsukasa

    2008-05-01

    We introduced artificial pinning centers for trifluoroacetates (TFA)-metal organic deposition (MOD) Y1-xSmxBa1.5Cu3Oy coated conductors to enhance critical current density (Jc) under magnetic fields and to improve the magnetic field angular dependence of Jc (Jc-B-θ). The coated conductors showed high Jc values and isotropic Jc-B-θ property with the ratio Jc,min/Jc,max of 0.91 (77 K, B=1 T). From a microstructural observation, BaZrO3 (and/or ZrO2) nanoparticles were uniformity dispersed in the films. The uniform dispersion of nanoparticles was maintained not only along the lateral direction but also in the thickness one. It could be considered that the nanoparticles in the TFA-MOD REBCO coated conductors may act as pinning centers to enhance the Jc in all field orientations.

  7. Iridium: An Oxygen Diffusion Barrier and a Conductive Seed Layer for RABiTS-Based Coated Conductors

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    Aytug, Tolga; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Zhai, Hong-Ying; Leonard, Keith J; Gapud, Albert Agcaoili; Thompson, James R; Martin, Patrick M; Goyal, Amit; Christen, David K

    2005-01-01

    For power applications of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) coated conductors, it is necessary to electrically stabilize the conductor. An economic way to achieve this, which also benefits the engineering J{sub E}, is to grow conductive buffer layers directly on textured Cu or Ni metal surfaces. However, due to poor oxidation resistance and high reactivity/diffusivity of Cu or Ni, an insulating oxide layer usually forms at the metal/substrate interface, degrading the electrical connectivity of the entire architecture. To overcome this problem, we have developed a new conductive, nonmagnetic buffer layer architecture of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/Ir on textured Ni-based tapes. This structure serves as a barrier to both inward diffusion of oxygen and outward diffusion of metal cations. Using PLD to grow YBCO, we demonstrate ideal electrical coupling to the metal substrate. Critical current (I{sub c}) values for 1 {mu}m thick YBCO coatings exceed 100 A/cm-width at 77 K on a Ni-W RABiTS template.

  8. Change in fatigue property and its relation to critical current for YBCO coated conductor with additional Cu layer

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    Yoshida, Y.; Hojo, M.; Sugano, M.; Adachi, T.; Inoue, Y.; Shikimachi, K.; Hirano, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2009-10-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ, (YBCO) coated conductors with an additional Cu layer are expected to be applied as coils used in superconducting magnetic energy storage, SMES. In the operation of SMES, large cyclic hoop stress is applied to the coated conductor in the longitudinal direction. In the present study, we carried out fatigue tests in liquid nitrogen, LN 2, and measured the critical current, I c, after a specific number of fatigue cycles to clarify its fatigue fracture mechanism. All fatigue tests were carried out under a stress ratio (the ratio of the minimum to maximum load) of 0.5. The frequency of stress cycling was 30 Hz. Our results showed that the addition of a Cu layer increased the fatigue strength after 10 6 cycles, F, by about 19%. Decrease of I c was more than 30% of the initial critical current, I c0, without loading at the point of final overall fracture when the maximum load in the stress cycles was close to that corresponding to irreversible strain. Furthermore, microscopic observation and the change in I c showed that fatigue fracture mainly initiated from the Hastelloy C-276 substrate. Fatigue fracture also initiated from the Cu layer, but only when the maximum load was approximately F.

  9. Development of a superconducting joint between a GdBa2Cu3O7-δ-coated conductor and YBa2Cu3O7-δ bulk: towards a superconducting joint between RE (Rare Earth) Ba2Cu3O7-δ-coated conductors

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    Jin, Xinzhe; Yanagisawa, Yoshinori; Maeda, Hideaki; Takano, Yoshiki

    2015-07-01

    We have started to develop a superconducting bridge joint between two GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (Gd123)-coated conductors, where both conductors are placed in an end-to-end arrangement on the surface of a melt-textured YBCO (including Y2BaCuO5 and YBa2Cu3O7-δ) bulk, which acts as a superconducting medium between the coated conductors. As a first step in the development, one half of the bridge joint assembly was modeled and investigated. Experimental results achieved are as follows: (a) the higher-melting-temperature textured Gd123-coated conductor acts as a seed for the melt texture of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y123) bulk, and (b) the superconducting phase continues across the Y123/Gd123 boundary. The critical current of the joint model is 10 A, which is about 10% of the original Gd123-coated conductor, at 77 K in a self-magnetic field. These results are considered to be extensible to the superconducting bridge joint between the Gd123-coated conductors.

  10. Low AC Loss YBCO Coated Conductor Geometry by Direct Inkjet Printing

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    Rupich, Martin, Dr.; Duckworth, Robert, Dr.

    2009-10-01

    The second generation (2G) high temperature superconductors (HTS) wire offers potential benefits for many electric power applications, including ones requiring filamentized conductors with low ac loss, such as transformers and fault current limiters. However, the use of 2G wire in these applications requires the development of both novel multi-filamentary conductor designs with lower ac losses and the development of advanced manufacturing technologies that enable the low-cost manufacturing of these filamentized architectures. This Phase I SBIR project focused on testing inkjet printing as a potential low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing technique to fabricate potential low ac loss filamentized architectures directly on the 2G template strips.

  11. Roebel cables from REBCO coated conductors: a one-century-old concept for the superconductivity of the future

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    Goldacker, Wilfried; Grilli, Francesco; Pardo, Enric; Kario, Anna; Schlachter, Sonja I.; Vojenčiak, Michal

    2014-09-01

    Energy applications employing high-temperature superconductors (HTS), such as motors/generators, transformers, transmission lines and fault current limiters, are usually operated in the alternate current (ac) regime. In order to be efficient, the HTS devices need to have a sufficiently low value of ac loss, in addition to the necessary current-carrying capacity. Most applications are operated with currents beyond the current capacity of single conductors and consequently require cabled conductor solutions with much higher current carrying capacity, from a few kA up to 20-30 kA for large hydro-generators. A century ago, in 1914, Ludwig Roebel invented a low-loss cable design for copper cables, which was successively named after him. The main idea behind Roebel cables is to separate the current in different strands and to provide a full transposition of the strands along the cable direction. Nowadays, these cables are commonly used in the stator of large generators. Based on the same design concept of their conventional material counterparts, HTS Roebel cables from REBCO coated conductors were first manufactured at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and have been successively developed in a number of varieties that provide all the required technical features such as fully transposed strands, high transport currents and low ac losses, yet retaining enough flexibility for a specific cable design. In the past few years a large number of scientific papers have been published on the concept, manufacturing and characterization of such cables. Therefore it is timely for a review of those results. The goal is to provide an overview and a succinct and easy-to-consult guide for users, developers, and manufacturers of this kind of HTS cable.

  12. Effect of Pd coating on hydrogen permeation of Ni-barium cerate mixed conductor.

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    Zhang, G.; Dorris, S.; Balachandran, U.; Liu, M.; Energy Technology; Georgia Inst. of Tech.

    2002-03-01

    Successful development of hydrogen separation membranes based on mixed ionic and electronic conductors will improve the economy of hydrogen production. For a gas separation process, interfacial polarization plays an increasingly important role as the ceramic membrane is made thinner to reduce the bulk resistance. In this paper, we report the effect of surface modification on surface properties of a composite membrane consisting of nickel and yttrium-doped barium cerate (Ni-BCY). The application of a Pd thin film on the surface of a Ni-BCY composite membrane significantly reduces the interfacial polarization resistance at temperatures from 500 to 900 C. The composition, morphology, and microstructure of the modified membrane surface dramatically influence the catalytic properties for hydrogen separation.

  13. Electro-mechanical properties of REBCO coated conductors from various industrial manufacturers at 77 K, self-field and 4.2 K, 19 T

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    Barth, C.; Mondonico, G.; Senatore, C.

    2015-04-01

    Rare-Earth-barium-copper-oxide tapes are now available from several industrial manufacturers and are very promising conductors in high field applications. Due to diverging materials and deposition processes, these manufacturers’ tapes can be expected to differ in their electro-mechanical and mechanical properties. For magnets designers, these are together with the conductors’ in-field critical current performance of the highest importance in choosing a suitable conductor. In this work, the strain and stress dependence of the current carrying capabilities as well as the stress and strain correlation are investigated for commercial coated conductors from Bruker HTS, Fujikura, SuNAM, SuperOx and SuperPower at 77 K, self-field and 4.2 K, 19 T.

  14. Chemical solution deposition using ink-jet printing for YBCO coated conductors

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    Van Driessche, I.; Feys, J.; Hopkins, S. C.; Lommens, P.; Granados, X.; Glowacki, B. A.; Ricart, S.; Holzapfel, B.; Vilardell, M.; Kirchner, A.; Bäcker, M.

    2012-06-01

    This paper reports the successful application of ink-jet printing to the deposition of both continuous coatings and multi-filamentary structures of YBCO. Stable inks have been prepared using both the established TFA-MOD route and novel fluorine-free precursors with appropriate rheological properties for ink-jet printing. Continuous and well textured coatings with lengths exceeding 100 m and a thickness of 0.5 µm have been deposited by electromagnetic ink-jet printing from TFA precursors on LZO-buffered Ni-W substrates and samples have achieved a Jc around 1.5 MA cm-2 (self-field, 77 K). On single crystal substrates, continuous coatings and multi-filamentary structures have been deposited using piezoelectric ink-jet printing both from TFA- and water-based precursors, achieving Jc values up to 3 MA cm-2.

  15. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Effect of strain, magnetic field and field angle on the critical current density of Y Ba2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors

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    van der Laan, D. C.; Ekin, J. W.; Douglas, J. F.; Clickner, C. C.; Stauffer, T. C.; Goodrich, L. F.

    2010-07-01

    A large, magnetic-field-dependent, reversible reduction in critical current density with axial strain in Y Ba2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors at 75.9 K has been measured. This effect may have important implications for the performance of Y Ba2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors in applications where the conductor experiences large stresses in the presence of a magnetic field. Previous studies have been performed only under tensile strain and could provide only a limited understanding of the in-field strain effect. We now have constructed a device for measuring the critical current density as a function of axial compressive and tensile strain and applied magnetic field as well as magnetic field angle, in order to determine the magnitude of this effect and to create a better understanding of its origin. The reversible reduction in critical current density with strain becomes larger with increasing magnetic field at all field angles. At 76 K the critical current density is reduced by about 30% at - 0.5% strain when a magnetic field of 5 T is applied parallel to the c-axis of the conductor or 8 T is applied in the ab-plane, compared to a reduction of only 13% in self-field. Differences in the strain response of the critical current density at various magnetic field angles indicate that the pinning mechanisms in Y Ba2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors are uniquely affected by strain. Contribution of NIST, not subject to US copyright.

  16. buffer Layer Growth, the Thickness Dependence of Jc in Coated Conductors, Local Identification of Current Limiting Mechanisms and Participation in the Wire Development Group

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    Larbalestier, David; Hellstron, Eric; Abraimov, Dmytro

    2011-12-17

    The primary thrusts of our work were to provide critical understanding of how best to enhance the current-carrying capacity of coated conductors. These include the deconstruction of Jc as a function of fim thickness, the growth of in situ films incorporating strong pinning centers and the use of a suite of position-sensitive tools that enable location and analysis of key areas where current-limiting occurs.

  17. The thermal voltage fluctuations in the planar core-coat conductor of a neuron-semiconductor interface.

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    Zeitler, Ralf; Fromherz, Peter

    2013-05-21

    The extracellular electrical interfacing of nerve cells with metals or semiconductors is governed by the resistance of the cell-solid junction. With snail neurons on a CMOS chip, we have probed the thermal voltage fluctuations in the junction at a spatial resolution of 7.4 μm in a spectral range from 10 Hz to 1 MHz using an array of sensor transistors. The power spectral density (PSD) could be interpreted in terms of a Johnson-Nyquist noise if the distributed nature of the cell-solid junction and the size of the sensors were taken into account. The PSD over the whole spectral range as well as its spatial profile were matched by the thermal noise of a circular core-coat conductor with a homogeneous sheet resistance in the range of 100 MΩ. The quantitative interpretation of the thermal noise in a cell-solid junction provides a basis for applications of this noninvasive method in the characterization of biosensoric and neuroprosthetic devices. PMID:23556470

  18. High-current dc power transmission in flexible RE-Ba2Cu3O7 - δ coated conductor cables

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    van der Laan, D. C.; Goodrich, L. F.; Haugan, T. J.

    2012-01-01

    Transmission cables made from high-temperature superconductors have been successfully demonstrated within the electric power grid. These cables carry an ac current of up to 3000 A in a much smaller cross-sectional area than conventional transmission lines, but they are not flexible enough for certain applications that involve very tight cable bends. Certain on-board Air Force applications require 5 MW of dc power transmission at 270 V and current of 18 500 A and would benefit from superconducting transmission in lightweight, flexible cables that would be cooled with helium gas down to about 55 K. To address these needs, we have constructed a 10 mm diameter RE-Ba2Cu3O7 - δ (RE = rare earth) coated conductor cable that is lighter and more flexible than the current generation of superconducting cables, and that has a critical current of 7561 A at 76 K. The cable is expected to have a critical current of more than 20 000 A at 55 K and therefore will likely exceed the requirements for 5 MW on-board power transmission. The cable consists of two electrically insulated phases that can be operated in different modes, which allows us to study the effect of self-field on the cable performance. Contribution of NIST, not subject to US copyright.

  19. Much simplified ion-beam assisted deposition-TiN template for high-performance coated conductors

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    Xiong, J.; Matias, V.; Wang, H.; Zhai, J. Y.; Maiorov, B.; Trugman, D.; Tao, B. W.; Li, Y. R.; Jia, Q. X.

    2010-10-01

    A much simplified template, i.e., two nonsuperconducting layers between the superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) and the polycrystalline metal substrate, has been developed for high-performance coated conductors by using biaxially aligned TiN as a seed layer. A combination of a thin TiN (˜10 nm by ion-beam assisted deposition) layer and an epitaxial buffer LaMnO3 layer (˜120 nm) allows us to grow epitaxial YBCO films with values of full width at half-maximum around 3.5° and 1.7° for the ϕ-scan of (103) and rocking curve of (005) YBCO, respectively. The YBCO films grown on electropolished polycrystalline Hastelloy using this two-layer template exhibited a superconducting transition temperature of 89.5 K, a critical current density of 1.2 MA/cm2 at 75.5 K, and an α value (proportional factor of critical current density Jc˜H-α) of around 0.33, indicating a high density of pinning centers and an absence of weak links.

  20. Reel-to-reel deposition of epitaxial double-sided MgO buffer layers for coated conductors

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    Xue, Yan; Xiong, Jie; Zhang, Yahui; Zhang, Fei; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Hui, Wang; Wang, Quiling; Cheng, Guo; Zhao, Xiao-Hui; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-06-01

    We have successfully employed a double-sided process to deposit MgO buffer layers on both sides of amorphous Y2O3 surface for double-sided YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors (CCs) for the first time, the structure of which is of great prospect to improve the performance and cut the production cost. The biaxial textures of MgO buffer layer are noticeably affected by the ion energy and film thickness, which is demonstrated by X-ray diffraction. The best biaxial texture of double-sided MgO films shows ω-scan of (002) MgO and Φ-scan of (220) MgO yield full width at half maximum values of 4° and 7.8° for one side, respectively, as well as 3.5° and 6.7° for the other side. The subsequent double-sided YBCO films are deposited on the as-prepared MgO template with entire critical current of over 300 A/cm for both sides.

  1. Temperature and Magnetic Field Dependence of Critical Currents in YBCO Coated Conductors with Processing-Induced Variations in Pinning Properties

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    Gapud, Albert Agcaoili; Feenstra, Roeland; Christen, David K; Thompson, James R; Holesinger, T. G.

    2005-01-01

    Several applications of high-temperature super-conducting wire require high currents at intermediate magnetic fields B and over a range of orientations; however, such conditions are at present achievable only at low temperatures (-30 K). The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of higher operating temperatures for these applications by investigating temperature dependent, low- and high-field pinning properties of YBCO coated conductor samples. The YBCO films were grown on RABiTS templates by a PVD ex situ BaF{sub 2} process. Variations in pinning properties were induced by introducing excess yttrium (Y) in the precursor and controllably increasing the growth rate. The main result is a more uniform dependence of J{sub c} over all orientations of B, along with high irreversibility field B{sub irr} and high critical current densities J{sub c}. Results also show that for films with various pinning properties and processed under different conditions the self-field J{sub c} at 77 K is an effective indicator of performance in the temperatures and fields of interest.

  2. Ac loss modelling and measurement of superconducting transformers with coated-conductor Roebel-cable in low-voltage winding

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    Pardo, Enric; Staines, Mike; Jiang, Zhenan; Glasson, Neil

    2015-11-01

    Power transformers using a high temperature superconductor (HTS) ReBCO coated conductor and liquid nitrogen dielectric have many potential advantages over conventional transformers. The ac loss in the windings complicates the cryogenics and reduces the efficiency, and hence it needs to be predicted in its design, usually by numerical calculations. This article presents detailed modelling of superconducting transformers with Roebel cable in the low-voltage (LV) winding and a high-voltage (HV) winding with more than 1000 turns. First, we model a 1 MVA 11 kV/415 V 3-phase transformer. The Roebel cable solenoid forming the LV winding is also analyzed as a stand-alone coil. Agreement between calculations and experiments of the 1 MVA transformer supports the model validity for a larger tentative 40 MVA 110 kV/11 kV 3-phase transformer design. We found that the ac loss in each winding is much lower when it is inserted in the transformer than as a stand-alone coil. The ac loss in the 1 and 40 MVA transformers is dominated by the LV and HV windings, respectively. Finally, the ratio of total loss over rated power of the 40 MVA transformer is reduced below 40% of that of the 1 MVA transformer. In conclusion, the modelling tool in this work can reliably predict the ac loss in real power applications.

  3. Microstructural Characterisation of Non-Magnetic Ni-BASED Biaxially Textured Substrates for Hts Coated Conductor Applications

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    Villa, E.; Tuissi, A.; Tomov, R.; Evetts, J. E.

    For the production of HTS coated conductor devices, NiV and NiCr (Ni-based alloys) are the most important, non-magnetic, high strength and biaxially textured substrates developed from pure Ni. The Ni88V12 and Ni85Cr15 (at. %) alloys have been melted in Plasma Arc Furnace and textured tapes have been prepared, after heavy cold rolling, by recrystallization heat treatment under high vacuum. The suitable working conditions have been found to obtain not only the {100} <001> cube texture but also the correct grain shape and size for the following deposition process. Out of plane orientation of these substrates has been investigated by θ-2θ X-ray diffraction measurements and in plane orientation study has been completed by pole figures. The microstructure has been observed by optical microscopy: it has been carried out on samples obtained after an annealing treatment (Grain Size Adjustment) and on recrystallized samples in different conditions. As preliminary mechanical investigation the microhardness values have been detected for each step of the working procedure. The accuracy of the cubic texture and the grain structure are affected by the processing condition, in particular the temperature of the GSA seems a very important parameter which influences the final characteristics of the tapes.

  4. Highly effective mixed pinning landscape produced by combined proton and heavy-ion irradiations in commercial coated conductors

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    Civale, Leonardo; Leroux, Maxim; Kihlstrom, Karen; Welp, Ulrich; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Rupich, Marty; Fleshler, Steven; Malozemoff, Alex P.; Ghigo, G.; Kayani, A.

    2015-03-01

    Particle irradiation is a very useful method to enhance the critical current density (Jc) in high Tc superconductors. As the nature of the damage produced under given irradiation conditions is well studied, it also provides a valuable tool to engineer controlled pinning landscapes to improve our understanding of vortex matter. Recently, it has been shown that proton irradiation can produce significant further Jc increase in commercial coated conductors (CC) with already high Jc. Here we report a further step towards Jc design, by combining 4 MeV proton and 250 MeV Au irradiations on the same CC. We show that the Jc improvement is better than what results from each individual irradiation, with columnar and random defects being dominant at low and high fields, respectively. Flux creep rates provide additional information about the vortex dynamics and depinning mechanisms in different regions of the Temperature-Field-Orientation phase diagram. Work supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. D.O.E., Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  5. Much simplified ion-beam assisted deposition-TiN template for high-performance coated conductors

    SciTech Connect

    Xiong, J.; Matias, V.; Zhai, J. Y.; Maiorov, B.; Trugman, D.; Jia, Q. X.; Wang, H.; Tao, B. W.; Li, Y. R.

    2010-10-15

    A much simplified template, i.e., two nonsuperconducting layers between the superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) and the polycrystalline metal substrate, has been developed for high-performance coated conductors by using biaxially aligned TiN as a seed layer. A combination of a thin TiN ({approx}10 nm by ion-beam assisted deposition) layer and an epitaxial buffer LaMnO{sub 3} layer ({approx}120 nm) allows us to grow epitaxial YBCO films with values of full width at half-maximum around 3.5 deg. and 1.7 deg. for the {phi}-scan of (103) and rocking curve of (005) YBCO, respectively. The YBCO films grown on electropolished polycrystalline Hastelloy using this two-layer template exhibited a superconducting transition temperature of 89.5 K, a critical current density of 1.2 MA/cm{sup 2} at 75.5 K, and an {alpha} value (proportional factor of critical current density J{sub c}{approx}H{sup -}{alpha}) of around 0.33, indicating a high density of pinning centers and an absence of weak links.

  6. Influence of nanoparticles on flux pinning properties in TFA-MOD processed YGdBCO coated conductor

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    Matsutani, F.; Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Miura, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2010-11-01

    The flux pinning properties in a magnetic field of various directions are investigated for trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) processed Y 1- xGd xBa 2Cu 3O y (YGdBCO)-coated conductors with the superconducting layer of 0.5 μm thick with artificial BaZrO 3 (BZO)-nanoparticles. It is found that the critical current density is enhanced in a wide range of field angle except around the direction parallel to the a - b plane, resulting in low field-angle anistropy. The enhancement of Jc in the wide range of field angle is attributed to the isotropic pinning of nanoparticles. The decrease in the critical current density in the field direction parallel to the a - b plane is considered to be caused by limitation of growth of stacking faults by distributed BZO nanoparticles. The observed results were theoretically explained by the flux creep-flow model and the above speculation of the pinning mechanism was confirmed.

  7. Development of an RGB color analysis method for controlling uniformity in a long-length GdBCO coated conductor

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    Kim, Tae-Jin; Lee, Jae-Hun; Lee, Yu-Ri; Moon, Seung-Hyun

    2015-12-01

    Reactive co-evaporation-deposition and reaction (RCE-DR) is a very productive GdBa2Cu3O7-x (GdBCO) coated conductor (CC) fabrication process, which involves the fast phase conversion of an amorphous film formed by co-evaporation of three metal sources, Gd, Ba and Cu, and thus reduces the time and cost for fabrication of a GdBCO CC. We routinely use quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) to measure and control the evaporation rates of each metal source to keep a constant nominal composition of the superconducting (SC) layer. However, in the case of kilometre long GdBCO CC fabrication, evaporation rates measured by QCM do not exactly reflect deposition rates onto the substrate as source levels decrease, and thus an RGB color analysis method for quality control is designed. With this RGB color analysis method, it is possible to measure the composition of the converted SC layer very close to the actual composition, even in real time. We set up the RGB color analysis program by establishing a database, where RGB color values are matched to composition of the SC layer, and as a result of applying the program to the RCE-DR process, could fabricate high quality GdBCO CC with average critical current of 561 A cm-1 and 95% uniformity along a 1 km length.

  8. Nitrogen implantation into steel wire coated with zinc used as reinforcement in power transmission conductors

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    Castro-Maldonado, J. J.; Dulcé-Moreno, H. J.; V-Niño, E. D.

    2013-11-01

    In tropical environments, diversity of climatic factors such as temperature, relative humidity, deposition of environmental contaminants (such as sulfates and chlorides) affect a large proportion of materials exposed to the weather, and electrochemical corrosion is one of the phenomena that occur in the case of metals and alloys [1, 2]. It is therefore particularly important to study this behavior in the Zinc-coated steel, since this material is used for its economy in the industry specifically in the area of transport of electricity.

  9. Uniform trapped fields produced by stacks of HTS coated conductor tape

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    Mitchell-Williams, T. B.; Baskys, A.; Hopkins, S. C.; Kalitka, V.; Molodyk, A.; Glowacki, B. A.; Patel, A.

    2016-08-01

    The trapped magnetic field profile of stacks of GdBa2Cu3O7‑x superconducting tape was investigated. Angled stacks of superconducting tape were magnetized and found to produce very uniform trapped field profiles. The angled stacks were made of 12 mm × 24 mm solder coated tape pieces and were bonded together following a brief consolidation heat treatment. Layering multiple stacks together and adding a ferromagnetic plate beneath the samples were both found to enhance the magnitude and uniformity of the trapped field profiles. Stationary and time-dependent critical state finite element models were also developed to complement the experimental results and investigate the magnetization process. The size and shapes possible with the angled stacks make them attractive for applications requiring uniform magnetic fields over larger areas than can be achieved with existing bulk rings or tape annuli.

  10. Reel-to-reel fabrication of meter-long YBCO coated conductor

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    Yang, J.; Zhang, H.; Wang, S. M.; Lin, C. G.; Shi, D. Q.; Dou, S. X.

    2011-04-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (YBCO) superconductors were coated on the CeO 2/YSZ/Y 2O 3 buffered Ni-5at%W tapes by a reel-to-reel pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The process of a multi-layer deposition of YBCO film was explored. X-ray diffraction texture measurements showed good both in-plane and out of plane crystalline orientations in YBCO films. The average values calculated at a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the peaks from phi-scans ( φ) and omega ( ω) scans for one meter-long YBCO tape were 7.49° and 4.71°, respectively. The critical current ( Ic) was over 200 A/cm-width at 77 K and under self-field for meter-long YBCO tape. The critical transition temperature of the YBCO tape was typically as 90.1 K with 0.5 K transition widths.

  11. Electrothermal instability mitigation by using thick dielectric coatings on magnetically imploded conductors.

    PubMed

    Peterson, Kyle J; Awe, Thomas J; Yu, Edmund P; Sinars, Daniel B; Field, Ella S; Cuneo, Michael E; Herrmann, Mark C; Savage, Mark; Schroen, Diana; Tomlinson, Kurt; Nakhleh, Charles

    2014-04-01

    Recent experiments on Sandia's Z facility have confirmed simulation predictions of dramatically reduced instability growth in solid metallic rods when thick dielectric coatings are used to mitigate density perturbations arising from an electrothermal instability. These results provide further evidence that the inherent surface roughness as a result of target fabrication is not the dominant seed for the growth of magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities in liners with carefully machined smooth surfaces, but rather electrothermal instabilities that form early in the electrical current pulse as Joule heating melts and vaporizes the liner surface. These results suggest a new technique for substantially reducing the integral magneto-Rayleigh-Taylor instability growth in magnetically driven implosions, such as cylindrical dynamic material experiments and inertial confinement fusion concepts. PMID:24745432

  12. High-Tc Coated Conductors - Performance of Meter-Long YBCO/IBAD Flexible Tapes

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    Foltyn, S.R.; Arendt, P.N.; Dowden, P.C.; DePaula, R.F.; Groves J.R.; Coulter, J.Y.; Jia, Q.; Maley, M.P.; Peterson, D.E.

    1998-09-13

    One meter long tapes based on 50-100 {micro}m thick by 1 cm wide nickel alloy substrates have been coated in a continuous process with a textured yttria-stabilized zirconia layer by ion beam-assisted deposition, followed by a 1-2 {micro}m thick layer of YBCO by pulsed laser deposition. The best result to date is a tape with a critical current (I{sub c}) at 75 K of 96 A over an 87 cm measurement length. The overall critical current density and engineering current density are 1 MA/cm{sup 2} and 10 kA/cm{sup 2}, respectively. Using a special probe, individual I-V curves were generated for each centimeter of tape length in order to investigate longitudinal uniformity of the transport properties: the highest and lowest I{sub c} values fall within a range of {+-}25%.

  13. High-Tc Superconducting Thin- and Thick-Film-Based Coated Conductors for Energy Applications

    SciTech Connect

    Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit

    2010-01-01

    Although the first epitaxial films of YBCO with high Tc were grown nearly 20 years ago, the understanding and control of the nanostructures responsible for the dissipation-free electrical current transport in high temperature superconductors (HTS) is quite recent. In the last six to seven years, major advances have occurred in the fundamental investigation of low angle grain boundaries, flux-pinning phenomena, growth mode, and atomic-level defect structures of HTS epitaxial films. As a consequence, it has been possible to map and even engineer to some extent the performance of HTS coatings in large regions of the operating H, T, J phase space. With such progress, the future of high temperature superconducting wires looks increasingly promising despite the tremendous challenges offered by these brittle and anisotropic materials. Nevertheless, further performance improvements are necessary for the superconducting technology to become cost-competitive against copper wires and ultimately succeed in revolutionizing the transmission of electricity. This can be achieved by further diminishing the gap between theoretical and experimental values of the critical current density Jc, and/or increasing the thickness of the superconductive layer as much as possible without degrading performance. In addition, further progress in controlling extrinsic and/or intrinsic nano-sized defects within the films is necessary to significantly reduce the anisotropic response of HTS and obtain a nearly constant dependence of the critical current on the magnetic field orientation, which is considered crucial for power applications. This chapter is a review of the challenges still present in the area of superconducting film processing for HTS wires and the approaches currently employed to address them.

  14. On-line characterization of YBCO coated conductors using Raman spectroscopy methods.

    PubMed

    Maroni, V A; Reeves, J L; Schwab, G

    2007-04-01

    The use of Raman spectroscopy for on-line monitoring of the production of superconducting YBa2Cu3O6+X (YBCO) thin films on long-length metal tapes coated with textured buffer layers is reported for the first time. A methodology is described for obtaining Raman spectra of YBCO on moving tape exiting a metal-organic-chemical-vapor-deposition (MOCVD) enclosure. After baseline correction, the spectra recorded in this way show the expected phonons of the specific YBCO crystal orientation required for high supercurrent transport, as well as phonons of non-superconducting second-phase impurities when present. It is also possible to distinguish YBCO films that are properly textured from films having domains of misoriented YBCO grains. An investigation of the need for focus control on moving tape indicated that focusing of the laser on the surface of the highly reflective YBCO films exiting the MOCVD enclosure tends to produce aberrant photon bursts that swamp the Raman spectrum. These photon bursts are very likely a consequence of optical speckle effects induced by a combination of surface roughness, crystallographic texture, and/or local strain within the small grain microstructure of the YBCO film. Maintaining a slightly out-of-focus condition provides the best signal-to-noise ratio in terms of the obtained Raman spectra. In addition to examining moving tape at the post-MOCVD stage, Raman spectra of the film surface can also be recorded after the oxygen anneal performed to bring the YBCO to the optimum superconducting state. Consideration is given to data processing methods that could be adapted to the on-line Raman spectra to allow the tagging of out-of-specification tape segments and, at a more advanced level, feedback control to the MOCVD process. PMID:17456253

  15. On-line characterization of YBCO coated conductors using Raman spectroscopy methods.

    SciTech Connect

    Maroni, V. A.; Reeves, J. L.; Schwab, G.; Chemical Engineering; SuperPower, Inc.

    2007-04-01

    The use of Raman spectroscopy for on-line monitoring of the production of superconducting YBa2Cu3O6+X (YBCO) thin films on long-length metal tapes coated with textured buffer layers is reported for the first time. A methodology is described for obtaining Raman spectra of YBCO on moving tape exiting a metal-organic-chemical-vapor-deposition (MOCVD) enclosure. After baseline correction, the spectra recorded in this way show the expected phonons of the specific YBCO crystal orientation required for high supercurrent transport, as well as phonons of non-superconducting second-phase impurities when present. It is also possible to distinguish YBCO films that are properly textured from films having domains of misoriented YBCO grains. An investigation of the need for focus control on moving tape indicated that focusing of the laser on the surface of the highly reflective YBCO films exiting the MOCVD enclosure tends to produce aberrant photon bursts that swamp the Raman spectrum. These photon bursts are very likely a consequence of optical speckle effects induced by a combination of surface roughness, crystallographic texture, and/or local strain within the small grain microstructure of the YBCO film. Maintaining a slightly out-of-focus condition provides the best signal-to-noise ratio in terms of the obtained Raman spectra. In addition to examining moving tape at the post-MOCVD stage, Raman spectra of the film surface can also be recorded after the oxygen anneal performed to bring the YBCO to the optimum superconducting state. Consideration is given to data processing methods that could be adapted to the on-line Raman spectra to allow the tagging of out-of-specification tape segments and, at a more advanced level, feedback control to the MOCVD process.

  16. Evaluation of the electromechanical properties in GdBCO coated conductor tapes under low cyclic loading and bending

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    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Gorospe, Alking; Bautista, Zhierwinjay; Dedicatoria, Marlon J.

    2016-01-01

    The effects of low cyclic loading on the critical current, I c, under uniaxial and transverse loadings, and bending deformations in GdBCO coated conductor (CC) tapes were evaluated. Under monotonic continuous bending deformation, CC tapes exhibit a high tolerance of I c up to the lowest bending diameter of 12 mm using the Goldacker bending test rig. However, when the CC tape was subjected to alternate tension-compression bending, a lower irreversible bending strain limit was measured. This was also observed when cyclic bending was applied to the CC tapes which showed a significant decrease in I c just after 10 cycles of alternate tension-compression bending at 20 mm bending diameter. Such different I c degradation behavior under different bending deformation procedures gave insight into the proper handling of CC tapes from manufacturing, coiling and up to operating conditions. In the case of uniaxial tension, when electromechanical properties of CC tape were evaluated by repeated loading based on a critical stress level obtained under monotonic loading, I c also did not show significant change in its degradation behavior up to the irreversible stress limit. The GdBCO CC tape adopted can allow cyclic loading up to 100 cycles without significant irreversible degradation below the monotonic irreversible limit. In the case of the transverse cyclic test, with regard to the large scattering of data especially in the tensile direction, a different cyclic loading procedure was established. For 10 repeated loadings, the mechanical and electromechanical properties of the GdBCO CC tapes showed similar values within the reversible range under the monotonic loading. I c degraded abruptly indicating that no delamination occurred at the REBCO film during the subcritical cyclic loading. Different fracture morphologies were observed under cyclic loading depicting branch-like patterns of the remaining REBCO layer on the substrate of the CC tape.

  17. Strongly enhanced current densities in superconducting coated conductors of YBa2Cu3O7-x + BaZrO3.

    PubMed

    MacManus-Driscoll, J L; Foltyn, S R; Jia, Q X; Wang, H; Serquis, A; Civale, L; Maiorov, B; Hawley, M E; Maley, M P; Peterson, D E

    2004-07-01

    There are numerous potential applications for superconducting tapes based on YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) (YBCO) films coated onto metallic substrates. A long-established goal of more than 15 years has been to understand the magnetic-flux pinning mechanisms that allow films to maintain high current densities out to high magnetic fields. In fact, films carry one to two orders of magnitude higher current densities than any other form of the material. For this reason, the idea of further improving pinning has received little attention. Now that commercialization of YBCO-tape conductors is much closer, an important goal for both better performance and lower fabrication costs is to achieve enhanced pinning in a practical way. In this work, we demonstrate a simple and industrially scaleable route that yields a 1.5-5-fold improvement in the in-magnetic-field current densities of conductors that are already of high quality. PMID:15170180

  18. A simple MOD method to grow a single buffer layer of Ce 0.8Gd 0.2O 1.9 (CGO) for coated conductors

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    Liu, Min; Shi, Dongqi; Suo, Hongli; Ye, Shuai; Zhao, Yue; Zhu, Yonghua; Li, Qi; Wang, Lin; Jihyun, Ahn; Zhou, Meiling

    2009-03-01

    A single Ce 0.8Gd 0.2O 1.9 (CGO) buffer layer was successfully grown on the home-made textured Ni-5 at.%W (Ni-5W) substrates for YBCO coated conductors by a simple metal-organic deposition (MOD) technique. The precursor solution was prepared using a newly developed process and only contained common metal-organic salts of both Ce and Gd dissolved into a propionic acid solvent. The precursor solution at 0.4 M concentration was spin coated on short samples of Ni-5W substrates and heat-treated at 1100 °C in a mixture gas of 5% H 2 in Ar for an hour. X-ray studies indicated that the CGO films had good out-of-plane and in-plane textures with full-width-half-maximum values of 4.18° and 6.19°, respectively. Atomic force microscope (AFM) investigations of the CGO films revealed that most of the grain boundary grooves on the Ni-5W surface were found to be well covered by CGO layers, which had a fairly dense and smooth microstructure without cracks and porosity. These results indicate that our MOD technique is very promising for further development of single buffer layer architecture for YBCO coated conductors, due to its low cost and simple process.

  19. Magnetisation and field quality of a cosine-theta dipole magnet wound with coated conductors for rotating gantry for hadron cancer therapy

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    Amemiya, Naoyuki; Sogabe, Yusuke; Sakashita, Masaki; Iwata, Yoshiyuki; Noda, Koji; Ogitsu, Toru; Ishii, Yusuke; Kurusu, Tsutomu

    2016-02-01

    Electromagnetic field analyses were carried out to study the influence of coated-conductor magnetisation, i.e. the screening (shielding) current, on the field quality of a dipole magnet in a rotating gantry for hadron cancer therapy. The analyses were made on the cross section of a cosine-theta dipole magnet in a rotating gantry for carbon ions, which generated 2.90 T of magnetic field. The temporal profile (temporal variation) of the magnet current was determined based on the actual excitation schemes of the magnets in the rotating gantry. The experimentally determined superconducting property of a coated conductor was considered, and we calculated the temporal evolutions of the current-density distributions in all the turns of coated conductors in the magnet. From the obtained current-density distributions, we calculated the multipole components of the magnetic field and evaluated the field quality of the magnet. The deviation in the dipole component from its designed value was up to approximately 25 mT, which was approximately 1% of the designed maximum dipole component. Its variation between repeated excitations was approximately 0.03%, and it drifted approximately 0.06% in 10 s. Some compensation schemes might be required to counteract such influence of magnetisation on the dipole component. Meanwhile, the higher multipole components were small, stable, and sufficiently reproducible for a magnet in rotating gantries, i.e. |b 3| ˜ 1.1 × 10-3 and |Δb 3| ˜ 0.2 × 10-3 in 10 s.

  20. Architecture for coated conductors

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    Foltyn, Stephen R.; Arendt, Paul N.; Wang, Haiyan; Stan, Liliana

    2010-06-01

    Articles are provided including a base substrate having a layer of an oriented cubic oxide material with a rock-salt-like structure layer thereon, and, a layer of epitaxial titanium nitride upon the layer of an oriented cubic oxide material having a rock-salt-like structure. Such articles can further include thin films of high temperature superconductive oxides such as YBCO upon the layer of epitaxial titanium nitride or upon a intermediate buffer layer upon the layer of epitaxial titanium nitride.

  1. Plasmonic Three-Dimensional Transparent Conductor Based on Al-Doped Zinc Oxide-Coated Nanostructured Glass Using Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Malek, Gary A.; Aytug, Tolga; Liu, Qingfeng; Wu, Judy

    2015-04-02

    Transparent nanostructured glass coatings, fabricated on glass substrates, with a unique three-dimensional (3D) architecture were utilized as the foundation for the design of plasmonic 3D transparent conductors. Transformation of the non-conducting 3D structure to a conducting 3D network was accomplished through atomic layer deposition of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO). After AZO growth, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were deposited by electronbeam evaporation to enhance light trapping and decrease the overall sheet resistance. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microcopy images revealed the highly porous, nanostructured morphology of the AZO coated glass surface along with the in-plane dimensions of the depositedmore » AuNPs. Sheet resistance measurements conducted on the coated samples verified that the electrical properties of the 3D network are comparable to that of the untextured two-dimensional AZO coated glass substrates. In addition, transmittance measurements of the glass samples coated with various AZO thicknesses showed preservation of the highly transparent nature of each sample, while the AuNPs demonstrated enhanced light scattering as well as light-trapping capability.« less

  2. Plasmonic Three-Dimensional Transparent Conductor Based on Al-Doped Zinc Oxide-Coated Nanostructured Glass Using Atomic Layer Deposition

    SciTech Connect

    Malek, Gary A.; Aytug, Tolga; Liu, Qingfeng; Wu, Judy

    2015-04-02

    Transparent nanostructured glass coatings, fabricated on glass substrates, with a unique three-dimensional (3D) architecture were utilized as the foundation for the design of plasmonic 3D transparent conductors. Transformation of the non-conducting 3D structure to a conducting 3D network was accomplished through atomic layer deposition of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO). After AZO growth, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were deposited by electronbeam evaporation to enhance light trapping and decrease the overall sheet resistance. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microcopy images revealed the highly porous, nanostructured morphology of the AZO coated glass surface along with the in-plane dimensions of the deposited AuNPs. Sheet resistance measurements conducted on the coated samples verified that the electrical properties of the 3D network are comparable to that of the untextured two-dimensional AZO coated glass substrates. In addition, transmittance measurements of the glass samples coated with various AZO thicknesses showed preservation of the highly transparent nature of each sample, while the AuNPs demonstrated enhanced light scattering as well as light-trapping capability.

  3. An improved FEM model for computing transport AC loss in coils made of RABiTS YBCO coated conductors for electric machines

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    Ainslie, Mark D.; Rodriguez-Zermeno, Victor M.; Hong, Zhiyong; Yuan, Weijia; Flack, Timothy J.; Coombs, Timothy A.

    2011-04-01

    AC loss can be a significant problem for any applications that utilize or produce an AC current or magnetic field, such as an electric machine. The authors investigate the electromagnetic properties of high temperature superconductors with a particular focus on the AC loss in superconducting coils made from YBCO coated conductors for use in an all-superconducting electric machine. This paper presents an improved 2D finite element model for the cross-section of such coils, based on the H formulation. The model is used to calculate the transport AC loss of a racetrack-shaped coil using constant and magnetic field-dependent critical current densities, and the inclusion and exclusion of a magnetic substrate, as found in RABiTS (rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrate) YBCO coated conductors. The coil model is based on the superconducting stator coils used in the University of Cambridge EPEC Superconductivity Group's all-superconducting permanent magnet synchronous motor design. To validate the modeling results, the transport AC loss of a stator coil is measured using an electrical method based on inductive compensation by means of a variable mutual inductance. Finally, the implications of the findings on the performance of the motor are discussed.

  4. Conformal Coating of Three-Dimensional Nanostructures via Atomic Layer Deposition for Development of Advanced Energy Storage Devices and Plasmonic Transparent Conductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Malek, Gary A.

    Due to the prodigious amount of electrical energy consumed throughout the world, there exists a great demand for new and improved methods of generating electrical energy in a clean and renewable manner as well as finding more effective ways to store it. This enormous task is of great interest to scientists and engineers, and much headway is being made by utilizing three-dimensional (3D) nanostructured materials. This work explores the application of two types of 3D nanostructured materials toward fabrication of advanced electrical energy storage and conversion devices. The first nanostructured material consists of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers. This three-dimensional structure is opaque, electrically conducting, and contains active sites along the outside of each fiber that are conducive to chemical reactions. Therefore, they make the perfect 3D conducting nanostructured substrate for advanced energy storage devices. In this work, the details for transforming vertically aligned carbon nanofiber arrays into core-shell structures via atomic layer deposition as well as into a mesoporous manganese oxide coated supercapacitor electrode are given. Another unique type of three-dimensional nanostructured substrate is nanotextured glass, which is transparent but non-conducting. Therefore, it can be converted to a 3D transparent conductor for possible application in photovoltaics if it can be conformally coated with a conducting material. This work details that transformation as well as the addition of plasmonic gold nanoparticles to complete the transition to a 3D plasmonic transparent conductor.

  5. Pursuing low joint resistivity in Cu-stabilized REBa2Cu3O δ coated conductor tapes by the ultrasonic weld-solder hybrid method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Kim, Jong-min; Dedicatoria, Marlon J.

    2016-01-01

    Development of a coated conductor tape joint with good quality and low joint resistivity, R sj, in terms of transport and mechanical properties, was attempted by direct bonding at the interface of the Cu-Cu stabilizers in overlapped GdBCO CC tapes. In this study, we attempted to achieve a low R sj by introducing hybrid joining, soldering and ultrasonic welding (UW), and its mechanism was analyzed theoretically. Coated conductor tapes were experimentally joined using various methods of soldering, UW, and combinations of the two. As a result, a much lower R sj of about 57 nΩ · cm2 was obtained for RCE-DR-processed GdBCO CC tape joints using the hybrid joining method. The mechanical properties of the jointed CC tapes were also evaluated at room temperature and 77 K under self-field. Load-displacement curves of joined CC tapes followed the curve of the single CC tape. Critical current and joint resistance, R j, of hybrid-joined CC tape were retained after double bending at room temperature up to 20 mm bending diameter.

  6. Introduction of Artificial Pinning Center into PLD-YBCO Coated Conductor on IBAD and Self-Epitaxial CeO2 Buffered Metal Substrate

    SciTech Connect

    Kobayashi, H.; Yamada, Y.; Ishida, S.; Takahashi, K.; Konishi, M.; Ibi, A.; Miyata, S.; Kato, T.; Hirayama, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2006-03-31

    In order to fabricate YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors with high critical current density Jc in magnetic fields, we fabricated YBCO coated conductors with artificial pinning centers by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method on a self epitaxial PLD-CeO2 layer and ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-Gd2Zr2O7 (GZO) buffered Hastelloy tape. Artificial pinning centers were introduced by the PLD deposition using the yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) oxide target (nano-dot method) and YBCO target including YSZ particles (mixed target method). In the experiments using YSZ oxide target, YSZ nano-dots were observed. They were approximately 15 nm in height and 10 nm to 70 nm in diameter. We found that the density of nano-dots was controlled by the number of laser pulses. These samples exhibited higher Jc than YBCO films in magnetic fields. Furthermore, a similar improvement of Jc was observed in the experiments using YBCO target including YSZ particles. TEM observation revealed that columnar nano-structure made of BaZrO3 was formed during YBCO deposition and it was effective for pinning. We call this new epitaxial nano-structure 'bamboo structure' from its anisotropic growth and morphology.

  7. Development of high-Ic processing for low cost YBCO coated conductors by multi-turn reel-to-reel crystallization large furnace for TFA-MOD process

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Takagi, Y.; Takahashi, Y.; Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Akagi, N.; Takahashi, S.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    Trifluoroacetates (TFA) -metal organic deposition (MOD) derived YBCO coated conductors are expected for many applications mainly due to cost-efficiency. High Ic and production rate are required for cost reduction in terms of /Am. Improvement of Ic performance and production rate has been studied in this work, focusing on the conversion process of TFA-MOD. YBCO precursor films with desired thickness were prepared by using the multi-turn reel-to-reel (RTR) -system of dip-coating and calcination. The precursor films were heat treated under different conditions including the interim annealing. Crystallization process was performed on the interim annealed samples by using a multi-turn RTR system. The conversion furnace was modified so that improved conditions such as higher gas flow rate, lower total pressure can be used, which improved the production rate in crystallization process to 15 m/h by accelerating YBCO growth rate. Adopting the interim annealing, Ic property increased about 30% compared with that prepared without the interim annealing. X-ray θ-2θ diffraction analysis showed that; the peak intensities of YBCO (005) in interim annealed samples were 1.5 times stronger compared with those prepared without the interim annealing. The interim annealing affected the crystallinity and microstructure, resulting in high Ic. Then, the improved process for crystallization was applied to long tapes fabrication. A 205 m-long YBCO coated conductors fabricated at 15 m/h with interim annealing showed high and uniform Ic performance throughout the tape; Ic(min.)=372 A/cm-w@77 K, s.f., standard deviation = 15.2 A (3.7%). Uniformity along transverse direction was also analyzed by striating a 54 m long tape (199.5 A/5 mm-widths) into 5 filaments and, the Ic value of each filament (1 mm-width) was confirmed to be uniform; 24.3-32.9 A.

  8. Growth of epitaxial Y 2O 3 buffer layers on biaxially textured Ni-W substrates for YBCO coated conductors by MOD approach

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bhuiyan, M. S.; Paranthaman, M.; Kang, S.; Lee, D. F.; Salama, K.

    2005-06-01

    We have grown epitaxial Y 2O 3 buffer layers on biaxially textured Ni-W substrates for YBCO coated conductors using a newly developed metal organic decomposition (MOD) approach. Y 2O 3 precursor solution of 0.25 M concentration was spin coated on short samples of Ni-3 at.%W (Ni-W) substrates and heat-treated at 1150 °C in a gas mixture of Ar-4% H 2 for an hour. Detailed X-ray studies indicate that Y 2O 3 films have good out-of-plane and in-plane textures with full-width-half-maximum values of 6.22° and 7.51°, respectively. SEM and AFM investigations of Y 2O 3 films reveal a fairly dense and smooth microstructure without cracks and porosity. Highly textured YSZ barrier layers and CeO 2 cap layers were deposited on MOD Y 2O 3-buffered Ni-W substrates using rf-magnetron sputtering. Pulsed laser deposition was used to grow YBCO films on these substrates. A critical current, Jc, of about 1.21 MA/cm 2 at 77 K and self-field was obtained on YBCO (PLD)/CeO 2 (sputtered)/YSZ (sputtered)/Y 2O 3 (spin-coated)/Ni-W.

  9. MOD approach for the growth of epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers on biaxially textured Ni W substrates for YBCO coated conductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bhuiyan, M. S.; Paranthaman, M.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Aytug, T.; Kang, S.; Lee, D. F.; Goyal, A.; Payzant, E. A.; Salama, K.

    2003-11-01

    We have grown epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers on biaxially textured Ni-W substrates for YBCO coated conductors using a newly developed metal organic decomposition (MOD) approach. Precursor solution of 0.25 M concentration was spin coated on short samples of Ni-3 at%W (Ni-W) substrates and heat-treated at 1100 °C in a gas mixture of Ar-4%H2 for 15 min. Detailed x-ray studies indicate that CeO2 films have good out-of-plane and in-plane textures with full-width-half-maximum values of 5.8° and 7.5°, respectively. High temperature in situ XRD studies show that the nucleation of CeO2 films starts at 600 °C and the growth completes within 5 min when heated at 1100 °C. SEM and AFM investigations of CeO2 films reveal a fairly dense microstructure without cracks and porosity. Highly textured YSZ barrier layers and CeO2 cap layers were deposited on MOD CeO2-buffered Ni-W substrates using rf-magnetron sputtering. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) was used to grow YBCO films on these substrates. A critical current, Jc, of about 1.5 MA cm-2 at 77 K and self-field was obtained on YBCO (PLD)/CeO2 (sputtered)/YSZ (sputtered)/CeO2 (spin-coated)/Ni-W.

  10. ENSYSTROB - Design, manufacturing and test of a 3-phase resistive fault current limiter based on coated conductors for medium voltage application

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Elschner, S.; Kudymow, A.; Brand, J.; Fink, S.; Goldacker, W.; Grilli, F.; Noe, M.; Vojenciak, M.; Hobl, A.; Bludau, M.; Jänke, C.; Krämer, S.; Bock, J.

    2012-11-01

    Within the German project ENSYSTROB a 3-phase resistive fault current limiter for medium voltage applications (12 kV, 533 Arms) was designed, built, tested and installed in the grid for a one year’s field test. The superconducting modules are made of YBCO coated conductors and replace the modules of an already successfully tested limiter on the basis of BSCCO 2212 bulk material. The components are multifilar spirals equipped with pairs of 12 mm wide YBCO tapes. The single components were characterized with respect to critical current, AC losses and limitation behavior under all possible operation conditions. The finally mounted limiter was successfully tested with respect to high voltage and limitation according to the standards of the customer. It is now installed and operating in its field test location. Finally we give a first comparison of both materials with respect to the different operational aspects.

  11. Characterization of the electrical resistance of high temperature superconductor coated conductors at high currents using ultra-fast regulated current pulses

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    Sirois, Frédéric; Coulombe, Jonathan; Roy, François; Dutoit, Bertrand

    2010-03-01

    This paper focuses on the experimental determination of the electrical resistance (R) of commercial high temperature superconductor (HTS) coated conductors (CCs) at currents well above the critical current. The major novelty of this work rests on the unique experimental capability of applying constant current pulses in the sample (up to 1000 A) for durations as short as 15 µs, which allows very precise control of the amount of energy dissipated in the sample (the Joule effect), as well as the resulting temperature rise. By varying the applied current and the duration of the pulses, we show that we can achieve a relatively accurate characterization of R(I, T) simply from the measured dynamical V-I characteristics of the CCs. The resistance model obtained in this way is very important, as R(I, T) is the most fundamental design parameter in many practical HTS applications, especially in fault current limiters.

  12. ALTERNATING CURRENT LOSSES IN AG-SHEATHED BSCCO (2212 AND 2223) TAPES AND WIRES AND YBCO (123) COATED CONDUCTORS

    SciTech Connect

    Dr. John S. Hurley

    2000-01-01

    In this study, we focus on the examination of ac losses in conductors utilizing Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O [BSCCO (2223)] high TC superconductors (HTS). In addition, we seek to assist other facilities such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison Applied Superconductivity Center (UW-ASC), Brookhaven National Laboratory, and other DoE facilities investigating the use of HTS in electric power applications (e.g., generators, motors, and transformers). To accomplish this we will develop an ac losses capability at Clark Atlanta University to complement the established ac losses efforts at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BSCCO) on BSCCO/Ag and various material characterization efforts taking place at the UW-ASC. Our goal is through this effort to gain a greater understanding of the effects on ac losses due to parameters such as ac/dc current, J{sub c}, tape geometry, voltage tap placement, field orientation, material anisotropy, surface irregularities, percolations and filament coupling effects. As a result, we expect to better understand how to minimize ac losses in applications requiring real or practical conductors. HTS conductors based on BSCCO-2223 are now being routinely produced in industrial lengths of high quality. Vendors such as Southwire and ASC are producing multi-filamentary tapes in lengths of 6 km or more carrying critical current densities of up to 3 kA/cm**2 at 77 K. While this is approaching the level of performance where some large-scale applications are considered to be economically viable, a number of problems remain to be solved. The remaining issues include: rapid reduction in JC in magnetic fields; and power dissipation due to varying magnetic fields or currents (ac losses).

  13. Magnetic and structural characterization of inkjet-printed TFAYBa2Cu3O7-x/MODCZO/ABADYSZ/SS coated conductors

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    Bartolomé, E.; Vlad, V. R.; Calleja, A.; Aklalouch, M.; Guzmán, R.; Arbiol, J.; Granados, X.; Palau, A.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Usoskin, A.

    2013-12-01

    The superconductor industry is demanding new methodologies to manufacture km-long, high quality coated conductors at high growth rates, using cost-effective, scalable processes. We report on the fabrication by an all-chemical deposition method of highly textured, thick (0.9 μm) inkjet-printed YBCO films, using a Ce0.9Zr0.1O2 (CZO) capping layer deposited by MOD, on top of robust, buffered ABADYSZ/SS substrates. Thinner, 0.25 μm spin-coated YBCO films were also analyzed for comparison. The structural study performed by x-ray diffraction, optical, AFM, SEM and TEM microscopy demonstrates the success of the capping layer for enhancing the planarity of the as-received tape and obtaining highly homogeneous and well-textured YBCO films. DC magnetometry granularity analysis was used to determine the mean superconducting grain diameter, ˜2.5 μm, and the intra- and intergranular critical current densities of the coated conductors (CCs). For the thin, spin-coated sample, high self-field intragrain critical currents were measured ({J}_{{c}}^{{G}}=4 0, 3.3 MA cm-2 at 5, 77 K). For the thick, inkjet-printed tape {J}_{{c}}^{{G}} was reduced by ˜30%, but, notably, the percolative critical current, {J}_{{c}}^{{GB}}=1 2.5~{MA}~{{cm}}^{-2}, was only ˜10% smaller at 5 K, thanks to good preservation of the texture. At 77 K, {J}_{{c}}^{{GB}}=1.3~{MA}~{{cm}}^{-2} was achieved, implying a critical current of Ic = 117 A/cm-width. AC susceptibility measurements allowed us to demonstrate the high homogeneity of the fabricated CCs, and investigate the magnetic vortex-pinning phase diagram. Remarkably, the thick, inkjet-printed sample showed comparable irreversibility line (IL) and activation energy for thermal depinning, Ue(H), to the thin sample. The present results open new perspectives for the fabrication of high quality-to-cost ratio, all-chemical CCs with yet higher Ic values by inkjet printing multideposition of thicker YBCO layers.

  14. Conductor-polymer composite electrode materials

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    Ginley, D.S.; Kurtz, S.R.; Smyrl, W.H.; Zeigler, J.M.

    1984-06-13

    A conductive composite material useful as an electrode, comprises a conductor and an organic polymer which is reversibly electrochemically dopable to change its electrical conductivity. Said polymer continuously surrounds the conductor in intimate electrical contact therewith and is prepared by electrochemical growth on said conductor or by reaction of its corresponding monomer(s) on said conductor which has been pre-impregnated or pre-coated with an activator for said polymerization. Amount of the conductor is sufficient to render the resultant composite electrically conductive even when the polymer is in an undoped insulating state.

  15. Epitaxial Growth Of Y2O3 On Biaxially Textured Ni Tapes Using A Sol-Gel Process For YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Ciontea, L.; Ristoiu, T.; Suciu, R.-C.; Petrisor, T.

    2007-04-01

    A solution processing technique was used to deposit an epitaxial Y2O3 film on (001)[100] cube textured Ni tapes for YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO) coated conductors manufacturing. The cube texture was developed in Ni by a conventional thermo-mechanical process. A precursor solution of yttrium 2-methoxyethoxide in 2-methoxyethanol was spin-coated on the Ni substrate. The as-deposited amorphous film was thermally treated at 1100°C in a flowing Ar+4%H2 gas mixture. The θ-2θ X-ray spectra revealed predominantly (001) reflections, indicating a high degree of out-of-plane orientation. Pole figures for the (222) Y2O3 reflections demonstrate a single in-plane texture. The out-of-plane and in-plane epitaxial relationship is [400]Y2O3//[200] Ni and [110]Y2O3//[100] Ni, respectively. The full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) of the ω-scans and φ-scans is 6° and 11°, respectively.

  16. Reel-to-reel continuous simultaneous double-sided deposition of highly textured CeO2 templates for YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors

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    Xiong, J.; Tao, B. W.; Qin, W. F.; Tang, J. L.; Han, X.; Li, Y. R.

    2008-02-01

    A reel-to-reel system which allows simultaneous two-sided deposition of epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers on long length biaxially textured Ni-5 at.%W tape with direct current (dc) reactive magnetron sputtering is described. Deposition is accomplished through two opposite symmetrical sputtering guns with a radiation heater. Meter-long double-sided epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers have been produced for the first time on textured metal substrates in a run using a reel-to-reel process with a speed of about 1.2 m h-1. The CeO2 films were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The samples exhibited good epitaxial growth with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface for both sides. Full width at half maximum (FWHM) values of the out-of-plane and in-plane orientation for both sides were 3.2° and 3.1°, 5.3° and 5.1°, respectively. AFM observations revealed a smooth, dense and crack-free surface morphology. In addition, x-ray scans have been performed as a function of length to determine the crystallographic consistency of the epitaxial CeO2 over the length. Subsequently anyttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) barrier and CeO2 cap layers were deposited to complete the CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 structure via the same process. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films grown by dc sputtering on the short prototype CeO2/YSZ/CeO2/NiW conductors yielded self-field critical current densities (Jc) as high as 1.3 MA cm-2 at 77 K. An Ic value of 113 A cm-1 was obtained for double-sided YBCO coated conductors.

  17. Effects of room-temperature tensile fatigue on critical current and n-value of IBAD–MOCVD YBa2Cu3O7‑x /Hastelloy coated conductor

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    Rogers, Samuel; Kan Chan, Wan; Schwartz, Justin

    2016-08-01

    REBa2Cu3O7‑x (REBCO) coated conductors potentially enable a multitude of superconducting applications, over a wide range of operating temperatures and magnetic fields, including high-field magnets, energy storage devices, motors, generators, and power transmission systems (Zhang et al 2013 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 23 5700704). Many of these are AC applications and thus the fatigue properties may be limiting (Vincent et al 2013 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 23 5700805). Previous electromechanical studies have determined the performance of REBCO conductors under single cycle loads (Barth et al 2015 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 28 045011), but an understanding of the fatigue properties is lacking. Here the fatigue behavior of commercial ion beam assisted deposition–metal organic chemical vapor deposition REBCO conductors on Hastelloy substrates is reported for axial tensile strains up to 0.5% and up to 100 000 cycles. Failure mechanisms are investigated via microstructural studies. Results show that REBCO conductors retained I c(ε)/I c0 = 0.9 for 10 000 cycles at ε = 0.35% and ε = 0.45% strain, and ε = 0.5% for 100 cycles. The main cause of fatigue degradation in REBCO conductors is crack propagation that initiates at the slitting defects that result from the manufacturing process.

  18. Flexible, Polymer-Filled Metallic Conductors

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    Banks, Bruce A.; Swec, Diane M.

    1989-01-01

    Procedure developed to make materials both flexible and reasonably good electrical conductors. Metal or polymer sheet substrate cleaned with beam of energetic inert-gas ions to remove adsorbed gases and contaminants from surface. After cleaning, substrate coated by cosputter deposition of both conductive metal and flexible polymer. Removed by either mechanical or chemical-dissolution technique, and resulting flexible metal/polymer conductor bonded at low temperature to conductor-surface contacts.

  19. Fractal analysis and atomic force microscopy measurements of surface roughness for Hastelloy C276 substrates and amorphous alumina buffer layers in coated conductors

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    Feng, F.; Shi, K.; Xiao, S.-Z.; Zhang, Y.-Y.; Zhao, Z.-J.; Wang, Z.; Wei, J.-J.; Han, Z.

    2012-02-01

    In coated conductors, surface roughness of metallic substrates and buffer layers could significantly affect the texture of subsequently deposited buffer layers and the critical current density of superconductor layer. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is usually utilized to measure surface roughness. However, the roughness values are actually relevant to scan scale. Fractal geometry could be exerted to analyze the scaling performance of surface roughness. In this study, four samples were prepared, which were electro polished Hastelloy C276 substrate, mechanically polished Hastelloy C276 substrate and the amorphous alumina buffer layers deposited on both the substrates by ion beam deposition. The surface roughness, described by root mean squared (RMS) and arithmetic average (Ra) values, was analyzed considering the scan scale of AFM measurements. The surfaces of amorphous alumina layers were found to be fractal in nature because of the scaling performance of roughness, while the surfaces of Hastelloy substrates were not. The flatten modification of AFM images was discussed. And the calculation of surface roughness in smaller parts divided from the whole AFM images was studied, compared with the results of actual AFM measurements of the same scan scales.

  20. Growth of thick La2Zr2O7 buffer layers for coated conductors by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition

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    Zhang, Xin; Zhao, Yong; Xia, Yudong; Guo, Chunsheng; Cheng, C. H.; Zhang, Yong; Zhang, Han

    2015-06-01

    La2Zr2O7 (LZO) epitaxial films have been deposited on LaAlO3 (LAO) (1 0 0) single-crystal surface and bi-axially textured NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition, and afterwards studied with XRD, SEM and AFM approaches. Highly in-plane and out-of-plane oriented, dense, smooth, crack free and with a sufficient thickness (>240 nm) LZO buffer layers have been obtained on LAO (1 0 0) single-crystal surface; The films deposited on NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate are also found with high degree in-plane and out-of-plane texturing, good density with pin-hole-free, micro-crack-free nature and a thickness of 300 nm. Highly epitaxial 500 nm thick YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) thin film exhibits the self-field critical current density (Jc) reached 1.3 MA/cm2 at 77 K .These results demonstrate the LZO epi-films obtained with current techniques have potential to be a buffer layer for REBCO coated conductors.

  1. Transient liquid assisted nucleation mechanism of YBa2Cu3O7-δ in coated conductor films derived by BaF2 process

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    Gu, Zhao-Hui; Yang, Wen-Tao; Bai, Chuan-Yi; Guo, Yan-Qun; Lu, Yu-Ming; Liu, Zhi-Yong; Lu, Qi; Shu, Gang-Qiang; Cai, Chuan-Bing

    2015-09-01

    It is significant for low-cost preparation of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors to make clear the mechanism of orientation, copper segregation, and nucleation density in BaF2-derived YBCO crystallization. In the present work, a distinct nucleation mechanism was proposed based on a transient liquid phase induced by the size effect as well as near-equilibrium assumption. With this scheme the nucleation of YBCO prepared by metal-organic deposition (MOD) or the physical vapor deposition BaF2 process was semi-quantitatively analyzed, revealing that the direct driving force for nucleation is YBCO supersaturation in the liquid phase. The theoretical analysis on the nucleation orientation portion is evidenced by the experimental result. Project supported by the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant Nos. 13111102300 and 11dz1100302), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174193 and 51202141), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2011CBA00105), and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 14DZ2260700).

  2. Development of cube textured Ni 5at.%W alloy substrates for YBCO coated conductor application using a powder metallurgy process

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    Kim, S.-S.; Tak, J.-S.; Bae, S.-Y.; Chung, J.-K.; Ahn, I.-S.; Kim, C.-J.; Kim, K.-W.; Cho, K.-K.

    2007-10-01

    In this paper, Ni-5at.%W alloy substrate for YBCO coated conductor was fabricated by a dry powder metallurgy process including powder compaction, cold isostatic pressing (CIP), cold rolling and annealing for recrystallization. Ni and W powders were ball-milled at this process for various times of 10, 30, 50 and 100 h in argon atmosphere. The rod-like Ni-W alloy compacts were sintered at 1150 °C for 1 h in 96%Ar-4%H2 atmosphere. The sintered rods were cold rolling into thin tape of 70-90 μm thickness with 5% reduction at each path. The Ni-W alloy tapes were annealed at 800-1200 °C in an atmosphere of 96%Ar-4%H2 mixing gas for the development of cube texture. The tape with the best properties of low surface roughness, small grain size and strong cube texture was obtained at the condition annealed at 1200 °C using ball-milled powder for 30 min. The W addition to Ni improved the mechanical properties by solid solution hardening and inhibited grain growth for annealing heat treatment. The tapes were characterized by X-ray pole-figure, optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM).

  3. Phase Evolution of YBa2Cu3O7-x films by all-chemical solution deposition route for coated conductors

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    Zhao, Yue; Tang, Xiao; Wu, Wei; Grivel, Jean-Claude

    2014-05-01

    In order to understand the all-chemical-solution-deposition (CSD) processes for manufacturing coated conductors, we investigated the phase evolution of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films deposited by a low-fluorine metal-organic solution deposition (LF-MOD) method on CSD derived Ce0.9La0.1O2/Gd2Zr2O7/NiW. It is shown that the phase transition from the pyrolyzed film to fully converted YBCO film in the LF-MOD process is similar to that in typical trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) processes even though the amount of TFA in the solution is reduced by almost one half compared with typical TFA-MOD cases. Moreover, we found that the formation of impurities (mainly BaCeO3, NiWO4 and NiO) is strongly related to the annealing temperature, i.e., the diffusion controlled reactions become intensive from 760 oC, which might be connected with the poor structural and superconducting properties of the films deposited at high sintering temperatures. Based on these results, the optimized growth conditions of YBCO films were established, and a high critical current density (Jc) of about 2 MA/cm2 (77 K, self field) is achieved in a 200 nm thick YBCO film in the architecture made by our all CSD route.

  4. The influence of grain boundary I c on the macroscopic strain effect of I c in BHO-doped GdBCO-coated conductors

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    Usami, Takashi; Ichino, Yusuke; Yoshida, Yutaka; Sugano, Michinaka; Ibi, Akira; Izumi, Teruo

    2016-07-01

    The effect of strain in REBa2Cu3O y (REBCO: RE = Y, Gd, Sm, Eu) coated conductors (CCs) on the critical current (I c) is one of the most fundamental factors for superconducting coil applications because CCs experience a variety of stresses. In this study, we carried out bending tests and measured the peak strain and the strain sensitivity of I c (a-value) for GdBCO CCs at 77 K under self-field. These values were evaluated for pure GdBCO CCs and BaHfO3 BHO-doped GdBCO CCs, which had oxide buffer layers with varying in-plane grain alignments of the CeO2 top layer. As a result, the peak strains and a-values for the BHO-doped GdBCO CCs depended on the FWHM of the CeO2 220 reflection in the φ-scan profile (Δφ), and decreased monotonically with decreasing Δφ. On the other hand, the peak strain and a-value were nearly independent of Δφ in the pure-GdBCO CCs. The change in peak strains for the BHO-doped GdBCO CCs are discussed on the basis of the relative contribution of intra-grain I c and inter-grain I c to the macroscopic strain effect of I c in the CCs.

  5. Enhancement of critical current through compound defect with proton irradiation and heavy ion irradiation in YBCO coated conductors and FeSexTe1-x crystals

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    Kihlstrom, Karen; Leroux, Maxime; Holleis, Sigrid; Harris, Danielle; Welp, Ulrich; Claus, Helmut; Kayani, Asghar; Gu, Genda; Rupch, Marty; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Fleshler, Steven; Laviano, Francesco; Gozzelino, Laura; Gerbaldo, Roberto; Ghigo, Gianluca; Kwok, Wai-Kwong

    We investigate the enhancement of vortex pinning by both point and columnar defects and compare the results in 2G YBCO coated conductors (CC), with Tc 90K, and in FeSexTe1-x single crystals with Tc 14K. Both samples were irradiated with 250 MeV Au ions to a dose-matching field of 1T. The samples were then irradiated with 4 MeV protons to a dose of 4x1016 p/cm2 and 8x1016 p/cm2 in the CC and single crystal, respectively. The major effect of compound particle irradiation in both samples resulted in a synergetic enhancement of the critical current across a wide field range, beyond the enhancement from either individual irradiation type. This work supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. D.O.E., Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The work in Italy was supported by the INFN-TERASPARC project.

  6. Characterizing transport current defects in 1-cm-wide YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7-delta] coated conductors.

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    Brown, G. W.; Hawley, M. E.; Peterson, E. J.; Coulter, J. Y.; Dowden, P. C.; Arendt, P. N.; Foltyn, S. R.; Mueller, F. M.

    2001-01-01

    We have used a low temperature magnetic imaging system to determine current pathways in 5 cm long 'good' and 'bad' regions of a 1-cm-wide YBa2Cu3O7-{delta} coated conductor. The good and bad regions were identified with 4 point probe measurements taken at 1 cm intervals along the tape length. The current density map from the good region showed the expected edge peaked structure, similar to that seen in previous work on high quality test samples grown on single crystal substrates. The structure was also consistent with theoretical understanding of thin film superconductors where demagnetizing effects are strong. The maps from the bad region showed that the current was primarily confined to the right half of the sample. The left half carried only a small current that reached saturation quickly. Effectively halving the sample width quantitatively explains the critical current measured in that section. Spatially resolved xray analysis with 1 mm resolution was used to further characterize the bad section and suggested an abnormally large amount of a-axis YBCO present. This may be the result of non-uniform heating leading to a low deposition temperature in that area.

  7. Spray coating of crack templates for the fabrication of transparent conductors and heaters on flat and curved surfaces.

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    Gupta, Ritu; Rao, K D M; Srivastava, Kartikeya; Kumar, Ankush; Kiruthika, S; Kulkarni, Giridhar U

    2014-08-27

    Transparent conducting electrodes (TCEs) have been made on flat, flexible, and curved surfaces, following a crack template method in which a desired surface was uniformly spray-coated with a crackle precursor (CP) and metal (Ag) was deposited by vacuum evaporation. An acrylic resin (CP1) and a SiO2 nanoparticle-based dispersion (CP2) derived from commercial products served as CPs to produce U-shaped cracks in highly interconnected networks. The crack width and the density could be controlled by varying the spray conditions, resulting in varying template thicknesses. By depositing Ag in the crack regions of the templates, we have successfully produced Ag wire network TCEs on flat-flexible PET sheets, cylindrical glass tube, flask and lens surface with transmittance up to 86%, sheet resistance below 11 Ω/□ for electrothermal application. When used as a transparent heater by joule heating of the Ag network, AgCP1 and AgCP2 on PET showed high thermal resistance values of 515 and 409 °C cm(2)/W, respectively, with fast response (<20 s), requiring only low voltages (<5 V) to achieve uniform temperatures of ∼100 °C across large areas. Similar was the performance of the transparent heater on curved glass surfaces. Spray coating in the context of crack template is a powerful method for producing transparent heaters, which is shown for the first time in this work. AgCP1 with an invisible wire network is suited for use in proximity while AgCP2 wire network is ideal for use in large area displays viewed from a distance. Both exhibited excellent defrosting performance, even at cryogenic temperatures. PMID:25001064

  8. Correlation between cation disorder and flux pinning in the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} coated conductor.

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    Maroni, V.; Li, Y.; Feldmann, M.; Jia, Q. X.; LANL

    2007-12-01

    A correlation has been observed between the through-thickness cation disorder level in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) coated conductor films and the commonly observed falloff in layer-by-layer through-thickness critical current density (J{sub c}) of YBCO films produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on single crystal substrates. The amount of cation disorder with respect to the aggregate, c-axis-textured YBCO content was measured by Raman spectroscopy methods combined with step milling of 1.5-1.7 {micro}m thick YBCO films. For PLD YBCO films on single crystal strontium titanate, the Raman results indicate a sharp drop off in cation disorder from the substrate surface outward toward the top of the YBCO film. This drop off appears to level out in the 0.4-0.6 {micro}m range, after which the cation disorder level remains relatively constant. This trend appears to be very much like the one reported by others for the through-thickness J{sub c} dependence of PLD YBCO on single crystal specimens. Conversely, metal-organic-deposition-produced YBCO films on rolling assisted biaxially textured substrates do not exhibit a strong through-thickness J{sub c} dependence or a measurable change in the relative amount of cation disorder, again through thickness. The results of this study suggest that cation disorder in the YBCO lattice leads to increased flux pinning strength and that the cation disorder domains most probably occur on a size scale in the range from one to perhaps a few YBCO unit cell dimensions.

  9. Demonstration of High Current Density YBCO Coated Conductors on RE2O3-Buffered Ni Substrates with Two New Alternative Architectures

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    Beach, D.B.; Chirayil, T.G.; Christen, D.K.; Cui, X.; Feenstra, R.; Goyal, A.; Kroeger, D.M.; Lee, D.F.; Martin, P.M.; Mathis, J.E.; Morrell, J.S.; Norton, D.P.; Paranthaman, M.; Specht, E.D.; Verebelyi, D.T.

    1999-07-12

    In continuation of our effort to develop single buffer layer architectures for YBCO (YBa2Cu3O7-g) coated tape conductors, we have studied RE2O3 (RE = Y, and rare earths) as candidate materials. Three types of crystal structures including the preferred cubic phase are known for the rare earth oxides. High quality simple cubic RE2O3 buffer layers were grown epitaxiahy on {100}<001> textured Ni substrates using both reactive evaporation and sol-gel processing. Detailed X-ray studies have shown that the Y2O3, Eu2O3, Gd2O3, and Yb2O3 were grown with a single epitaxial orientation. SEM micrographs indicated that both e-beam and sol-gel grown films were dense, continuous and crack free. High Jc YBCO films were grown on RE2O3-buffered Ni substrates with sputtered cap layers. Two new alternative buffer layer architectures were developed. A high Jc of 1.8 MA/cm2 at 77 K and self-field was obtained on YBCO films with a layer sequence of YBCO (pulsed laser deposition)/Yb2O3 (sputtered)/Y2O3 (e-beam)/Ni. Also, a high Jc of over 1 MA/cm2 at 77 K and self-field was obtained on YBCO films with a layer sequence of YBCO (ex-situ BaF2 process)/CeO2 (sputtered)YSZ sputtered)/RE2O3 (sol-gel or e-beam)Ni. The performance of sol-gel grown buffers approached the quality of e-beam grown buffers.

  10. Buffer layers for coated conductors

    DOEpatents

    Stan, Liliana; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2011-08-23

    A composite structure is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, and a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material. Additionally, an article is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material, and a thick film upon the cubic metal oxide material. Finally, a superconducting article is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material, and an yttrium barium copper oxide material upon the cubic metal oxide material.

  11. Microstructural investigation of phases and pinning properties in MBa2Cu3O7-x (M = Y and/or Gd) coated conductors produced by scale-up facilitie

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    Jin, Hye-Jin; Moon, Han-Kyoul; Yoon, Seokhyun; Jo, William; Kim, Kunsu; Kim, Miyoung; Ko, Rock-Kil; Jo, Young-Sik; Ha, Dong-Woo

    2016-03-01

    To expedite the commercialization of coated conductors, a robust stacking architecture of the wires must be developed and the performance of the critical currents improved. More importantly, the manufacturability, or large-scale delivery, and the capability of sustaining production at a high rate must be considered. The products of three companies, American Superconductor, Superpower Inc., and SuNAM Co., Ltd, were selected because these companies have announced commercial-grade production lines and delivered a significant amounts of wires to the open market that meet the standards demanded by power devices. X-ray diffraction patterns were used to verify the structural properties and the phase formation in the wires, and transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy was used to investigate the microstructure and composition of the conductors. In addition, Raman scattering spectroscopy was used for the analysis of the phase formation and for the elucidation of secondary phases in the superconducting layers. The field dependence of the critical current was also studied to compare the transport characteristics under relatively low and medium magnetic field at 77 K and 60 K. Pinning forces were obtained from the field dependence of transport properties and pinning characteristics were investigated. The theoretical and experimental analyses were combined together using the Dew-Hughes formula to extract the scaling exponents and estimate the irreversibility lines of the fields. The results showed that the three conductors possess pinning mechanisms that originate from core pinning with a surface pinning geometry. It is remarkable that the wires discussed in this paper exhibit very similar pinning characteristics even though they have different characteristics in terms of chemical composition, microstructure, stacking architectures, and distribution of parasitic phases.

  12. The microstructure of continuously processed YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} coated conductors with underlying CeO{sub 2} and ion-beam-assisted yttria-stabilized zirconia buffer layers

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    Holesinger, T. G.; Foltyn, S. R.; Arendt, P. N.; Kung, H.; Jia, Q. X.; Dickerson, R. M.; Dowden, P. C.; DePaula, R. F.; Groves, J. R.; Coulter, J. Y.

    2000-05-01

    The microstructural development of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (Y-123) coated conductors based on the ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) to produce a biaxially textured template is presented. The architecture of the conductors was Y-123/CeO{sub 2}/IBAD YSZ/Inconel 625. A continuous and passivating Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer forms between the YSZ layer and the Inconel substrate. CeO{sub 2} and Y-123 are closely lattice-matched, and misfit strain is accommodated at the YSZ/CeO{sub 2} interface. Localized reactions between the Y-123 film and the CeO{sub 2} buffer layer result in the formation of BaCeO{sub 3}, YCuO{sub 2}, and CuO. The positive volume change that occurs from the interfacial reaction may act as a kinetic barrier that limits the extent of the reaction. Excess copper and yttrium generated by the interfacial reaction appear to diffuse along grain boundaries and intercalate into Y-123 grains as single layers of the Y-247, Y-248, or Y-224 phases. The interfacial reactions do not preclude the attainment of high critical currents (I{sub c}) and current densities (J{sub c}) in these films nor do they affect to any appreciable extent the nucleation and alignment of the Y-123 film. (c) 2000 Materials Research Society.

  13. Influence of random point defects introduced by proton irradiation on the flux creep rates and magnetic field dependence of the critical current density J c of co-evaporated GdBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors

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    Haberkorn, N.; Kim, Jeehoon; Suárez, S.; Lee, Jae-Hun; Moon, S. H.

    2015-12-01

    We report the influence of random point defects introduced by 3 MeV proton irradiation (doses of 0.5 × 1016, 1 × 1016, 2 × 1016 and 6 × 1016 cm-2) on the vortex dynamics of co-evaporated 1.3 μm thick, GdBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors. Our results indicate that the inclusion of additional random point defects reduces the low field and enhances the in-field critical current densities J c. The main in-field J c enhancement takes place below 40 K, which is in agreement with the expectations for pinning by random point defects. In addition, our data show a slight though clear increase in flux creep rates as a function of irradiation fluence. Maley analysis indicates that this increment can be associated with a reduction in the exponent μ characterizing the glassy behavior.

  14. Conductor requirements for high-temperature superconducting utility power transformers

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    Pleva, E. F.; Mehrotra, V.; Schwenterly, S W

    2010-01-01

    High-temperature superconducting (HTS) coated conductors in utility power transformers must satisfy a set of operating requirements that are driven by two major considerations-HTS transformers must be economically competitive with conventional units, and the conductor must be robust enough to be used in a commercial manufacturing environment. The transformer design and manufacturing process will be described in order to highlight the various requirements that it imposes on the HTS conductor. Spreadsheet estimates of HTS transformer costs allow estimates of the conductor cost required for an HTS transformer to be competitive with a similarly performing conventional unit.

  15. Study on stabilization and quench protection of coils wound of HTS coated conductors considering quench origins - Proposal of criteria for stabilization and quench protection

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    Tsukamoto, Osami; Fujimoto, Yasutaka; Takao, Tomoaki

    2014-09-01

    It has been considered that HTS coils are hard to be quenched because of high quench energy due to high critical temperature and high specific heat of HTS wires. Therefore, attention to quench protection was not much paid. However, HTS coils still have possibility to be quenched during operation by mainly the following two origins, (a) presence of non-recoverable local defects in the conductors and (b) temperature rise of long part of the conductor. Actually, severe quench accidents, such as burning coils, are occurring in various places as scales of HTS increased. Purposes of this paper are to study on behaviors of normal zone and hot spot temperature of wires during quench detect/energy dump sequence and to find criteria for the stability and quench protection. In the paper, criteria are proposed for stability and quench protection of HTS coils. A criterion for the stability is that a coil can be operated stably without a quench against defects in coil windings and that for quench protection is that a coil can be safely protected from damages caused by a quench due to temperature rise of long part of coil wires. The criteria are used as design rules for HTS coils.

  16. Thunderclouds and Lightning Conductors

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Martin, P. F.

    1973-01-01

    Discusses the historical background of the development of lightning conductors, describes the nature of thunderclouds and the lightning flash, and provides a calculation of the electric field under a thundercloud. Also discussed are point discharge currents and the attraction theory of the lightning conductor. (JR)

  17. Coatings.

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    Anderson, Dennis G.

    1989-01-01

    This review covers analytical techniques applicable to the examination of coatings, raw materials, and substrates upon which coatings are placed. Techniques include chemical and electrochemical methods, chromatography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, microscopy, and miscellaneous techniques. (MVL)

  18. The role of a-axis grains in the transition to the normal state of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} films and of 2G-coated conductors when induced by high electrical current densities

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    Bernstein, P. Harnois, C.; Mc Loughlin, C.; Noudem, J.; Thimont, Y.; Ferro, G.; Osorio, M. R.; Veira, J. A.; Vidal, D.; Vidal, F.

    2014-02-07

    The influence of surface defects, in particular of a-axis grains, on the transition to the normal state induced by high current densities in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} (YBCO) thin films and in a commercial 2G-coated conductor is investigated. For that purpose, the surface of the samples is observed by scanning electron microscopy and isothermal current-voltage curves are measured at different temperatures with pulsed currents up to the quenching value I*. The results show that the ratio of I* to the critical current is large if a-axis grains are not visible at the surface of the YBCO films, while it is much lower if the surface includes a-axis grains as this is the case for the coated conductor. The connection between the transition onset and the vortex dynamics, as well as the role of the a-axis grains in this process are discussed. The relation between the I* values obtained from thermal calculations and those resulting from vortex dynamics considerations is also discussed, as well as the possible consequences suggested by this work for the different applications of the coated conductors.

  19. Raman study of CeO2 texture as a buffer layer in the CeO2/La2Zr2O7/Ni architecture for coated conductors.

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    Jiménez, C; Caroff, T; Bartasyte, A; Margueron, S; Abrutis, A; Chaix-Pluchery, O; Weiss, F

    2009-04-01

    The CeO(2)/La(2)Zr(2)O(7)/Ni piled-up structure is a very promising architecture for YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) (YBCO) coated conductors. We have grown YBCO/CeO(2)/LZO/Ni epitaxial structures by metalorganic decomposition (MOD) and metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) methods. The crystallographic quality of the CeO(2) layer is not well determined by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD) due to the superposition of LZO and CeO(2) reflections. An alternative simple Raman spectroscopy analysis of the crystalline quality of the CeO(2) films is proposed. The F(2g) Raman mode of CeO(2) can be quantified either by using two polarization configurations (crossed or parallel) or at two different rotation angles around the normal axis (0 degrees and 45 degrees ) to obtain information about the sample texture. The sample texture can be determined via a quality factor (referred to as the Raman intensity ratio, RIR) consisting of calculating the ratio of the integrated intensity of the CeO(2) F(2g) mode at 0 degrees and 45 degrees in parallel polarization. This factor correlates with superconducting performance and the technique can be used as an on-line nondestructive characterization method. PMID:19366505

  20. Fabrication and characterization of La2Zr2O7 films on different buffer architectures for YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Xu, Da; Liu, Linfei; Xiao, Guina; Li, Yijie

    2013-01-01

    La2Zr2O7 (LZO) films were grown on different buffer architectures by radio frequency magnetron sputtering for the large-scale application of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO)-coated conductors. The three different buffer architectures were cerium oxide (CeO2), yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/CeO2, and CeO2/YSZ/CeO2. The microstructure and surface morphology of the LZO film were studied by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The LZO films prepared on the CeO2, YSZ/CeO2, and CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer architectures were preferentially c-axis-oriented and highly textured. The in-plane texture of LZO film on CeO2 single-buffer architecture was ∆ φ = 5.5° and the out-of-plane texture was ∆ ω = 3.4°. All the LZO films had very smooth surfaces, but LZO films grown on YSZ/CeO2 and CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer architectures had cracks. The highly textured LZO film grown on CeO2-seed buffered NiW tape was suitable for the epitaxial growth of YBCO film with high currents. PMID:23445764

  1. Fabrication and characterization of La2Zr2O7 films on different buffer architectures for YBa2Cu3O7−δ coated conductors by RF magnetron sputtering

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    La2Zr2O7 (LZO) films were grown on different buffer architectures by radio frequency magnetron sputtering for the large-scale application of YBa2Cu3O7−x (YBCO)-coated conductors. The three different buffer architectures were cerium oxide (CeO2), yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/CeO2, and CeO2/YSZ/CeO2. The microstructure and surface morphology of the LZO film were studied by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The LZO films prepared on the CeO2, YSZ/CeO2, and CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer architectures were preferentially c-axis-oriented and highly textured. The in-plane texture of LZO film on CeO2 single-buffer architecture was ∆ φ = 5.5° and the out-of-plane texture was ∆ ω = 3.4°. All the LZO films had very smooth surfaces, but LZO films grown on YSZ/CeO2 and CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer architectures had cracks. The highly textured LZO film grown on CeO2-seed buffered NiW tape was suitable for the epitaxial growth of YBCO film with high currents. PMID:23445764

  2. Formation mechanism of BaZrO3 nanoparticles in Y1-xSmxBa2Cu3Oy-coated conductors derived from trifluoroacetate metal-organic deposition

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    Miura, M.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2010-01-01

    Grains of BaZrO3 (BZO) in REBa2Cu3Oy (REBCO) films exhibit microstructural differences, depending on whether they were deposited by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) or metal-organic deposition (MOD). In order to understand the origins of these differences, we examined the formation mechanism of BZO nanoparticles in the MOD process with detailed observations of the quenched films by transmission electron microscopy. The BZO nanoparticle was found to form in the precursor during the temperature ramp prior to the formation of the Y1-xSmxBa2Cu3Oy (YSmBCO) crystals. The YSmBCO grew layer by layer while entrapping the BZO particles, which resulted in random dispersion of the BZO particles in the YSmBCO layer. Consequently, uniformly dispersed BZO nanoparticles were formed in the YSmBCO matrix derived from the TFA-MOD process. These findings indicate that a key factor in achieving fine dispersion of BZO nanoparticles in the superconducting matrix is strongly related to nucleation of the BZO phase crystals in the precursor before growth of the YSmBCO layer, which is unique to the MOD process. In subsequent testing, YSmBCO-coated conductors with uniformly dispersed and densely concentrated BZO nanoparticles showed striking isotropic magnetic-field angular dependence of critical currents.

  3. Vortex creep and critical current densities J c in a 2 μm thick SmBa2Cu3O7‑d coated conductor with mixed pinning centers grown by co-evaporation

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    Haberkorn, N.; Coulter, Y.; Condó, A. M.; Granell, P.; Golmar, F.; Ha, H. S.; Moon, S. H.

    2016-07-01

    We report the critical current densities J c and flux creep rates in a 2 μm thick SmBa2Cu3O7–δ coated conductor produced by co-evaporation. The sample presents strong pinning produced by correlated disorder (CD) (boundaries between growth islands, dislocations and twin boundaries) as well as random nanoparticles. Correlated pinning along the c-axis was evidenced due to the appearance of a large peak in the angular critical current, centered at H║c. The analysis of the critical current density J c (with the magnetic field applied parallel (H║c) and at 45° of the c-axis (H║45°)) indicates that CD assists pinning throughout the temperature range. For all temperatures and at both angles the in-field dependence of J c exhibits a power-law behavior. The contribution of CD drops when the field is rotated to intermediate angles between the c axis and a–b axis (i. e. H║45°), which derives in a reduction of the absolute J c value and poorer in-field dependences. The flux creep rate depends on the angle and its values remain approximately constant within the power-law regime. For H║c and H║45° and for magnetic fields lower than 20 kOe, the flux relaxation presents characterizing glassy exponents μ = 1.70 and μ = 1.32, respectively.

  4. Rapid doubling of the critical current of YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors for viable high-speed industrial processing

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    Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Holleis, S.; Rupich, M. W.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Sheng, H. P.; Miller, D. J.; Eley, S.; Civale, L.; Kayani, A.; Niraula, P. M.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W.-K.

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate that 3.5-MeV oxygen irradiation can markedly enhance the in-field critical current of commercial second generation superconducting tapes with an exposure time of just 1 s per 0.8 cm2. The speed demonstrated here is now at the level required for an industrial reel-to-reel post-processing. The irradiation is made on production line samples through the protective silver coating and does not require any modification of the growth process. From TEM imaging, we identify small clusters as the main source of increased vortex pinning.

  5. Flat conductor cable survey

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Swanson, C. R.; Walker, G. L.

    1973-01-01

    Design handbook contains data and illustrations concerned with commercial and Government flat-conductor-cable connecting and terminating hardware. Material was obtained from a NASA-sponsored industry-wide survey of approximately 150 companies and Government agencies.

  6. Pebble bed conductors

    SciTech Connect

    Bromberg, L.; Sidorov, M.; Titus, P.

    1996-12-31

    A new type of magnet design is proposed, where the conductor is composed of conducting pebbles in a low-melting temperature conducting matrix. The magnet should have high radiation tolerance. At the end-of-life of the conductor, the pebbles can be circulated out of the magnet after the conducting matrix is molten. Application of this approach to the centerpost in the Low Aspect Ratio Device is discussed. 6 refs., 1 fig.

  7. Modeling study of mesh conductors and their electroluminescent devices

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    Hu, Bin; Li, Dapeng; Manandhar, Prakash; Fan, Qinguo; Kasilingam, Dayalan; Calvert, Paul

    2015-02-01

    Numerical models were established to correlate with the experimentally measured properties of mesh conductors previously developed through a combined process of dip coating carbon nanotubes and inkjet printing poly 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene: poly styrene sulfonate. The electroluminescent (EL) devices assembled with such mesh conductors as front electrodes were modeled by commercially available finite element method software COMSOL Multiphysics. The modeling results are in agreement with those from the experiments and suggest that an optimized fiber arrangement is the key for further improving the performance of EL devices based on mesh conductors.

  8. Experimental measurement of characteristic I(c) (ε, θ, B) response in GdBa2Cu3Oδ coated conductor tapes under low magnetic field at 77 K.

    PubMed

    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Dedicatoria, Marlon J; Gorospe, Alking; Lee, Sang-Heon

    2015-03-01

    The continued development in the design technology of practical superconducting devices adopting high temperature superconductors tapes has led to a deeper understanding of their electromechanical behaviors. Rare-earth-barium-copper-oxide coated conductor (CC) tapes exhibit anisotropy of transport property (Ic) under magnetic field and its intrinsic strain effect is much significant depending on the orientation to the tape surface and the magnetic field intensity applied. Different experimental systems have already been developed to measure the relation of Ic with mechanical strain ε, magnetic field intensity B, and its angle of orientation, θ. However, few systems and instruments can measure these relationships simultaneously; either Ic-B-θ or Ic-ε-B is usually measured. In this study, a device which can measure these influences simultaneously based on a pair of permanent magnet systems was constructed and the characteristic responses of critical current Ic with strain, magnetic field, and its orientation with respect to the CC tape surface were investigated. The angular dependence of Ic with strain at 77 K in reactive co-evaporation by deposition and reaction GdBCO CC tapes has been measured using the permanent magnet system. The orientation angle of magnetic field with respect to the tape's surface was varied by rotating the rig fixture that holds a pair of permanent magnets. The strain sensitivity of Ic at different angles under low magnetic field was evaluated. As a result, a characteristic surface Ic (ε, θ, B) has been constructed as the characteristic response of Ic with strain and varying orientation under magnetic field. PMID:25832245

  9. Fabrication of High Current YBa2Cu3O(sub>7-y) Coated Conductors Using Rolling-Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates

    SciTech Connect

    Christen, D.K.; Feenstra, R.; Kroeger, D.M.; Lee, D.F.; List, F.A.; Martin, P.M.; Norton, D.P.; Paranthaman, M.; Park, C.; Royal, A.; Specht, E.D.; Verebelyi, D.T.

    1999-06-01

    High critical current YBa2Cu3O7-y (referred to as YBCO) coated conductors were fabricated with a layer sequence of YBCO/YSZ/CeO2/Ni. The cube (100) texture in the starting Ni substrates was obtained by cold rolling followed by recrystallization. A thin CeO2 (Cerium Oxide) layer with a thickness of 100-200 Å was grown epitaxially on the biaxially textured-Ni substrates using an e-beam evaporation technique. This was followed by the growth of a thick (<= 0.77 µm) YSZ (Yttria Stabilized Zirconia) layer using either e-beam evaporation or rf magnetron sputtering. The e-beam CeO2 film had a dense microstructure. The microstructure of the e-beam YSZ film was porous whereas the sputtered YSZ film was dense. The YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on both e-beam and sputtered YSZ layers. A transport critical current density of ~ 1 x l06 A/cm2 at 77 K was obtained for ~ 0.8 µm thick YBCO Rims on both YSZ surfaces in zero field. To demonstrate the quality and compatibility of the e-beam CeO2 layers; YBCO films were also grown on CeO2-buffered YSZ (100) single crystal substrates using e-beam co-evaporated Y-BaF2-Cu precursors followed by a post-annealing process. A transport critical current density of over 1 x lO6A/cm2 at 77 K was obtained on a ~ 0.3 µm thick YBCO film in zero field.

  10. Organic conductors and superconductors

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    Jérome, D.; Schulz, H. J.

    2002-01-01

    This review attempts to present the most salient developments of research on organic conductors and superconductors during the past 10 years. A theoretical introduction treats instabilities of quasi-one-dimensional electron systems and associated precursor effects which are relevant to the experimental results on organic conductors. We then describe the characterization of quasi-one-dimensional organic conductors by their transport, optical and magnetic properties. Finally, two sections are devoted to the experimental investigation of the low temperature instabilities: lattice instability in TTF-TCNQ and related compounds, superconducting or antiferromagnetic instabilities in the (TMTSF)2X series. The importance of one-dimensional fluctuations is emphasized in both lattice and superconducting instabilities.

  11. Flat conductor cable applications

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Angele, W.

    1972-01-01

    Some of the numerous applications of flat conductor cable (FCC) systems are briefly described. Both government and commercial uses were considered, with applications designated as either aerospace, military, or commercial. The number and variety of ways in which FCC is being applied and considered for future designs are illustrated.

  12. Coupling of the orthorhombic distortion to the depression of the {Tc}`s due to Zn{sup 2+} doping in the ``RE-123`` HTSC`s: A (d + s)-wave picture

    SciTech Connect

    Tang, I.M.; Thongruang, R.; Charoenthai, N.

    1999-07-10

    The depressions of the {Tc}`s of the 123 REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} HTSC`s due to the substitution of Zn{sup 2+} ions into the Cu(2) layer are studied. The orthorhombic distortion which occurs in the 123 ceramics is assumed to induce a modification to the spin-fluctuation (SF) mediated pairing interaction which in turn causes the order parameters of these HTSC`s to be of mixed (d + s)-wave symmetry. It is shown that part of the rapid depression of the {Tc}`s caused by Zn{sup 2+} substitution into the CuO{sup 2} is due to a reduction of the SF-mediated pairing interaction. The differences in the rates of suppression of {Tc} due to Zn{sup 2+} doping in the different RE-123 HTSC`s are shown to be due to the changes in the orthorhombicity which depend on the size of the rare earth ions.

  13. In situ drop-coated BaZr 0.1Ce 0.7Y 0.2O 3- δ electrolyte-based proton-conductor solid oxide fuel cells with a novel layered PrBaCuFeO 5+ δ cathode

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    Zhao, Ling; He, Beibei; Nian, Qiong; Xun, Zhiqing; Peng, Ranran; Meng, Guangyao; Liu, Xingqin

    In order to develop a simple and cost-effective route to fabricate proton-conductor intermediate-temperature SOFCs, a dense BaZr 0.1Ce 0.7Y 0.2O 3- δ (BZCY) electrolyte was fabricated on a porous anode by in situ drop-coating. The PrBaCuFeO 5+ δ (PBCF) composite oxide with layered perovskite structure was synthesized by auto ignition process and examined as a novel cathode for proton-conductor IT-SOFCs. The single cell, consisting of PBCF/BZCY/NiO-BZCY structure, was assembled and tested from 600 to 700 °C with humidified hydrogen (∼3% H 2O) as the fuel and the static air as the oxidant. An open-circuit potential of 1.01 V and a maximum power density of 445 mW cm -2 at 700 °C were obtained for the single cell. A relatively low interfacial polarization resistance of 0.15 Ω cm 2 at 700 °C indicated that the PBCF is a promising cathode for proton-conductor IT-SOFCs.

  14. Improved Textured La2Zr2O7 Buffer on La3TaO7 Seed for all-MOD Buffer/YBCO Coated Conductors

    SciTech Connect

    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Bhuiyan, Md S; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Heatherly Jr, Lee; Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit

    2008-01-01

    The overall purpose of this research is to develop a potentially low-cost, high throughput, high yield, manufacturing process for buffer deposition, and to gain a fundamental understanding of buffer layers required for an all metal-organic deposition (MOD) based chemical solution approach. This understanding is critical to the development of a reliable, robust, low-cost, long-length manufacturing process of 2G wires. The standard RABiTS architectures consists of a starting template of biaxially textured Ni-W (5 at.%) substrate with a seed layer of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, a barrier layer of YSZ, and a CeO{sub 2} cap. In this three-layer architecture, all the buffers are deposited using reactive sputtering. We have recently demonstrated that the barrier properties and the performance of MOD La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (LZO) match that of sputtered YSZ layers. In this work, the texture of MOD LZO was also improved by inserting a sputtered Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} seed layer on which LZO grows without any degradation of texture. Significant improvement in the texture of sputtered Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} seeds on NiW substrates is usually observed which is then transferred to the LZO layer. A key challenge for an all-solution approach is to replace the sputtered seed layer with a possible MOD seed layer with improved texture and on which no degradation of LZO texture occurs. Very recently, we have grown MOD La{sub 3}TaO{sub 7} (LTO) seeds directly on biaxially textured Ni-W (3 at.%) with improved texture. In this study, we report a systematic investigation of the growth MOD LZO barrier layer on MOD LTO seeds. Preliminary results show that it is possible to grow MOD LZO with improved texture on MOD LTO seeds. This approach could be potentially used for future all MOD buffer/YBCO coated conductors.

  15. Method for preparing a thick film conductor

    DOEpatents

    Nagesh, Voddarahalli K.; Fulrath, deceased, Richard M.

    1978-01-01

    A method for preparing a thick film conductor which comprises providing surface active glass particles, mixing the surface active glass particles with a thermally decomposable organometallic compound, for example, a silver resinate, and then decomposing the organometallic compound by heating, thereby chemically depositing metal on the glass particles. The glass particle mixture is applied to a suitable substrate either before or after the organometallic compound is thermally decomposed. The resulting system is then fired in an oxidizing atmosphere, providing a microstructure of glass particles substantially uniformly coated with metal.

  16. 33 CFR 183.425 - Conductors: General.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... least a No. 18 AWG conductor. (e) Each conductor installed separately must be at least a No. 16 AWG conductor. (f) Each No. 18 AWG conductor in a multiconductor sheath may not extend out of the sheath more... inside an equipment housing; resistance conductors that control circuit amperage; high voltage...

  17. 33 CFR 183.425 - Conductors: General.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... least a No. 18 AWG conductor. (e) Each conductor installed separately must be at least a No. 16 AWG conductor. (f) Each No. 18 AWG conductor in a multiconductor sheath may not extend out of the sheath more... inside an equipment housing; resistance conductors that control circuit amperage; high voltage...

  18. The Influence of Music Style and Conductor Race on Perceptions of Ensemble and Conductor Performance

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    Vanweelden, Kimberly; McGee, Isaiah R.

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine music style and conductor race on perceptions of ensemble and conductor performance. Results found that conductor race and music style significantly affected ratings of ensemble and conductor performance. Evaluators rated a white conductor group higher than a black conductor group conducting the same…

  19. 66. DETAIL OF LAUNCH CONDUCTOR AND ASSISTANT LAUNCH CONDUCTOR PANELS ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    66. DETAIL OF LAUNCH CONDUCTOR AND ASSISTANT LAUNCH CONDUCTOR PANELS IN CONSOLE LOCATED CENTRALLY IN SLC-3E CONTROL ROOM. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT IN BACKGROUND: LAUNCH OPERATOR, LAUNCH ANALYST, AND FACILITIES PANELS. - Vandenberg Air Force Base, Space Launch Complex 3, Launch Operations Building, Napa & Alden Roads, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, CA

  20. Improvement of SOFC electrodes using mixed ionic-electronic conductors

    SciTech Connect

    Matsuzaki, Y.; Hishinuma, M.

    1996-12-31

    Since the electrode reaction of SOFC is limited to the proximity of a triple phase boundary (TPB), the local current density at the electrode and electrolyte interface is larger than mean current density, which causes large ohmic and electrode polarization. This paper describes an application of mixed ionic-electronic conductors to reduce such polarization by means of (1) enhancing ionic conductivity of the electrolyte surface layer by coating a high ionic conductors, and (2) reducing the local current density by increasing the electrochemically active sites.

  1. Fluorite Ce0.8Sm0.2O2- δ porous layer coating to enhance the oxygen permeation behavior of a BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3- δ mixed conductor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Tai-he; Song, Wei-jia; Li, Rong; Zhen, Qiang

    2016-06-01

    Fluorite Ce0.8Sm0.2O2- δ (SDC) nanopowder with a crystallite size of 15 nm was synthesized by a co-precipitation method. An SDC porous layer was coated onto a BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3- δ (BCFN) mixed conductor to improve its oxygen transport behavior. The results show that the SDC-coated BCFN membrane exhibits a remarkably higher oxygen permeation flux ({J_{{O_2}}}) than the uncoated BCFN in the partial oxidation of coke oven gas (COG). The maximum {J_{{O_2}}} value of the SDC-coated BCFN is 18.28 mL·min-1·cm-2 under a COG/air flux of 177 mL·min-1/353 mL·min-1 at 875°C when the thickness of the BCFN membrane is 1 mm; this {J_{{O_2}}} value is 23% higher than that of the uncoated BCFN membrane. This enhancement is likely because of the higher oxygen ionic conductivity of SDC, which supplies oxygen vacancies and accelerates oxygen exchange on the membrane/coating layer/gas three-phase boundary.

  2. Floating insulated conductors for heating subsurface formations

    SciTech Connect

    Burns, David; Goodwin, Charles R.

    2014-07-29

    A heating system for a subsurface formation includes a conduit located in a first opening in the subsurface formation. Three electrical conductors are located in the conduit. A return conductor is located inside the conduit. The return conductor is electrically coupled to the ends of the electrical conductors distal from the surface of the formation. Insulation is located inside the conduit. The insulation electrically insulates the three electrical conductors, the return conductor, and the conduit from each other.

  3. 35.4 T field generated using a layer-wound superconducting coil made of (RE)Ba2Cu3O7-x (RE = rare earth) coated conductor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trociewitz, Ulf P.; Dalban-Canassy, Matthieu; Hannion, Muriel; Hilton, David K.; Jaroszynski, Jan; Noyes, Patrick; Viouchkov, Youri; Weijers, Hubertus W.; Larbalestier, David C.

    2011-11-01

    To explore the limits of layer wound (RE)Ba2Cu3O7-x (REBCO, RE = rare earth) coils in a high magnetic field environment >30 T, a series of small insert coils have been built and characterized in background fields. One of the coils repeatedly reached 35.4 T using a single ˜100 m length of REBCO tape wet wound with epoxy and nested in a 31 T background magnet. The coil was quenched safely several times without degradation. Contributing to the success of this coil was the introduction of a thin polyester film that surrounded the conductor. This approach introduces a weak circumferential plane in the coil pack that prevents conductor delamination that has caused degradation of several epoxy impregnated coils previously made by this and other groups.

  4. Flat conductor cable commercialization project

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hogarth, P.; Wadsworth, E.

    1977-01-01

    An undercarpet flat conductor cable and a baseboard flat conductor cable system were studied for commercialization. The undercarpet system is designed for use in office and commercial buildings. It employs a flat power cable, protected by a grounded metal shield, that terminates in receptacles mounted on the floor. It is designed to interface with a flat conductor cable telephone system. The baseboard system consists of a flat power cable mounted in a plastic raceway; both the raceway and the receptacles are mounted on the surface of the baseboard. It is designed primarily for use in residential buildings, particularly for renovation and concrete and masonry construction.

  5. 30 CFR 57.12004 - Electrical conductors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Electrical conductors. 57.12004 Section 57... Surface and Underground § 57.12004 Electrical conductors. Electrical conductors shall be of a sufficient... operations will not damage the insulating materials. Electrical conductors exposed to mechanical damage...

  6. Conductor for a fluid-cooled winding

    DOEpatents

    Kenney, Walter J.

    1983-01-01

    A conductor and method of making the conductor are provided for use in winding electrical coils which are cooled by a fluid communicating with the conductor. The conductor is cold worked through twisting and reshaping steps to form a generally rectangular cross section conductor having a plurality of helical cooling grooves extending axially of the conductor. The conductor configuration makes it suitable for a wide variety of winding applications and permits the use of simple strip insulation between turns and perforated sheet insulation between layers of the winding.

  7. Special Report: Solid Ionic Conductors.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Shriver, Duward F.; Farrington, Gregory C.

    1985-01-01

    Solid ionic conductors are unusual materials that may find valuable applications in devices ranging from high-energy density batteries to lasers. The nature of these materials and their potential uses are discussed. (JN)

  8. A lithium superionic conductor.

    PubMed

    Kamaya, Noriaki; Homma, Kenji; Yamakawa, Yuichiro; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji; Yonemura, Masao; Kamiyama, Takashi; Kato, Yuki; Hama, Shigenori; Kawamoto, Koji; Mitsui, Akio

    2011-09-01

    Batteries are a key technology in modern society. They are used to power electric and hybrid electric vehicles and to store wind and solar energy in smart grids. Electrochemical devices with high energy and power densities can currently be powered only by batteries with organic liquid electrolytes. However, such batteries require relatively stringent safety precautions, making large-scale systems very complicated and expensive. The application of solid electrolytes is currently limited because they attain practically useful conductivities (10(-2) S cm(-1)) only at 50-80 °C, which is one order of magnitude lower than those of organic liquid electrolytes. Here, we report a lithium superionic conductor, Li(10)GeP(2)S(12) that has a new three-dimensional framework structure. It exhibits an extremely high lithium ionic conductivity of 12 mS cm(-1) at room temperature. This represents the highest conductivity achieved in a solid electrolyte, exceeding even those of liquid organic electrolytes. This new solid-state battery electrolyte has many advantages in terms of device fabrication (facile shaping, patterning and integration), stability (non-volatile), safety (non-explosive) and excellent electrochemical properties (high conductivity and wide potential window). PMID:21804556

  9. High Temperature Protonic Conductors

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    Dynys, Fred; Berger, Marie-Helen; Sayir, Ali

    2007-01-01

    High Temperature Protonic Conductors (HTPC) with the perovskite structure are envisioned for electrochemical membrane applications such as H2 separation, H2 sensors and fuel cells. Successive membrane commercialization is dependent upon addressing issues with H2 permeation rate and environmental stability with CO2 and H2O. HTPC membranes are conventionally fabricated by solid-state sintering. Grain boundaries and the presence of intergranular second phases reduce the proton mobility by orders of magnitude than the bulk crystalline grain. To enhanced protonic mobility, alternative processing routes were evaluated. A laser melt modulation (LMM) process was utilized to fabricate bulk samples, while pulsed laser deposition (PLD) was utilized to fabricate thin film membranes . Sr3Ca(1+x)Nb(2-x)O9 and SrCe(1-x)Y(x)O3 bulk samples were fabricated by LMM. Thin film BaCe(0.85)Y(0.15)O3 membranes were fabricated by PLD on porous substrates. Electron microscopy with chemical mapping was done to characterize the resultant microstructures. High temperature protonic conduction was measured by impedance spectroscopy in wet air or H2 environments. The results demonstrate the advantage of thin film membranes to thick membranes but also reveal the negative impact of defects or nanoscale domains on protonic conductivity.

  10. Development of Substrate for RABiTS-based HTS Conductors

    SciTech Connect

    2009-06-05

    During its fifteen years of life, this CRADA has evolved in both scope and purpose. Early efforts to develop high performance bismuth-based powder-in-tube first generation high temperature superconductors (HTS) have shifted toward efforts to understand and develop technologies required to fabricate second generation HTS coated conductors. Since the two original longstanding principal investigators from UT-Battelle and Oxford Superconducting Technology (OST) are not presently employed by their respective organizations, this final report shall focus primarily on results of the more recent past involving research and development of the deformation and annealing processes required to fabricate metallic substrates for RABiTS-based second generation coated conductors. The specific objectives of this recent work involve the development of OST Ni/3%W tape for HTS coated conductors and include: (a) to improve uniformity of cube texture through control of deformation and annealing parameters, (b) to minimize delamination and other buffer deposition problems through understanding and control of key parameters related to the metal substrate, (c) to ensure that the textured metal substrate allows well textured buffers with no delamination, and (d) to prepared a final report.

  11. Zinc oxyfluoride transparent conductor

    DOEpatents

    Gordon, Roy G.

    1991-02-05

    Transparent, electrically conductive and infrared-reflective films of zinc oxyfluoride are produced by chemical vapor deposition from vapor mixtures of zinc, oxygen and fluorine-containing compounds. The substitution of fluorine for some of the oxygen in zinc oxide results in dramatic increases in the electrical conductivity. For example, diethyl zinc, ethyl alcohol and hexafluoropropene vapors are reacted over a glass surface at 400.degree. C. to form a visibly transparent, electrically conductive, infrared reflective and ultraviolet absorptive film of zinc oxyfluoride. Such films are useful in liquid crystal display devices, solar cells, electrochromic absorbers and reflectors, energy-conserving heat mirrors, and antistatic coatings.

  12. Conductor shears as iceberg encroaches

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1984-10-01

    Operators in the Arctic regions must protect wellheads from encroaching icebergs and icepack sheets. Diverting ice masses and excavating large holes below scour depth is expensive. Now an alternate approach allows the conductor to shear, shuts in the well, and provides a method of re-entering the well. The new system has been successfully used by Mobil on two exploratory wells in the Hibernia field off eastern Canada. The wells used 18 3/4-in. wellheads rated at 10,000 psi with 36-in. conductor pipe. The performance of the system is discussed.

  13. Quartz antenna with hollow conductor

    DOEpatents

    Leung, Ka-Ngo; Benabou, Elie

    2002-01-01

    A radio frequency (RF) antenna for plasma ion sources is formed of a hollow metal conductor tube disposed within a glass tube. The hollow metal tubular conductor has an internal flow channel so that there will be no coolant leakage if the outer glass tube of the antenna breaks. A portion of the RF antenna is formed into a coil; the antenna is used for inductively coupling RF power to a plasma in an ion source chamber. The antenna is made by first inserting the metal tube inside the glass tube, and then forming the glass/metal composite tube into the desired coil shape.

  14. 46 CFR 111.15-20 - Conductors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... REQUIREMENTS Storage Batteries and Battery Chargers: Construction and Installation § 111.15-20 Conductors. (a) Each conductor penetration to a battery room must be made watertight. (b) The termination of each...

  15. 46 CFR 111.15-20 - Conductors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... REQUIREMENTS Storage Batteries and Battery Chargers: Construction and Installation § 111.15-20 Conductors. (a) Each conductor penetration to a battery room must be made watertight. (b) The termination of each...

  16. 46 CFR 111.15-20 - Conductors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... REQUIREMENTS Storage Batteries and Battery Chargers: Construction and Installation § 111.15-20 Conductors. (a) Each conductor penetration to a battery room must be made watertight. (b) The termination of each...

  17. 46 CFR 111.15-20 - Conductors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... REQUIREMENTS Storage Batteries and Battery Chargers: Construction and Installation § 111.15-20 Conductors. (a) Each conductor penetration to a battery room must be made watertight. (b) The termination of each...

  18. 46 CFR 111.15-20 - Conductors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... REQUIREMENTS Storage Batteries and Battery Chargers: Construction and Installation § 111.15-20 Conductors. (a) Each conductor penetration to a battery room must be made watertight. (b) The termination of each...

  19. 33 CFR 159.73 - Conductors.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Conductors. 159.73 Section 159.73 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) POLLUTION MARINE SANITATION DEVICES Design, Construction, and Testing § 159.73 Conductors. Current carrying conductors must...

  20. 33 CFR 183.425 - Conductors: General.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Conductors: General. 183.425 Section 183.425 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) BOATING SAFETY BOATS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT Electrical Systems Manufacturer Requirements § 183.425 Conductors: General. (a) Each conductor must...

  1. Preparing the Conductor as Teacher

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    Ulrich, Jerry

    2009-01-01

    While music is as old as humanity, conducting as a profession is relatively new. Although a nineteenth-century model has served as the template for the training of conductors, many undergraduate conducting students will spend their teaching careers working with inexperienced and/or amateur musicians. Additionally, the size of many ensembles in…

  2. 77 FR 6482 - Conductor Certification

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    2012-02-08

    ...This document responds to two petitions for reconsideration of FRA's final rule, published on November 9, 2011, which prescribed regulations for certification of conductors as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. In response to the petitions, this document amends and clarifies certain sections of the final...

  3. Flat conductor cable design, manufacture, and installation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Angele, W.; Hankins, J. D.

    1973-01-01

    Pertinent information for hardware selection, design, manufacture, and quality control necessary for flat conductor cable interconnecting harness application is presented. Comparisons are made between round wire cable and flat conductor cable. The flat conductor cable interconnecting harness systems show major cost, weight, and space savings, plus increased system performance and reliability. The design application section includes electrical characteristics, harness design and development, and a full treatise on EMC considerations. Manufacturing and quality control sections pertain primarily to the developed conductor-contact connector system and special flat conductor cable to round wire cable transitions.

  4. Rapid doubling of the critical current of Yba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} coated conductor for viable high-speed industrial processing.

    SciTech Connect

    Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Holleis, S.; Rupich, M. W.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Sheng, H. P.; Miller, D. J.; Eley, S.; Civale, L.; Kayani, A.; Niraula, P. M.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. -K.

    2015-11-09

    We demonstrate that 3.5-MeV oxygen irradiation can markedly enhance the in-field critical current of commercial 2nd generation superconducting tapes with an exposure time of just one second per 0.8 cm2. The speed demonstrated here is now at the level required for an industrial reel-to-reel post-processing. The irradiation is made on production line samples through the protective silver coating and does not require any modification of the growth process. From TEM imaging, we identify small clusters as the main source of increased vortex pinning.

  5. Rapid doubling of the critical current of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} coated conductors for viable high-speed industrial processing

    SciTech Connect

    Leroux, M.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W.-K.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Holleis, S.; Rupich, M. W.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Sheng, H. P.; Miller, D. J.; Eley, S.; Civale, L.; Kayani, A.; Niraula, P. M.

    2015-11-09

    We demonstrate that 3.5-MeV oxygen irradiation can markedly enhance the in-field critical current of commercial second generation superconducting tapes with an exposure time of just 1 s per 0.8 cm{sup 2}. The speed demonstrated here is now at the level required for an industrial reel-to-reel post-processing. The irradiation is made on production line samples through the protective silver coating and does not require any modification of the growth process. From TEM imaging, we identify small clusters as the main source of increased vortex pinning.

  6. Temperature limited heater utilizing non-ferromagnetic conductor

    DOEpatents

    Vinegar; Harold J. , Harris; Christopher Kelvin

    2012-07-17

    A heater is described. The heater includes a ferromagnetic conductor and an electrical conductor electrically coupled to the ferromagnetic conductor. The ferromagnetic conductor is positioned relative to the electrical conductor such that an electromagnetic field produced by time-varying current flow in the ferromagnetic conductor confines a majority of the flow of the electrical current to the electrical conductor at temperatures below or near a selected temperature.

  7. Method for making conductors for ferrite memory arrays. [from pre-formed metal conductors

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Heckler, C. H.; Baba, P. D.; Bhiwandker, N. C. (Inventor)

    1974-01-01

    The ferrite memory arrays are made from pre-formed metal conductors for the ferrite arrays. The conductors are made by forming a thin sheet of a metallizing paste of metal alloy powder, drying the paste layer, bisque firing the dried sheet at a first temperature, and then punching the conductors from the fired sheet. During the bisque firing, the conductor sheet shrinks to 58 percent of its pre-fired volume and the alloy particles sinter together. The conductors are embedded in ferrite sheet material and finally fired at a second higher temperature during which firing the conductors shrink approximately the same degree as the ferrite material.

  8. Development of a REBa2Cu3O7-δ multi-core superconductor with ‘inner split’ technology

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    Jin, Xinzhe; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Oshima, Yugo; Matsuda, Tetsuro; Maeda, Hideaki

    2016-04-01

    Recently, advanced research into fine filament technology for tape-shaped superconducting-coated conductors composed of REBa2Cu3O7-δ (RE123, RE: rare earth such as Gd or Y, 0 < δ < 1) has been carried out to improve performance in high magnetic fields by reducing the large diamagnetism of the RE123 superconducting layer. The major challenge for high-field NMR/MRI applications is to obtain high tensile stress tolerance above 500 MPa with a high critical current. In this study, a RE123 multi-core superconductor was fabricated via an ‘inner split’ method using a commercially available RE123 single-core coated conductor, where only the ceramics (RE123 and buffer layers) in wire are electrically separated to multi-filaments without superconducting current flow between the filaments. Experimental results show that wires having 2, 3, 4, or 5 cores have a high critical current (above 95% of the original) and maintain tensile stress tolerance above 650 MPa. The diamagnetism of the five-core wire is reduced ˜85% of the original at 7 T. Thus, the wire was optimized via inner split method for high-field use.

  9. Flux pinning properties of TFA-MOD (Y,Gd)Ba2Cu3Ox tapes with BaZrO3 nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Awaji, Satoshi; Namba, Masafumi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Miura, Masashi; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh

    2010-01-01

    A high critical current density Jc with a nearly isotropic angular dependence at 77.3 K was recently obtained by the introduction of nanoparticles to (Y,RE)Ba2Cu3Oy (RE123, RE = Sm, Gd)-coated conductors prepared by trifluoroacetate metal-organic deposition (TFA-MOD). The flux pinning properties were evaluated on the basis of detailed measurements of the upper critical field, the irreversibility field and the critical current density of the TFA-MOD RE123-coated conductor. We found that strong random pinning by the BaZrO3 nanoparticles and weak c-axis correlated pinning by twin boundaries functioned cooperatively in nanoparticles introduced to (Y, Gd)123-coated conductors prepared by TFA-MOD. The coexistence of two different pinning centers played an important role in the nearly isotropic angular dependence of Jc.

  10. Protective riser-conductor for offshore structures

    SciTech Connect

    Rutherford, D. A.; Albers, G. P.

    1985-07-09

    A protective sleeve for fitting about the periphery of the leg of an offshore structure. The sleeve comprises means for carrying and enclosing a plurality of conductors. It further includes one or more inner rings; an outer jacket is fixedly spaced from the rings to define longitudinal passages within which the respective conductors are fixedly positioned. The sleeve is capable of deflecting packed ice and floating objects which represent possible sources of damage to the structure or to conductors.