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ST164 - Modelling of Transient State Phenomena of Composite Superconducting Conductors During Pulse Ic(B) Measurements

Modelling of Transient State Phenomena of Composite Superconducting Conductors During Pulse Ic(B) Measurements 

S. Krosny1, M. Woźniak2, S. C. Hopkins2, M. A. Stępień1, B. Grzesik1, B. A. Glowacki2

1Department of Power Electronics, Electrical Drives and Robotics,
Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland
2Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge,
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Corresponding author: [email protected]

ABSTRACT - Computational modeling of pulsed current characterisation in composite superconducting conductors has been performed as the first step towards understanding the electromagnetic processes occurring during pulse Ic(B) measurements in the Cryo-BI-Pulse System. A simplified 2D model was created using the Finite Element Method (FEM) software ANSYS to investigate the current transfer process in a multifilamentary conductor, resulting in time dependent 2D distributions of electrical potential and current density along the wire axis. Experimental measurements were performed for two dissimilar NbTi wires and MgB2 tape: excellent agreement between pulse and DC results were found for one NbTi wire and the MgB2 tape, but the critical current for the other NbTi wire (Luvata OK3900) was significantly lower in pulsed current than DC characterisation. This behaviour has been interpreted in relation to current transfer phenomena using results from the FEM modelling.

IEEE/CSC & ESAS EUROPEAN SUPERCONDUCTIVITY NEWS FORUM (ESNF), No. 11, January 2010
Published in Journal of Physics Conf. Series (SuST234, 022019 (2010)