A study on the quench initiation and propagation characteristics in GdBCO racetrack pancake coil for large-scale rotating machines

D. G. Yang, J. B. Song, K. L. Kim, O. J. Kwon, W. S. Lee, T. K. Ko, H. G. Lee

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The stability issue of high temperature superconducting (HTS) racetrack coils is one of the most important factors for the development of large-scale rotating machines, such as ship propulsion motors and power generators. However, The stability and normal zone propagation characteristics of HTS racetrack pancake (RP) coils are not sufficient yet. In this study, quench tests for a GdBCO racetrack pancake coil were carried out under the condition of LN2 at 77 K. Minimum quench energy and two-dimensional normal zone propagation velocities of the coil are also discussed. Normal zone propagation velocity in the coil's curved section is faster than in its straight section due to stress effects. The test results show that the protection of the straight section is of greater importance than that of the curved section when GdBCO racetrack pancake coils are applied to large-scale rotating machines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Korea Institute of Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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