Discharge Voltage Effects on High-TC Superconducting Tapes with Respect to Tensile Stress

Seokho Nam, Woo Seung Lee, Hongseok Lee, Jong O. Kang, Junil Kim, Young Kyu Mo, Seungmin Bang, Onyou Lee, Hyoungku Kang, Tae Kuk Ko

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Breakdown voltage can occur in a superconducting magnet system under high electric field conditions caused by inductive voltage, high-voltage operation, quench resistance, and keen edge of high-Tc superconducting (HTS) tapes. Discharge voltage on a superconducting coil can degrade the critical current and the index number of HTS tapes. In this paper, HTS tape experiments are conducted to confirm the degradation characteristics of HTS tapes under dc breakdown voltage. In real systems, winding tension is applied in magnet systems. Therefore, tensile stresses were applied in the HTS tape when testing the degradation by breakdown voltage. The tension was controlled by using the bolt torque of a fabricated sample. In addition, degradation characteristics of BSCCO and YBCO tapes under dc breakdown voltage were compared. Our results revealed that HTS tape could affect breakdown voltage and tensile stress.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7429707
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National R&D Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning under Grant 2015M1A7A1A0205725.

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© 2015 IEEE.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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