Effects of turn-to-turn compactness in the straight sections of HTS racetrack coils on thermal and electrical characteristics

O. J. Kwon, K. L. Kim, Y. H. Choi, H. J. Shin, S. Hahn, Y. Iwasa, H. G. Lee

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The thermal and electrical characteristics of two GdBCO-coated conductor racetrack coils, one insulated with Kapton insulation and the other without turn-to-turn insulation, were investigated by typical voltage-current measurement, charge-discharge, sudden discharge, and over-current tests with respect to external pressures applied to the straight sections of the coils. The test results show that the thermal and electrical stabilities of the racetrack coil without insulation were enhanced considerably with increasing external pressure up to 0.5 MPa, whereas those of the insulated coil were not affected by the pressure. The non-insulated HTS racetrack-type coil with improved turn-to-turn thermal contact in the straight sections may have the potential to be manufactured into field coils for HTS wind turbine generators with highly enhanced thermal and electrical stabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number085025
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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