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Pulsed-field magnetisation of Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors fabricated by the infiltration growth technique

Namburi, DK and Takahashi, K and Hirano, T and Kamada, T and Fujishiro, H and Shi, YH and Cardwell, DA and Durrell, JH and Ainslie, MD (2020) Pulsed-field magnetisation of Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors fabricated by the infiltration growth technique. Superconductor Science and Technology, 33. ISSN 0953-2048

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Bulk high temperature superconductors based on the rare-earth copper oxides can be used effectively as trapped field magnets capable of generating large magnetic fields. The top-seeded infiltration growth (TSIG) processing technique can provide a more homogeneous microstructure and therefore more uniform superconducting properties than samples grown using conventional melt growth processes. In the present investigation, the properties of bulk, single grain superconductors processed by TSIG and magnetised by the pulsed-field magnetisation technique using a copper-wound solenoid have been studied. A trapped field of ∼3 T has been achieved in a 2-step buffer-assisted TSIG-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) sample at 40 K by magnetising the bulk superconductor completely via a single-pulse magnetisation process. Samples were also subjected to pulsed-field magnetisation at 65 K and by conventional field-cooled magnetisation at 77 K for comparison. Good correlation was observed between the microstructures, critical current densities and trapped field performance of bulk samples fabricated by TSIG and magnetised by pulsed-field and field-cooled magnetisation. The homogeneous distribution of Y2BaCuO5 inclusions within the microstructure of bulk YBCO samples fabricated by the 2-step buffer-assisted TSIG process reduces inhomogeneous flux penetration into the interior of the sample. This, in turn, results in a lower temperature rise of the bulk superconductor during the pulsed-field magnetisation process and a more effective and reliable magnetisation process.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div C > Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 20:03
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2021 02:02
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6668/abb590