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A Novel Pre-sintering method for Growing Y-Ba-Cu-O...

Shi, YUNHUA and Li, J and Dennis, A and Namburi, D and Durrell, J and Yang, W and Cardwell, D A Novel Pre-sintering method for Growing Y-Ba-Cu-O... (Unpublished)

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Most established top seeded melt growth (TSMG) processes of bulk, single grain Y–Ba–Cu–O (YBCO) superconductors are performed using a mixture of pre-reacted precursor powders. Here we report the successful growth of large, single grain YBCO samples by TSMG with good superconducting properties from a simple precursor composition consisting of a sintered mixture of the raw oxides. The elimination of the requirement to synthesize precursor powders in a separate process prior to melt processing has the potential to reduce significantly the cost of bulk superconductors, which is essential for their commercial exploitation. The growth morphology, microstructure, trapped magnetic field and critical current density, Jc, at different positions within the sample and maximum levitation force of the YBCO single grains fabricated by this process are reported. Measurements of the superconducting properties show that the trapped filed can reach 0.45 T and that a zero field Jc of 2.5 × 104 A cm−2 can be achieved in these samples. These values are comparable to those observed in samples fabricated using pre-reacted, high purity commercial oxide precursor powders. The experimental results are discussed and the possibility of further improving the melt process using raw oxides is outlined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: : bulk superconductor, YBCO single grains, top seeded melt growth, melt textured growth, raw oxides, sintering
Divisions: Div C > Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 02:37
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 01:52