August 27, 2017 to September 1, 2017
RAI Congress Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Contact resistance between REBCO tapes coated with a thin resistive layer

Aug 31, 2017, 11:30 AM
Emerald Room

Emerald Room

Regular 15 minutes Oral Presentation F9 - Electrical Insulation for Magnets Thu-Mo-Or32


Dr Jun Lu (NHMFL)


No-insulation (NI) REBCO superconducting magnets allow very high engineering current density. Therefore, it can achieve very high magnetic field with a compact design. The considerable charging delay time due to current redistribution between turns in a pancake coil, however, limits its application to magnets that do not require frequent field ramps. Since long charging delay is directly linked to low contact resistance between turns, increasing contact resistance can mitigate the charging delay. On the other hand, very high contact resistance compromises the ability of self-quench-protection which is a crucial advantage of the NI technology. Therefore it is highly desirable to optimize the magnet performance and reliability by adjusting turn-to-turn contact resistance which might be achieved by coating REBCO with a thin layer of resistive material.
In this work, REBCO samples are coated respectively with a layer of nickel, chromium and copper oxide of varying thicknesses. Contact resistance between two coated REBCO tapes is measured at low temperatures as a function of load and load cycles. The results will be discussed in light of its applications in NI magnets.
Acknowledgement: Financial support of National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-1157490 and the State of Florida

Submitters Country USA

Primary author

Dr Jun Lu (NHMFL)


Mr Jeremy Levitan (NHMFL) Dr Ke Han (NHMFL)

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