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

Mechanical–electric Model for Multifilament Composite Superconducting Strands

Aug 28, 2017, 10:30 AM
G102-103 Room

G102-103 Room

Regular 15 minutes Oral Presentation G6 - Mechanical Behavior, Stress and Strain Mon-Mo-Or3


Prof. Yuanwen Gao (Lanzhou University)


In this study, a 3D multi-filament FEM model is developed for some kinds of superconducting strands, such as LMI strand, SMI-PIT strand and Bi2212 round wire. Some important factors, such as the initial thermal residual stress, the breakages of superconducting filament and twist pitch (for LMI, SMI-PIT) are taken into account. In this FEM model We calculate this thermal residual stress system, and apply the results into the multi-filament model. For considering the influence damage of SC filament on the electromechanical behavior of SC strand, we choose the representative volume element (RVE) as a concentric cylinder with a single filament in the matrix. Since the damage of the filament and its evolution are almost random, hence, we consider the distribution of the break points to be of a Weibull form. According to the GLS model of Curtin and Zhou, the effective constitutive relation of this RVE can be obtained. So a 3D FEM model of SC strand is built. The tension, bending and cyclic behaviors of these strands have been investigated, respectively. From the comparisons with these two experiments in axial tension and bending respectively, it can see that our model has good accuracy in the prediction of the mechanical behavior of the SC strands. The critical current of the strand under axial and bending loads are calculated with the invariant temperature and field strain functions, the results indicate that the damage and current transfer length in the strand have significant effects on the critical current. The calculated critical currents under tensile and bending load with every factor taken into consideration agree well with the experiments.

Submitters Country China

Primary authors

Prof. Yuanwen Gao (Lanzhou University) Dr Xu Wang Mr Yang Liu Prof. Youhe Zhou

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