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Progress in scale-up of second-generation high-temperature superconductors at SuperPower Inc

Physica C Superconductivity
Publication Date
DOI: 10.1016/j.physc.2005.03.071
  • Second-Generation Hts Wire
  • Coated Conductors
  • Electropolishing
  • Magnetic Field
  • Ac Losses
  • Narrow Conductor
  • Cable
  • Stress
  • Strain
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Chemistry
  • Physics


Abstract SuperPower is focused on scaling up second-generation (2-G) high-temperature superconductor (HTS) technology to pilot-scale manufacturing. The emphasis of this program is to develop R&D solutions for scale-up issues in pilot-scale operations to lay the foundation for a framework for large-scale manufacturing. Throughput continues to be increased in all process steps including substrate polishing, buffer and HTS deposition. 2-G HTS conductors have been produced in lengths up to 100 m. Process optimization with valuable information provided by several unique process control and quality-control tools has yielded performances of 6000–7000 A m (77 K, 0 T) in 50–100 m lengths using two HTS fabrication processes: metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Major progress has been made towards the development of practical conductor configurations. Modifications to the HTS fabrication process have resulted in enhanced performance in magnetic fields. Industrial slitting and electroplating processes have been successfully adopted to fabricate tapes in width of 4 mm and with copper stabilizer for cable and coil applications. SuperPower’s conductor configuration has yielded excellent mechanical properties and overcurrent carrying capability. Over 60 m of such practical conductors with critical current over 100 A/cm-width have been delivered to Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. for prototype cable construction.

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