Modeling and electrical measurement of transport AC loss in HTS-based superconducting coils for electric machines

M D Ainslie, Weijia Yuan, Z Hong, R Pei, T J Flack, T A Coombs

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Abstract

AC loss can be a significant problem for any applications that utilize or produce an AC current or magnetic field, such as an electric machine. The authors are currently investigating the electromagnetic properties of high temperature superconductors with a particular focus on the AC loss in coils made from YBCO superconductors. In this paper, a 2D finite element model based on the H formulation is introduced. The model is then used to calculate the transport AC loss using both a bulk approximation and modeling the individual turns in a racetrack-shaped coil. The coil model is based on the superconducting stator coils used in the University of Cambridge EPEC Superconductivity Group's superconducting permanent magnet synchronous motor design. The transport AC loss of a stator coil is measured using an electrical method based on inductive compensation using a variable mutual inductance. The simulated results are compared with the experimental results, verifying the validity of the model, and ways to improve the accuracy of the model are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3265-3268
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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