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Persistent current HTS magnet cooled by cryocooler (1)-project overview

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7 Author(s)
M. Igarashi ; Central Japan Railway Co., Tokyo, Japan ; H. Nakao ; M. Terai ; T. Kuriyama
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This paper describes a project overview for a persistent current HTS magnet, which has been in development for Maglev trains since 1999. The HTS magnet operates with a very small current decay rate of 0.44%/day and can be cooled by a cryocooler below 20 K. The HTS coil consists of 12 single-pancake coils, which were wound with 4 parallel Ag-sheathed Bi2223 tapes. In order to minimize the magnetic field decay rate during persistent current operation, we have made efforts not to decrease the high Tc superconductor characteristics during the winding of the single-pancake coils. The HTS coil is connected with a persistent current switch made of a YBCO thin film, and cooled by a G-M (Gifford-MacMahon) type two-stage pulse tube cryocooler. Detachable current leads were used to reduce heat leakage to the 1st stage of the cryocooler.

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 2 )