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We studied the possible application of high-TC superconducting traction transformer to railway rolling stock, and designed an iron core type two-leg 4 MVA superconducting traction transformer for Shinkansen. This traction transformer has a primary winding, four secondary windings and a tertiary winding. The four secondary windings are independent of each other. Two secondary windings are arranged around each leg of the iron core and placed inside and outside the primary and tertiary windings. In this study, we fabricated a high-TC superconducting coil whose form and dimension are the same as those of the inner secondary winding. This coil can be used as the inner secondary winding of the experimental high TC superconducting traction transformer that will be fabricated in the future. The inner secondary winding has 96 turns and a layer with eight parallel Bi2223 superconducting tapes. Transposition among the superconducting tapes is performed 15 times every six turns. We measured the voltage-current and AC loss characteristics when it was cooled in saturated and sub-cooled liquid nitrogen.
Date of Publication: June 2005