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Demagnetization of Trapped Field in High TC Superconductors Using Pulsed Field Methods

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7 Author(s)
Lihua Chen ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI ; Yung S. Cha ; Helmut Claus ; Thomas R. Askew
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This paper examines the demagnetization of a trapped magnetic field in a high TC superconducting (HTS) monolith using a single, short, high-amplitude field pulse. With a single optimized pulse, the peak trapped field can be reduced to one-third of the maximum saturated value. Alternatively, the spatial average of the trapped field could be fixed very close to zero. After demagnetization, the trapped field has both positive and negative values at various locations in the HTS monolith. Transient responses of the HTS to pulsed fields with different amplitudes are also reported and discussed. It does not appear that the residual trapped field can be reduced to zero throughout the monolith using pulsed field demagnetization methods in a fixed sample/coil geometry. Bean's critical state model is used to explain the measured equilibrium field distributions. Transient response of the HTS to an externally applied field is qualitatively explained by magnetic diffusion. Drive circuit characteristics and design feasibility issues are also addressed

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 1 )