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In this paper we present a new model for computing the current density and field distributions in superconductors by means of a finite element (FE) periodic space-time (PST) formulation. By considering the time as a space dimension, and considering periodic excitations for the applied field or transport current, we can use a static model to solve this time dependent problem. This approach has the potential to overcome one of the major problems of FE modeling of superconductors: the length of simulations, even for relatively simple cases. In this paper we show our first results for different cases of superconductors with AC magnetic fields and currents. Results are compared with those of standard time-dependent methods and analytical solutions.
Date of Publication: June 2009