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A multi-laminated HTS tape conductor has been recently developed to fabricate large double pancake coils. If the HTS tapes are simply laminated to form the conductor, the current distribution in the laminated tape conductor of the coil is unbalanced because of different inductances of all tapes. It is very important to analyze current distributions in the multi-laminated tape conductor used for the double pancake coil for SMES. In this paper, we analyze the current distribution in the tape conductor by using electrical circuit model, and then discuss how to obtain the homogeneous current distribution. One way is to transpose the tape position at both ends of pancake coil so as to arrange the tapes symmetrically. However, this method is not perfectly geometrical symmetry for more than 3 laminated tapes in the conductor. We propose new method to obtain homogeneous current distribution by adjusting gaps between HTS tapes in the conductor. Finally we numerically demonstrate the homogeneous current distribution in the 4-laminated tapes with inserting additional thickness among tapes.
Date of Publication: June 2011