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Four coils made of YBCO-coated conductor wire were fabricated and connected in series to make up the excitation system of a linear synchronous motor system with a stator made of ordinary copper wire. The electromagnetic forces experienced by the superconducting coils with respect to the stator were studied in the static case. We began with the study of one single coil, followed by two coils connected in series, and finally, four coils in series from which the largest force obtained was of 53.9 N at a gap of 10 mm at 77 K. The critical current, n-value, and inductance were also measured for the coils so that the power dissipation of the field windings can be calculated. This paper also helps us understand whether linear motors with superconducting components are currently economically feasible with present commercially available superconducting wire.
Date of Publication: April 2012