Bending and axial strain dependence of the critical current in superconducting BSCCO tapes

H.J.N. van Eck, L. Vargas, B. ten Haken, H.H.J. ten Kate

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    A comparison is made between the critical current (Ic) versus bending strain and axial strain of superconducting multi-filamentary Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox (Bi-2223) AgMg sheathed tapes. For the bending strain measurement the tape is sandwiched between a curved base and cover plate. Six sets of bending plates introduce bending strains ranging from 0% to 1.0%. The measurements show a slight decrease in Ic after the first bending step after which the degradation becomes more pronounced. The Ic in a bent conductor is calculated assuming a linear axial strain profile inside the conductor. For this calculation the Ic degradation determined in an axial compression and elongation experiment is used. The model predicts an immediate decrease of Ic, caused by the compressive strain dependence. There is a good agreement (within 5%) between the measured data and the calculated values. Based on this good agreement it can be concluded that a possible shift in the neutral line or the formation of additional cracks due to bending has no significant influence on the Ic degradation. It is concluded that the influence of thermal contraction is crucial for a good calculation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1213-1215
    Number of pages3
    JournalSuperconductor science and technology
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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