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Francesco Grilli, Marten Sjöström

In this work, a model of a multi-layer high-Tc superconducting (HTS) cable that computes the current distribution across layers as well as the AC loss is presented. Analyzed is the case of a four-layer cable, but the developed method can be applied to a cable with an arbitrary number of layers. The cable is modelled by an equivalent circuit consisting of the following elements: nonlinear resitances, linear self and mutual inductances, as well as nonlinear, hysteretic inductances. The first take into account the typical current-voltage relation for superconductors, the second introduce coupling among the layers and depend on the geometrical parameters of the cable, the third describe the hysteretic behaviour of superconductors. In the presented analysis, the geometrical dimensions of the cable are fixed, except for the pitch length and the winding orientation of the layers. These free parameters are varied in order to partition the current across the layers such that the AC loss in the superconductor is minimized. The presented model allows to evaluate rapidly the current distribution across the different layers and to compute the corresponding AC loss. The rapidity of the computation allows calculating the losses for many different configurations within a reasonable time. The model has so firstly been used for finding the pitch lengths giving an optimal current distribution across the layers and for computing the corresponding AC loss. Secondly, the model has been refined taking into account the effects of the magnetic self-field, which, especially at high currents, can sensibly reduce the transport capacity of the cable, in particular in the outer layers.

2004The present dissertation considers the capabilities, limitations and possible extensions of modelling the hysteresis that is exhibited by type-II superconductors, especially those with high critical temperature. Superconductors of type-II, including high temperature superconductors, are partially penetrated by magnetic flux. The tubes, through which the flux passes the superconductor, are 'pinned' to certain locations due to impurities in the crystal structure of the material, and they must be forced by an external magnetic field or a transport current in order to move. Thus, the pinning of flux tubes constitutes a memory that gives rise to a hysteresis with corresponding losses. The critical state model is a well-known, macroscopic model that describes well this partial flux penetration. Furthermore, the flux tubes can start to flow due to the Lorenz-force when a large transport current flows in the superconductor. This produces an additional resistive voltage. The concept of hysteresis and its main properties are discussed, and a number of various models describing this phenomenon are presented. An emphasis is made on the classical Preisach model of hysteresis, which is a weighted superposition of relay operators. A hysteretic system produces higher harmonics, just as most nonlinear systems. An investigation reveals under what conditions the Preisach model generates only odd harmonics, and also when all odd harmonics are present, as well as how this knowledge can be utilised. A parameterised Preisach model is proposed, which always applies when the critical state model is an acceptable approximation of the superconductor hysteresis. Its capabilities and limitations as a hysteresis model for superconductors are investigated. It is demonstrated how the parameters can be estimated from different electric measurements on high temperature superconductors and that the output and the losses can quickly and accurately be computed for an arbitrary signal, once the parameter identification is made. Moreover, the structure of the parameterised model is such that an inverse model can easily be obtained. It is also shown that the hysteresis saturation, which occurs when the flux flow starts, can be modelled by introducing limiting functions in the model. A generalised equivalent circuit has been proposed that takes into account both the hysteretic and resistive behaviour, the latter being due to flux flow. This extended model describes the global electric behaviour of a superconducting device, which can be applied either when the superconductor is part of a larger system or when it stands alone. A few examples of its application are given.