Stability and Quench Protection for HTS Superconducting Magnets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0170
Agency Tracking Number: F045-002-0057
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T002
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
110 E. Canal St., Troy, OH, 45373
DUNS: 014152511
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xuan Peng
 Research Scientist
 (614) 247-4968
 xpeng@hypertechresearch.com
Business Contact
 Michael Tomsic
Title: President
Phone: (937) 332-0348
Email: tomsic@voyager.net
Research Institution
 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO
 Bob O'Handley
 77 Massachusetts Avenue,, Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA, 02139
 (617) 253-2763
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Air Force is currently pursuing the development of high temperature superconducting generators. Coated YBCO superconductor tape is a strong candidate to enable this application for rotor coils. There is the concern that it might be difficult to detect if a quench is occurring in a YBCO coated conductor coil and thus take action to protect the coil for being destroyed. During the Phase I we characterized the YBCO coated conductor tape with regard to current density, AC losses, and stability in coil and the conduction of heat transfer through various insulations. In this Phase II proposal we are working to improve the stability of YBCO coils through the use of innovative insulation approaches, develop methods to detect potential quenches and methods to protect the coils if a quench starts to occur.

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