A Numerical Study on AC Losses of a Double Layer Polygonal BSCCO Conductor by Finite Element Method
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High-temperature superconductor (HTS) cables are candidates for power transmission cables in the near future. A cylindrical arrangement of HTS tapes for the cable has proved able to reduce the AC loss. Many studies on AC loss characteristics of HTS cables have been done, but few numerical models of the cable were verified by experiments. In this paper, a numerical model of the double-layer polygonal bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide (BSCCO) conductor is developed. Current density and magnetic field intensity distribution in the inner and outer layers are also investigated. The numerical results of the AC loss for different layer current distributions are identical with the experimental ones. Accordingly, the reliability of the numerical model is verified. By using this model, the influence of distance between the inner and outer layers, gap between two neighboring wires, and layer current distribution on AC losses of different layers is evaluated. The results show that increasing distance between layers and narrowing gap between wires are effective to reduce AC loss, while the unbalance of layer current distribution increases the AC loss of the double-layer conductor.
KeywordsAC loss BSCCO Double-layer conductor Finite element method
This work was supported by the Power Generation and Electricity Delivery of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Knowledge Economy (2011101050002B).
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