High Compressive Axial Strain Effect on the Critical Current and Field of Nb3Sn Superconductor Wire

  • J. W. Ekin
  • S. L. Bray
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering Materials book series (ACRE, volume 42)

Abstract

The axial strain dependence of the critical current Ic and effective upper critical field Bc2* have been measured on a series of Nb3Sn wire superconductors having initial compressive strain as large as -0.95% arising from thermal contraction of the conductor matrix. Results include data for binary Nb3Sn and ternary Nb3Sn with Ti additions. The effective upper critical field Bc2* is obtained using a general form of the pinning expression, since the data show that the Kramer method is not generally applicable to ternary Nb3Sn superconductors. The Ic and Bc2* data fit the strain scaling law well. The results are also consistent with earlier-published Tc vs. strain data for Nb3Sn at compressive strain as large as -0.85% and with Ic vs. strain data for stainless-steel reinforced Nb3Sn superconductors at compressive strain as large as -0.65%. The data contradict, however, recently reported Bc2* data obtained on multifilamentary Nb3Sn wires where high compressive strain was applied by soldering the wires to a bending beam and then flexing the beam.

Keywords

Axial Strain Compressive Strain Critical Current Critical Field Uniaxial Strain 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Ekin
    • 1
  • S. L. Bray
    • 1
  1. 1.Electromagnetic Technology DivisionNational Institute of Standards and TechnologyBoulderUSA

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