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    Occurrence of Flux Jumps in MgB2 Bulk Magnets during Pulse-Field Magnetization
    (Bristol : IOP Publ., 2020) Sakai, N.; Oka, T.; Yamanaka, K.; Dadiel, L.; Oki, H.; Ogawa, J.; Fukui, S.; Scheiter, J.; Häßler, W.; Yokoyama, K; Noudem, J.; Miryala, M.; Murakami, M.
    The magnetic flux capturing of MgB2 bulk magnets made by spark plasma sintering process has been precisely investigated to clarify the mechanism of flux motions during the pulse-field magnetization processes. The field trapping ratio B T/B P was evaluated as a key parameter of field trapping ability which strongly relates to the heat generation due to the rapid flux motion in the samples. The time dependence of magnetic flux density revealed the actual flux motion which penetrated the samples. The trapped fields B T and field trapping ratios B T/B P of various samples were classified into three regions of 'no flux flow', 'fast flux flow' and 'flux jump' according to the generation of heat and its propagation. A flux jump was observed late at 280 ms from the beginning of PFM process, while the field penetration B P showed its peak at 10 ms. Considering the heat propagation speed, the long-delayed flux jump should be attributed to the macroscopic barriers against the heat propagation to the surface centre of bulk magnet. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.
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    Towards a reliable bridge joint between REBCO coated conductors
    (Bristol : IOP Publ., 2020) Kirchner, A.; Nielsch, K.; Hühne, R.
    REBa2Cu3O7-x (REBCO; RE = Y, Gd) coated conductor wires are commercially available up to a length of about 1 km. However, for large-scale devices like superconducting coils for high-field magnets several kilometres of a coated conductors are required. Therefore, it is desirable to use joints, which exhibit similar superconducting properties as the coated conductor itself. In this study, we jointed commercial REBCO coated conductors by a two-step procedure. At first, a superconducting soldering solution was developed and deposited on unstabilized coated conductors via chemical solution deposition. The soldering precursor is based on a Cu-rich solution with a metal cation ratio Y:Ba:Cu of 1:2:4. Secondly, a piece of the coated conductor was delaminated between the superconducting and the buffer layer and used as bridge between two other conductors covered with the soldering layer. Annealing the resulting bridge joint under pressure results in a mechanical stable configuration. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.