Characteristic resistance of no-insulation and partial-insulation coils with nonuniform current distribution

Dong Gyu Yang, Seungyong Hahn, Youngjae Kim, Kwang Lok Kim, Jung Bin Song, Juan Bascuñán, Haigun Lee, Yukikazu Iwasa

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This paper proposes a numerical approach to calculate the characteristic resistance (Rc) of partial-insulation (PI) and no-insulation (NI) high-temperature superconductor pancake coils with the nonuniform current path in such coils taken into consideration. Recently, an analytic approach has been proposed to estimate (Rc) of an NI coil, where the coil current is assumed to be "uniform" over the entire coil. This model, however, is not effective to explain the increase of (Rc) when a coil is modified from NI to PI. In this paper, we first introduce our numerical approach based on a finite element analysis. Then, the charging characteristics of selected PI and NI coils that we had previously reported are analyzed by the proposed approach. Reasonable agreement between themeasured and calculated data validates the proposed approach to estimate (Rc) of a PI as well as an NI coil.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6626558
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Characteristic resistance
  • Finite element method (FEM)
  • No-insulation (NI)
  • Nonuniform current
  • Partial-insulation (PI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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