Conceptual design of cooling anchor for current lead on HTS field coils

C. J. Hyeon, J. H. Kim, H. L. Quach, S. H. Chae, Y. S. Yoon, J. Lee, S. H. Han, H. Jeon, Y. H. Choi, H. G. Lee, H. M. Kim

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The role of current lead in high-temperature superconducting synchronous machine (HTSSM) is to function as a power supply by connecting the power supply unit at room temperature with the HTS field coils at cryogenic temperature. Such physical and electrical connection causes conduction and Joule-heating losses, which are major thermal losses of HTSSM rotors. To ensure definite stability and economic feasibility of HTS field coils, quickly and smoothly cooling down the current lead is a key design technology. Therefore, in this paper, we introduce a novel concept of a cooling anchor to enhance the cooling performance of a metal current lead. The technical concept of this technology is the simultaneously chilling and supporting the current lead. First, the structure of the current lead and cooling anchor were conceptually designed for field coils for a 1.5 MW-class HTSSM. Then, the effect of this installation on the thermal characteristics of HTS coils was investigated by 3D finite element analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in Superconductivity and Cryogenics (PSAC)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Human Resources Program in Energy Technology of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), grant funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, and by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP), Republic of Korea. (Nos. 20164030201230 and 2016R1A2B4007324)

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© 2017, Korea Institute of Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenics. All rights reserved.


  • Conduction cooling
  • Cooling anchor
  • Current lead
  • HTS synchronous machine
  • Neon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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