Thermal and electrical properties of thermal-grease-insulated REBCO superconducting coils with respect to winding tension

Jung Bin Song, Yoon Hyuck Choi, Dong Gyu Yang, Young Gyun Kim, Seong Gyeom Kim, Yeon Suk Choi, Haigun Lee

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This study investigates the thermal and electrical characteristics of a silicon-based grease insulation (GI) GdBCO coil with respect to the winding tension through charge, sudden discharge, and over-current tests. Charge and sudden discharge test results demonstrate that the charging/discharging delay time increases as the winding tension increases; this is because the characteristic resistance of the coil decreases due to the reduced contact resistance. The over-current test results confirm that the thermal/electrical stabilities of the GI coil are considerably enhanced with an increased winding tension resulting from improved thermal contact and the decrease in the electrical contact resistance between the turn-to-turn layers of the coil. Thus, as the winding tension increases, the charging/discharging rates decrease whereas the thermal/electrical stabilities improve. Overall, selecting the appropriate winding tension for a GI coil is critical for achieving thermal/electrical stabilities, as well as ameliorating the charging/discharging delay phenomenon generally observed in a no-insulation coil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1050-1055
Number of pages6
JournalMetals and Materials International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Basic Science Institute under Grant D37614.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, The Korean Institute of Metals and Materials and Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


  • electrical properties
  • grease insulation
  • superconductors
  • thermal conductivity
  • winding tension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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