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  1. Status of high transport current ROEBEL assembled coated conductor cables

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    Goldacker, Wilfried; Frank, Antje; Kudymow, Andrej; Heller, Reinhard; Kling, Andrea; Terzieva, Stanimira; Schmidt, Curt [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut fuer Technische Physik, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)], E-mail: Wilfried.Goldacker@itp.fzk.de

    2009-03-15

    Assembling coated conductors (CC) into flat ROEBEL bars (RACC cable) was introduced in 2005 by the authors as a practicable method of reaching high transport currents in a low AC loss cable, which is a cable design suited for application in windings. The transport current of 1.02 kA in self-field at 77 K achieved so far, however, is still too low for several applications in electrical machinery such as larger transformers and generators/motors. A new cable concept for further increased currents was presented just recently. The goal of the new design was primarily to demonstrate the possibility of strongly increased transport currents without changing the important cable features for low AC losses. such as, for example, the transposition length of the strands. We present detailed investigations of the properties of this progressed cable design, which has threefold layered strands, an unchanged transposition pitch of 18.8 cm and finally the application of 45 coated conductors in the cable. A 1.1 m long sample (equivalent to six transposition lengths) was prepared from commercial Cu stabilized coated conductors purchased from Superpower. The measured new record DC transport current of the cable was 2628 A at 77 K in self-field (5 {mu}V cm{sup -1} criterion). The use of three slightly different current carrying batches of strand material ({+-} 10%) was a special feature of the cable, which allowed for interesting investigations of current redistribution effects in the cable, by monitoring a representative strand of each batch during the critical current measurement. Although current redistribution effects showed a complex situation, the behaviour of the cable was found to be absolutely stable under all operational conditions, even above the critical current. The high self-field degradation of the critical current reached the order of 60% at 77 K, and could be modelled satisfactory with calculations based on a proven Biot-Savart-law approach, adapted to the specific

  2. Effect of self-field on the current distribution in Roebel-assembled coated conductor cables

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    Vojenčiak, M.; Grilli, F.; Terzieva, S.; Goldacker, W.; Kováčová, M.; Kling, A.

    2011-09-01

    Roebel cables are a promising solution for high current, low AC loss cables made of high-temperature superconductors in the form of coated conductors. High current creates significant self-field, which influences the superconductor's current-carrying capability. In this paper, we investigate the influence of the self-field on the cable's critical current and the current repartition among the different strands. In order to investigate the cable's critical current, we analysed the influence of flux creep on the cable properties. Using the experimental material's properties derived from measurements on a single conductor as input for our calculations, we were able to predict the critical current of the cable in two limiting situations: good current sharing and complete electrical insulation among the strands. The results of our calculations show good agreement with the measured critical current of three Roebel cable samples.

  3. High Critical Current Coated Conductors

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    Paranthaman, M. P.; Selvamanickam, V. (SuperPower, Inc.)

    2011-12-27

    One of the important critical needs that came out of the DOE’s coated conductor workshop was to develop a high throughput and economic deposition process for YBCO. Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique, the most critical steps in high technical micro fabrications, has been widely employed in semiconductor industry for various thin film growth. SuperPower has demonstrated that (Y,Gd)BCO films can be deposited rapid with world record performance. In addition to high critical current density with increased film thickness, flux pinning properties of REBCO films needs to be improved to meet the DOE requirements for various electric-power equipments. We have shown that doping with Zr can result in BZO nanocolumns, but at substantially reduced deposition rate. The primary purpose of this subtask is to develop high current density MOCVD-REBCO coated conductors based on the ion-beam assisted (IBAD)-MgO deposition process. Another purpose of this subtask is to investigate HTS conductor design optimization (maximize Je) with emphasis on stability and protection issues, and ac loss for REBCO coated conductors.

  4. Coated conductors for power applications: materials challenges

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    This manuscript reports on the recent progress and the remaining materials challenges in the development of coated conductors (CCs) for power applications and magnets, with a particular emphasis on the different initiatives being active at present in Europe. We first summarize the scientific and technological scope where CCs have been raised as a complex technology product and then we show that there exists still much room for performance improvement. The objectives and CC architectures being explored in the scope of the European project EUROTAPES are widely described and their potential in generating novel breakthroughs emphasized. The overall goal of this project is to create synergy among academic and industrial partners to go well beyond the state of the art in several scientific issues related to CCs’ enhanced performances and to develop nanoengineered CCs with reduced costs, using high throughput manufacturing processes which incorporate quality control tools and so lead to higher yields. Three general application targets are considered which will require different conductor architectures and performances and so the strategy is to combine vacuum and chemical solution deposition approaches to achieve the targeted goals. A few examples of such approaches are described related to defining new conductor architectures and shapes, as well as vortex pinning enhancement through novel paths towards nanostructure generation. Particular emphasis is made on solution chemistry approaches. We also describe the efforts being made in transforming the CCs into assembled conductors and cables which achieve appealing mechanical and electromagnetic performances for power systems. Finally, we briefly mention some outstanding superconducting power application projects being active at present, in Europe and worldwide, to exemplify the strong advances in reaching the demands to integrate them in a new electrical engineering paradigm. (paper)

  5. A Review of Coated Conductor Development

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    徐永利; 时东陆

    2003-01-01

    The developments of coated conductor technology have been reviewed. It is shown that the critical current density of high-Tc wires can begreatly enhanced by using three-fold approaches: grain alignment, grain boundary doping, and optimization of the grain architecture. Major advances have been made in the last16 years mainly in three aspects: substrates, buffer layers and the YBCO layer. Cost is still the main concern for scale up, especially for the approach through vapor depositions, such as the PLD method. TFA-MOD or other CSD methods may be the trend to overcome cost and speed consideration during the scale up. However, high reliability and reproducibility will be the new focus for these techniques. Ni-alloy tapes seem to have advantages over pure Ni in terms of mechanicalstrength and oxidation resistance. Depositing a pure Ni layer on top of Ni-based alloys (such as Ni-Cr and Ni-W alloys) solves the problem of low strength ofNi and poor texture of Ni alloys. The RABiTS and IBAD are the two robust approaches for the texture generation. But the buffer materials and architectures being investigated remain unclear, though CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 and MgO are commonly used buffer layers for RABiTS and IBAD respectively. For the case where a buffer layer isunavoidable, a non-vacuum process would be suitable for low cost and scale up. However, none of the buffer layer fabrication processes through CSD has been demonstrated results good enough for long length coated conductor applications. While, a high Jc superconducting layer can be produced by TFA-MOD, which brings a bright future for coated conductors. Clearly, there are still many scientific and technological barriers to be overcome before any long length of high Jc coated conductor be produced commercially. But theoretical analyses and technological progress show the potential for the practical application of coatedconductor wires in the near future.

  6. Maximum permissible voltage of YBCO coated conductors

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    Wen, J.; Lin, B.; Sheng, J.; Xu, J.; Jin, Z.; Hong, Z.; Wang, D.; Zhou, H.; Shen, X.; Shen, C.

    2014-06-01

    Superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) could reduce short circuit currents in electrical power system. One of the most important thing in developing SFCL is to find out the maximum permissible voltage of each limiting element. The maximum permissible voltage is defined as the maximum voltage per unit length at which the YBCO coated conductors (CC) do not suffer from critical current (Ic) degradation or burnout. In this research, the time of quenching process is changed and voltage is raised until the Ic degradation or burnout happens. YBCO coated conductors test in the experiment are from American superconductor (AMSC) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Along with the quenching duration increasing, the maximum permissible voltage of CC decreases. When quenching duration is 100 ms, the maximum permissible of SJTU CC, 12 mm AMSC CC and 4 mm AMSC CC are 0.72 V/cm, 0.52 V/cm and 1.2 V/cm respectively. Based on the results of samples, the whole length of CCs used in the design of a SFCL can be determined.

  7. Maximum permissible voltage of YBCO coated conductors

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    Wen, J.; Lin, B.; Sheng, J.; Xu, J.; Jin, Z. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Hong, Z., E-mail: zhiyong.hong@sjtu.edu.cn [Department of Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Wang, D.; Zhou, H.; Shen, X.; Shen, C. [Qingpu Power Supply Company, State Grid Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company, Shanghai (China)

    2014-06-15

    Highlights: • We examine three kinds of tapes’ maximum permissible voltage. • We examine the relationship between quenching duration and maximum permissible voltage. • Continuous I{sub c} degradations under repetitive quenching where tapes reaching maximum permissible voltage. • The relationship between maximum permissible voltage and resistance, temperature. - Abstract: Superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) could reduce short circuit currents in electrical power system. One of the most important thing in developing SFCL is to find out the maximum permissible voltage of each limiting element. The maximum permissible voltage is defined as the maximum voltage per unit length at which the YBCO coated conductors (CC) do not suffer from critical current (I{sub c}) degradation or burnout. In this research, the time of quenching process is changed and voltage is raised until the I{sub c} degradation or burnout happens. YBCO coated conductors test in the experiment are from American superconductor (AMSC) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Along with the quenching duration increasing, the maximum permissible voltage of CC decreases. When quenching duration is 100 ms, the maximum permissible of SJTU CC, 12 mm AMSC CC and 4 mm AMSC CC are 0.72 V/cm, 0.52 V/cm and 1.2 V/cm respectively. Based on the results of samples, the whole length of CCs used in the design of a SFCL can be determined.

  8. Engineered microstructures and transport properties in YBCO coated conductors.

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    Holesinger, T. G. (Terry G.); Gibbons, B. J. (Brady J.); Coulter, J. Y. (James Y.); Foltyn, S. R. (Stephen R.); Arendt, P. N. (Paul N.)

    2001-01-01

    Each process used to deposit or make the bi-axially textured template, buffer layer(s), and the superconductor in a coated conductor creates interfaces along which defects or interfacial reactions may result. These defects can be additive and propagate through the entire film structure to affect the growth and properties of the superconducting film. Defects within the films and their corresponding transport properties have been correlated with the differences in the thickness of the underlying buffer layer material. This knowledge can be used to control and engineer the structure of the coated conductor to maximize critical current densities.

  9. Persistent currents in a magnetic bearing with coated conductors

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    Sass, F.; Ramos de Castro, André; Gonçalves Sotelo, Guilherme; de Andrade, R.

    2015-11-01

    Superconducting magnetic bearings are normally built with bulk superconductors. Since coated conductors properties are far superior, we have proposed in a previous work the replacement of bulks for stacks of 2G wires in magnetic levitation devices. A major limitation of this replacement lies in the fact that the induced current is constrained in narrow loops along the available commercial widths of 2G wires. This work presents a technique to achieve wider loops of persistent current without the need of increasing the coated conductors width. As a result, the use of 2G wires in magnetic bearings took a step towards its economical feasibility.

  10. Numerical analysis of quench in coated conductors with defects

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    Wenbin Liu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available When the superconductor is subjected to local thermal perturbations, a large amount of joule heat may be generated in the conductor, which may lead to a quench. In a quench event, a normal zone irreversibly spreads throughout the conductor leading to failure of the superconducting device. In this paper, we will discuss the one-dimensional quench behavior in the coated conductors with internal defects or interface defects. Based on the numerical procedure given in the previous works, the normal zone propagation is studied by using the finite difference method. The numerical results are presented to discuss the normal zone propagation. We consider the effect of internal defect on the nonuniform temperature propagation. For the conductor with interface defects, it can be found that the normal zone propagation velocity is increased by defects.

  11. Overview of Materials and Power Applications of Coated Conductors Project

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    Shiohara, Yuh; Taneda, Takahiro; Yoshizumi, Masateru

    2012-01-01

    There are high expectations for coated conductors in electric power applications such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, power cables, and transformers owing to their ability to contribute to stabilizing and increasing the capacity of the electric power supply grid as well as to reducing CO2 emission as a result of their high critical-current characteristics. Research and development has been performed on wires/tapes and electric power devices worldwide. The Materials and Power Applications of Coated Conductors (M-PACC) Project is a five-year national project in Japan started in 2008, supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), to develop both coated conductors that meet market requirements and basic technologies for the above-mentioned power applications using coated conductors. In this article, research and development results are reviewed and compared with the interim/final targets of the project, and future prospects are discussed.

  12. Effect of transverse load on the critical current of a coated conductor Roebel cable

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    Roebel cables are one possible option for use in the manufacture of high current conductors for various technical applications. In this work the behaviour of critical current under transverse loads up to 90 MPa was studied in coated conductor Roebel cables. First the critical current evolution under transverse load was measured on 4 mm wide coated conductor tapes with Hastelloy substrate (copper surround stabilizer) and on punched tapes, which are used for the assembling of Roebel cables. It was found that they were able to withstand large transverse loads (>100 MPa) with less than 2% degradation of the critical current at 77 K. In contrast, with tapes, a significant reduction of the critical current (>20%) was observed in Roebel cable samples at pressure as low as 10 MPa. Marks of mechanical defects were observed in the strands extracted from the cable. Measurements of the local critical current on extracted strands confirmed that in the regions which were visually damaged the critical current was also reduced. The defects are attributed to pinching (stress concentration), which takes place in the cable. The results suggest that the integration of coated conductor Roebel cables into large systems should be carefully evaluated. (paper)

  13. High-field thermal transports properties of REBCO coated conductors

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    Bonura, M

    2015-01-01

    The use of REBCO coated conductors is envisaged for many applications, extending from power cables to high-field magnets. Whatever the case, thermal properties of REBCO tapes play a key role for the stability of superconducting devices. In this work, we present the first study on the longitudinal thermal conductivity (k) of REBCO coated conductors in magnetic fields up to 19 T applied both parallelly and perpendicularly to the thermal-current direction. Copper-stabilized tapes from six industrial manufacturers have been investigated. We show that zero-field k of coated conductors can be calculated with an accuracy of ‡ 15% from the residual resistivity ratio of the stabilizer and the Cu/non-Cu ratio. Measurements performed at high fields have allowed us to evaluate the consistency of the procedures generally used for estimating in-field k in the framework of the Wiedemann-Franz law from an electrical characterization of the materials. In-field data are intended to provide primary ingredients for the ...

  14. Study on Quench Protection of a Coil Wound of YBCO Coated Conductors

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    FUYoukun

    2003-01-01

    Owing to recent progress of long YBCO coated conductors, coils wound of YBCO conductors will be developed in near future.Compared with coils wound of LTS conductom, coils wound of HTS conductors operated at higher temperature are hard to be quenched. However, measures for quench protection are still necessary. Especially YBCO coated conductors that are made by deposition of thin YBCO film on Ni based alloy substrates such as Hastelloy tapes are highly resistive when they are quenched, Therefore,

  15. Nexans advances in all CSD route for REBCO coated conductors

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    Development of REBCO coated conductors (CC) at Nexans SuperConductors (NSC) is focused on all chemical solution deposition (CSD) route that promises the best performance-to-price ratio in long lengths. The feasibility of all CSD approach is shown on the lab scale: using metalorganic deposition (MOD), NSC was able to produce YBCO/CeO2/LZO/NiW CCs with Jc(77 K,sf)=0.5 MA/cm2. The major advance of NSC on a semi-industrial scale is the use of MOD route for production of high-quality La2Zr2O7 (LZO) coated NiW RABITS in lengths up to 12 m. With those substrates, it is possible to produce CCs with the simplest (one-buffer) architecture by depositing REBCO using other techniques (ISD at Theva, Ismaning; MOCVD at IOT, Braunschweig; HLPE at University of Cambridge, UK). The best short sample Ic=280, 120 and 100 A/cm-width for HLPE, ISD, and MOCVD, respectively First long-length conductors show transport Ic=40 A (10m-long, ISD). Further work is focused on optimisation of the already established mixed (MOD+PVD) approaches, understanding optimum architecture and processing conditions for the all-CSD route and developing tools for scaling those conditions to long-length production. (orig.)

  16. Magnetic Field Design of Coil-Dominated Magnets Wound With Coated Conductors

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    Takahashi, Keita; Amemiya, Naoyuki; Nakamura, Taketsune; MORI, YOSHIHARU; Ogitsu, Toru; Yoshimoto, Masahiro; WATANABE, Ikuo; Yoshiyuki, Takeshi

    2012-01-01

    Coil-dominated magnets wound with coated conductors were designed for an FFAG accelerator for carbon therapy, which was designed by applying linear approximation. When designing the coil-end of the magnets, we applied differential geometry. To apply the differential geometry to three-dimensional windings with coated conductors, we introduced the concept of generalized flat-wise bending. Thereby, the combination of flat-wise bending and torsion was considered as bending of developable surface....

  17. Progress of long coated conductors fabrication with fluorine-free CSD method at SWJTU

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    Highlights: • Recent progress on the long coated conductors fabrication by F-free CSD method is presented. • Single buffer and partial-melting technology and slot-die coating methods have been developed. • Reel-to-reel facilities for continuous process have been achieved. -- Abstract: Recent progress on the fabrication of long high-Tc superconducting coated conductors with a fluorine-free chemical solution deposition (CSD) method is presented. Developments including such novel methods as single buffer technology, partial-melting process on YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO), slot-die coating and drying; reel-to-reel facilities for continuous process have been achieved in the effort on high-Tc superconducting coated conductors at SWJTU, which form a comprehensive technology to fabricate long coated tapes with high performances

  18. Progress of long coated conductors fabrication with fluorine-free CSD method at SWJTU

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    Zhao, Y., E-mail: yzhao@swjtu.edu.cn [Key Lab of Advanced Materials Technologies, Key Lab of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education), Superconductivity and New Energy Center (SNEC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia); Wang, W.T.; Lei, M.; Pu, M.H.; Zhang, Y. [Key Lab of Advanced Materials Technologies, Key Lab of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education), Superconductivity and New Energy Center (SNEC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Recent progress on the long coated conductors fabrication by F-free CSD method is presented. • Single buffer and partial-melting technology and slot-die coating methods have been developed. • Reel-to-reel facilities for continuous process have been achieved. -- Abstract: Recent progress on the fabrication of long high-T{sub c} superconducting coated conductors with a fluorine-free chemical solution deposition (CSD) method is presented. Developments including such novel methods as single buffer technology, partial-melting process on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO), slot-die coating and drying; reel-to-reel facilities for continuous process have been achieved in the effort on high-T{sub c} superconducting coated conductors at SWJTU, which form a comprehensive technology to fabricate long coated tapes with high performances.

  19. Progress on TFA-MOD coated conductor development

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    The recent progress in coated conductor development by the TFA-MOD process was reviewed. Much progress was recognized in the R and D on TFA-MOD processing for satisfying several requirements, such as high superconducting performance, long tape production, high production rate, etc., considering the real application. For high superconducting performance, the high I c value of 413 A was achieved in a short sample with an architecture of MOD-YBCO/IBAD-GZO/IBAD-GZO/Hastelloy. It was realized by improving the in-plane crystal grain alignment of the CeO2 buffer layer and optimizing conditions of the heat treatments in the calcination and crystallization processes. In the calcination process, it was found that lower heating rate was effective to improve the morphology of the multi-layered precursor by preventing from pore generation and segregation of Cu elements. In the crystallization process, it was found that high humid gas partial pressure was effective to improve the J c values by reducing the amounts and size of pores in the YBCO layers. Furthermore, in the case of thicker firm, it was found that the low heating rate in the crystallization process was effective to prevent from the crack formation. On the other hand, in order to obtain the long tape with uniform I c values, in the crystallization process, the gas flow condition in a large scale equipment for the continuous long tape process was investigated using a computer simulation technique. Consequently, the 8.6 m YBCO on PLD-CeO2/IBAD-Gd2Zr2O7/Hastelloy tape which shows high I c performance of 119 A as an end-to-end value at 77.3 K in self fields, was successfully obtained. As a result, I c x L(length) value of 1024 A m was achieved

  20. Improvement of Production Rate of YBCO Coated Conductors Fabricated by TFA-MOD Method

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    Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Usui, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    The metal-organic deposition (MOD) method using trifluoroacetate (TFA) salts is considered to be an effective method for inexpensively fabricating YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) coated conductors with high critical current density property. The long-length TFA-MOD YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by multi-turn reel-to-reel system. Increasing the thickness per single coating in the multi-turn reel-to-reel system is a cost-effective technique for fabrication of the precursor films in the calcination process since it reduces the number of coatings and shortens the processing time. In this work, we have developed a new starting solution consisting of non-fluorine salts of yttrium propionate and copper 2-ethylhexanoate with focusing on increasing the thickness per single coating for a high-rate fabrication of the YBCO coated conductors by the TFA-MOD method. The critical thickness per single coating of the precursor film fabricated from the new starting solution was improved to 0.44 μm/coat. Furthermore, the addition of diacetoneacrylamide in the new starting solution increased the critical thickness per single coating to 0.79 μm/coat. High critical current of 791 A/cm-width with high critical current density of 2.7 MA/cm2 was obtained using the new starting solution with diacetoneacrylamide at the thickness per single coating of 0.49 μm/coat.

  1. Development of a superconducting joint between a GdBa2Cu3O7-δ-coated conductor and YBa2Cu3O7-δ bulk: towards a superconducting joint between RE (Rare Earth) Ba2Cu3O7-δ-coated conductors

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    Jin, Xinzhe; Yanagisawa, Yoshinori; Maeda, Hideaki; Takano, Yoshiki

    2015-07-01

    We have started to develop a superconducting bridge joint between two GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (Gd123)-coated conductors, where both conductors are placed in an end-to-end arrangement on the surface of a melt-textured YBCO (including Y2BaCuO5 and YBa2Cu3O7-δ) bulk, which acts as a superconducting medium between the coated conductors. As a first step in the development, one half of the bridge joint assembly was modeled and investigated. Experimental results achieved are as follows: (a) the higher-melting-temperature textured Gd123-coated conductor acts as a seed for the melt texture of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y123) bulk, and (b) the superconducting phase continues across the Y123/Gd123 boundary. The critical current of the joint model is 10 A, which is about 10% of the original Gd123-coated conductor, at 77 K in a self-magnetic field. These results are considered to be extensible to the superconducting bridge joint between the Gd123-coated conductors.

  2. Modelling ac ripple currents in HTS coated conductors

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    Xu, Zhihan; Grilli, Francesco

    2015-10-01

    Dc transmission using high temperature superconducting (HTS) coated conductors (CCs) offers a promising solution to the globally growing demand for effective, reliable and economic transmission of green energy up to the gigawatt level over very long distances. The credible estimation of the losses and thereby the heat dissipation involved, where ac ripples (introduced in rectification/ac-dc conversion) are viewed as a potential source of notable contribution, is highly essential for the rational design of practical HTS dc transmission cables and corresponding cryogenic systems to fulfil this demand. Here we report a targeted modelling study into the ac losses in a HTS CC subject to dc and ac ripple currents simultaneously, by solving Maxwell’s equations using the finite element method (FEM) in the commercial software package COMSOL. It is observed that the instantaneous loss exhibits only one peak per cycle in the HTS CC subject to sinusoidal ripples, given that the amplitude of the ac ripples is smaller than approximately 20% of that of the dc current. This is a distinct contrast to the usual observation of two peaks per cycle in a HTS CC subject to ac currents only. The unique mechanism is also revealed, which is directly associated with the finding that, around any local minima of the applied ac ripples, the critical state of -J c is never reached at the edges of the HTS CC, as it should be according to the Bean model. When running further into the longer term, it is discovered that the ac ripple loss of the HTS CC in full-wave rectification decays monotonically, at a speed which is found to be insensitive to the frequency of the applied ripples within our targeted situations, to a relatively low level of approximately 1.38 × 10-4 W m-1 in around 1.7 s. Comparison between this level and other typical loss contributions in a HTS dc cable implies that ac ripple currents in HTS CCs should only be considered as a minor source of dissipation in superconducting dc

  3. Development of Low AC Loss TFA-MOD Coated Conductors

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    Katayama, K.; Machi, T.; Nakamura, T.; Takagi, Y.; Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    TFA-MOD process is expected to be promising for future applications since it can produce high performance YBCO coated conductors (CCs) with low cost. Applying YBCO CCs to the power electric devices such as transformers and power cables, the reduction of alternating current (AC) loss for long wire is necessary. Multi-filamentation process, which is one of the most effective approaches for AC loss reduction, has been developed by the scribing process. We have developed the filamentation process using chemical etching. MOD derived CCs are, however, easily damaged in the chemical etching process due to existence of pores in a YBCO layer, resulting in critical current (Ic)-degradation and weak delamination strength. Consequently, it is difficult to scribe MOD derived CCs into 1mm-wide filaments for long length using the chemical etching process. Accordingly, we have studied a scribing process using an excimer laser without chemical etching. We defined P' value in this study as a function of irradiated laser power [J] divided by processing speed[m/s]. We studied relationship between the P' value and the results of scribing. It was found that we could scribe the C.C. with a sufficient depth in the condition of large P' value. Furthermore, we found that the Ic was degraded with further increase of the P' value. A 5 mm wide short sample was divided into 10 filaments by the excimer laser scribing process at the P' of 9[J/(m/s)]. The sample revealed reduction of the hysteresis loss down to 1/10 which could be expected from a theoretical prediction using the numbers of the filaments. Ic-degradation was suppressed as 28%, which was smaller than that of the scribed sample using chemical etching (Ic degradation was 38%). Subsequently, we applied the technique to a 100m long YBCO CC. The hysteresis loss of the 100m long MOD derived CC was reduced down to 1/10 (1/the number of filaments) after the multi-filamentation.

  4. High-rate fabrication of YBCO coated conductors using TFA-MOD method

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    Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Usui, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    The YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) coated conductors derived from metal-organic deposition (MOD) method using the metal salts of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) have been developed with high critical current property. The long-length YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by multi-turn reel-to-reel system. Increasing the thickness per single coating in the multi-turn reel-to-reel system is a cost-effective technique for fabrication of the precursor films in the calcination process. In this work, we have developed a new starting solution consisting of non-fluorine salts of yttrium 4-oxopentanoate and copper 2-ethylhexanoate with focusing on increasing the thickness per single coating for a high-rate fabrication of the YBCO coated conductors by the TFA-MOD method. The critical thickness per single coating of the film fabricated from the new starting solution was 0.54 μm/coat. High critical current of 377 A/cm-width with high critical current density (3.0 MA/cm2) was obtained in the YBCO film fabricated on CeO2 buffered LaMnO3/MgO/Gd2Zr2O-7/HastelloyTM substrates using the new starting solution at the thickness per single coating of 0.42 μm/coat.

  5. Simultaneously bending and tensile strain effect on critical current in YBCO coated conductors

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    YBCO coated conductors have been expected for the application to a coil for superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES). In the application to a superconducting coil, the coated conductors experience bending, uniaxial tensile strain and their combined strain. Therefore, the influence of simultaneous bending and tensile strain on critical current should be revealed. In this work, we developed the test method of critical current under such combined strain state. As a result, it was confirmed that compressive pre-bending can improve the stress tolerance of the YBCO coated conductors. On the other hand, compressive bending strain suppresses the initial critical current by the intrinsic strain effect. These results indicate that optimal bending radius should be selected in order to realize superior stress tolerance and high current capacity simultaneously

  6. Japanese efforts on coated conductor processing and its power applications: New 5 year project for materials and power applications of coated conductors (M-PACC)

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    Shiohara, Y.; Fujiwara, N.; Hayashi, H.; Nagaya, S.; Izumi, T.; Yoshizumi, M.

    2009-10-01

    Five years of Japanese national project (FY2003-FY2007) was ended last spring with remarkable success. The national project was originally aimed for development of coated conductors which have high superconductivity performance and long length enough to fabricate high temperature superconducting (HTS) electric power devices. Preliminary research and development of HTS electric power devices were carried out as well. A series of R&D results will be summarized and reviewed in this paper. The new 5 years Japanese national project has started last June (FY2008-FY2012) to develop HTS electric power applications including SMES, cables and transformers and to develop/produce coated conductors satisfying the requirements from the respective power devices. Collaborative R&D efforts by national laboratories, universities and private companies have been started with the supports of NEDO and METI. The accomplishment of the previous project will be summarized and the plans and goals of the new project will be presented in this paper.

  7. In-field critical current property of IBAD/PLD coated conductors

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    REBa2Cu3Oy, (RE : rare earth elements, RE123) coated conductors are expected to show high performance in superconducting applications, due to their high mechanical strength and high current density in magnetic fields. Fujikura has developed ion-beam-assisted-deposition (IBAD) and pulsed-laser-deposition (PLD) technique, and today we routinely manufacture coated conductors with length over 500 m and Ic over 500 A/cm-width at 77 K, self field. We have also been able to fabricate long conductors with higher Ic by thickening RE123 layer. Although Ic performances at 77 K, self field are important, but performances in magnetic fields at lower temperatures below 77 K are more important for coil applications. In this work, we evaluated coated conductors with thick RE123 layer in magnetic fields at low temperatures. All samples are fabricated with long length. We measured samples by four-probe transport method at wide temperature range from 77 K to 10 K by using cryo-cooled cryostat. A conductor with 5.5 μm thick RE123 exhibits high Ic values of 937 A/cm-width at 77 K, self field, 637 A/cm-width at 50 K, 5 T and 976 A/cm-width at 40 K, 5 T.

  8. Characterization and properties of an advanced composite substrate for YBCO-coated conductors

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    Gao, M.; Suo, H.; Zhao, Y.;

    2010-01-01

    Thin, biaxially textured Ni5W/Ni12W/Ni5W composite substrates for coated conductor applications have been fabricated. The particularity of this three-layer composite configuration resides in the elemental diffusion between the outer layer and the core layer. Due to the migration of elemental W, t...

  9. Fabrication of the Textured Ni-9.3at.%W Alloy Substrate for Coated Conductors

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    Gao, M. M.; Suo, H. L.; Grivel, Jean-Claude;

    2011-01-01

    It is difficult to obtain a sharp cube texture in the Ni-9.3at.% W substrate used for coated conductors due to its low stacking fault energy. In this paper, the traditional cold rolling procedure was optimized by introducing an intermediate recovery annealing. The deformation texture has been imp...

  10. Measurement of local critical currents in TFA-MOD processed coated conductors by use of scanning Hall-probe microscopy

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    We have investigated 2-dimensional distribution of critical current density. We have measured TFA-MOD processed YBCO coated conductor. We used scanning Hall-probe microscopy. These provided information is useful for fabrication process of coated conductor. We have carried out 2-dimensional (2D) measurement of local critical current in a Trifluoroacetates-Metal Organic Deposition (TFA-MOD) processed YBCO coated conductor using scanning Hall-probe microscopy. Recently, remarkable R and D accomplishments on the fabrication processes of coated conductors have been conducted extensively and reported. The TFA-MOD process has been expected as an attractive process to produce coated conductors with high performance at a low production cost due to a simple process using non-vacuum equipments. On the other hand, enhancement of critical currents and homogenization of the critical current distribution in the coated conductors are definitely very important for practical applications. According to our measurements, we can detect positions and spatial distribution of defects in the conductor. This kind of information will be very helpful for the improvement of the TFA-MOD process and for the design of the conductor intended for practical electric power device applications.

  11. AC loss reduction of TFA-MOD coated conductors in long length by laser scribing technique

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    Katayama, K.; Hirano, H.; Machi, T.; Takagi, Y.; Takahashi, Y.; Izumi, T.

    TFA-MOD process is expected to be promising for future applications since it can produce high performance YBCO coated conductors with low cost. Applying YBCO coated conductors to the power electric devices such as transformer, cable, motors, reduction of AC loss for long wire is necessary. Multifilamentation, which is one of the effective approaches for AC loss reduction, has been developed by the scribing process. YBCO coated conductors produced by our standard TFA-MOD process delaminated into two parts by the laser scribing. The delamination was clarified to occur within the superconducting layer caused by the defects such as pores in the superconducting layer. In order to reduce the defects in the superconducting layer, we modify the heat treatment profile performed on the decomposed precursor films by applying the interim annealing(550-600°C) before crystallization heat treatment(740-770°C). The interim annealed samples had much less and smaller pores than the standard processed ones. The peel strength measured by transverse tensile test was as high as the PLD derived coated conductors which was successfully scribed into five filaments resulting in 1/5 AC loss. A 50m long YBCO coated conductor with the characteristics of 398A/cmwidth was obtained and cut into 5 mm width, followed by the laser scribing process into five filaments. The multifilamentation process was successfully performed without delamination throughout the wire. The hysteresis loss was down to 1/N (N: number of filaments), as we aimed. The IC properties of the filaments were 29±4A, indicating the wire was uniformly fabricated.

  12. Hydrodynamically driven colloidal assembly in dip coating.

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    Colosqui, Carlos E; Morris, Jeffrey F; Stone, Howard A

    2013-05-01

    We study the hydrodynamics of dip coating from a suspension and report a mechanism for colloidal assembly and pattern formation on smooth substrates. Below a critical withdrawal speed where the coating film is thinner than the particle diameter, capillary forces induced by deformation of the free surface prevent the convective transport of single particles through the meniscus beneath the film. Capillary-induced forces are balanced by hydrodynamic drag only after a minimum number of particles assemble within the meniscus. The particle assembly can thus enter the thin film where it moves at nearly the withdrawal speed and rapidly separates from the next assembly. The interplay between hydrodynamic and capillary forces produces periodic and regular structures below a critical ratio Ca(2/3)/sqrt[Bo] particles in suspension. The hydrodynamically driven assembly documented here is consistent with stripe pattern formations observed experimentally in dip coating.

  13. HTS current lead units prepared by the TFA-MOD processed YBCO coated conductors

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    Two superconducting current lead units have been prepared using ten coated conductors of the Tri-Fluoro-Acetate - Metal Organic Deposition (TFA-MOD) processed Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors with critical current (Ic) of about 170 A at 77 K in self-field. The coated conductors are 5 mm in width, 190 mm in length and about 120 μm in overall thickness. The 1.5 μm thick superconducting YBCO layer was synthesized through the TFA-MOD process on HastelloyTM C-276 substrate tape with two buffer oxide layers of Gd2Zr2O7 and CeO2. The five YBCO coated conductors are attached on a 1 mm thick Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics (GFRP) board and soldered to Cu caps at the both ends. We prepared two 500 A-class current lead units. The DC transport current of 800 A was stably applied at 77 K without any voltage generation in all coated conductors. The voltage between both Cu caps linearly increased with increasing the applied current, and was about 350 μV at 500 A in both current lead units. According to the estimated values of the heat leakage from 77 K to 4.2 K, the heat leakage for the current lead unit was 46.5 mW. We successfully attained reduction of the heat leakage because of improvement of the transport current performance (Ic), a thinner Ag layer of YBCO coated conductor and usage of the GFRP board for reinforcement instead of a stainless steel board used in the previous study. The DC transport current of 1400 A was stably applied when the two current lead units were joined in parallel. The sum of the heat leakages from 77 K to 4.2 K for the combined the current lead units was 93 mW. In comparison with the conventional Cu current leads by gas-cooling, it could be noted that the heat leakage of the current lead is about one order of magnitude smaller than that of the Cu current lead.

  14. Self-assembled nanolaminate coatings (SV)

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    Fan, H.

    2012-03-01

    Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LM Aero) are collaborating to develop affordable, self-assembled, nanocomposite coatings and associated fabrication processes that will be tailored to Lockheed Martin product requirements. The purpose of this project is to develop a family of self-assembled coatings with properties tailored to specific performance requirements, such as antireflective (AR) optics, using Sandia-developed self-assembled techniques. The project met its objectives by development of a simple and economic self-assembly processes to fabricate multifunctional coatings. Specifically, materials, functionalization methods, and associated coating processes for single layer and multiple layers coatings have been developed to accomplish high reflective coatings, hydrophobic coatings, and anti-reflective coatings. Associated modeling and simulations have been developed to guide the coating designs for optimum optical performance. The accomplishments result in significant advantages of reduced costs, increased manufacturing freedom/producibility, improved logistics, and the incorporation of new technology solutions not possible with conventional technologies. These self-assembled coatings with tailored properties will significantly address LMC's needs and give LMC a significant competitive lead in new engineered materials. This work complements SNL's LDRD and BES programs aimed at developing multifunctional nanomaterials for microelectronics and optics as well as structure/property investigations of self-assembled nanomaterials. In addition, this project will provide SNL with new opportunities to develop and apply self-assembled nanocomposite optical coatings for use in the wavelength ranges of 3-5 and 8-12 micrometers, ranges of vital importance to military-based sensors and weapons. The SANC technologies will be applied to multiple programs within the LM Company including the F-35, F-22, ADP (Future Strike Bomber

  15. Design study of coated conductor direct drive wind turbine generator for small scale demonstration

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    Abrahamsen, Asger Bech; Jensen, Bogi Bech

    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the properties of a superconducting direct drive generator suitable for demonstration in a small scale 11 kW wind turbine. The engineering current density of the superconducting field windings is based on properties of coated conductors wound into coils holding of the order 6...... to realize such a generator with a peak flux density in the airgap of B0 = 1.5 T. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of the Guest Editors.......We have investigated the properties of a superconducting direct drive generator suitable for demonstration in a small scale 11 kW wind turbine. The engineering current density of the superconducting field windings is based on properties of coated conductors wound into coils holding of the order 68...

  16. Advanced development of TFA-MOD coated conductors

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    We describe the capabilities of a wide-web manufacturing process for 2G wire. We compare YBCO films prepared by single and double-coat processes. A single-coat process was developed for 1.2 um thick YBCO films. Properties of single-coat films are uniform through thickness. American Superconductor is manufacturing 2G wire for initial commercial applications. The 2G wire properties satisfy the requirements for these initial projects; however, improvements in the critical current, field performance and cost are required to address the broad range of potential commercial and military applications. In order to meet the anticipated the performance and cost requirements, AMSC's R and D effort is focused on two major areas: (1) higher critical current and (2) enhanced flux pinning. AMSC's current 2G production wire, designed around a 0.8 μm thick YBCO layer deposited by a Metal Organic Deposition (MOD) process, carries a critical current in the range of 200-300 A/cm-w (77 K, sf). Achieving higher critical current requires increasing the thickness of the YBCO layer. This paper describes recent progress at AMSC on increasing the critical current of MOD-YBCO films using processes compatible with low-cost, high-rate manufacturing.

  17. On-Line Texture Diagnostics for Coated Conductor Manufacture. Final Report

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    White, M. K.

    2002-12-30

    This Phase I project was undertaken to assess the feasibility of implementing a particular diagnostic method for characterizing the crystallographic texture of high temperature superconductor (HTS) coated conductors on-line during their reel-to-reel continuous manufacture. Key factors in this technique were the use of an area detector to greatly reduce scan time, an x-ray mirror to enhance incident beam brightness, and an automation scheme for diffractometer control, tape motion control, and calculation and output of texture characterizations.

  18. Measurement Of Transverse Jc Profiles Of Coated Conductors Using A Magnetic Knife Of Permanent Magnets

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    Hanisch, J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mueller, F M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ashworth, S P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Coulter, J Y [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Matias, Vlad [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    The transverse J{sub c} distribution in YBCO coated conductors was measured nondestructively with high resolution using a 'magnetic knife' made of permanent magnets. The method utilizes the strong depression of J{sub c} in applied magnetic fields. A narrow region of low (including zero) magnetic field, in a surrounding higher field, is moved transversely across the sample in order to reveal the critical-current density distribution. The net resolution of this device is approximately 65 {mu}m, and the J{sub c} resolution is better than 0.5%. A Fourier series inversion process was used to determine the transverse J{sub c} distribution in the sample. The J{sub c} profile was correlated with other sample properties of coated conductors prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Because of its straight-forward and inexpensive design, this J{sub c} imaging technique can be a powerful tool for quality control in coated-conductor production.

  19. Nickel-copper alloy tapes as textured substrates for YBCO coated conductors

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    NiCuCo alloy tape was studied as textured substrates for YBCO coated conductors application. The addition of a small amount of cobalt was pursued in order to enhance the microstructure of the NiCu alloy. The use of different thermal treatments during the recrystallization process permitted to obtain area densities of cube orientation as high as 95%. The substrate was thoroughly characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, EBSD and SEM analyses. Further, the mechanical properties and the magnetic behaviour of this substrate have been investigated and compared with those exhibited by Ni, NiW and NiCu tapes. The suitability of this alloy substrate for YBCO coated conductors has been tested through the deposition of a conventional CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer layer architecture using a Pd transient layer. Apart from passivating Ni-Cu-Co substrate, the use of a Pd transient layer produces a relevant texture sharpening in the out-of-plane orientation and the full width at half maximum of the ω-scan drops from about 90 of NiCuCo to 20 of Pd layer. This sharp texture is transferred to the YBCO film and the results indicate that NiCuCo alloy is a promising alternative substrate for the realization of YBCO coated conductors

  20. Nickel-copper alloy tapes as textured substrates for YBCO coated conductors

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    Vannozzi, A; Celentano, G; Angrisani, A; Augieri, A; Colantoni, I; Galluzzi, V; Mancini, A; Rufoloni, A [ENEA, Frascati Research Center, Via E. Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati (Rome) (Italy); Ciontea, L; Petrisor, T; Thalmaier, G [Techn. University of Cluj Napoca, Str. C. Daicoviciu 15, 3400 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Gambardella, U [INFN-LFN, Via E. Fermi 40, 00044 Frascati (Rome) (Italy)], E-mail: vannozzi@frascati.enea.it

    2008-02-15

    NiCuCo alloy tape was studied as textured substrates for YBCO coated conductors application. The addition of a small amount of cobalt was pursued in order to enhance the microstructure of the NiCu alloy. The use of different thermal treatments during the recrystallization process permitted to obtain area densities of cube orientation as high as 95%. The substrate was thoroughly characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, EBSD and SEM analyses. Further, the mechanical properties and the magnetic behaviour of this substrate have been investigated and compared with those exhibited by Ni, NiW and NiCu tapes. The suitability of this alloy substrate for YBCO coated conductors has been tested through the deposition of a conventional CeO{sub 2}/YSZ/CeO{sub 2} buffer layer architecture using a Pd transient layer. Apart from passivating Ni-Cu-Co substrate, the use of a Pd transient layer produces a relevant texture sharpening in the out-of-plane orientation and the full width at half maximum of the {omega}-scan drops from about 9{sup 0} of NiCuCo to 2{sup 0} of Pd layer. This sharp texture is transferred to the YBCO film and the results indicate that NiCuCo alloy is a promising alternative substrate for the realization of YBCO coated conductors.

  1. Numerical models for ac loss calculation in large-scale applications of HTS coated conductors

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    Quéval, Loïc; Zermeño, Víctor M. R.; Grilli, Francesco

    2016-02-01

    Numerical models are powerful tools to predict the electromagnetic behavior of superconductors. In recent years, a variety of models have been successfully developed to simulate high-temperature-superconducting (HTS) coated conductor tapes. While the models work well for the simulation of individual tapes or relatively small assemblies, their direct applicability to devices involving hundreds or thousands of tapes, e.g., coils used in electrical machines, is questionable. Indeed, the simulation time and memory requirement can quickly become prohibitive. In this paper, we develop and compare two different models for simulating realistic HTS devices composed of a large number of tapes: (1) the homogenized model simulates the coil using an equivalent anisotropic homogeneous bulk with specifically developed current constraints to account for the fact that each turn carries the same current; (2) the multi-scale model parallelizes and reduces the computational problem by simulating only several individual tapes at significant positions of the coil’s cross-section using appropriate boundary conditions to account for the field generated by the neighboring turns. Both methods are used to simulate a coil made of 2000 tapes, and compared against the widely used H-formulation finite-element model that includes all the tapes. Both approaches allow faster simulations of large number of HTS tapes by 1-3 orders of magnitudes, while maintaining good accuracy of the results. Both models can therefore be used to design and optimize large-scale HTS devices. This study provides key advancement with respect to previous versions of both models. The homogenized model is extended from simple stacks to large arrays of tapes. For the multi-scale model, the importance of the choice of the current distribution used to generate the background field is underlined; the error in ac loss estimation resulting from the most obvious choice of starting from a uniform current distribution is revealed.

  2. Method of reducing multipole content in a conductor assembly during manufacture

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    Meinke, Rainer

    2016-05-24

    A method for manufacture of a conductor assembly. The assembly is of the type which, when conducting current, generates a magnetic field or in which, in the presence of a changing magnetic field, a voltage is induced. In an example embodiment one or more first coil rows are formed. The assembly has multiple coil rows about an axis with outer coil rows formed about inner coil rows. A determination is made of deviations from specifications associated with the formed one or more first coil rows. One or more deviations correspond to a magnitude of a multipole field component which departs from a field specification. Based on the deviations, one or more wiring patterns are generated for one or more second coil rows to be formed about the one or more first coil rows. The one or more second coil rows are formed in the assembly. The magnitude of each multipole field component that departs from the field specification is offset.

  3. Field and temperature scaling of the critical current density in commercial REBCO coated conductors

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    Senatore, Carmine; Bonura, Marco; Kulich, Miloslav; Mondonico, Giorgio

    2016-01-01

    Scaling relations describing the electromagnetic behaviour of coated conductors (CCs) greatly simplify the design of REBCO-based devices. The performance of REBCO CCs is strongly influenced by fabrication route, conductor architecture and materials, and these parameters vary from one manufacturer to the others. In the present work we have examined the critical surface for the current density, Jc(T,B,θ ), of coated conductors from six different manufacturers: American Superconductor Co. (US), Bruker HTS GmbH (Germany), Fujikura Ltd. (Japan), SuNAM Co. Ltd. (Korea), SuperOx ZAO (Russia) and SuperPower Inc. (US). Electrical transport and magnetic measurements were performed at temperatures between 4.2 K and 77 K and in magnetic field up to 19 T. Experiments were conducted at three different orientations of the field with respect to the crystallographic c-axis of the REBCO layer, θ = 0deg , 45deg and 90deg , in order to probe the angular anisotropy of Jc. In spite of the large variability of CCs performance, ...

  4. Estimation of magnetic relaxation property for CVD processed YBCO-coated conductors

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    Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E.S. [Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan); Matsushita, T., E-mail: matusita@cse.kyutech.ac.j [Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan); Shikimachi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S. [Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., 20-1, Kitasekiyama, Ohdaka-cho, Midori-ku, Nagoya 459-8522 (Japan)

    2010-11-01

    Ion Beam Assist Deposition/Chemical Vapor Deposition(IBAD/CVD)-processed YBCO-coated conductors with high critical current density J{sub c} at high magnetic fields are expected to be applied to superconducting equipments such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES). For application to superconducting magnet in SMES one of the most important properties for superconductors is the relaxation property of superconducting current. In this paper, the relaxation property is investigated for IBAD/CVD-processed YBCO-coated conductors of the superconducting layer in the range of 0.18-0.90 {mu}m. This property can be quantitatively characterized by the apparent pinning potential, U{sub 0}*. It is found that U{sub 0}* takes a smaller value due to the two-dimensional pinning mechanism at high magnetic fields for conductor with thinner superconducting layer. Although U{sub 0}* decreases with increasing thickness at low magnetic fields at 20 K, it increases at high magnetic fields. The results are theoretically explained by the model of the flux creep and flow based on the dimensionality of flux pinning. Scaling analysis is examined for the dependence of U{sub 0}{sup *} on the magnetic field, temperature and the layer thickness.

  5. Estimation of magnetic relaxation property for CVD processed YBCO-coated conductors

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    Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Shikimachi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2010-11-01

    Ion Beam Assist Deposition/Chemical Vapor Deposition(IBAD/CVD)-processed YBCO-coated conductors with high critical current density Jc at high magnetic fields are expected to be applied to superconducting equipments such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES). For application to superconducting magnet in SMES one of the most important properties for superconductors is the relaxation property of superconducting current. In this paper, the relaxation property is investigated for IBAD/CVD-processed YBCO-coated conductors of the superconducting layer in the range of 0.18-0.90 μm. This property can be quantitatively characterized by the apparent pinning potential, U0∗. It is found that U0∗ takes a smaller value due to the two-dimensional pinning mechanism at high magnetic fields for conductor with thinner superconducting layer. Although U0∗ decreases with increasing thickness at low magnetic fields at 20 K, it increases at high magnetic fields. The results are theoretically explained by the model of the flux creep and flow based on the dimensionality of flux pinning. Scaling analysis is examined for the dependence of U0∗ on the magnetic field, temperature and the layer thickness.

  6. Design and test of current limiting modules using YBCO-coated conductors

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    Schmidt, W; Kraemer, H-P [Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, Erlangen (Germany); Gamble, B; Madura, D; Otto, A; Romanosky, W, E-mail: wolfgang.schmidt@siemens.co [American Superconductor Corporation, Devens, MA (United States)

    2010-01-15

    Within the cooperation between American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) and Siemens Corporate Technology we have investigated the fault current limiting performance of YBCO-coated conductors (also called second-generation or 2G HTS wires) stabilized with stainless steel laminates. Design rules for the length and width of the wire depending on utility grid requirements have been established. Bifilar coils have been manufactured and tested with a typical limitation period of 50 ms under stepwise increasing voltage loads to determine the maximum temperature the wires can withstand without degradation. Coils have been assembled into limiter modules demonstrating uniform tripping of the individual coils and recovery within seconds. At present this cooperation is proceeding within a joint project funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) that encompasses the design, construction and testing of a 115 kV FCL for power transmission within a time frame of 4-5 years, and additional partners. Besides AMSC and Siemens, Nexans contributes the high voltage terminations and Los Alamos National Lab investigates the ac losses. Installation and testing are planned for a Southern California Edison substation. The module planned for the transmission voltage application consists of 63 horizontally arranged coils connected in parallel and series to account for a rated current of 1.2 kA{sub rms} and voltage of 31 kV{sub rms} plus margins. The rated voltage of the module is considerably lower than the line to ground voltage in the 115 kV grid owing to our shunted limiter concept. The shunt reactor connected in parallel to the module outside the cryostat allows for adjustment of the limited current and reduces voltage drop across the module in case of a fault. The fault current reduction ratio is 42% for our present design. A subscale module comprising six full-size coils has been assembled and tested recently to validate the coil performance and coil winding technique. The module had a

  7. Two level undercut-profile substrate for filamentary YBa2Cu3O7 coated conductors

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    Wulff, Anders Christian; Solovyov, M.; Gömöry, Fedor;

    2015-01-01

    A novel substrate design is presented for scalable industrial production of filamentary coated conductors (CCs). The new substrate, called ‘two level undercut-profile substrate (2LUPS)’, has two levels of plateaus connected by walls with an undercut profile. The undercuts are made to produce...... a shading effect during subsequent deposition of layers, thereby creating gaps in the superconducting layer deposited on the curved walls between the two levels. It is demonstrated that such 2LUPS-based CCs can be produced in a large-scale production system using standard deposition processes......, with no additional post-processing. Inspection of the conductor cross-section reveals that the deposited superconducting layer is physically separated at the 2LUPS undercuts. Filament decoupling is also seen in maps of the remanent magnetic field and confirmed by transport measurements....

  8. Significant reduction of AC losses in YBCO patterned coated conductors with transposed filaments

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    Abraimov, Dmytro; Gurevich, Alex; Polyanskii, Anatolii; Cai, X Y; Xu, Aixia; Larbalestier, David [Applied Superconductivity Center at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (United States); Pamidi, Sastry [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (United States); Thieme, C L H [American Superconductor Corporation, Devens, MA (United States)

    2008-08-15

    We report on a first implementation of a design which provides a significant reduction of AC losses in YB{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) coated conductors (CCs) without mechanical twisting. The conductor is composed of two diffusively bonded silver clad commercial CCs with zigzag patterned filaments partially separated by a dielectric layer. We produced three fully bonded samples with 500 {mu}m wide filaments using three-stage photolithography and wet chemical etching. A tenfold reduction of AC losses at frequencies between 20 and 400 Hz was observed, while transport measurements and magneto-optical imaging showed no degradation of T{sub c} and a low contact resistance of {approx_equal}10{sup -8} {omega}cm{sup 2} between Ag and YB{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}. (rapid communication)

  9. A Two-Level Undercut-Profile Substrate for Chemical-Solution-Based Filamentary Coated Conductors

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    Wulff, Anders Christian; Lundeman, Jesper H.; Hansen, Jørn B.;

    2016-01-01

    . In the present study, the 2LUPS concept is applied to a commercial cube-textured Ni-5at.% W tape, and the surface of the 2LUPS coated with two Gd2Zr2O7 buffer layers using chemical solution deposition is examined. Except for narrow regions near the edge of upper plateaus, the plateaus are found to be covered......A recently developed two-level undercut-profile substrate (2LUPS), containing two levels of plateaus connected by a curved wall with an undercut profile, enables self-forming filaments in a coated conductor during physical line-of-sight deposition of buffer and superconducting layers...... by strongly textured Gd2Zr2O7 buffer layers after dip coating and sintering....

  10. Influence of the low oxygen partial pressures on thick YBCO coated conductor by sol-gel process

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    The effects of annealing under varying oxygen partial pressures on the formation of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) superconducting thick films by sol-gel process were investigated. Superconducting thick films of YBCO were prepared on nickel tapes buffered with yttrium stabilized zirconia layers by continuous sol-gel dip coating method. Annealing of YBCO coated conductor was performed under varying low oxygen partial pressures. SEM, EDS, and XRD analyses were used to characterize the YBCO coated conductor. The thick films produced in this manner were dense and free of cracks. It was found that the oxygen partial pressure affects the texture formation of YBCO thick film

  11. Design of a Cosine-theta Dipole Magnet Wound with Coated Conductors Considering their Deformation at Coil ends During Winding Process

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    Amemiya, Naoyuki; Miyahara, Hidetoshi; Ogitsu, Toru; Kurusu, Tsutomu

    By using differential geometry, we modeled the three-dimensional shapes of the coil ends of cosine-theta magnets while considering local edge-wise bend, local flat-wise bend, and torsion of coated conductors. We focus on the feasibility of winding coil ends against the stress caused by bending. We discussed the feasibility of winding based on two assumptions to form coil ends: all turns of coated conductors are free from edge-wise bend; faces of all turns of coated conductors are completely parallel. Using the first assumption, we designed a cosine-theta dipole magnet wound with coated conductors.

  12. Mixed Electronic and Ionic Conductor-Coated Cathode Material for High-Voltage Lithium Ion Battery.

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    Shim, Jae-Hyun; Han, Jung-Min; Lee, Joon-Hyung; Lee, Sanghun

    2016-05-18

    A lithium ionic conductor, Li1.3Al0.3Ti1.7(PO4)3 (LATP), is introduced as a coating material on the surface of Mg-doped LiCoO2 to improve electrochemical performances for high-voltage (4.5 V) lithium ion batteries. Structure, morphology, elemental distribution, and electrical properties of the materials are thoroughly characterized by SEM, TEM, EELS, EDS, and C-AFM. The coating layer is electrically conductive with the aid of Mg ions which are used as a dopant for the active materials; therefore, this mixed electronic ionic conductor strongly enhances the electrochemical performances of initial capacity, cycling property, and rate capability. The LATP coating layer also demonstrates very promising applicability for 4.4 V prismatic full cells with graphite anode, which correspond to the 4.5 V half-cells with lithium anode. The 2900 mA h full cells show 85% of capacity retention after 500 cycles and more than 60% after 700 cycles.

  13. Research on CeO2 cap layer for YBCO-coated conductor

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    Shi Dong-Qi; Ma Ping; Ko Rock-Kil; Kim Ho-Sup; Chung Jun-Ki; Song Kyu-Jeong; Park Chan

    2007-01-01

    Two groups of coated conductor samples with different thicknesses of CeO2 cap layers deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) under the same conditions have been studied. Of them, one group is of CeO2 films, which are deposited on stainless steel (SS) tapes coated by IBAD-YSZ (IBAD-YSZ/SS), and the other group is of CeO2/YSZ/Y2O3 multilayers, which are deposited on NiW substrates by PLD for the fabrication of YBCO-coated conductor through the RABiTS approach. YBCO film is then deposited on the tops of both types of buffer layers by PLD. The effects of the thickness of the CeO2 film on the texture of the CeO2 film and the critical current density (Jc) of the YBCO film are analysed. For the case of CeO2 film on IBAD-YSZ/SS, there appears a self-epitaxy effect with increasing thickness of the CeO2 film. For CeO2/YSZ/Y2O3/NiW, in which the buffer layers are deposited by PLD, there occurs no self-epitaxy effect, and the optimal thickness of CeO2 is about 50nm. The surface morphologies of the two groups of samples are examined by SEM.

  14. Fabrication of long Y123 coated conductor tape by advanced TFA-MOD process

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    Metal organic deposition (MOD) process of YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) using metal trifluoro acetate (TFA) precursors is thought to be promising since YBCO films with high Jc can be fabricated by this process inexpensively. However it is difficult to maintain high Jc throughout long tapes. We have improved Ic values and longitudinal Ic distribution for a long coated conductor tape by the advanced TFA-MOD method. It was clarified that a humid atmosphere degraded as-coated films. The Ba-poor composition precursor from the 1:2:3 cationic ratio improved Jc/Ic significantly. As a result, a 86 m long coated conductor was obtained with Ic values higher than 200 A/cm-w throughout the tape except for one small region. Almost of the tape has as high Ic as 300 A/cm-w and the end-to-end Ic x L value was 14 000 Am (Ic 250 A, L = 56 m)

  15. Fabrication of long REBCO coated conductors by PLD process in China

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    Li, Yijie; Liu, Linfei; Wu, Xiang

    2015-11-01

    In China, the First National Key Project on CC Program started in 2009, which was focused on developing hundred meter long class CC tapes based on PLD/RABiTS processes. In this project, SJTU mainly worked on all of functional layer deposition process development. Northwest Institute for Non-ferrous Metal Research worked on RABiTS tape fabrication. At the end of the project in 2011, SJTU successfully fabricated hundred meter long CC tapes with over 300 A/cm (at 77 K, self field) on RABiTS tapes. To develop high performance CC tapes by PLD/IBAD-MgO processes, a pilot CC fabrication line was set up at Shanghai Superconductor Technology Corporation, Ltd. in 2013. High quality long REBCO coated conductors have been successfully fabricated on flexible polycrystalline metal tapes by PLD plus magnetron sputter and IBAD processes. Under optimized conditions, the IBAD-MgO layers showed pure (0 0 1) orientation and excellent in-plane texture. The in-plane phi-scan rocking curve is 4-6 degrees. AFM observation showed MgO layer had very smooth surface. The RMS is less 1 nm. On the textured MgO layer, sputter deposited single cerium oxide cap-layer showed pure (0 0 1) orientation and excellent in-plane texture of 4-6 degree. Reel-to-reel PLD process with high deposition rate was already scaled up to 100 m/h tape speed. Hundred meters long coated conductor tapes with over 500 A/cm performance have been routinely fabricated. And now, the process optimization for kilometer long coated conductor tapes is underway.

  16. The direct evaluation of the internal strain of biaxially textured YBCO film in a coated conductor using synchrotron radiation

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    Sugano, Michinaka [Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyo-todaigaku-Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510 (Japan); Machiya, Shutaro [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Daido Institute of Technology, Takiharu, Minami-ku, Nagoya 457-8530 (Japan); Osamura, Kozo [Research Institute of Applied Science, Tanaka, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8202 (Japan); Adachi, Hiroki [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyoto University, Yoshida-honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Sato, Masugu [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Institute, Kouto, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Semerad, Robert; Prusseit, Werner [THEVA Duennschichttechnik GmbH, Rote-Kreuz-Strasse 8, 85737 Ismaning (Germany)], E-mail: sugano@kuee.kyoto-u.ac.jp

    2009-01-15

    The internal strain state of the superconducting film in a coated conductor should be clarified to understand the strain effect on the critical current (I{sub c}). We have developed an in situ strain measurement technique using synchrotron radiation for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) coated conductor, and the internal strain of the YBCO film was directly evaluated. YBCO powder obtained from the film in the coated conductor was used as a reference of the zero-strain state. Shifts of the Bragg peaks of the (020) plane of the YBCO film were measured under applied tensile strain, and the internal strain was calculated from the change in the interplanar spacing. The residual strain of the YBCO film in this coated conductor at room temperature (RT) was directly determined to be -0.061%. The fracture strain of the YBCO film was also evaluated from the relationship between the applied strain and the internal strain of YBCO. Surface observation of the coated conductor suggests that fracture initiates in the MgO buffer layer. The irreversible strain ({epsilon}{sub irr}) determined by I{sub c}-strain characteristics at 77 K was compared with the result from in situ strain measurement. The validity of our technique using synchrotron radiation is discussed.

  17. The direct evaluation of the internal strain of biaxially textured YBCO film in a coated conductor using synchrotron radiation

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    Sugano, Michinaka; Machiya, Shutaro; Osamura, Kozo; Adachi, Hiroki; Sato, Masugu; Semerad, Robert; Prusseit, Werner

    2009-01-01

    The internal strain state of the superconducting film in a coated conductor should be clarified to understand the strain effect on the critical current (Ic). We have developed an in situ strain measurement technique using synchrotron radiation for YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductor, and the internal strain of the YBCO film was directly evaluated. YBCO powder obtained from the film in the coated conductor was used as a reference of the zero-strain state. Shifts of the Bragg peaks of the (020) plane of the YBCO film were measured under applied tensile strain, and the internal strain was calculated from the change in the interplanar spacing. The residual strain of the YBCO film in this coated conductor at room temperature (RT) was directly determined to be -0.061%. The fracture strain of the YBCO film was also evaluated from the relationship between the applied strain and the internal strain of YBCO. Surface observation of the coated conductor suggests that fracture initiates in the MgO buffer layer. The irreversible strain (ɛirr) determined by Ic-strain characteristics at 77 K was compared with the result from in situ strain measurement. The validity of our technique using synchrotron radiation is discussed.

  18. High current density electropolishing in the preparation of highly smooth substrate tapes for coated conductors

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    Kreiskott, Sascha (Los Alamos, NM); Matias, Vladimir (Santa Fe, NM); Arendt, Paul N. (Los Alamos, NM); Foltyn, Stephen R. (Los Alamos, NM); Bronisz, Lawrence E. (Los Alamos, NM)

    2009-03-31

    A continuous process of forming a highly smooth surface on a metallic tape by passing a metallic tape having an initial roughness through an acid bath contained within a polishing section of an electropolishing unit over a pre-selected period of time, and, passing a mean surface current density of at least 0.18 amperes per square centimeter through the metallic tape during the period of time the metallic tape is in the acid bath whereby the roughness of the metallic tape is reduced. Such a highly smooth metallic tape can serve as a base substrate in subsequent formation of a superconductive coated conductor.

  19. Microstructure, texture and magnetic properties of Ni-Cu-W substrates for coated conductors

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    Wulff, Anders Christian; Mishin, Oleg; Andersen, Niels Hessel;

    2013-01-01

    concentrations of copper, increasing the Cu-content to 10 at% and 15 at% leads to increased frequencies of annealing twins in the cube-textured matrix. It is suggested that the (Ni 95W5)100-xCux alloy with x=5 at% Cu may be a good candidate material for using as a substrate for coated conductors. © 2012 Elsevier...... and in a reduction of the saturation magnetization without significant modification of the microstructure and the texture. This additionally alloyed material is only slightly softer than the Ni-5 at% W substrate. Although the Curie temperature and saturation magnetization decrease in the samples with higher...

  20. Influence of superconductor film composition on adhesion strength of coated conductors

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    Kesgin, Ibrahim; Khatri, Narayan; Liu, Yuhao; Delgado, Louis; Galstyan, Eduard; Selvamanickam, Venkat

    2015-11-20

    The effect of high temperature superconductor (HTS) film composition on the adhesion strength of rare- earth barium copper oxide coated conductors (CCs) has been studied. It has been found that the mechanical integrity of the superconductor layer is very susceptible to the defects especially those along the ab plane, probably due to the weak interfaces between the defects and the matrix. Gd and Y in the standard composition were substituted with Sm and the number of in-plane defects was drastically reduced. Consequently, a four-fold increase in adhesion or peeling strength in Sm-based CCs was achieved compared to the standard GdYBCO samples.

  1. Growth of graphene on cylindrical copper conductors as an anticorrosion coating: a microscopic study

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    Datta, A. J.; Gupta, B.; Shafiei, M.; Taylor, R.; Motta, N.

    2016-07-01

    We have successfully grown graphene film on the surface of cylindrical copper conductors by chemical vapour deposition. The quality and number of graphene layers have been investigated using Raman spectroscopy, Raman mapping and scanning electron microscopy, as a function of methane gas flow rate and of growth temperature. Transmission electron microscopy analysis has been performed to verify the number of graphene layers, confirming the results obtained by Raman spectroscopy. The results open up the possibility of using graphene as an anticorrosion coating for copper cables and earth grids.

  2. Development of cube textured Ni-W alloy substrates used for coated conductors

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    Suo, Hongli; Ma, Lin; Gao, Mangmang;

    2014-01-01

    It is considered as a challenge for RABiTS route to get cube textured Ni-W alloy substrates with high mechanical and magnetic properties for coated conductors. The works of our group in recent years are summarized about different Ni-W substrates with high W content and composite tapes made by RABi......TS technique. The fabrication process and the mechanism of cube texture formation in above different tapes are studied systematically. Compared with commercial Ni-5 at.%W substrate, these alloy substrates show a comparable texture quality and improved mechanical properties as well as reduced or zero...... magnetization especially in the novel composite substrates....

  3. Strain-controlled critical temperature in REBa2Cu3Oy-coated conductors

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    Awaji, Satoshi; Suzuki, Takumi; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2015-01-01

    Recently, we succeeded in detwinning REBa2Cu3O7 (RE123, RE = rare-earth elements)-coated conductors by annealing under an external uniaxial strain. Using the untwinned RE123 tapes, the uniaxial-strain dependencies of the critical temperature T c along the a and b crystal axes were investigated over a wide strain region from compression to tension. We found that the strain dependencies of T c for the a and b axes obey a power law but exhibit opposite slopes. In particular, the maximum value of...

  4. Improvement of Film Thickness Uniformity in TFA-MOD Coated Conductors

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    Katayama, K.; Nakahata, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    TFA-MOD process is expected to be promising for future applications since it can produce high performance YBCO coated conductors with low cost. The dip-coating is adopted as the coating process because of its simplicity and controllability of the overall film thickness. Dip-coated films have uniform thickness along longitudinal direction, but not necessary in transverse direction. In the case of thicker films, the more cracks form during processing at the thicker region near the edges generate and propagate mainly due to tensile and bending strain. So we have to suppress the thickness distribution in transverse direction for thicker films for high IC values. In this study, we found that the thickness distribution was firstly given by meniscus shape and then the solution flew down till it's dried. The solution in the center region drops more since it is slowly dried compared with the edge region. Then, we developed a drying process, which accelerates the drying by blowing hot gas to prevent the coated solutions from dropping. As a result, the thickness uniformity was improved; the thickness ratio of the thick region (edge) to the flat one (center) was improved from 1.35 to 1.07. Furthermore, we successfully produced ~1.5 μm thick films with high critical current density values (> 2MA/cm2) by the new coating process including the force drying step.

  5. Thermal stability of YBCO coated conductor with different Cu stabilizer thickness

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    Bae, J. H.; Park, H. Y.; Eom, B. Y.; Seong, K. C.; Baik, S. K.

    2010-11-01

    The studies on the conduction-cooled superconducting magnets are actively underway with rapid advancement in refrigeration technology recently. YBCO coated conductor (CC) is one of the promising conductors for a conduction-cooled superconducting magnet because of increasing the operation temperature of magnets and being able to have cost collectiveness with conventional copper conductor in the future. However, it is known that quench propagation velocity in high-temperature superconductor (HTS) is two or three orders of magnitude slower than that in low-temperature superconductor because of its large heat capacity and the high operating temperature. The hot spot will emerge in local region if a critical current is non-uniform along the length of HTS tape and eventually, it causes permanent destroy for the whole HTS tape. Based on the protection of YBCO CC, it is necessary to determine a suitable stabilizer thickness for YBCO CC so that the temperature of hot spot in local area does not exceed the permissible temperature. In this study, we have established a suitable thermal analysis model, and analyzed minimum quench energy and thermal properties for three kinds of YBCO CC samples with different stabilizer thickness, which are fabricated by Superpower Incorporated, using finite element method.

  6. How filaments can reduce AC losses in HTS coated conductors: a review

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    Grilli, Francesco; Kario, Anna

    2016-08-01

    Second-generation high-temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes, known also as coated conductors, are very promising tapes for HTS applications, in virtue of their extremely high critical current density, in-field behavior, and mechanical strength. Yet, the extremely large (typically in the range 1000-10 000) width-to-thickness ratio of the superconducting material makes them prone to high power dissipation in the presence of time-varying magnetic fields perpendicular to their flat face—a condition frequently met in several applications. Since the dissipation is directly proportional to the square of the superconductor's width, an obvious way of reducing it is by striating the superconductor into narrow filaments (stripes): in that case, provided that the filaments are electromagnetically uncoupled, the losses are reduced by a factor equal to the number of filaments. In the past two decades, many researchers from groups around the world have tried to apply this idea to practical conductors using different techniques. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of such efforts, focusing on the different approaches to make filamentized conductors, on the effectiveness of the AC loss reduction, and on the applicability of those techniques to long lengths.

  7. Coated conductors

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    Arendt, Paul N.; Foltyn, Stephen R.; Stan, Liliana; Usov, Igor O.; Wang, Haiyan

    2010-06-15

    Articles are provided including a base substrate having a layer of an IBAD oriented material thereon, and, a layer of barium-containing material selected from the group consisting of barium zirconate, barium hafnate, barium titanate, barium strontium titanate, barium dysprosium zirconate, barium neodymium zirconate and barium samarium zirconate, or a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the layer of an IBAD oriented material. Such articles can further include thin films of high temperature superconductive oxides such as YBCO upon the layer of barium-containing material selected from the group consisting of barium zirconate, barium hafnate, barium titanate, barium strontium titanate, barium dysprosium zirconate, barium neodymium zirconate and barium samarium zirconate, or a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates.

  8. Effect of Polymer Inclusion in Preparation of Thick LZO Buffer Layers for YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Vyshnavi Narayanan; Isabel Van Driessche

    2013-01-01

    In this work,water-based precursor solutions suitable for dip-coating of thick La2Zr2O7 (LZO) buffer layers for coated conductors on Ni-5%W substrates with an inclusion of polymeric polyvinyl pyrrolidone were developed.The effect of varying percentage of the polymer addition on the preparation of the deposited films with maximum crack-free thickness was investigated.This novel water-based chemical solution deposition method involving polymers in two different chelate-chemistry compositions revealed the possibility to grow single,crack-free layers with thicknesses ranging from 140 to 280 nm,with good crystallinity and epitaxial growth.The effect of increasing polymer concentrations on the morphology and the structure of the films was studied.The appropriate buffer layer action of the films in preventing Ni diffusion was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  9. YBCO coated conductors prepared by chemical solution deposition: A TEM study

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    Recently large attention has been devoted to chemical solution deposition (CSD) as a promising method for fabricating low-cost YBCO coated conductors. We present an extensive transmission electron microscopy (TEM) cross-section analysis of CSD grown La2Zr2O7 (LZO) buffer layers on flexible Ni-5at%W substrates. The high performance of these chemical solution derived buffer layers was confirmed by a YBCO critical current density Jc of 0.84 MA/cm2 achieved for a coated conductor sample with a layer sequence Ni-5at%W/LZO (CSD)/CeO2 (CSD)/YBCO, where the YBCO film was deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). TEM sample preparation was carried out by conventional mechanical polishing and ion milling techniques. TEM bright-field images of the LZO films and nickel substrates were acquired under two-beam conditions. The layer thicknesses and nanovoid size were determined for the LZO buffer layers. Moreover, the interfaces between the different layers were investigated and identified. Electron diffraction patterns were obtained in order to determine the microscopic texture of the samples. Despite the presence of nanovoids in the LZO buffer layers, they act as efficient Ni diffusion barriers

  10. Superconducting layer thickness dependence of magnetic relaxation property in CVD processed YGdBCO coated conductors

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    Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Shikimachi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2011-11-01

    One of the most important properties of coated conductors for Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) is the relaxation property of persistent superconducting current. This property can be quantitatively characterized by the apparent pinning potential U0∗. In this paper, the dependence of U0∗ on the thickness of superconducting layer d is investigated in the range of 0.33-1.43 μm at the temperature range of 20-30 K and in magnetic fields up to 6.5 T for Y 0.7Gd 0.3Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ coated conductors. It was found that the value of critical current density did not appreciably depend on d at 20 K. This indicates that no structural deterioration of superconducting layer occurs during the process of increasing thickness. U0∗ increases and then tends to decrease with an increasing magnetic field. The magnetic field at which U0∗ starts to decrease increases with increasing thickness. This property was analyzed using the flux creep-flow model. Application of scaling law is examined for the dependence of U0∗ on magnetic field and temperature. It was found that the dependence could be expressed using scaling parameters B,U0 peak∗ in the temperature range 20-30 K.

  11. Superconducting layer thickness dependence of magnetic relaxation property in CVD processed YGdBCO coated conductors

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    Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E.S. [Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan); Matsushita, T., E-mail: matusita@cse.kyutech.ac.jp [Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan); Shikimachi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S. [Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., 20-1, Kitasekiyama, Ohdaka-cho, Midori-ku, Nagoya 459-8522 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    One of the most important properties of coated conductors for Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) is the relaxation property of persistent superconducting current. This property can be quantitatively characterized by the apparent pinning potential U{sub 0}{sup *}. In this paper, the dependence of U{sub 0}{sup *} on the thickness of superconducting layer d is investigated in the range of 0.33-1.43 {mu}m at the temperature range of 20-30 K and in magnetic fields up to 6.5 T for Y{sub 0.7}Gd{sub 0.3}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} coated conductors. It was found that the value of critical current density did not appreciably depend on d at 20 K. This indicates that no structural deterioration of superconducting layer occurs during the process of increasing thickness. U{sub 0}{sup *} increases and then tends to decrease with an increasing magnetic field. The magnetic field at which U{sub 0}* starts to decrease increases with increasing thickness. This property was analyzed using the flux creep-flow model. Application of scaling law is examined for the dependence of U{sub 0}{sup *} on magnetic field and temperature. It was found that the dependence could be expressed using scaling parameters (B{sub peak},U{sub 0peak}{sup *}) in the temperature range 20-30 K.

  12. Copper and CuNi alloys substrates for HTS coated conductor applications protected from oxidation

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    Segarra, M.; Diaz, J.; Xuriguera, H.; Chimenos, J.M.; Espiell, F. [Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy, Univ. of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Miralles, L. [Lab. d' Investigacio en Formacions Geologiques. Dept. of Petrology, Geochemistry and Geological Prospecting, Univ. of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Pinol, S. [Inst. de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Spain)

    2003-07-01

    Copper is an interesting substrate for HTS coated conductors for its low cost compared to other metallic substrates, and for its low resistivity. Nevertheless, mechanical properties and resistance to oxidation should be improved in order to use it as substrate for YBCO deposition by non-vacuum techniques. Therefore, different cube textured CuNi tapes were prepared by RABIT as possible substrates for deposition of high critical current density YBCO films. Under the optimised conditions of deformation and annealing, all the studied CuNi alloys (2%, 5%, and 10% Ni) presented (100) left angle 001 right angle cube texture which is compatible for YBCO deposition. Textured CuNi alloys present higher tensile strength than pure copper. Oxidation resistance of CuNi tapes under different oxygen atmospheres was also studied by thermogravimetric analysis and compared to pure copper tapes. Although the presence of nickel improves mechanical properties of annealed copper, it does not improve its oxidation resistance. However, when a chromium buffer layer is electrodeposited on the tape, oxygen diffusion is slowed down. Chromium is, therefore, useful for protecting copper and CuNi alloys from oxidation although its recrystallisation texture, (110), is not suitable for coated conductors. (orig.)

  13. Epitaxial solution deposition of YBa2Cu3O7-6 coated conductors.

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    Overmyer, Donald L.; Clem, Paul Gilbert; Siegal, Michael P.; Holesinger, Terry A. (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM); Voigt, James A.; Richardson, Jacob J.; Dawley, Jeffrey Todd

    2004-11-01

    A variety of solution deposition routes have been reported for processing complex perovskite-based materials such as ferroelectric oxides and conductive electrode oxides, due to ease of incorporating multiple elements, control of chemical stoichiometry, and feasibility for large area deposition. Here, we report an extension of these methods toward long length, epitaxial film solution deposition routes to enable biaxially oriented YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO)-coated conductors for superconducting transmission wires. Recent results are presented detailing an all-solution deposition approach to YBCO-coated conductors with critical current densities J{sub c} (77 K) > 1 MA/cm{sup 2} on rolling-assisted, biaxially textured, (200)-oriented Ni-W alloy tapes. Solution-deposition methods such as this approach and those of other research groups appear to have promise to compete with vapor phase methods for superconductor electrical properties, with potential advantages for large area deposition and low cost/kA {center_dot} m of wire.

  14. Doubling of the Critical Current Density of 2G-YBCO Coated Conductors through proton irradiation

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    Welp, Ulrich; Jia, Ying; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Rupich, Marty; Fleshler, Steven; Kayani, Asfghar

    2013-03-01

    We report on magnetization and transport measurements of the critical current density of commercial 2G YBCO coated conductors before and after proton irradiation. The samples were irradiated along the c-axis with 4 MeV protons to a fluence of 1.5x1016 p/cm2. We find that at temperatures below 50 K, proton irradiation increases Jc by a factor of 2 in low fields and increases up to 2.5 in fields of 7 T. At 77 K, proton irradiation is less effective in enhancing the critical current. Doubling of Jc in fields of several Tesla and at temperatures below 50 K will be highly beneficial for applications of coated conductors in rotating machinery, generators and magnet coils. - Work supported by the US DoE-BES funded Energy Frontier Research Center (YJ), and by Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (UW, WKK), under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  15. Inhomogeneity effects in HTS coated conductors used as resistive FCLs in medium voltage grids

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    Colangelo, Daniele; Dutoit, Bertrand

    2012-09-01

    For resistive fault current limiters (RFCLs) based on high temperature superconducting coated conductors (HTS-CCs), inhomogeneity, in terms of critical current and geometrical imperfections such as stabilizer and substrate thicknesses, plays a very important role and it may limit the penetration of such devices into the electrical market. This paper presents an electrothermal model, developed in SimPowerSystem™, able to describe the transient response of HTS-CC candidates with different degrees of inhomogeneity, both in terms of critical current and of stabilizer thickness. Critical current inhomogeneity has been modeled with Gaussian distributions. The layer thicknesses used in the simulations have been chosen by fitting the temperature dependence of real tape resistances. Our approach considers relative inhomogeneity positions as well as thermal conduction along the HTS-CC length. The model is tuned using experimental measurements made on ReBaCuO coated conductors. A new dynamical thermal calibration of the model is proposed using finite element method calculations. Inhomegeneity effects with different possible faults (e.g. three phase and single phase short-circuit) are presented.

  16. Ni–Cu interdiffusion and its implication for ageing in Ni-coated Cu conductors

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    Wang, Zijing [School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Fang, Le; Cotton, Ian [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Freer, Robert, E-mail: Robert.Freer@manchester.ac.uk [School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Ni–Cu interdiffusion increased the effective resistivity of Ni-coated Cu wires. • Ni–Cu interdiffusion coefficients were determined to be typically 2.5 × 10{sup −17} m{sup 2} s{sup −1}. • Ni–Cu interdiffusion coefficients were dependent on the grain size. • A concentric circle model simulated the diffusion-controlled ageing behaviour. - Abstract: After heat treatment at 400 °C the effective resistivities of typical Ni-coated Cu conductor wires increased by up to 6.9% as a result of Ni–Cu interdiffusion. Direct Ni–Cu interdiffusion experiments were performed between metal foils at temperatures of 400–600 °C for times up to 192 h. Calculated activation energies were in range 80–90 kJ mol{sup −1}, consistent with a grain boundary diffusion mechanism. Analysis of published Ni–Cu interdiffusion coefficients suggested a clear dependence on grain size and grain shape. A concentric circle model was developed to simulate changes in composition and effective resistivity in the Ni–Cu wires as a function of time. It was predicted that it would take 1.4 × 10{sup 5} h at 400 °C for 10% increase in the effective resistivity of an AWG18-Class27 conductor wire. Good agreement between simulated and experimental data for effective resistivity was only achieved by employing effective diffusion coefficients corrected for microstructural effects.

  17. Reel-to-reel preparation of ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-MgO based coated conductors

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    We report on our efforts in developing and scaling-up the systems for IBAD-MgO based coated conductor fabrication. The overall fabrication process involves a number of different processes including: electropolishing of the substrates; barrier-layer, seed-layer, and IBAD-MgO deposition by e-beam evaporation; and pulsed laser deposition of buffer and YBCO layers. All processes are realized in reel-to-reel processing systems. Latest results have shown that the IBAD-MgO approach yields coated conductor performance comparable to the best results achieved elsewhere to date

  18. Reel-to-reel preparation of ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-MgO based coated conductors

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    Kreiskott, Sascha; Arendt, Paul N; Coulter, J Yates; Dowden, Paul C; Foltyn, Stephen R; Gibbons, Brady J; Matias, Vladimir; Sheehan, Chris J [Superconductivity Technology Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2004-05-01

    We report on our efforts in developing and scaling-up the systems for IBAD-MgO based coated conductor fabrication. The overall fabrication process involves a number of different processes including: electropolishing of the substrates; barrier-layer, seed-layer, and IBAD-MgO deposition by e-beam evaporation; and pulsed laser deposition of buffer and YBCO layers. All processes are realized in reel-to-reel processing systems. Latest results have shown that the IBAD-MgO approach yields coated conductor performance comparable to the best results achieved elsewhere to date.

  19. Coat proteins isolated from clathrin coated vesicles can assemble into coated pits

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    1989-01-01

    Isolated human fibroblast plasma membranes that were attached by their extracellular surface to a solid substratum contained numerous clathrin coated pits that could be removed with a high pH buffer (Moore, M.S., D.T. Mahaffey, F.M. Brodsky, and R.G.W. Anderson. 1987. Science [Wash. DC]. 236:558-563). When these membranes were incubated with coat proteins extracted from purified bovine coated vesicles, new coated pits formed that were indistinguishable from native coated pits. Assembly was de...

  20. Comparison of MgB2 and Coated Conductor Based 5 MW Superconducting Wind Turbine Generator

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    Abrahamsen, Asger Bech; Jensen, Bogi Bech

    2012-01-01

    generator can technically compete with a gear box drive train equivalent to the 5 MW NREL reference turbine [1]. However the price of the coated conductor results in a generator price exceeding the expected price of the entire turbine. MgB2 conductors can be seen as a low cost alternative to the coated...... conductors, but the operation temperature in range of T = 15-20 K and the engineering current density Je is smaller. We have found that a 16 pole synchronous generator with active diameter D = 4.2 m and length L = 1.5 m based on a MgB2 wire with Je = 70 A/mm2 in approximately 4 Tesla field would result...

  1. Processing for long YBCO coated conductors by TFA-MOD process

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    The metal organic deposition (MOD) process of YBa2Cu3O7-X (YBCO) using metal trifluoroacetate (TFA) precursors is considered to be a strong candidate as a low cost fabrication process in coated conductors since the TFA-MOD process is a non vacuum process and can provide high Jc films. In order to develop long tape conductors using this process, the influence of the gas flow direction in the heat treatment was investigated. The Jc value decreases toward to leeward side in the case of the parallel gas flow condition. On the other hand, in the case of the perpendicular gas flow condition. The Jc value reveals uniformity in all over the tape and the high Jc level is maintained. In the case of long tape production, it was found that the perpendicular gas flow to the tape length is effective to fabricate the uniform films. It could minimize the influence of consumption of H2O and generation of HF gas in the up-stream area to the leeward region. The Jc and Ic properties and these distribution of the YBCO tape fabricated by this method on CeO2/IBAD-Gd2Zr2O7/Hastelloy is presented. Furthermore, a large scale equipment for the continues long tape process was developed based on the above findings. Consequently we have fabricated a 1 m long Y123 tape conductor by a reel to reel system. Even in the first trial, the uniform reaction for the entire length was recognized

  2. Fabrication of a Textured Non-Magnetic Ni-12at.%V Alloy Substrate for Coated Conductors

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    Gao, M. M.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Suo, H. L.;

    2011-01-01

    Ni-12at.%V alloy is a promising candidate for non-magnetic cube textured metallic substrates used for high temperature coated conductors. In this work, a textured Ni-12at.%V substrate has been fabricated by powder metallurgy route. After cold rolling and recrystallization annealing, a cube texture...

  3. Study on CexLa1-xO2 Buffer Layer used in Coated Conductors by Chemical Solution Method

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    Zhao, Yue; Suo, Hongli; Grivel, Jean-Claude;

    2009-01-01

    Developing multi-functional single buffer layer is one of the most important challenges for simplification of coated conductors configuration. Ladoped CeO2 films were prepared by chemical solution method. And surface morphology and texture quality of the La-doped CeO2 films were investigated...

  4. Fabrication and growth mechanism of YBCO coated conductors by TFA-MOD process

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    In the development for the coated conductors, the trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) process using the multi-coating method was applied to form thicker YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO) films on the CeO2 buffered IBAD(Zr2Gd2O7)/Hastelloy tape. As a result, in the 5 times coated film with 1.38 μm in thickness, the Jc and Ic values achieved to be 1.5 MA/cm2 and 210 A, respectively. Then, we fabricated a 1 m long YBCO tape by the continuous reel-to-reel system. As a result, we confirmed the tape to be homogeneous by XRD analysis. Additionally, we report the theoretical analysis of YBCO growth during post-annealing in the TFA-MOD process considering both the diffusion in the gas boundary layer and the growth kinetics at the precursor/YBCO interface. This model reveals a basic idea of the growth mechanism to define the steady state growth rate, and could explain the experimental results. In addition, it predicts that the growth rate could be estimated from the partial pressure of the water vapor of the inlet gas

  5. Doubling the critical current density of high temperature superconducting coated conductors through proton irradiation

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    Jia, Y.; LeRoux, M.; Miller, D. J.; Wen, J. G.; Kwok, W. K.; Welp, U. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Rupich, M. W.; Li, X.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Malozemoff, A. P. [American Superconductor Corp., 64 Jackson Road, Devens, Massachusetts 01434 (United States); Kayani, A. [Department of Physics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5252 (United States); Ayala-Valenzuela, O.; Civale, L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS-K764, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)

    2013-09-16

    The in-field critical current of commercial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} coated conductors can be substantially enhanced by post-fabrication irradiation with 4 MeV protons. Irradiation to a fluence of 8 × 10{sup 16} p/cm{sup 2} induces a near doubling of the critical current in fields of 6 T || c at a temperature of 27 K, a field and temperature range of interest for applications, such as rotating machinery. A mixed pinning landscape of preexisting precipitates and twin boundaries and small, finely dispersed irradiation induced defects may account for the improved vortex pinning in high magnetic fields. Our data indicate that there is significant head-room for further enhancements.

  6. Measurement of AC losses in a racetrack superconducting coil made from YBCO coated conductor

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    Seiler, Eugen; Abrahamsen, Asger Bech; Kovac, Jan;

    2012-01-01

    We present the results of transport measurements of AC losses in a racetrack shaped superconducting coil made from coated conductor tape. The outer dimensions of the coil are approximately 24 cm × 12 cm and it has 57 turns. The coil is impregnated with epoxy resin and fiberglass tape is used...... to insulate the individual turns and to improve the mechanical properties of the epoxy when exposed to thermal cycling. The coil is manufactured as a part of the field winding of a small synchronous generator; therefore stainless steel frames are installed on the inner and outer side of the winding...... to reinforce it. The AC loss is measured versus the transport current Ia with the coil immersed in liquid nitrogen. Measurements at frequencies 21 Hz, 36 Hz and 72 Hz are compared. The AC losses follow I2 a dependence at low current amplitudes and I3 a at high amplitudes. After cutting the inner steel frame...

  7. Influence of Hot Rolling on Cube Texture of Ni Substrate for Coated Conductor

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    2006-01-01

    Pure Ni and Ni alloy tapes with sharp cube texture and low-angle grain boundaries prepared by thennomechanical process were extensively used as substrates for coated conductor. The thermomechanical process usually includes hot forging and cold rolling. In this study, a hot-rolling process between hot forging and cold rolling was induced. The influence of hot rolling on the cube texture of pure Ni was discussed. Sharp cube texture on pure Ni was obtained by suitable hot rolling, cold rolling, and recrystallization treatment. This deformation texture of tape was studied using orientation distribution function (ODF). Orientation mapping, content of the cube texture, and grain boundary distribution were performed using an EBSD system mounted on LEO-1450 SEM. The results show that the substrates that are hot rolled have a sharp cube texture and low-angle grain boundaries.

  8. Mechanical and transport properties of IBAD/EDDC-SmBCO coated conductor tapes during fatigue loading

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    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Dedicatoria, Marlon J.

    2011-06-01

    In electrical devices like superconducting motor, generator and SMES, HTS coated conductor (CC) tapes will be subjected to alternating stress or strain during manufacturing and operation. The repeated loading will affect the mechanical integrity and eventually the electrical transport property of CC tapes. Therefore in such applications, electro-mechanical property of CC tapes should be evaluated. In this study, the endurance of an IBAD/EDDC-SmBCO CC tape under high-cycle fatigue loading has been evaluated. Applied maximum stress and fatigue life ( S-N) relation was obtained at 77 K. The mechanical properties and the critical current, I c, of the sample under fatigue loading were investigated at 77 K. Considering the practical operating environment, the effect of the stress ratio R, on the degradation behavior of I c under fatigue loading was also examined.

  9. Cost-effective electrodeposition of an oxide buffer for high-temperature superconductor coated conductors

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    It is demonstrated that electrodeposition is a promising cost-effective technique to grow oxide buffer on metallic tapes. The resultant layer of CeO2 shows the biaxial texture of FWHM = 5.5° as well as a smooth surface of RMS = 2.0 nm, and YBa2Cu3O7−δ coated conductor with such a buffer exhibits the critical current density of 1.85 MA cm−2 at 77 K. Of more interest is that the CeO2 film thickness reaches a high value of more than 200 nm without any cracks, while it is very hard to achieve a thickness of more than 70 nm in the conventional vapor deposition methods employed. (paper)

  10. Critical current density measurement of striated multifilament-coated conductors using a scanning Hall probe microscope

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    Li, Xiao-Fen; Kochat, Mehdi; Majkic, Goran; Selvamanickam, Venkat

    2016-08-01

    In this paper the authors succeeded in measuring the critical current density ({J}{{c}}) of multifilament-coated conductors (CCs) with thin filaments as low as 0.25 mm using the scanning hall probe microscope (SHPM) technique. A new iterative method of data analysis is developed to make the calculation of {J}{{c}} for thin filaments possible, even without a very small scan distance. The authors also discussed in detail the advantage and limitation of the iterative method using both simulation and experiment results. The results of the new method correspond well with the traditional fast Fourier transform method where this is still applicable. However, the new method is applicable for the filamentized CCs in much wider measurement conditions such as with thin filament and a large scan distance, thus overcoming the barrier for application of the SHPM technique on {J}{{c}} measurement of long filamentized CCs with narrow filaments.

  11. Study on Fabrication of Ni-5 at.%W Tapes for Coated Conductors from Cylinder Ingots

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    Ma, L.; Suo, H. L.; Yue, Zhao;

    2015-01-01

    observed that the fraction of cube texture within 10° from the ideal {001}〈100〉 orientation was ~98% and the fraction of LAGBs was ~90%. The as-obtained tapes have a strong cube texture also very close to the edge of the tape and they would therefore increase the fraction of applicable material while......, during heavy cold rolling, be characterized by a lower concentration of stress along the edges of the ingot. It can reduce fabrication costs and increase process efficiency. The fraction of cube texture on the surface of the finally recrystallized tapes was investigated using the EBSD technique. It was...... simplifying the heavy rolling process. Accordingly, it suggests that this fabrication method is a good choice to most small scale research laboratories for achieving long length Ni5W tapes for coated conductors with an easy way and a higher fraction of applicable material....

  12. Powder metallurgy for the fabrication of bi-axially textured Ni tapes for YBCO coated conductors

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    Bi-axially textured Ni tapes for YBCO coated conductors were fabricated by forming, sintering, cold rolling and heat treatment of Ni powder compacts. The powder metallurgy process consists of filling of fine Ni powders in a rubber mold, cold isostatical pressing in a water chamber and sintering of the powder compacts. The sintered compacts were cold-rolled and made into tapes with a thickness of 100 micron and then heat-treated at 1000 deg. C for various time periods for the development of the (2 0 0) texture. The (2 0 0) texture of Ni tape was successfully formed through the optimization of the recrystallization heat treatment condition for the cold rolled Ni tapes. The full width half maximum of the Ni tapes was 8-10 deg. and the atomic force microscopy surface roughness was 3-5 nm

  13. Future prospects of high T{sub c} superconductors-coated conductors and their applications

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    Shiohara, Yuh [International Superconductivity Technology Center, 10-13 Shinonome 1-Chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan); Yoshizumi, Masateru, E-mail: myoshizumi@istec.or.jp [International Superconductivity Technology Center, 10-13 Shinonome 1-Chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan); Takagi, Yuji; Izumi, Teruo [International Superconductivity Technology Center, 10-13 Shinonome 1-Chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: ► R and D results of M-PACC project and of rotating machinery are reviewed. ► Properties of coated conductors have been improved, meeting the market requirements. ► Future prospects of power applications and rotating machineries are discussed. -- Abstract: The research and development of high-temperature superconducting wires, especially yttrium-based coated conductors (CCs), and their energy applications have been expected to reduce CO{sub 2} emissions. This article reviews recent progress in this area, mainly focusing on the results obtained by national projects in Japan. The I{sub c} (critical current) × L (wire length) value of CCs has been improved to reach 466,752 A m (572 A/cm-W, 816 m), which exceeds that of Bi-system wires. CCs have also been improved in terms of in-field performance and AC loss reduction to meet market requirements. Power applications such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, power cables and transformers have been developed using CCs in the current project. Because of fundamental research on high-capacity power cables, a low AC loss of 0.8 W/m-ph at 3 kA and 73.7 K was achieved. System design and fundamental research were performed on a 2GJ-class SMES system and a 20 MVA-class transformer. Based on the technologies developed by the end of the current project (FY2012), the innovation process of those applications will reach the implementation stage, where the long-term reliability tests will be performed. The process is expected to reach the penetration and propagation stage around 2020.

  14. Pd layer on cube-textured substrates for MOD-TFA and PLD YBCO coated conductors

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    Pd films were deposited on rolling assisted biaxially textured substrate (RABiTS) Ni-5 at.% W in order to exploit the Pd effect of the texture sharpening with respect to that of the substrate, for the development of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors. The Pd sharpening effect was relevant in the out-of-plane direction where the reduction for the ω-scans' full width at half maximum (FWHM) ranged from 55 to 65%, depending on the substrate roughness. The obtained minimum values of the FWHM in the transverse rolling direction of the (002) Pd ω-scan and in the (111) Pd φ-scan were of about 2.50 and 50, respectively. The CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 (YSZ is Y2O3-stabilised ZrO2) heterostructure of the buffer layer was developed by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In order to transfer the sharp orientation of the Pd film, both the seed CeO2 layer and the YSZ layer were deposited at low temperatures (450 deg. C ), low enough to avoid Pd/Ni-W interdiffusion. The YBCO, films deposited by both PLD and metal-organic deposition (MOD) using metal trifluoroacetate acid (TFA), exhibited rolling direction (005) ω-scan and the (113) φ-scan FWHM values of about 2 deg. and 5 deg., respectively. In spite of the complete interdiffusion between Ni and Pd during the YBCO film deposition, the coated conductors exhibit good adherence, as well as a smooth and crack-free surface. A zero-resistance critical temperature (TC0) of 90.8 K for the MOD-TFA YBCO films and critical current-density (JC) up to 2.2 MA cm-2 at 77 K and self-field for PLD YBCO films have been obtained

  15. Temporal behaviour of multipole components of the magnetic field in a small dipole magnet wound with coated conductors

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    To study the influence of coated-conductor magnetization on the field quality of accelerator magnets, we made a small dipole magnet consisting of four racetrack coils wound with GdBCO coated conductors and measured its magnetic field in liquid nitrogen by using rotating pick-up coils. We focused on the dipole and sextupole components (coefficients) of the magnetic field, which vary with time owing to the decay of the magnetization of the coated conductors. About 50 min (3055 s) after the current was ramped up to 50 A, the dipole coefficient normalized by the design value of the dipole component, i.e., the value calculated with the designed coil shape and the uniform current distribution in the coated conductors, increased by 7.4 × 10−4, and the sextupole coefficient normalized by the design value of the dipole component increased by 1.8 × 10−4. The magnitudes of the dipole and sextupole components depended on the excitation history of the magnet. Electromagnetic field analyses were carried out to calculate the current distributions in coated conductors, considering their superconducting properties; the dipole and sextupole coefficients were then determined from the calculated current distributions. Although the analyses were based on the two-dimensional approximation of the cross-section of the magnet, the temporal behaviours as well as the hysteretic characteristics of the calculated dipole and sextupole coefficients agree qualitatively with those of the dipole and sextupole coefficients measured in the magnet. (paper)

  16. Progress in development of coated conductors by TFA-MOD processing

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    The recent progress in R and D of coated conductors by TFA-MOD process was reviewed. For the several targets, such as high superconducting performance, high production rate, long tape etc., the steady progresses could be recognized. The high Jc and Ic values of 3.6 MA/cm2 and 291 A were achieved by using a highly aligned CeO2 cap on an IBAD-GZO layer and optimizing the conditions in the multi-coating process, respectively. For improving the production rate, the calcination time was extremely reduced by the development of the new combination of the starting materials. As the improvement of the production rate, the process for achieving high growth rate was investigated by controlling the atmosphere conditions in the high temperature heat treatment. It was found that both high humid partial pressure and low total pressure conditions were both effective to improve the growth rate and the three times higher growth rate with maintaining high Jc than that in the conventional conditions was confirmed. Additionally, a 0.25 m long tape with uniform Ic values over 200 A and the end-to-end Ic value of 210 A was successfully fabricated with traveling in the furnace of the Reel-to-Reel system

  17. Progress towards all-chemical superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-coated conductors

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    Chemical solution deposition (CSD) has recently emerged as a very competitive technique for obtaining epitaxial films of high quality with controlled nanostructure. In particular, the all-CSD approach is considered to be one of the most promising approaches for cost-effective production of second-generation superconducting wires. The trifluoroacetate (TFA) route is a very versatile route for achieving epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) layers with high critical currents. In this work, recent advances towards improvement of the performance of several conductor architectures based on the YBCO TFA process will be presented. We show that new improved anhydrous TFA precursors allow a significant shortening of the pyrolysis time (∼1.5 h), and we have increased the total film thickness in a single deposition using polymeric additives. On the other hand, further understanding of the YBCO nucleation and growth process has allowed us to obtain a controlled microstructure and high critical currents (Jc∼4-5 MA cm-2 and Ic∼300 A cm-1 width at 77 K). The growth conditions (CSD) and post-processing conditions (sputtering and CSD) for the underlying oxide cap and buffer layers (CeO2, BaZrO3, SrTiO3, La2Zr2O7 (La,Sr)MnO3) and of self-organized nanostructures (CeO2, BaZrO3) deposited by CSD have been investigated to obtain high-quality interfaces in multilayered systems. Different single-crystal or metallic substrates (YSZ-IBAD (yttrium stabilized zirconia-ion beam assisted deposition) and Ni-RABiT (rolling assisted biaxial texturing)) have been investigated and long (∼10 m) CSD biaxially textured buffers (CeO2, La2Zr2O7) have been grown on Ni-RABiT substrates using a reel-to-reel system. High-performance TFA-YBCO-coated conductors have been obtained on vacuum-based buffer layers (Ic∼140 A cm-1 width) and on CSD buffer layers grown on IBAD YSZ-SS (stainless steel) substrates. Finally, we report on recent analysis of the magnetic granularity and vortex pinning properties of TFA

  18. Measurement of in-plane magnetic relaxation in RE-123 coated conductors by use of scanning Hall probe microscopy

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    Shiohara, K., E-mail: shiohara@super.ees.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Higashikawa, K.; Inoue, M.; Kiss, T. [Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Iijima, Y.; Saitoh, T. [Fujikura Ltd., Sakura Works 1440 Mutsuzaki, Sakura-shi, Chiba 285-8550 (Japan); Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T. [SRL-ISTEC, 10-13 Shinonome 1-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: ► We have investigated electric field criterion of in-plane critical current density. ► We could measure magnetic relaxation in a remanent state. ► The SHPM results show good agreement with the measurements by the 4-probe method. -- Abstract: We have investigated electric field criterion of in-plane critical current density in a coated conductor characterized by scanning Hall-probe microscopy (SHPM). From remanent field distribution and its relaxation measurements, we could obtain critical current distribution and induced electric field simultaneously by considering the Biot-Savart law and the Faraday’s law, respectively. These results lead us to evaluate a distribution of local critical current density and the corresponding criterion of electric field. As a result, it was found that the electric field criterion for the SHPM analysis was several orders lower than that used in the conventional 4-probe resistive method. However, the data point obtained by the SHPM shows good agreement with E–J curve analytically extended from the measurements by the 4-probe method. This means that we could characterize in-plane distribution of critical current density in a coated conductor at an electric field criterion quantitatively by this method in a nondestructive manner. These findings will be very important information since the uniformity of local critical current density in a coated conductor at extremely low electric fields is a key issue (1) especially for DC applications, (2) for quality control of coated conductors, and (3) for the standardization of the characterization of critical current among different methods.

  19. Detailed modelling of screening currents, their magnetic field and AC loss in coated conductor magnets containing up to 40000 turns

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    Pardo, Enric

    2016-01-01

    Screening currents caused by varying magnetic fields degrade the homogeneity and stability of the magnetic fields created by $RE$BCO coated conductor coils. They are responsible for the AC loss, which is also important for other power applications containing windings. Since real magnets contain coils exceeding 10000 turns, accurate modeling tools for this number of turns are necessary for magnet design. This article presents a fast numerical method to model coils with no loss of accuracy. We ...

  20. Visualization of non-uniform current flow in coated conductors by scanning Hall-probe magnetic microscopy

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    Abiru, K.; Honda, Y.; Inoue, M. [Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Kiss, T., E-mail: kiss@sc.kyushu-u.ac.j [Department of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Iijima, Y.; Kakimoto, K.; Saitoh, T. [Fujikura Ltd., Tokyo 135-8512 (Japan); Nakao, K.; Shiohara, Y. [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, ISTEC, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan)

    2009-10-15

    We have visualized non-uniform current flow in RE123 coated conductors by using a scanning Hall-probe magnetic microscopy (SHPM). Newly developed SHPM system allows us to measure two-dimensional magnetic field distribution with high spatial resolution in micro-meter scale. Corresponding current density distribution can be obtained from the magnetic field image by solving inverted Biot-Savart's law. One of the most important advantages of the present system is to visualize the current density distribution in practical high transport current and also in wide scanning area. For example, the system has current leads with large capacity up to 500 A, and the operating distance can be 15 cm by 15 cm with a micro-meter step distance. Using the SHPM system, we have successfully visualized current density distributions in the coated conductor, and clarified different kinds of non-uniform current flow. Those insights are very useful to identify local defects as well as non-uniform tape quality. These results indicate that the SHPM system is a powerful diagnostic tool not only to observe spatial inhomogeneities of transport property but also to understand their reason in practical coated conductors.

  1. Development of the IBAD MgO process for HTS coated conductors

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    Groves, J. R. (James R.); Arendt, P. N. (Paul N.); Foltyn, S. R. (Stephen R.); Jia, Quanxi; Holesinger, T. G. (Terry G.); Kung, H. (Harriett); DePaula, R. F. (Raymond Felix); Dowden, P. C. (Paul C.); Peterson, E. J. (Eric J.); Stan, L. (Liliana); Emmert, L. A. (Luke A.)

    2001-01-01

    We discuss our progress toward depositing IBAD MgO as a template for subsequent deposition of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) high temperature superconductors on metallic substrates. We have refined the process by improving substrate preparation and by using reflected high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) to monitor the growth of IBAD MgO films. Here we present results on our work to optimize the IBAD MgO process for continuous processing of meter lengths. High quality IBAD MgO has been deposited on moving metal tape for use in coated conductor fabrication. By incorporating optimized processing parameters, we have been able to deposit films on moving metallic substrates with in-plane mosaic spreads near 8{sup o}. The subsequent pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of 1.5 {micro}m thick YBCO films has resulted in superconducting transport critical current densities >1MA/cm{sup 2} (75K,SF) on small area samples.

  2. Fabricating Buffer Layers for YBa2Cu3Oy Coated Conductor by Surface Oxidation Epitaxy

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    Yang Jian; Liu Huizhou; Gu Hongwei; Qu Fei; Fan Hongyan

    2005-01-01

    NiO buffer layers were formed on a tape of Ni for making YBCO coated conductor by surface-oxidation epitaxy (SOE) process. Different oxidizing conditions such as temperature and duration were studied for Ni tapes. It is found that the texture of NiO could be affected directly by the orientation and surface of substrate. X-ray diffraction (XRD) 2-2θ scan, φ-scan, and pole figure were employed to characterize the in-plane alignment and cube texture. X-ray φ-scan shows that NiO film is formed on Ni tape with high cube texture and a typical value at the full width at half maximum (FWHM) is ≤7.5°. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the surface morphology of NiO films. No crack is found and the films appear dense. Such technique is simple and of low cost with perfect reproducibility, promising for developing long tapes.

  3. Delamination behaviour in differently copper laminated REBCO coated conductor tapes under transverse loading

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    Gorospe, Alking [Department of Mechanical Design Engineering, Andong National University, 1375 Kyungdong-Ro, Andong 760-749 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Engineering, Aurora State College of Technology, Baler Aurora 3200 (Philippines); Nisay, Arman [Department of Mechanical Design Engineering, Andong National University, 1375 Kyungdong-Ro, Andong 760-749 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Hyung-Seop, E-mail: hsshin@andong.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Design Engineering, Andong National University, 1375 Kyungdong-Ro, Andong 760-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • I{sub c} degradation behavior under transverse tension loading in different CC tape structure. • Weibull distribution analysis applied on delamination mechanism of CC tape. • Delamination mechanism on CC tapes depending on copper lamination type. • SEM and WDS mapping analysis of delamination sites under transverse loading. - Abstract: Laminated HTS coated conductor (CC) tapes having a unique multi-layer structure made them vulnerable when exposed to transverse loading. Electromechanical transport properties of these CC tapes can be affected by excessive transverse stresses. Due to the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) mismatch and incompatibility among constituent materials used in coil applications, delamination among layers occurs and causes critical current, I{sub c} degradation in the CC tapes. In this study, the delamination behaviors in copper (Cu) solder-laminated CC tapes by soldering and surround Cu-stabilized ones by electroplating under transverse tension loading were investigated. Similarly to the surround Cu-stabilized CC tapes in our previous reports, the Cu solder-laminated CC tapes also showed an abrupt and gradual I{sub c} degradation behavior. However, the Cu solder-laminated CC tapes showed different delamination morphologies as compared to the surround Cu-stabilized CC tapes; the superconducting side and the substrate side of the Cu solder laminated CC tapes were totally separated by delamination. On the other hand, the brass laminate did not show any significant effect on the delamination strength when it is added upon the surround Cu-stabilized CC tapes.

  4. Phase equilibria of Ba-R-Cu-O for coated conductor applications (R lanthanides and Y)

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Cook, L.P.; Levin, I.; Suh, J.; Feenstra, R.; Haugan, T.; Barnes, P

    2004-08-01

    Phase diagrams of the Ba{sub 2}RCu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x}(R = Nd, Sm, Gd, Y, and Er) superconductors, prepared under 100 Pa O{sub 2} at 810 deg. C, reflect the trend of the lanthanide contraction. The single-phase regions of Ba{sub 2-x}(Nd{sub 1+x-y}R{sup '}{sub y})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+z} for R{sup '} = Gd, Y and Yb, and of Ba{sub 2-x}(R{sub 1+x-y}Y{sub y})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+z} for R = Eu and Gd were determined. Using these data, both flux-pinning and melting properties can be tailored and optimized. The presence of a low temperature melt during formation of the Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} phase from barium fluoride amorphous precursor films is deemed important for producing quality tapes, and hence for rapid advancement of second-generation RABiTS/IBAD coated conductor technology. Our search for low melting liquid has focused on compositional vectors within the Ba, Y, Cu-O, F reciprocal system.

  5. Modeling of screening currents in coated conductor magnets containing up to 40000 turns

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    Pardo, E.

    2016-08-01

    Screening currents caused by varying magnetic fields degrade the homogeneity and stability of the magnetic fields created by REBCO coated conductor coils. They are responsible for the AC loss; which is also important for other power applications containing windings, such as transformers, motors and generators. Since real magnets contain coils exceeding 10000 turns, accurate modeling tools for this number of turns or above are necessary for magnet design. This article presents a fast numerical method to model coils with no loss of accuracy. We model a 10400-turn coil for its real number of turns and coils of up to 40000 turns with continuous approximation, which introduces negligible errors. The screening currents, the screening current induced field (SCIF) and the AC loss is analyzed in detail. The SCIF is at a maximum at the remnant state with a considerably large value. The instantaneous AC loss for an anisotropic magnetic-field dependent J c is qualitatively different than for a constant J c , although the loss per cycle is similar. Saturation of the magnetization currents at the end pancakes causes the maximum AC loss at the first ramp to increase with J c . The presented modeling tool can accurately calculate the SCIF and AC loss in practical computing times for coils with any number of turns used in real windings, enabling parameter optimization.

  6. Voltage-ampere characteristics of YBCO coated conductor under inhomogeneous oscillating magnetic field

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    Geng, J.; Shen, B.; Li, C.; Zhang, H.; Matsuda, K.; Li, J.; Zhang, X.; Coombs, T. A.

    2016-06-01

    Direct current carrying type II superconductors present a dynamic resistance when subjected to an oscillating magnetic field perpendicular to the current direction. If a superconductor is under a homogeneous field with high magnitude, the dynamic resistance value is nearly independent of transport current. Hoffmann and coworkers [Hoffmann et al., IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 21, 1628 (2011)] discovered, however, flux pumping effect when a superconducting tape is under an inhomogeneous field orthogonal to the tape surface generated by rotating magnets. Following their work, we report the whole Voltage-Ampere (V-I) curves of an YBCO coated conductor under permanent magnets rotating with different frequencies and directions. We discovered that the two curves under opposite rotating directions differ from each other constantly when the transport current is less than the critical current, whereas the difference gradually reduces after the transport current exceeds the critical value. We also find that for different field frequencies, the difference between the two curves decreases faster with lower field frequency. The result indicates that the transport loss is dependent on the relative direction of the transport current and field travelling, which is distinct from traditional dynamic resistance model. The work may be instructive for the design of superconducting motors.

  7. Future prospects of high Tc superconductors-coated conductors and their applications

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    Shiohara, Yuh; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Takagi, Yuji; Izumi, Teruo

    2013-01-01

    The research and development of high-temperature superconducting wires, especially yttrium-based coated conductors (CCs), and their energy applications have been expected to reduce CO2 emissions. This article reviews recent progress in this area, mainly focusing on the results obtained by national projects in Japan. The Ic (critical current) × L (wire length) value of CCs has been improved to reach 466,752 A m (572 A/cm-W, 816 m), which exceeds that of Bi-system wires. CCs have also been improved in terms of in-field performance and AC loss reduction to meet market requirements. Power applications such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, power cables and transformers have been developed using CCs in the current project. Because of fundamental research on high-capacity power cables, a low AC loss of 0.8 W/m-ph at 3 kA and 73.7 K was achieved. System design and fundamental research were performed on a 2GJ-class SMES system and a 20 MVA-class transformer. Based on the technologies developed by the end of the current project (FY2012), the innovation process of those applications will reach the implementation stage, where the long-term reliability tests will be performed. The process is expected to reach the penetration and propagation stage around 2020.

  8. Fabrication of YBCO coated conductor by TFA-MOD using the '211 process'

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    YBCO film was fabricated by the TFA-MOD method based on the '211 process' in which precursors of Y2Ba1Cu1O x (Y211) and Ba3Cu5O8 powders, instead of Y-, Ba-, and Cu-based acetates, were dissolved in trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in order to explore its possible application in coated conductors. We evaluated the effects of the humidity and firing temperature on the phase formation, texture formability, and critical temperature (T c) and current (I c) of the YBCO film. We successively synthesized pure YBCO films of which those fired in 12.1-20.0% humidified Ar gas showed the highest critical properties, viz. a T c-zero of 88.6 K and I c of 30 A/cm width. These improvements in the critical properties were attributed to the formation of pure YBCO phase, to the improved density and the large grain size. In addition, we observed that the I c varied significantly with the firing temperature. The variation of the I c with the firing temperature was correlated with the microstructural evolution

  9. Improvement of magnetic properties for long YGdBCO coated conductors using TFA-MOD process

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    Kimura, Kazunari; Hironaga, Ryusuke; Koizumi, Tsutomu; Nakamura, Tatsunori; Nakanishi, Tatsuhisa; Aoki, Nobuo; Hasegawa, Takayo; Takahashi, Yasuo; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh

    YxGd(1-x)Ba2Cu3Oy(YGdBCO) coated conductors (CCs) containing artificial pinning centers (APCs) were fabricated by the trifluoroacetate-metalorganic deposition (TFA-MOD) method using a batch heat-treatment process, which have been industrially applied to fabricate long superconducting tapes which have high critical current (Ic) have been successfully manufactured. From the viewpoint of applications, the characteristics in magnetic fields become further important and one solution has been showed by Miura et al. [1,2] as introduction of APCs such as BaZrO3 (BZO). We applied their technique to our CCs fabrication process. The heat-treatment conditions, specifically total gas pressure, oxygen concentration and crystallization temperature, were optimized for the batch heat-treatment process. A 40 m-long YGdBCO CC in which APCs are introduced was fabricated, and it has Ic value of 320 A/cm-width (critical current density (Jc) value of 2.2 MA/cm2) in self-field and 20 A/cm-width at 3 T in Liq. N2.

  10. Critical current property in YBCO coated conductor fabricated by improved TFA-MOD process

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    We have investigated critical current property in YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductor fabricated by improved metal organic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD) process optimizing conditions such as solution compositions. The electric field vs. current density (E-J) characteristic measurement was carried out at wide range of temperature, T, and magnetic field, B. Critical current density, Jc, reached 3.8 x 1010 A/m2 at 77 K in self-field for 1.2 μm thick YBCO layer. In-field Jc is also improved by this new process. From the analysis of E-J characteristics, we have found out that the shape of statistical distribution of Jc in the new process becomes sharper than that of the previous one. These results indicate that the uniformity of YBCO layer is improved by the new process. Furthermore, analytical expression of E-J characteristics, which is based on a percolation model and a scaling law of the pinning force density, shows good agreement with the experimental results. This allows us to predict the critical current property at arbitrary conditions of T and B even if we could not have measured data. For example, it is predicted that Jc could be about 1 x 1010 A/m2 at 4.2 K and 30 T parallel to the c-axis.

  11. High production rate of crystallization process in TFA-MOD method for YBCO coated conductors

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    To realize a higher production rate is one of the important issues in the development of the long-tape processing for the YBCO coated conductors by the TFA-MOD process using the reel-to-reel system. Not only scale-up of the furnace and decrease of YBCO thickness with the higher J c value, but higher YBCO growth rates could be effective to achieve a higher traveling rate in this system. It was confirmed that optimization of the process parameters such as high water vapor partial pressure, high diffusion constants due to a low applied total pressure, and a high gas flow rate affect the YBCO growth rate. Consequently, these higher growth rate conditions were simultaneously applied to the reel-to-reel system. As a result, the traveling rate of 1.2 m/h was achieved for fabricating YBCO films in the reel-to-reel system, which is about five times as fast as the previous traveling rate with maintaining high I c value of higher than 200 A/cm-width by controlling above conditions

  12. Ac susceptibility of a coated conductor with high-temperature superconducting film and covered copper stabilizer

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    Chen, D.-X.

    2014-07-01

    The ac susceptibility, χ=χ‧-jχ″, of a nearly square sample, cut from a coated conductor tape consisting of a high-temperature superconducting film and a covered copper stabilizer, is measured as a function of temperature, T, at several values of frequency, f. It is found that the χ(f) at T>Tc can be well simulated by a modeling eddy-current susceptibility of the stabilizer, and there is an extra low-T stage, where χ is not constant as expected and may be separated into two parts. The T-independent part is contributed by Meissner currents in the film with over-low |χ‧|, indicating that the film edge was damaged by cutting during tape and sample preparation. The T-dependent part is contributed by both eddy-currents and supercurrents, having a special f dependence with unknown mechanism. Both currents are interacted to each other in a complex way in the T range below and near Tc, resulting in interesting features in χ(T,f).

  13. Strain characteristics of critical current in RABiTS/Y-Ba-Cu-O coated conductors

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    The strain dependence of critical current Ic of a commercial RABiTS (Rolling-Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates) YBCO coated conductor tape with Cu stabilizing layers on both surfaces has been studied by two kinds of bending apparatus and a tensile apparatus at 77 K and 293 K. According to the voltage measurements using multi-taps in the longitudinal direction, local Ic degradation was also observed. In the continuous bending-tension test at 77 K, in which YBCO layer was subjected to the tensile strain, Ic began to decrease rapidly beyond the strain of 0.6% after initial moderate degradation. In the continuous bending-compression tests, the Ic began to decrease rapidly beyond the strain of 0.4%. The strain for the beginning of degradation of Ic obtained by tensile tests at 77 K was almost the same as that by the bending-tension tests. Bending test at RT using FRP holders showed Ic degradation not so different from that by the continuous bending tests at 77 K. In all tests, the Ic initially degraded locally irrespective of the position in the specimens. Furthermore, Ic degradation by repeated bending was also studied

  14. Cube-textured metal substrates for reel-to-reel processing of coated conductors

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    Wulff, A.C.

    2012-09-15

    This thesis presents the results of a study aimed at investigating important fabrication aspects of reel-to-reel processing of metal substrates for coated conductors and identifying a new substrate candidate material with improved magnetic properties. The effect of mechanical polishing on surface roughness and texture in Ni-5at.%W tapes in the cold-rolled condition was studied as a function of polishing grade. The surface roughness of the tape in the polished and annealed condition, and after subsequent coating with a Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} buffer layer was investigated taking grain boundaries into account. It was observed that the initial mean surface roughness decreased after annealing except after very fine polishing. Additionally, the roughness of the buffer layers were found to increase slightly for the fine polished substrates. Grain boundary grooving was observed to impose a lower limit for the mean surface roughness. Fractions of cube texture within deviations of 5 deg. from the ideal cube orientation, in the annealed substrates, were found to be very sensitive to the surface roughness before annealing. Microstructure, texture and topography were studied in a strongly cube-textured Ni-5at.%W substrate before and after an additional annealing (condition A1 and A2, respectively) simulating a buffer layer crystallisation heat treatment. Condition A1 was characterised by a high fraction of cube texture, a high fraction of low angle grain boundaries and a low fraction of {Sigma}3 boundaries. A strong correlation was observed between the grain boundary groove depth and boundary type. Coherent twin boundaries and low angle grain boundaries were characterised by the smallest average groove depth while significantly deeper grooves were observed at other boundary types. A similar correlation was observed between the inclination angle at groove walls and the boundary type. The microstructure was slightly coarser in condition A2 and it was accompanied by a cube

  15. Fabrication and Characterization of YBCO Coated Conductors by Inclined Substrate Deposition

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    Ma, B.; Balachandran, U.; Xu, Y.; Bhattacharya, R.

    2006-03-01

    Inclined substrate deposition (ISD) is an effective method for rapid fabrication of high-quality template layers for YBCO-coated conductors. We have deposited biaxially textured ISD-MgO films on flexible metallic tapes in a reel-to-reel system by electron-beam evaporation at rapid deposition rates, 2-10 nmṡs-1. Strontium ruthenium oxide (SRO) buffer and YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Pole figure analysis of a meter-long ISD-MgO tape was carried out by X-ray diffraction using a Bruker's D8 DISCOVER equipped with GADDS (general area detection diffraction system). The c-axis of the ISD-MgO film was tilted away from substrate normal. A full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of ≈10° was observed from the φ-scan of the MgO (002) diffraction measured on samples deposited with 35° inclination angle. Surface morphology measured by atomic force microscopy revealed a roof-tile shaped structure for the ISD-MgO films. Through the use of the SRO buffer, biaxial alignment in the YBCO film deposited on the ISD-MgO template was improved. The φ-scan FWHM was 5.8° for the YBCO (005) diffraction. We have measured the critical transition temperature Tc = 91 K and transport critical current density Jc >1.6×106 Aṡcm-2 at 77 K in self-field on a SRO-buffered YBCO film grown with ISD-MgO architecture.

  16. Influence of Gas Flow and Improvement of Homogeneity on the Distribution of Critical Current Density in YBCO Coated Conductor Processed by TFA-MOD Method

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    Shiohara, Kei; Higashikawa, Kohei; Kawaguchi, Teppei; Inoue, Masayoshi; Kiss, Takanobu; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Izumi, Teruo

    Using a scanning Hall-probe microscopy, we have investigated in-plane distribution of critical current density in TFA-MOD processed YBCO coated conductors. We compared the distributions of critical current density for two kinds of coated conductors processed with different directions of gas flow at the calcinations. As a result, it was found that the direction of the gas flow largely influenced the distribution of critical current density. For example, the maximum value of critical current density was 1.5 times higher than the average for a sample processed with a gas flow in width direction. On the other hand, the distribution of critical current density was relatively uniform for the one with a gas flow in axial direction perpendicular to the surface of the conductor. These findings will be very important information for the optimization of the manufacturer processes for the conductors. Actually, a very uniform distribution of critical current density has been observed for a coated conductor produced by an optimized process. This demonstrates a high potential of TFA-MOD processed YBCO coated conductors for practical applications.

  17. Present status and strategy of reel-to-reel TFA-MOD process for coated conductors

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    On the research and development of a reel-to-reel TFA-MOD (Metal Organic Deposition using Trifluoro-acetates) process, a present status is reviewed and its future strategy is addressed. As a base of the study, the 90 m long tape with uniform Ic distribution of the 300 A/cm-width level was obtained on the CeO2 buffered IBAD-Gd2Zr2O7/Hastelloy C276 substrate. The tape has the 56 m region with the end-to-end Ic value of 250 A, which corresponds to maximum product of Ic x L of 14,000 Am. Based on the results, several directions on R and D have been studied such as 'higher Ic', 'higher Ic-B', 'higher production rate both in coating/calcinations and crystallization steps' and lower cost buffer/substrate'. Then, an extremely high Ic value of 735 A/cm-width was achieved in a short tape by the compositional control (e.g. Ba-deficient), in the starting solutions. On the efforts for achieving higher Ic-B properties, high Ic values of 115 and 35 A/cm-width under the magnetic fields of 1 and 3 T were obtained by the RE mixture of Y and Gd in REBCO, addition of Zr and a growth rate control process. On the other hand, the production rate for the coating/calcinations process was improved by development of new starting solutions, which uses F-free Y salt instead of TFA salt of Y. The high Jc value of 1.9 MA/cm2 was confirmed using the precursor films fabricated at a high traveling rate of 10 m/h. Concerning a higher rate in the crystallization step, the multi-turning system with a vertical gas flow system was developed. The validity of the concept was confirmed using 2-turn parts of the furnace. The high Ic value of 250 A/cm-width was realized in the 5 m tape crystallized with a traveling rate of 3 m/h, which is equivalent to 15 m/h for usage of entire area of the furnace of 10-turns. Furthermore, in order to achieve the lower cost, the architecture of the coated conductor with a low cost buffer/substrate system has been developed. An IBAD buffered substrate using IBAD-MgO layer

  18. Metal-free magnetic conductor substrates for placement-immune antenna assemblies

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    Eubanks, Travis Wayne; Loui, Hung; McDonald, Jacob Jeremiah

    2015-09-29

    A magnetic conductor substrate produced for mounting to an antenna includes a sheet of dielectric lattice material having a length, a width and a thickness that is less than the length and less than the width. Within the sheet of dielectric lattice material is disposed an array of dielectric elements.

  19. YBCO films grown by reactive co-evaporation on simplified IBAD-MgO coated conductor templates

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    We demonstrate coated conductors fabricated by reactive co-evaporation of YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO) by cyclic deposition and reaction (RCE-CDR) on ion-beam-assisted-deposition- (IBAD-) textured templates simplified by the elimination of the epitaxial buffer layer. Hastelloy substrates, both polished and unpolished, were used as a starting material for the IBAD templates. Y2O3 bed layers were then deposited followed by IBAD-textured MgO and a thin homoepitaxial MgO layer. The MgO-terminated templates were used for direct deposition of YBCO by RCE-CDR. Critical current densities obtained for the undoped YBCO material are comparable to the best values measured previously with the use of LaMnO3 or SrTiO3 epitaxial buffer layers and state-of-the-art coated conductor results. The structural characterization data indicate a well oriented YBCO film with a robust template. Electrical measurements also indicate no weak links and a typical magnetic field behavior of undoped YBCO, characterized by a low density of naturally occurring strong pinning centers and correlations along the ab direction.

  20. Change in fatigue property and its relation to critical current for YBCO coated conductor with additional Cu layer

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    Yoshida, Y.; Hojo, M.; Sugano, M.; Adachi, T.; Inoue, Y.; Shikimachi, K.; Hirano, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2009-10-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ, (YBCO) coated conductors with an additional Cu layer are expected to be applied as coils used in superconducting magnetic energy storage, SMES. In the operation of SMES, large cyclic hoop stress is applied to the coated conductor in the longitudinal direction. In the present study, we carried out fatigue tests in liquid nitrogen, LN 2, and measured the critical current, I c, after a specific number of fatigue cycles to clarify its fatigue fracture mechanism. All fatigue tests were carried out under a stress ratio (the ratio of the minimum to maximum load) of 0.5. The frequency of stress cycling was 30 Hz. Our results showed that the addition of a Cu layer increased the fatigue strength after 10 6 cycles, F, by about 19%. Decrease of I c was more than 30% of the initial critical current, I c0, without loading at the point of final overall fracture when the maximum load in the stress cycles was close to that corresponding to irreversible strain. Furthermore, microscopic observation and the change in I c showed that fatigue fracture mainly initiated from the Hastelloy C-276 substrate. Fatigue fracture also initiated from the Cu layer, but only when the maximum load was approximately F.

  1. Influence of nanoparticles on critical current properties in TFA-MOD processed YGdBCO coated conductor

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    For investigation of the flux pinning properties of nanoparticles in TFA-MOD processed Y1-xGdxBa2Cu3Oy (YGdBCO) coated conductors, the critical current density was compared in various directions of the magnetic field for YGdBCO+BaZrO3 (BZO) and YGdBCO coated conductors with the superconducting layer of 0.5 μm thickness. It was found that Jc for θ = 00 (B//e) is larger but Jc for θ = 900 (B//ab) is smaller in YGdBCO+BZO than in YGdBCO. The increase in the normal field is attributed to the pinning of nanoparticles, while the decrease in the parallel field is considered to be caused by limitation of extension of stacking faults by distributed BZO nanoparticles. In addition, the n-value (E ∝ jn) decreases by introduction of BZO nanoparticles for θ = 900, while it is unchanged for θ = 00. These results are well described by a theoretical model of flux creep and flow.

  2. Effects on Jc of Pinning Center Morphology for Multiple-in-Line-Damage in Coated Conductor and Bulk, Melt-Textured HTS

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    The properties of discontinuous aligned pinning centers (PCs) created by high-energy heavy-ions are compared for bulk melt-textured and coated conductor HTS. Properties of PCs, which increase Jc (pinning potential and entanglement), and negative properties which decrease Jc (e.g., decreased Tc and percolation paths) are evaluated. Mechanisms are proposed to explain the very large increases in Jc resulting from multiple-in-line-damage (MILD) compared to continuous columnar pinning centers (CCPC). In particular, a mechanism which results in fluxoid entanglement, even for parallel (unsplayed) PCs, is discussed. The same mechanism is found to also account for restoration of much of the pinning potential expected to be lost due to the gaps in MILD PCs. It also accounts for the fact that at high fluence, Jc increases as fluence is increased, instead of decreasing as expected. The very low self-field in coated conductor permits separation of the negative and positive effects of PCs. It is found that parameters developed to quantify the negative effects in bulk melt-textured YBCO, by 63 GeV U238 ions, successfully describe damage to 2.1 (micro)m thick coated conductor by 1 GeV Ru44 ions. Coated conductor at 77 K and self-field is generally known to have Jc about 100 times that of melt-textured YBCO. However, at 77 K and applied field of 1 T, when both forms of HTS are processed with comparable numbers of near-optimum MILD PCs, the difference in Jc is reduced to a factor of 1.3-2. Whereas Jc for melt-textured YBCO increased sharply, by a factor of up to 16.8 for high-fluence MILD PCs, Jc in coated conductor increased by a smaller factor of 2.5-3.0. Nevertheless, 2.1 (micro)m thick coated conductor, with near-optimum MILD PCs, exhibits Jc = 543 kA/cm2 at 77 K and applied field of 1.0 T, and Ic = 114 A/cm-width of conductor. This is the highest value we find in the literature. The phenomenology developed indicates that for optimum MILD PCs in coated conductor, Jc ∼ 700

  3. Investigation on starting solution of TFA-MOD process for high-speed production of YBCO coated conductors

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    We have developed a new starting solution consisting of non-fluorine (F-free) yttrium salt, barium trifluoroacetate and copper octylate with focusing on a high-speed production of YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) coated conductors by the trifluoroacetate-metal-organic deposition (TFA-MOD) method. High critical current density (Jc) was recognized in the YBCO films fabricated on CeO2 buffered ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-Gd2Zr2O7/Hastelloy substrates from the new starting solution at a wide range of the heating rates in the calcination process (2 → 25 deg. C/min, 2.3 → 2.4 MA/cm2). Additionally, any degradation of Jc performance (higher than 2 MA/cm2 at 77 K, self-fields) up to about 0.4 μm per single coating was not observed in the YBCO films fabricated from the new starting solution at the heating rate of 5 deg. C/min in the calcination process. The relationship between fluorine contents in the single coating film and Jc performance of the YBCO films suggested that the fluorine content in the single coating film determines the quality (bulk density, uniformity, etc.) of the precursor film.

  4. Potassium-dependent assembly of coated pits: new coated pits form as planar clathrin lattices

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    Previous studies have shown that when human fibroblasts are depleted of intracellular K+, coated pits disappear from the cell surface and the receptor-mediated endocytosis of low density lipoprotein (LDL) is inhibited. We have now used the K+ depletion protocol to study several aspects of coated pit function. First, since coated pits rapidly form when K+-depleted fibroblasts are incubated in the presence of 10 mM KCl, we studied the sequence of assembly of coated pits as visualized in carbon-...

  5. Magnetization Losses of Roebel Cable Samples with 2G YBCO Coated Conductor Strands

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    Yang, Y.; Falorio, I.; Young, E.A.; Kario, A.; Goldacker, W.; Dhallé, M. M. J.; van Nugteren, J.; Kirby, G.; Bottura, L.; Ballarino, A.; 10.1109/TASC.2016.2525926

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    Roebel cable with 2G YBCO strands is one of the promising HTS solutions of fully transposed high current conductors for high field accelerator magnets. Following the considerable research effort on the manufacturing of Roebel cables in recent years, sample conductors are now available in useful lengths with reproducible performances to allow detailed characterizations beyond the standard critical current measurements. The ac loss and strands coupling are of significant interest for the field quality of the accelerator magnets. We report a set of systematic ac loss measurements on two different Roebel cable samples prepared for the EuCARD2 collaboration. The measurements were performed over a wide range of temperature between 5 K and 90 K and the results were analyzed in the context of strands architecture and coupling. The results show that the transposed bundles are partially decoupled and the strands in transposition sections behave as an isolated single tape if the strands are insulated.

  6. Low AC Loss YBCO Coated Conductor Geometry by Direct Inkjet Printing

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    Rupich, Martin, Dr. [American Superconductor Corporation; Duckworth, Robert, Dr. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    2009-10-01

    The second generation (2G) high temperature superconductors (HTS) wire offers potential benefits for many electric power applications, including ones requiring filamentized conductors with low ac loss, such as transformers and fault current limiters. However, the use of 2G wire in these applications requires the development of both novel multi-filamentary conductor designs with lower ac losses and the development of advanced manufacturing technologies that enable the low-cost manufacturing of these filamentized architectures. This Phase I SBIR project focused on testing inkjet printing as a potential low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing technique to fabricate potential low ac loss filamentized architectures directly on the 2G template strips.

  7. Fabrication of NiO Buffer Layer for YBCO Coated Conductors by Combining Sputtering and SOE Method

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    Liu Huizhong; Yang Jian; Yang Haitao; Wang Xiaohua; Gu Hongwei; Yuan Guansen

    2004-01-01

    In research of YBCO coated conductors, the development of a oxide template for epitaxial growth of YBCO is very important. Matsumoto et al have demonstrated the potential of the surface oxidation epitaxial (SOE) route for formation a cube textured NiO layer on nickel tapes. The epitaxial NiO functions as a buffer layer of chemical reaction between YBCO and nickel, and as a template for the epitaxial growth of YBCO. However, the surface quality of NiO is difficult to control and defects such as crack, spall and deep grooves exist in SOE NiO layer. A new approach combining sputtering and SOE method to obtain crack-free and cube textured NiO layer were reported. Ni tapes prepared by the combination of rolling and recrystallization were used for this work. A coating of Ni was first deposited on the tapes via magnetron sputtering. Then on the coating tapes, continuous and textured NiO layer were achieved by SOE technology.

  8. Strong pinning in very fast grown reactive co-evaporated GdBa2Cu3O7 coated conductors

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available We report on compositional tuning to create excellent field-performance of Jc in “self-doped,” GdBa2Cu3O7−y (GdBCO coated conductors grown by ultrafast reactive co-evaporation. In order to give excess liquid and Gd2O3, the overall compositions were all Ba-poor and Cu-rich compared to GdBCO. The precise composition was found to be critical to the current carrying performance. The most copper-rich composition had an optimum self-field Jc of 3.2 MA cm−2. A more Gd-rich composition had the best in-field performance because of the formation of low coherence, splayed Gd2O3 nanoparticles, giving Jc (77 K, 1 T of over 1 MA cm−2 and Jc (77 K, 5 T of over 0.1 MA cm−2.

  9. The influence of impurity on the critical thickness of the CeO2 buffer layer for coated conductors

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    2009-01-01

    The lattice parameters, band structure, density of state and elastic constant of RE-doped CeO2 (RE=Sm, Gd, Dy), the buffer material for coated HTS conductors, are calculated using the plane-wave method with pseudopotentials based on the density functional theory (DFT) of first-principle. The rule and mechanism of the effect of rare earth impurity on the critical thickness of the CeO2 buffer layer are investigated. It is found that, in the range of the calculation, the changes of the lattice volume V and elastic constant E of CeO2 with the impurity are mainly determined by the increased electrons ne of the system. The relationship of the elastic constant E and increased electrons ne is established. It is indicated that the critical thickness of the CeO2 single buffer layer doped with Sm, Gd, and Dy may be enhanced by 22%, 43% and 33%, respectively.

  10. MO observation on YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors obtained by TFA-MOD technique

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    We have observed the flux penetration into a high-T c superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) tape by a magneto-optical (MO) imaging technique in order to feed back to the R and D of processing. The MO images of YBCO coated conductor prepared by metal organic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD) showed many weak links such as periodic defect and other serious defects, which were corresponding to the dispersion of critical current along to length direction. Since the combination study of MO imaging with TEM observation revealed the reason of such defects, we could feed back to several processes. The new TFA-MOD tapes prepared by using an advanced process after using many innovations showed a homogeneous flux penetration observed by MO imaging, and then it is confirmed that the process went to higher stage rather than previous one

  11. High voltage breakdown capabilities of high temperature insulation coatings for HTS and LTS conductors

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    High temperature ZrO2 based coatings were deposited on Ag and Ag/AgMg sheathed Bi-2212 tapes from solutions derived from alkoxide-based precursors using a reel-to-reel, continuous sol-gel technique. The insulation coatings were annealed at 850 deg. C for 20 hours under O2 flow. The surface morphology and structure of coatings were characterized by SEM and XRD. High voltage breakdown of insulation on tapes was measured by a standard high voltage breakdown power supply. It has been found that high voltage breakdown values of these insulations strongly depend on number of dipping, thickness, coating type, annealing conditions, and dopant content in ZrO2. 20% Y2O3-ZrO2 coatings showed the best high voltage breakdown value, 2.05 kV at 1.5 mA

  12. Progress towards all-chemical superconducting YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-coated conductors

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    Obradors, X [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Puig, T [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Pomar, A [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain)] (and others)

    2006-03-15

    Chemical solution deposition (CSD) has recently emerged as a very competitive technique for obtaining epitaxial films of high quality with controlled nanostructure. In particular, the all-CSD approach is considered to be one of the most promising approaches for cost-effective production of second-generation superconducting wires. The trifluoroacetate (TFA) route is a very versatile route for achieving epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) layers with high critical currents. In this work, recent advances towards improvement of the performance of several conductor architectures based on the YBCO TFA process will be presented. We show that new improved anhydrous TFA precursors allow a significant shortening of the pyrolysis time ({approx}1.5 h), and we have increased the total film thickness in a single deposition using polymeric additives. On the other hand, further understanding of the YBCO nucleation and growth process has allowed us to obtain a controlled microstructure and high critical currents (J{sub c}{approx}4-5 MA cm{sup -2} and I{sub c}{approx}300 A cm{sup -1} width at 77 K). The growth conditions (CSD) and post-processing conditions (sputtering and CSD) for the underlying oxide cap and buffer layers (CeO{sub 2}, BaZrO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3}, La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (La,Sr)MnO{sub 3}) and of self-organized nanostructures (CeO{sub 2}, BaZrO{sub 3}) deposited by CSD have been investigated to obtain high-quality interfaces in multilayered systems. Different single-crystal or metallic substrates (YSZ-IBAD (yttrium stabilized zirconia-ion beam assisted deposition) and Ni-RABiT (rolling assisted biaxial texturing)) have been investigated and long ({approx}10 m) CSD biaxially textured buffers (CeO{sub 2}, La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) have been grown on Ni-RABiT substrates using a reel-to-reel system. High-performance TFA-YBCO-coated conductors have been obtained on vacuum-based buffer layers (I{sub c}{approx}140 A cm{sup -1} width) and on CSD buffer layers

  13. Effects of room-temperature tensile fatigue on critical current and n-value of IBAD-MOCVD YBa2Cu3O7-x /Hastelloy coated conductor

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    Rogers, Samuel; Kan Chan, Wan; Schwartz, Justin

    2016-08-01

    REBa2Cu3O7-x (REBCO) coated conductors potentially enable a multitude of superconducting applications, over a wide range of operating temperatures and magnetic fields, including high-field magnets, energy storage devices, motors, generators, and power transmission systems (Zhang et al 2013 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 23 5700704). Many of these are AC applications and thus the fatigue properties may be limiting (Vincent et al 2013 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 23 5700805). Previous electromechanical studies have determined the performance of REBCO conductors under single cycle loads (Barth et al 2015 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 28 045011), but an understanding of the fatigue properties is lacking. Here the fatigue behavior of commercial ion beam assisted deposition-metal organic chemical vapor deposition REBCO conductors on Hastelloy substrates is reported for axial tensile strains up to 0.5% and up to 100 000 cycles. Failure mechanisms are investigated via microstructural studies. Results show that REBCO conductors retained I c(ɛ)/I c0 = 0.9 for 10 000 cycles at ɛ = 0.35% and ɛ = 0.45% strain, and ɛ = 0.5% for 100 cycles. The main cause of fatigue degradation in REBCO conductors is crack propagation that initiates at the slitting defects that result from the manufacturing process.

  14. Development of Strontium Titanate Thin films on Technical Substrates for Superconducting Coated Conductors

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    Pallewatta, Pallewatta G A P; Yue, Zhao; Grivel, Jean-Claude

    2012-01-01

    SrTiO3 is a widely studied perovskite material due to its advantages as a template for high temperature superconducting tapes. Heteroepitaxial SrTiO3 thin films were deposited on Ni/W tapes using dip-coating in a precursor solution followed by drying and annealing under reducing conditions. Nearly...

  15. Seed layer, solution concentration and thickness effects on CSD-derived La2Zr2O7 buffer layers for coated conductors

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    La2Zr2O7/NiW buffer layers as very promising buffer layers for coated conductors were fabricated by chemical solution deposition using cheap precursors, La-acetate and Zr-(IV) n-propoxide (70% w/w in n-propanol). The effects on the orientation and microstructure of La2Zr2O7 buffer layers, including seed layer, thickness and solution concentration, were investigated. The results showed that insertion of a seed layer could obviously improve the crystallization and orientation, and decrease of single layer thickness could also obviously improve the in-plane orientation. The results of all metalorganic depositions derived YBCO/CeO2/La2Zr2O7/NiW showed that the prepared La2Zr2O7 buffer layers were suitable for coated conductors using all metalorganic depositions

  16. buffer Layer Growth, the Thickness Dependence of Jc in Coated Conductors, Local Identification of Current Limiting Mechanisms and Participation in the Wire Development Group

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    Larbalestier, David; Hellstron, Eric; Abraimov, Dmytro

    2011-12-17

    The primary thrusts of our work were to provide critical understanding of how best to enhance the current-carrying capacity of coated conductors. These include the deconstruction of Jc as a function of fim thickness, the growth of in situ films incorporating strong pinning centers and the use of a suite of position-sensitive tools that enable location and analysis of key areas where current-limiting occurs.

  17. The effect of strain on grains and grain boundaries in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} coated conductors

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    Van der Laan, D C [Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309 (United States); Haugan, T J; Barnes, P N [Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 (United States); Abraimov, D; Kametani, F; Larbalestier, D C [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Rupich, M W, E-mail: danko@boulder.nist.go [American Superconductor Corporation, Westborough, MA 01598 (United States)

    2010-01-15

    The role of grains and grain boundaries in producing reversible strain effects on the transport current critical current density (J{sub c}) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) coated conductors that are produced with metal-organic deposition (MOD) was investigated. The strain ({epsilon}) dependence of J{sub c} for full-width coated conductors is compared with that for samples in which the current transport was limited to a few or single grain boundaries by cutting narrow tracks with a laser or focused ion beam, as well as with thin films deposited on bicrystalline SrTiO{sub 3} substrates by use of pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). Our results show that the dependences of J{sub c} on {epsilon} for the grains and for the grain boundaries from the two kinds of YBCO samples can be expressed by the same function, however with a greater effective tensile strain at the grain boundaries than in the grains. The really striking result is that the grain boundary strain is 5-10 times higher for grain boundaries of in situ PLD grown bicrystals as compared to the aperiodic, meandered, nonplanar grain boundaries that develop in ex situ grown MOD-YBCO in the coated conductor of this study.

  18. Concept of a current flow diverter for accelerating the normal zone propagation velocity in 2G HTS coated conductors

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    In this paper, we propose a slight change in the architecture of second generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) coated conductors (CCs), in order to accelerate their normal zone propagation velocity (NZPV) and reduce the probability of developing hot spots. The concept described in this work is to insert a highly resistive layer (called a ‘current flow diverter’, CFD) at the superconductor–stabilizer interface of the 2G HTS CC. The CFD partially covers this interface, so when a normal zone appears the current that transfers from the superconducting layer to the metallic (stabilizer) layers is forced to circumvent the CFD in order to follow the path of least resistance. This results in a significant increase of the current transfer length and a better spatial distribution of heat generation, that help in increasing the NZPV. According to the numerical model developed in this paper, the CFD architecture allows us to obtain NZPV values of more than 20 m s−1, which is approximately two orders of magnitude faster than what has been measured so far on commercially available 2G HTS CCs. Furthermore, our calculations reveal that, for the same value of interfacial resistance, a tape with the CFD architecture can exhibit an NZPV more than 40 times higher than in the case of a similar tape with a uniform interfacial resistance. (paper)

  19. High normal zone propagation velocity in second generation high-temperature superconductor coated conductors with a current flow diverter architecture

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    A high normal zone propagation velocity (NZPV) is a desirable feature in second generation (2G) high-temperature superconductor (HTS) coated conductors (CCs) in order to reduce the probability of developing destructive hot spots. In this work we investigated experimentally the impact of inserting a highly resistive layer that partially covers the HTS–stabilizer interface of 2G HTS CCs. This new layer was called a ‘current flow diverter’ (CFD). The purpose of the CFD is to concentrate the current at the edges of the tape when the current transfers from the HTS to the stabilizer upon a quench event. A series of commercial 2G HTS tapes were modified in order to integrate a CFD into them. Measurements realized on these modified tapes showed that the CFD architecture allowed the NZPV to be enhanced by at least two orders of magnitude in comparison with unmodified commercial tapes. Furthermore, it was shown that the NZPV can be significantly enhanced with a very small increase in the HTS–stabilizer interfacial resistance, which is of prime importance for the reliability of current contacts in real applications. (paper)

  20. The influence of impurity on the critical thickness of the CeO2 buffer layer for coated conductors

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    PAN Min; HUANG Zheng; MA HuanFeng; QIANG WeiRong; WEI LianFu; WANG Long; ZHAO Yong

    2009-01-01

    The lattice parameters, band structure, density of state and elastic constant of RE-doped CeO2 (RE=Sm, Gd, Dy), the buffer material for coated HTS conductors, are calculated using the plane-wave method with paeudopotentials based on the density functional theory (DFT) of first-principle. The rule and mechanism of the effect of rare earth impurity on the critical thickness of the CeO2 buffer layer are in-vestigated. It is found that, in the range of the calculation, the changes of the lattice volume Ⅴ and elastic constant E* of CeO2 with the impurity are mainly determined by the increased electrons △ne of the system. The relationship of the elastic constant E* and increased electrons △ne is established. It is indicated that the critical thickness of the CeO2 single buffer layer doped with Sm, Gd, and Dy may be enhanced by 22%, 43% and 33%, respectively.

  1. Preparation and Characterization of CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 Buffer Layers for YBCO Coated Conductors

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    2007-01-01

    CeO2 seed layer was deposited on rolling-assisted biaxially textured metal substrates by direct-current (DC) magnetron reactive sputtering. The effect of deposition temperature on epitaxial orientation of CeO2 thin films was examined. High quality CeO2 layers were achieved at deposition temperature from 750℃ to 850℃.Subsequently yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and CeO2 films were deposited to complete the buffer layer structure via the same process. The best samples exhibited a highly biaxial texture, as indicated by FWHM (full width half maximum) values in the range of 4°-5°, and 2°-4° for in-plane and out-of-plane orientations,respectively. Secondary ion mass spectrometer analysis confirmed the effective prevention of buffer layer against Ni and W metal interdiffusion. Atomic force microscope observations revealed a smooth, dense and crack-free surface morphology, which provided themselves as the good buffer structure to the YBa2Cu3O7-δ(YBCO) coated conductors.

  2. Fabrication of High Current YBa2Cu3O7-y Coated Conductors Using Rolling-Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates

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    High critical current YBa2Cu3O7-y (referred to as YBCO) coated conductors were fabricated with a layer sequence of YBCO/YSZ/CeO2/Ni. The cube (100) texture in the starting Ni substrates was obtained by cold rolling followed by recrystallization. A thin CeO2 (Cerium Oxide) layer with a thickness of 100-200 was grown epitaxially on the biaxially textured-Ni substrates using an e-beam evaporation technique. This was followed by the growth of a thick (2 film had a dense microstructure. The microstructure of the e-beam YSZ film was porous whereas the sputtered YSZ film was dense. The YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on both e-beam and sputtered YSZ layers. A transport critical current density of 1 x l06 A/cm2 at 77 K was obtained for 0.8 m thick YBCO Rims on both YSZ surfaces in zero field. To demonstrate the quality and compatibility of the e-beam CeO2 layers; YBCO films were also grown on CeO2-buffered YSZ (100) single crystal substrates using e-beam co-evaporated Y-BaF2-Cu precursors followed by a post-annealing process. A transport critical current density of over 1 x lO6A/cm2 at 77 K was obtained on a 0.3 m thick YBCO film in zero field

  3. The influence of heat-treatment and oxygenation annealing on the superconducting properties of YBCO coated conductors

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    The superconducting properties of YBCO (yttrium barium copper oxide) coated conductors (CCs) are strongly dependent on their oxygen content. Degradation of the superconducting properties of a YBCO CC can occur due to a phase/structure transition caused by the oxygen diffusion out of the YBCO during heat-treatment or soldering, which is an inevitable process during the creation of a superconducting joint. Such variations in phase/structure are generally functions of temperature and oxygen partial pressure (PO2). Therefore, in order for a superconducting joint of YBCO CC to be feasible, it is important to examine the changes in the microstructure and oxygen diffusion behavior for YBCO CCs. This study examined the superconducting properties of YBCO CCs before and after a heat-treatment under a reduced PO2 followed by an oxygenation annealing process in an oxygen rich environment. Partial melting of YBCO without melting of the silver stabilizer layer was obtained for a sample heat treated for 60 s at 820 0C and PO2≅1x10-2 Torr. The superconducting properties of the sample heat treated at 820 0C were fully restored by an oxygenation annealing treatment for 15 h at 600 0C.

  4. Measurement and Analysis of Normal Zone Propagation in a ReBCO Coated Conductor at Temperatures Below 50K

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    van Nugteren, J; Wessel, S; Krooshoop, E; Nijhuis, A; ten Kate, H

    2015-01-01

    Measurements of the quasi-adiabatic normal zone propagation velocity and quench energies of a Superpower SCS4050 copper stabilised ReBCO superconducting tape are presented over a temperature range of 23 − 47 K; in parallel applied magnetic fields of 6, 10 and 14 T; and over a current range from 50% to 100% of Ic. The data are compared to results of analytic predictions and to one-dimensional numerical simulations. The availability of long lengths of ReBCO coated conductor makes the material interesting for many HTS applications operating well below the boiling point of liquid nitrogen, such as magnets and motors. One of the main issues in the design of such devices is quench detection and protection. At higher temperatures, the quench velocities in these materials are known to be about two orders of magnitude lower compared to low temperature superconductors, resulting in significantly smaller normal zones and the risk of higher peak temperatures. To investigate whether the same also holds for lower tempera...

  5. The mechanism of the nano-CeO2 films deposition by electrochemistry method as coated conductor buffer layers

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    Highlights: • Crack-free CeO2 film thicker than 200 nm was prepared on NiW substrate by ED method. • Different electrochemical processes as hydroxide/metal mechanisms were identified. • The CeO2 precursor films deposited by ED method were in nano-scales. - Abstract: Comparing with conventional physical vapor deposition methods, electrochemistry deposition technique shows a crack suppression effect by which the thickness of CeO2 films on Ni–5 at.%W substrate can reach a high value up to 200 nm without any cracks, make it a potential single buffer layer for coated conductor. In the present work, the processes of CeO2 film deposited by electrochemistry method are detailed investigated. A hydroxide reactive mechanism and an oxide reactive mechanism are distinguished for dimethyl sulfoxide and aqueous solution, respectively. Before heat treatment to achieve the required bi-axial texture performance of buffer layers, the precursor CeO2 films are identified in nanometer scales. The crack suppression for electrochemistry deposited CeO2 films is believed to be attributed to the nano-effects of the precursors

  6. Reel-to-reel deposition of epitaxial double-sided MgO buffer layers for coated conductors

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    Xue, Yan; Xiong, Jie; Zhang, Yahui; Zhang, Fei; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Hui, Wang; Wang, Quiling; Cheng, Guo; Zhao, Xiao-Hui; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-06-01

    We have successfully employed a double-sided process to deposit MgO buffer layers on both sides of amorphous Y2O3 surface for double-sided YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors (CCs) for the first time, the structure of which is of great prospect to improve the performance and cut the production cost. The biaxial textures of MgO buffer layer are noticeably affected by the ion energy and film thickness, which is demonstrated by X-ray diffraction. The best biaxial texture of double-sided MgO films shows ω-scan of (002) MgO and Φ-scan of (220) MgO yield full width at half maximum values of 4° and 7.8° for one side, respectively, as well as 3.5° and 6.7° for the other side. The subsequent double-sided YBCO films are deposited on the as-prepared MgO template with entire critical current of over 300 A/cm for both sides.

  7. Influence of nanoparticles on flux pinning properties in TFA-MOD processed YGdBCO coated conductor

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    The flux pinning properties in a magnetic field of various directions are investigated for trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) processed Y1-xGdxBa2Cu3Oy (YGdBCO)-coated conductors with the superconducting layer of 0.5 μm thick with artificial BaZrO3 (BZO)-nanoparticles. It is found that the critical current density is enhanced in a wide range of field angle except around the direction parallel to the a - b plane, resulting in low field-angle anistropy. The enhancement of Jc in the wide range of field angle is attributed to the isotropic pinning of nanoparticles. The decrease in the critical current density in the field direction parallel to the a - b plane is considered to be caused by limitation of growth of stacking faults by distributed BZO nanoparticles. The observed results were theoretically explained by the flux creep-flow model and the above speculation of the pinning mechanism was confirmed.

  8. Influence of nanoparticles on flux pinning properties in TFA-MOD processed YGdBCO coated conductor

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    Matsutani, F.; Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Miura, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2010-11-01

    The flux pinning properties in a magnetic field of various directions are investigated for trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) processed Y 1- xGd xBa 2Cu 3O y (YGdBCO)-coated conductors with the superconducting layer of 0.5 μm thick with artificial BaZrO 3 (BZO)-nanoparticles. It is found that the critical current density is enhanced in a wide range of field angle except around the direction parallel to the a - b plane, resulting in low field-angle anistropy. The enhancement of Jc in the wide range of field angle is attributed to the isotropic pinning of nanoparticles. The decrease in the critical current density in the field direction parallel to the a - b plane is considered to be caused by limitation of growth of stacking faults by distributed BZO nanoparticles. The observed results were theoretically explained by the flux creep-flow model and the above speculation of the pinning mechanism was confirmed.

  9. Influence of nanoparticles on flux pinning properties in TFA-MOD processed YGdBCO coated conductor

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    Matsutani, F.; Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E.S. [Department of Computer Science and Electronics, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan); Matsushita, T., E-mail: matusita@cse.kyutech.ac.j [Department of Computer Science and Electronics, Kyushu Institute of Technology, 680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan); Miura, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y. [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, International Superconductivity Technology Center, 1-10-13 Shinonome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan)

    2010-11-01

    The flux pinning properties in a magnetic field of various directions are investigated for trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) processed Y{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (YGdBCO)-coated conductors with the superconducting layer of 0.5 {mu}m thick with artificial BaZrO{sub 3} (BZO)-nanoparticles. It is found that the critical current density is enhanced in a wide range of field angle except around the direction parallel to the a - b plane, resulting in low field-angle anistropy. The enhancement of J{sub c} in the wide range of field angle is attributed to the isotropic pinning of nanoparticles. The decrease in the critical current density in the field direction parallel to the a - b plane is considered to be caused by limitation of growth of stacking faults by distributed BZO nanoparticles. The observed results were theoretically explained by the flux creep-flow model and the above speculation of the pinning mechanism was confirmed.

  10. The mechanism of the nano-CeO{sub 2} films deposition by electrochemistry method as coated conductor buffer layers

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    Lu, Yuming; Cai, Shuang [Department of Physics, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Shanghai Key Laboratory of High Temperature Superconductors, Shanghai 200444 (China); Liang, Ying, E-mail: yliang@ecust.edu.cn [Institute of Nuclear Technology and Application, School of Science, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237 (China); Bai, Chuanyi; Liu, Zhiyong; Guo, Yanqun; Cai, Chuanbing [Department of Physics, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Shanghai Key Laboratory of High Temperature Superconductors, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Crack-free CeO{sub 2} film thicker than 200 nm was prepared on NiW substrate by ED method. • Different electrochemical processes as hydroxide/metal mechanisms were identified. • The CeO{sub 2} precursor films deposited by ED method were in nano-scales. - Abstract: Comparing with conventional physical vapor deposition methods, electrochemistry deposition technique shows a crack suppression effect by which the thickness of CeO{sub 2} films on Ni–5 at.%W substrate can reach a high value up to 200 nm without any cracks, make it a potential single buffer layer for coated conductor. In the present work, the processes of CeO{sub 2} film deposited by electrochemistry method are detailed investigated. A hydroxide reactive mechanism and an oxide reactive mechanism are distinguished for dimethyl sulfoxide and aqueous solution, respectively. Before heat treatment to achieve the required bi-axial texture performance of buffer layers, the precursor CeO{sub 2} films are identified in nanometer scales. The crack suppression for electrochemistry deposited CeO{sub 2} films is believed to be attributed to the nano-effects of the precursors.

  11. Processing for long YBCO coated conductors by advanced TFA-MOD process

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    The long tape process was developed using the advanced TFA precursor solution. In a long tape production, the advanced TFA precursor solution was coated by a die-coater using the reel-to-reel system, and the multi-coating method was applied for thicker film fabrication. We successfully fabricated long uniform precursor films. In the high temperature treatment, a large scale equipment for the continuous long tape process was developed. This equipment had a perpendicular gas flow system to the tape length which is effective to fabricate the uniform films. Ic values and its distribution in the YBCO tape fabricated by this method on CeO2/IBAD-Gd2Zr2O7/Hastelloy were measured. And the uniform and high performance was confirmed. A 0.25 m long YBCO film with 1.38 μm in thickness on the metal substrate shows the high Ic performance of 210 A with end to end at 77.3 K in self-fields

  12. Uniform trapped fields produced by stacks of HTS coated conductor tape

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    Mitchell-Williams, T. B.; Baskys, A.; Hopkins, S. C.; Kalitka, V.; Molodyk, A.; Glowacki, B. A.; Patel, A.

    2016-08-01

    The trapped magnetic field profile of stacks of GdBa2Cu3O7‑x superconducting tape was investigated. Angled stacks of superconducting tape were magnetized and found to produce very uniform trapped field profiles. The angled stacks were made of 12 mm × 24 mm solder coated tape pieces and were bonded together following a brief consolidation heat treatment. Layering multiple stacks together and adding a ferromagnetic plate beneath the samples were both found to enhance the magnitude and uniformity of the trapped field profiles. Stationary and time-dependent critical state finite element models were also developed to complement the experimental results and investigate the magnetization process. The size and shapes possible with the angled stacks make them attractive for applications requiring uniform magnetic fields over larger areas than can be achieved with existing bulk rings or tape annuli.

  13. SELF-ASSEMBLY CE OXIDE/ORGANOPOLYSILOXANE COMPOSITE COATINGS.

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    SUGAMA,T.; SABATINI,R.; GAWLIK,K.

    2005-01-01

    A self-assembly composite synthesis technology was used to put together a Ce(OH){sub 3}-dispersed poly-acetamide-acetoxyl methyl-propylsiloxane (PAAMPA) organometallic polymer. Three spontaneous reactions were involved; condensation, amidation, and acetoxylation, between the Ce acetate and aminopropylsilane triol (APST) at 150 C. An increase in temperature to 200 C led to the in-situ phase transformation of Ce(OH){sub 3} into Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the PAAMPA matrix. A further increase to 250 C caused oxidative degradation of the PAAMPA, thereby generating copious fissures in the composite. We assessed the potential of Ce(OH){sub 3}/ and Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ PAAMPA composite materials as corrosion-preventing coatings for carbon steel and aluminum. The Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite coating displayed better performance in protecting both metals against NaCl-caused corrosion than did the Ce(OH){sub 3} composite. Using this coating formed at 200 C, we demonstrated that the following four factors played an essential role in further mitigating the corrosion of the metals: First was a minimum susceptibility of coating's surface to moisture; second was an enhanced densification of the coating layer; third was the retardation of the cathodic oxygen reduction reaction at the metal's corrosion sites due to the deposition of Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} as a passive film over the metal's surface; and, fourth was its good adherence to metals. The last two factors contributed to minimizing the cathodic delamination of coating film from the metal's surface. We also noted that the affinity of the composite with the surface of aluminum was much stronger than that with steel. Correspondingly, the rate of corrosion of aluminum was reduced as much as two orders of magnitude by a nanoscale thick coating. In contrast, its ability to reduce the corrosion rate of steel was lower than one order of magnitude.

  14. VESICULAR TRANSPORT. A structure of the COPI coat and the role of coat proteins in membrane vesicle assembly.

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    Dodonova, S O; Diestelkoetter-Bachert, P; von Appen, A; Hagen, W J H; Beck, R; Beck, M; Wieland, F; Briggs, J A G

    2015-07-10

    Transport of material within cells is mediated by trafficking vesicles that bud from one cellular compartment and fuse with another. Formation of a trafficking vesicle is driven by membrane coats that localize cargo and polymerize into cages to bend the membrane. Although extensive structural information is available for components of these coats, the heterogeneity of trafficking vesicles has prevented an understanding of how complete membrane coats assemble on the membrane. We combined cryo-electron tomography, subtomogram averaging, and cross-linking mass spectrometry to derive a complete model of the assembled coat protein complex I (COPI) coat involved in traffic between the Golgi and the endoplasmic reticulum. The highly interconnected COPI coat structure contradicted the current "adaptor-and-cage" understanding of coated vesicle formation.

  15. Mechanically reinforced {1 1 0} textured Ag/Ni-alloys composite substrates for low-cost coated conductors

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    Suo, Hongli; Genoud, Jean-Yves; Caracino, Paola; Spreafico, Sergio; Schindl, Michael; Walker, Eric; Flükiger, René

    2002-08-01

    New, reinforced {1 1 0} textured Ag/Ni-alloys composite ribbons were developed as possible substrates for coated conductors without any buffer layer. The texture quality and tensile strength were investigated. A new technique to bond the Ag and Ni or alloy layers through a Cu foil was presented. The Ag/Ni-alloys composite ribbons were fabricated by choosing proper sintering processing to bond the different layers followed by cold rolling and recrystallization. A thin Cu foil was intercalated between the initial Ag and Ni or alloy pieces to get a tough bond. A unique and stable {1 1 0} annealing texture was obtained in 300 μm thick Ag/Ni composite ribbon after annealing. X-ray ODF analysis and EBSD measurements in the top Ag layer showed distribution of misorientation angles around 10-15°. A {1 1 0} texture was also found in ribbons as thin as 50 μm, which cannot be obtained with pure Ag ribbons. A pronounced reduction of Ag amount was obtained in 60 μm thick Ag/NiCrV ribbons, with a textured Ag top layer being as thin as 7 μm. The amount of Ag was decreased by 75% compared to pure Ag ribbons of the same thickness. A strong enhancement of the mechanical properties was observed. The yield strength σ0.2 at 77 K was 220 MPa for Ag/NiCrV ribbons, i.e. considerably higher than the 30 MPa for pure Ag ribbons.

  16. Fabrication of the cube textured NiO buffer layer by line-focused infrared heating for coated conductor application

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    Epitaxial growth of NiO on the bi-axially textured Ni-3 at.%W (Ni-3W) substrate as seed layer for coated conductor were studied. The bi-axially textured NiO was formed on the Ni-3W tapes using a line-focused infrared heater by oxidizing the surface of the substrate at 800-950 deg. C for 15-120 s in oxygen atmosphere. The thickness of the NiO layer could be controlled by changing heat-treatment, which was estimated as approximately 200-500 nm in the cross-sectional SEM micrographs of the NiO/Ni template. This thickness is enough to block the diffusion of the Ni in the substrate to the superconducting layer. The samples showed strong texture development of NiO layer. The sample oxidized at 900 deg. C with the tape transferring speed of 30 mm/h exhibited ω-scan full width at half maximum (FWHM) values for Ni-3W(2 0 0) and NiO(2 0 0) were 3.97 deg., and 3.67 deg., and φ-scan FWHM values for Ni-3W(1 1 1) and NiO(1 1 1) were 9.58 deg., and 8.79 deg., respectively. Also, the (1 1 1) pole-figure of the NiO buffer layer showed the good symmetry of the four peaks, securing the epitaxial growth of the buffer layers on the NiO layer. Also NiO layer exhibited root-mean-square roughness value of 39 nm by AFM (10 x 10 μm) investigation

  17. Evaluation of the electromechanical properties in GdBCO coated conductor tapes under low cyclic loading and bending

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    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Gorospe, Alking; Bautista, Zhierwinjay; Dedicatoria, Marlon J.

    2016-01-01

    The effects of low cyclic loading on the critical current, I c, under uniaxial and transverse loadings, and bending deformations in GdBCO coated conductor (CC) tapes were evaluated. Under monotonic continuous bending deformation, CC tapes exhibit a high tolerance of I c up to the lowest bending diameter of 12 mm using the Goldacker bending test rig. However, when the CC tape was subjected to alternate tension-compression bending, a lower irreversible bending strain limit was measured. This was also observed when cyclic bending was applied to the CC tapes which showed a significant decrease in I c just after 10 cycles of alternate tension-compression bending at 20 mm bending diameter. Such different I c degradation behavior under different bending deformation procedures gave insight into the proper handling of CC tapes from manufacturing, coiling and up to operating conditions. In the case of uniaxial tension, when electromechanical properties of CC tape were evaluated by repeated loading based on a critical stress level obtained under monotonic loading, I c also did not show significant change in its degradation behavior up to the irreversible stress limit. The GdBCO CC tape adopted can allow cyclic loading up to 100 cycles without significant irreversible degradation below the monotonic irreversible limit. In the case of the transverse cyclic test, with regard to the large scattering of data especially in the tensile direction, a different cyclic loading procedure was established. For 10 repeated loadings, the mechanical and electromechanical properties of the GdBCO CC tapes showed similar values within the reversible range under the monotonic loading. I c degraded abruptly indicating that no delamination occurred at the REBCO film during the subcritical cyclic loading. Different fracture morphologies were observed under cyclic loading depicting branch-like patterns of the remaining REBCO layer on the substrate of the CC tape.

  18. Magnetisation and field quality of a cosine-theta dipole magnet wound with coated conductors for rotating gantry for hadron cancer therapy

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    Amemiya, Naoyuki; Sogabe, Yusuke; Sakashita, Masaki; Iwata, Yoshiyuki; Noda, Koji; Ogitsu, Toru; Ishii, Yusuke; Kurusu, Tsutomu

    2016-02-01

    Electromagnetic field analyses were carried out to study the influence of coated-conductor magnetisation, i.e. the screening (shielding) current, on the field quality of a dipole magnet in a rotating gantry for hadron cancer therapy. The analyses were made on the cross section of a cosine-theta dipole magnet in a rotating gantry for carbon ions, which generated 2.90 T of magnetic field. The temporal profile (temporal variation) of the magnet current was determined based on the actual excitation schemes of the magnets in the rotating gantry. The experimentally determined superconducting property of a coated conductor was considered, and we calculated the temporal evolutions of the current-density distributions in all the turns of coated conductors in the magnet. From the obtained current-density distributions, we calculated the multipole components of the magnetic field and evaluated the field quality of the magnet. The deviation in the dipole component from its designed value was up to approximately 25 mT, which was approximately 1% of the designed maximum dipole component. Its variation between repeated excitations was approximately 0.03%, and it drifted approximately 0.06% in 10 s. Some compensation schemes might be required to counteract such influence of magnetisation on the dipole component. Meanwhile, the higher multipole components were small, stable, and sufficiently reproducible for a magnet in rotating gantries, i.e. |b 3| ˜ 1.1 × 10-3 and |Δb 3| ˜ 0.2 × 10-3 in 10 s.

  19. Architecture for coated conductors

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    Foltyn, Stephen R.; Arendt, Paul N.; Wang, Haiyan; Stan, Liliana

    2010-06-01

    Articles are provided including a base substrate having a layer of an oriented cubic oxide material with a rock-salt-like structure layer thereon, and, a layer of epitaxial titanium nitride upon the layer of an oriented cubic oxide material having a rock-salt-like structure. Such articles can further include thin films of high temperature superconductive oxides such as YBCO upon the layer of epitaxial titanium nitride or upon a intermediate buffer layer upon the layer of epitaxial titanium nitride.

  20. Plasmonic three-dimensional transparent conductor based on Al-doped zinc oxide-coated nanostructured glass using atomic layer deposition.

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    Malek, Gary A; Aytug, Tolga; Liu, Qingfeng; Wu, Judy

    2015-04-29

    Transparent nanostructured glass coatings, fabricated on glass substrates, with a unique three-dimensional (3D) architecture were utilized as the foundation for designing plasmonic 3D transparent conductors. Transformation of the nonconducting 3D structure to a conducting porous surface network was accomplished through atomic layer deposition of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO). After AZO growth, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were deposited by electron-beam evaporation to enhance light trapping and decrease the overall sheet resistance. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microcopy images revealed the highly porous, nanostructured morphology of the AZO-coated glass surface along with the in-plane dimensions of the deposited AuNPs. Sheet resistance measurements conducted on the coated samples verified that the electrical properties of the 3D network are comparable to those of untextured two-dimensional AZO-coated glass substrates. In addition, transmittance measurements of the glass samples coated at various AZO thicknesses showed preservation of the transparent nature of each sample, and the AuNPs demonstrated enhanced light scattering as well as light-trapping capabilities.

  1. Conformal Coating of Three-Dimensional Nanostructures via Atomic Layer Deposition for Development of Advanced Energy Storage Devices and Plasmonic Transparent Conductors

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    Malek, Gary A.

    Due to the prodigious amount of electrical energy consumed throughout the world, there exists a great demand for new and improved methods of generating electrical energy in a clean and renewable manner as well as finding more effective ways to store it. This enormous task is of great interest to scientists and engineers, and much headway is being made by utilizing three-dimensional (3D) nanostructured materials. This work explores the application of two types of 3D nanostructured materials toward fabrication of advanced electrical energy storage and conversion devices. The first nanostructured material consists of vertically aligned carbon nanofibers. This three-dimensional structure is opaque, electrically conducting, and contains active sites along the outside of each fiber that are conducive to chemical reactions. Therefore, they make the perfect 3D conducting nanostructured substrate for advanced energy storage devices. In this work, the details for transforming vertically aligned carbon nanofiber arrays into core-shell structures via atomic layer deposition as well as into a mesoporous manganese oxide coated supercapacitor electrode are given. Another unique type of three-dimensional nanostructured substrate is nanotextured glass, which is transparent but non-conducting. Therefore, it can be converted to a 3D transparent conductor for possible application in photovoltaics if it can be conformally coated with a conducting material. This work details that transformation as well as the addition of plasmonic gold nanoparticles to complete the transition to a 3D plasmonic transparent conductor.

  2. Reel-to-reel continuous deposition of CexZr1-xO2 single buffer layer for YBCO coated conductors

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    In this paper, a study regarding the epitaxial growth of CexZr1-xO2 film on biaxially textured Ni-5at.%W substrate and its use as a single buffer layer of a YBCO coated conductors was reported. Films of Ce-Zr mixed oxide were prepared by direct-current (d.c.) reactive magnetron sputtering with the two sputtering guns arranged symmetrically with respect to the substrate. In sputtering process, d.c. power of Zr was fixed in 200 W while that of Ce was varied with 30 W, 50 W, 75 W, and 100 W, respectively. It was confirmed that the composition of the films could be controlled with modulating power of Ce target. All samples exhibited good epitaxial growth with c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface. Atomic force microscope revealed a continuous, dense, and crack-free surface morphology for Ce0.32Zr0.68O2 thin films, which provided themselves as the good single buffer to the YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors. High quality Ce0.32Zr0.68O2 buffer layers up to 100-m length could be fabricated with production speed of about 1.2m/h. X-ray scans have been performed as a function of length to determine the crystallographic consistency of the epitaxial Ce0.32Zr0.68O2 over length.

  3. Vapor deposition of cross-linked fluoropolymer barrier coatings onto pre-assembled microfluidic devices.

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    Riche, Carson T; Marin, Brandon C; Malmstadt, Noah; Gupta, Malancha

    2011-09-21

    The interior surfaces of pre-assembled poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic devices were modified with a cross-linked fluoropolymer barrier coating that significantly increased the chemical compatibility of the devices. PMID:21850298

  4. Development of high-Ic processing for low cost YBCO coated conductors by multi-turn reel-to-reel crystallization large furnace for TFA-MOD process

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    Takagi, Y.; Takahashi, Y.; Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Akagi, N.; Takahashi, S.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    Trifluoroacetates (TFA) -metal organic deposition (MOD) derived YBCO coated conductors are expected for many applications mainly due to cost-efficiency. High Ic and production rate are required for cost reduction in terms of /Am. Improvement of Ic performance and production rate has been studied in this work, focusing on the conversion process of TFA-MOD. YBCO precursor films with desired thickness were prepared by using the multi-turn reel-to-reel (RTR) -system of dip-coating and calcination. The precursor films were heat treated under different conditions including the interim annealing. Crystallization process was performed on the interim annealed samples by using a multi-turn RTR system. The conversion furnace was modified so that improved conditions such as higher gas flow rate, lower total pressure can be used, which improved the production rate in crystallization process to 15 m/h by accelerating YBCO growth rate. Adopting the interim annealing, Ic property increased about 30% compared with that prepared without the interim annealing. X-ray θ-2θ diffraction analysis showed that; the peak intensities of YBCO (005) in interim annealed samples were 1.5 times stronger compared with those prepared without the interim annealing. The interim annealing affected the crystallinity and microstructure, resulting in high Ic. Then, the improved process for crystallization was applied to long tapes fabrication. A 205 m-long YBCO coated conductors fabricated at 15 m/h with interim annealing showed high and uniform Ic performance throughout the tape; Ic(min.)=372 A/cm-w@77 K, s.f., standard deviation = 15.2 A (3.7%). Uniformity along transverse direction was also analyzed by striating a 54 m long tape (199.5 A/5 mm-widths) into 5 filaments and, the Ic value of each filament (1 mm-width) was confirmed to be uniform; 24.3-32.9 A.

  5. ENSYSTROB - Design, manufacturing and test of a 3-phase resistive fault current limiter based on coated conductors for medium voltage application

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    Elschner, S.; Kudymow, A.; Brand, J.; Fink, S.; Goldacker, W.; Grilli, F.; Noe, M.; Vojenciak, M.; Hobl, A.; Bludau, M.; Jänke, C.; Krämer, S.; Bock, J.

    2012-11-01

    Within the German project ENSYSTROB a 3-phase resistive fault current limiter for medium voltage applications (12 kV, 533 Arms) was designed, built, tested and installed in the grid for a one year’s field test. The superconducting modules are made of YBCO coated conductors and replace the modules of an already successfully tested limiter on the basis of BSCCO 2212 bulk material. The components are multifilar spirals equipped with pairs of 12 mm wide YBCO tapes. The single components were characterized with respect to critical current, AC losses and limitation behavior under all possible operation conditions. The finally mounted limiter was successfully tested with respect to high voltage and limitation according to the standards of the customer. It is now installed and operating in its field test location. Finally we give a first comparison of both materials with respect to the different operational aspects.

  6. An improved FEM model for computing transport AC loss in coils made of RABiTS YBCO coated conductors for electric machines

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    Ainslie, Mark D; Rodriguez Zermeno, Victor Manuel; Hong, Zhiyong;

    2011-01-01

    AC loss can be a significant problem for any applications that utilize or produce an AC current or magnetic field, such as an electric machine. The authors investigate the electromagnetic properties of high temperature superconductors with a particular focus on the AC loss in superconducting coils...... and magnetic field-dependent critical current densities, and the inclusion and exclusion of a magnetic substrate, as found in RABiTS (rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrate) YBCO coated conductors. The coil model is based on the superconducting stator coils used in the University of Cambridge EPEC...... Superconductivity Group's all-superconducting permanent magnet synchronous motor design. To validate the modeling results, the transport AC loss of a stator coil is measured using an electrical method based on inductive compensation by means of a variable mutual inductance. Finally, the implications of the findings...

  7. Simulation and experiments of Stacks of High Temperature Superconducting Coated Conductors Magnetized by Pulsed Field Magnetization with Multi-Pulse Technique

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    Zou, Shengnan; Baskys, A; Patel, A; Grilli, Francesco; Glowacki, B A

    2016-01-01

    High temperature superconducting (HTS) bulks or stacks of coated conductors (CCs) can be magnetized to become trapped field magnets (TFMs). The magnetic fields of such TFMs can break the limitation of conventional magnets (<2 T), so they show potential for improving the performance of many electrical applications that use permanent magnets like rotating machines. Towards practical or commercial use of TFMs, effective in situ magnetization is one of the key issues. The pulsed field magnetization (PFM) is among the most promising magnetization methods in virtue of its compactness, mobility and low cost. However, due to the heat generation during the magnetization, the trapped field and flux acquired by PFM usually cannot achieve the full potential of a sample (acquired by the field cooling or zero field cooling method). The multi-pulse technique was found to effectively improve the trapped field by PFM in practice. In this work, a systematic study on the PFM with successive pulses is presented. A 2D electrom...

  8. Self-assembled hemocompatible coating on poly (vinyl chloride) surface

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    Zha, Zhengbao; Ma, Yan; Yue, Xiuli; Liu, Meng; Dai, Zhifei

    2009-11-01

    A stable hemocompatible coating was fabricated by consecutive alternating adsorption of iron (III) and two kinds of polysaccharides, heparin (Hep) and dextran sulfate (DS), onto poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) surfaces via electrostatic interaction. The fluctuation of contact angles with the alternative deposition of iron (III) and polysaccharides verified the progressive buildup of the mulitilayer coating onto the PVC surface. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that the PVC surfaces were completely masked by iron-polysaccharides multilayer coatings. The activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) assay showed that both Hep/Fe 3+/Hep and DS/Fe 3+/Hep coated PVC were less thrombogenic than the uncoated one. Chromogenic assay for heparin activity proved definitively that the inhibition of locally produced thrombin was ascribed to the thromboresistance of the surface-bound heparin. Compared with the unmodified PVC surfaces, iron-polysaccharide multilayer coating presented a drastically reduced adhesion in vitro of platelets, polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Interestingly, the DS/Fe 3+/Hep coating was found to exhibit higher hydrophilicity and stability, hence lower non-specific protein adsorption in comparison with Hep/Fe 3+/Hep coating due to the incorporation of dextran sulfate into the multilayer coating.

  9. Self-assembled hemocompatible coating on poly (vinyl chloride) surface

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    Zha Zhengbao; Ma Yan; Yue Xiuli; Liu Meng [Nanobiotechnology Division, State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resources and Environment, School of Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Dai Zhifei, E-mail: zhifei.dai@hit.edu.cn [Nanobiotechnology Division, State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resources and Environment, School of Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2009-11-15

    A stable hemocompatible coating was fabricated by consecutive alternating adsorption of iron (III) and two kinds of polysaccharides, heparin (Hep) and dextran sulfate (DS), onto poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) surfaces via electrostatic interaction. The fluctuation of contact angles with the alternative deposition of iron (III) and polysaccharides verified the progressive buildup of the mulitilayer coating onto the PVC surface. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that the PVC surfaces were completely masked by iron-polysaccharides multilayer coatings. The activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) assay showed that both Hep/Fe{sup 3+}/Hep and DS/Fe{sup 3+}/Hep coated PVC were less thrombogenic than the uncoated one. Chromogenic assay for heparin activity proved definitively that the inhibition of locally produced thrombin was ascribed to the thromboresistance of the surface-bound heparin. Compared with the unmodified PVC surfaces, iron-polysaccharide multilayer coating presented a drastically reduced adhesion in vitro of platelets, polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Interestingly, the DS/Fe{sup 3+}/Hep coating was found to exhibit higher hydrophilicity and stability, hence lower non-specific protein adsorption in comparison with Hep/Fe{sup 3+}/Hep coating due to the incorporation of dextran sulfate into the multilayer coating.

  10. Self-assembled hemocompatible coating on poly (vinyl chloride) surface

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    A stable hemocompatible coating was fabricated by consecutive alternating adsorption of iron (III) and two kinds of polysaccharides, heparin (Hep) and dextran sulfate (DS), onto poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) surfaces via electrostatic interaction. The fluctuation of contact angles with the alternative deposition of iron (III) and polysaccharides verified the progressive buildup of the mulitilayer coating onto the PVC surface. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that the PVC surfaces were completely masked by iron-polysaccharides multilayer coatings. The activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) assay showed that both Hep/Fe3+/Hep and DS/Fe3+/Hep coated PVC were less thrombogenic than the uncoated one. Chromogenic assay for heparin activity proved definitively that the inhibition of locally produced thrombin was ascribed to the thromboresistance of the surface-bound heparin. Compared with the unmodified PVC surfaces, iron-polysaccharide multilayer coating presented a drastically reduced adhesion in vitro of platelets, polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Interestingly, the DS/Fe3+/Hep coating was found to exhibit higher hydrophilicity and stability, hence lower non-specific protein adsorption in comparison with Hep/Fe3+/Hep coating due to the incorporation of dextran sulfate into the multilayer coating.

  11. Pulsed laser deposition of YBCO coated conductor using Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} as the seed and cap layer

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    Barnes, P N; Nekkanti, R M; Haugan, T J; Campbell, T A; Yust, N A; Evans, J M [Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, OH 45433 (United States)

    2004-08-01

    Although a variety of buffer layers have been routinely reported, a standard architecture commonly used for the Y Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) coated conductor is Y BCO/CeO{sub 2}/Y SZ/CeO{sub 2}/substrate or Y BCO/CeO{sub 2}/Y SZ/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/substrate where ceria is typically the cap layer. CeO{sub 2} is generally used as only a seed (or cap layer) since cracking within the film occurs in thicker CeO{sub 2} layers due to the stress of lattice mismatching. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been proposed as a seed and as a cap layer but usually not for both in a given architecture, especially with all layers deposited in situ. Yttrium oxide films grown on nickel by electron beam evaporation processes were found to be dense and crack free with good epitaxy. In this report, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} is given where Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} serves as both the seed and cap layer in the YBCO architecture. A comparison to PLD CeO{sub 2} is provided. Deposited layers of the YBCO coated conductor are also grown by laser ablation. Initial deposition resulted in specimens on textured Ni substrates with current densities of more than 1 MA cm{sup -2} at 77 K, self-field.

  12. Sample and length-dependent variability of 77 and 4.2 K properties in nominally identical RE123 coated conductors

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    Rossi, L.; Hu, X.; Kametani, F.; Abraimov, D.; Polyanskii, A.; Jaroszynski, J.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2016-05-01

    We present a broad study by multiple techniques of the critical current and critical current density of a small but representative set of nominally identical commercial RE123 (REBa2Cu3O7-δ , RE = rare Earth, here Y and Gd) coated conductors (CC) recently fabricated by SuperPower Inc. to the same nominal high pinning specification with BaZrO3 and RE2O3 nanoprecipitate pinning centers. With high-field low-temperature applications to magnet technology in mind, we address the nature of their tape-to-tape variations and length-wise I c inhomogeneities by measurements on a scale of about 2 cm rather than the 5 m scale normally supplied by the vendor and address the question of whether these variations have their origin in cross-sectional or in vortex pinning variations. Our principal method has been a continuous measurement transport critical current tool (YateStar) that applies about 0.5 T perpendicular and parallel to the tape at 77 K, thus allowing variations of c-axis and ab-plane properties to be clearly distinguished in the temperature and field regime where strong pinning defects are obvious. We also find such in-field measurements at 77 K to be more valuable in predicting 4.2 K, high-field properties than self-field, 77 K properties because the pinning centers controlling 77 K performance play a decisive role in introducing point defects that also add strongly to J c at 4.2 K. We find that the dominant source of I c variation is due to pinning center fluctuations that control J c, rather than to production defects that locally reduce the active cross-section. Given the 5-10 nm scale of these pinning centers, it appears that the route to greater I c homogeneity is through more stringent control of the REBCO growth conditions in these Zr-doped coated conductors.

  13. Magnetic and structural characterization of inkjet-printed TFAYBa2Cu3O7−x/MODCZO/ABADYSZ/SS coated conductors

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    The superconductor industry is demanding new methodologies to manufacture km-long, high quality coated conductors at high growth rates, using cost-effective, scalable processes. We report on the fabrication by an all-chemical deposition method of highly textured, thick (0.9 μm) inkjet-printed YBCO films, using a Ce0.9Zr0.1O2 (CZO) capping layer deposited by MOD, on top of robust, buffered ABADYSZ/SS substrates. Thinner, 0.25 μm spin-coated YBCO films were also analyzed for comparison. The structural study performed by x-ray diffraction, optical, AFM, SEM and TEM microscopy demonstrates the success of the capping layer for enhancing the planarity of the as-received tape and obtaining highly homogeneous and well-textured YBCO films. DC magnetometry granularity analysis was used to determine the mean superconducting grain diameter, ∼2.5 μm, and the intra- and intergranular critical current densities of the coated conductors (CCs). For the thin, spin-coated sample, high self-field intragrain critical currents were measured (JcG=4 0, 3.3 MA cm−2 at 5, 77 K). For the thick, inkjet-printed tape JcG was reduced by ∼30%, but, notably, the percolative critical current, JcGB=1 2.5 MA cm-2, was only ∼10% smaller at 5 K, thanks to good preservation of the texture. At 77 K, JcGB=1.3 MA cm-2 was achieved, implying a critical current of Ic = 117 A/cm-width. AC susceptibility measurements allowed us to demonstrate the high homogeneity of the fabricated CCs, and investigate the magnetic vortex-pinning phase diagram. Remarkably, the thick, inkjet-printed sample showed comparable irreversibility line (IL) and activation energy for thermal depinning, Ue(H), to the thin sample. The present results open new perspectives for the fabrication of high quality-to-cost ratio, all-chemical CCs with yet higher Ic values by inkjet printing multideposition of thicker YBCO layers. (paper)

  14. One-step electrodeposition of self-assembled colloidal particles: a novel strategy for biomedical coating.

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    Sun, Jiadi; Liu, Xiaoya; Meng, Long; Wei, Wei; Zheng, Yufeng

    2014-09-23

    A novel biomedical coating was prepared from self-assembled colloidal particles through direct electrodeposition. The particles, which are photo-cross-linkable and nanoscaled with a high specific surface area, were obtained via self-assembly of amphiphilic poly(γ-glutamic acid)-g-7-amino-4-methylcoumarin (γ-PGA-g-AMC). The size, morphology, and surface charge of the resulting colloidal particles and their dependence on pH, initial concentrations, and UV irradiation were successfully studied. A nanostructured coating was formed in situ on the surface of magnesium alloys by electrodeposition of colloidal particles. The composition, morphology, and phase of the coating were monitored using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The corrosion test showed that the formation of the nanostructured coating on magnesium alloys effectively improved their initial anticorrosion properties. More importantly, the corrosion resistance was further enhanced by chemical photo-cross-linking. In addition, the low cytotoxicity of the coated samples was confirmed by MTT assay against NIH-3T3 normal cells. The contribution of our work lies in the creation of a novel strategy to fabricate a biomedical coating in view of the versatility of self-assembled colloidal particles and the controllability of the electrodeposition process. It is believed that our work provides new ideas and reliable data to design novel functional biomedical coatings. PMID:25162374

  15. Predicting self-assembled patterns on spheres with multicomponent coatings.

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    Edlund, Erik; Lindgren, Oskar; Jacobi, Martin Nilsson

    2014-05-01

    Patchy colloids are promising candidates for building blocks in directed self-assembly, but large scale synthesis of colloids with controlled surface patterns remains challenging. One potential fabrication method is to self-assemble the surface patterns themselves, allowing complex morphologies to organize spontaneously. For this approach to be competitive, prediction and control of the pattern formation process are necessary. However, structure formation in many-body systems is fundamentally hard to understand, and new theoretical methods are needed. Here we present a theory for self-assembling pattern formation in multi-component systems on the surfaces of colloidal particles, formulated as an analytic technique that predicts morphologies directly from the interactions in an effective model. As a demonstration we formulate an isotropic model of alkanethiols on gold, a suggested system for directed self-assembly, and predict its morphologies and transitions as a function of the interaction parameters.

  16. Bending strain effects on the critical current in Cu-stabilized IBAD/EDDC processed SmBCO coated conductor tape

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    Influences of bending strain on the critical current, Ic, in Cu-stabilized IBAD/EDDC processed SmBCO coated conductor (CC) tapes were investigated at 77 K and self-field using a small-scale Goldacker type bending test rig. Considering the location of the superconducting layer against the neutral axis, tensile and compressive bending strains were applied to the SmBCO coating layer and the strain effect on Ic degradation was discussed. Under tensile bending strain, the Ic decreased monotonically but recovered reversibly up to the irreversible strain limit. Under compressive bending strain, however, the Ic increased but in some cases it suddenly dropped after straightening due to the delamination of the copper stabilizer. Also, repeated bending strains were applied to Cu-stabilized SmBCO CC samples in order to observe the behavior of Ic under cyclic loading. Ic Initially decreased with the application of 0.7% bending strain, but when the tape was subjected to repeated bending up to 100 cycles, no more degradation occurred. And finally, the Ic almost recovered to Ic0 when the tape was straightened

  17. Effect of solder flux residue on the performance of silicone conformal coatings on printed circuit board assemblies

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    Rathinavelu, Umadevi; Jellesen, Morten Stendahl; Ambat, Rajan

    2013-01-01

    Conformal coatings are applied on printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) in order to protect the assembly from environmental influence and silicone-based coating is commonly used. A systematic study on the performance of silicone conformal coating in connection with process-related contaminants...... across the components, morphology of the coating, and analysis of dendrite formation due to electrochemical migration under the coating. The morphology of the coating before and after exposure was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Results show...

  18. Reel-to-reel continuous simultaneous double-sided deposition of highly textured CeO2 templates for YBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors

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    A reel-to-reel system which allows simultaneous two-sided deposition of epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers on long length biaxially textured Ni-5 at.%W tape with direct current (dc) reactive magnetron sputtering is described. Deposition is accomplished through two opposite symmetrical sputtering guns with a radiation heater. Meter-long double-sided epitaxial CeO2 buffer layers have been produced for the first time on textured metal substrates in a run using a reel-to-reel process with a speed of about 1.2 m h-1. The CeO2 films were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The samples exhibited good epitaxial growth with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface for both sides. Full width at half maximum (FWHM) values of the out-of-plane and in-plane orientation for both sides were 3.20 and 3.10, 5.30 and 5.10, respectively. AFM observations revealed a smooth, dense and crack-free surface morphology. In addition, x-ray scans have been performed as a function of length to determine the crystallographic consistency of the epitaxial CeO2 over the length. Subsequently anyttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) barrier and CeO2 cap layers were deposited to complete the CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 structure via the same process. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films grown by dc sputtering on the short prototype CeO2/YSZ/CeO2/NiW conductors yielded self-field critical current densities (Jc) as high as 1.3 MA cm-2 at 77 K. An Ic value of 113 A cm-1 was obtained for double-sided YBCO coated conductors

  19. Effects of room-temperature tensile fatigue on critical current and n-value of IBAD–MOCVD YBa2Cu3O7‑x /Hastelloy coated conductor

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    Rogers, Samuel; Kan Chan, Wan; Schwartz, Justin

    2016-08-01

    REBa2Cu3O7‑x (REBCO) coated conductors potentially enable a multitude of superconducting applications, over a wide range of operating temperatures and magnetic fields, including high-field magnets, energy storage devices, motors, generators, and power transmission systems (Zhang et al 2013 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 23 5700704). Many of these are AC applications and thus the fatigue properties may be limiting (Vincent et al 2013 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 23 5700805). Previous electromechanical studies have determined the performance of REBCO conductors under single cycle loads (Barth et al 2015 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 28 045011), but an understanding of the fatigue properties is lacking. Here the fatigue behavior of commercial ion beam assisted deposition–metal organic chemical vapor deposition REBCO conductors on Hastelloy substrates is reported for axial tensile strains up to 0.5% and up to 100 000 cycles. Failure mechanisms are investigated via microstructural studies. Results show that REBCO conductors retained I c(ε)/I c0 = 0.9 for 10 000 cycles at ε = 0.35% and ε = 0.45% strain, and ε = 0.5% for 100 cycles. The main cause of fatigue degradation in REBCO conductors is crack propagation that initiates at the slitting defects that result from the manufacturing process.

  20. A coating to protect spent aluminium-clad research reactor fuel assemblies during extended wet storage

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    Pitting corrosion of aluminium (Al) alloy clad research reactor (RR) fuel in wet storage facilities can be reduced to a large extent by maintaining water parameters within specified limits. However, factors like bimetallic contact, settled solids and synergistic effects of many storage basin water parameters provoke cladding corrosion. Increase in corrosion resistance of spent Al-clad RR fuels can be achieved through the use of conversion coatings. This paper presents: (a) details about the formation of cerium dioxide as a conversion coating on Al alloys used as RR fuel cladding; (b) the corrosion resistance of cerium dioxide coated Al alloy specimens exposed to NaCl solutions. Marked improvements in corrosion resistance of cerium dioxide coated Al specimens were observed. This paper also presents details of a Latin American Project to develop conversion coatings for long term safe wet storage of spent Al-clad RR spent fuel assemblies. (author)

  1. Fabrication and biocompatibility of polyethyleneimine/heparin self-assembly coating on NiTi alloy

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    Dong Ping [Center of Materials Physics and Chemistry, Beihang University, Beijing 100083 (China); Hao Weichang [Center of Materials Physics and Chemistry, Beihang University, Beijing 100083 (China)], E-mail: cmpc@buaa.edu.cn; Wang Xu; Wang Tianmin [Center of Materials Physics and Chemistry, Beihang University, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2008-06-30

    NiTi alloy has been used widely as biomaterials. But because of toxic effects possibly caused by excess Ni ions released during the corrosion process in the physiological environment, it is still a controversial material. Fabricating medicine-loaded coating, which is expected to decrease the release of Ni ions and improve the biocompatibility of the materials, is a potential way to solve the problem. In this paper, NiTi alloy is coated by polyethyleneimine/heparin films via layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly method. UV-Vis, FT-IR, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and contact angle measurements are used to characterize the microstructure of coatings and select the best fabrication conditions. Potentiodynamic polarization researches in sodium chloride and dynamic clotting time experiment are utilized to study its corrosion resistance capability and biocompatibility of coatings, respectively. The results indicate that PEI/heparin multilayer coating can improve the biocompatibility of NiTi alloy surface.

  2. Laser assembly nanostructured Al2O3/TiO2 coating on cast aluminum surface

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    ZHANG Guang-jun; DAI Jian-qiang; WANG Hui-ping; YAN Min-jie; XI Wen-long; ZOU Chang-gu; GE Da-fang

    2004-01-01

    CO2 laser quick assembly technology is adopted on the surface of cast aluminum ZL104 to form a dense ceramic coating containing a great deal of nanometer Al2O3/TiO2 particles which eliminate cracks and porosities.The major phases of the coating are α-Al2O3 andβ-TiO2. The micro-hardness distribution of the coating is 1 813,1 504, 1 485 and 1 232 (HV0.05). The bonding strength of the coating LC1 is 11.4 N, which is 7.26 times higher than that of the conventional hot-spraying Al2O3/TiO2 coating. It has been proved by analysis that the bonding strength is achieved because of the effects of both super-quick laser consolidation and the nanometer effect of nanometer ceramic material.

  3. Correlation of Effective Dispersive and Polar Surface Energies in Heterogeneous Self-Assembled Monolayer Coatings

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    Zhuang, Yanxin; Hansen, Ole

    2009-01-01

    We show, theoretically, that the measured effective dispersive and polar surface energies of a heterogeneous Surface are correlated; the correlation, however, differs whether a Cassic or an Israelachvili and Gee model is assumed. Fluorocarbon self-assembled monolayers with varying coverage were...... grown oil oxidized (100) silicon Surfaces in a vapor phase process using five different precursors. Experimentally, effective surface energy components of the fluorocarbon self-assembled monolayers were determined from measured contact angles using the Owens-Wendt-Rabel-Kaelble method. We show that the...... correlation between the effective surface energy components of the heterogeneous Surfaces coated with fluorocarbon self-assembled monolayers is in agreement with the Cassie model....

  4. Characterizing transport current defects in 1-cm-wide YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7-delta] coated conductors.

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    Brown, G. W. (Geoffrey W.); Hawley, M. E. (Marilyn E.); Peterson, E. J. (Eric J.); Coulter, J. Y. (James Y.); Dowden, P. C. (Paul C.); Arendt, P. N. (Paul N.); Foltyn, S. R. (Stephen R.); Mueller, F. M. (Fred M.)

    2001-01-01

    We have used a low temperature magnetic imaging system to determine current pathways in 5 cm long 'good' and 'bad' regions of a 1-cm-wide YBa2Cu3O7-{delta} coated conductor. The good and bad regions were identified with 4 point probe measurements taken at 1 cm intervals along the tape length. The current density map from the good region showed the expected edge peaked structure, similar to that seen in previous work on high quality test samples grown on single crystal substrates. The structure was also consistent with theoretical understanding of thin film superconductors where demagnetizing effects are strong. The maps from the bad region showed that the current was primarily confined to the right half of the sample. The left half carried only a small current that reached saturation quickly. Effectively halving the sample width quantitatively explains the critical current measured in that section. Spatially resolved xray analysis with 1 mm resolution was used to further characterize the bad section and suggested an abnormally large amount of a-axis YBCO present. This may be the result of non-uniform heating leading to a low deposition temperature in that area.

  5. Growth of thick La2Zr2O7 buffer layers for coated conductors by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition

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    Highlights: • We develops a low-cost and high-efficient technology of fabricating LZO buffer layers. • Sufficient thickness LZO buffer layers have been obtained on NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate. • Highly biaxially textured YBCO thin film has been deposited on LZO/NiW. - Abstract: La2Zr2O7 (LZO) epitaxial films have been deposited on LaAlO3 (LAO) (1 0 0) single-crystal surface and bi-axially textured NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition, and afterwards studied with XRD, SEM and AFM approaches. Highly in-plane and out-of-plane oriented, dense, smooth, crack free and with a sufficient thickness (>240 nm) LZO buffer layers have been obtained on LAO (1 0 0) single-crystal surface; The films deposited on NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate are also found with high degree in-plane and out-of-plane texturing, good density with pin-hole-free, micro-crack-free nature and a thickness of 300 nm. Highly epitaxial 500 nm thick YBa2Cu3O7−x (YBCO) thin film exhibits the self-field critical current density (Jc) reached 1.3 MA/cm2 at 77 K .These results demonstrate the LZO epi-films obtained with current techniques have potential to be a buffer layer for REBCO coated conductors

  6. Growth of thick La2Zr2O7 buffer layers for coated conductors by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition

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    Zhang, Xin; Zhao, Yong; Xia, Yudong; Guo, Chunsheng; Cheng, C. H.; Zhang, Yong; Zhang, Han

    2015-06-01

    La2Zr2O7 (LZO) epitaxial films have been deposited on LaAlO3 (LAO) (1 0 0) single-crystal surface and bi-axially textured NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition, and afterwards studied with XRD, SEM and AFM approaches. Highly in-plane and out-of-plane oriented, dense, smooth, crack free and with a sufficient thickness (>240 nm) LZO buffer layers have been obtained on LAO (1 0 0) single-crystal surface; The films deposited on NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate are also found with high degree in-plane and out-of-plane texturing, good density with pin-hole-free, micro-crack-free nature and a thickness of 300 nm. Highly epitaxial 500 nm thick YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) thin film exhibits the self-field critical current density (Jc) reached 1.3 MA/cm2 at 77 K .These results demonstrate the LZO epi-films obtained with current techniques have potential to be a buffer layer for REBCO coated conductors.

  7. Phase Evolution of YBa2Cu3O7-x films by all-chemical solution deposition route for coated conductors

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    Yue, Zhao; Tang, Xiao; Wu, Wei;

    2014-01-01

    In order to understand the all-chemical-solution-deposition (CSD) processes for manufacturing coated conductors, we investigated the phase evolution of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films deposited by a low-fluorine metal-organic solution deposition (LF-MOD) method on CSD derived Ce0.9La0.1O2/Gd2Zr2O7/Ni......W. It is shown that the phase transition from the pyrolyzed film to fully converted YBCO film in the LF-MOD process is similar to that in typical trifluoroacetates-metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) processes even though the amount of TFA in the solution is reduced by almost one half compared with typical TFA...... deposited at high sintering temperatures. Based on these results, the optimized growth conditions of YBCO films were established, and a high critical current density (Jc) of about 2 MA/cm2 (77 K, self field) is achieved in a 200 nm thick YBCO film in the architecture made by our all CSD route....

  8. The influence of grain boundary I c on the macroscopic strain effect of I c in BHO-doped GdBCO-coated conductors

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    Usami, Takashi; Ichino, Yusuke; Yoshida, Yutaka; Sugano, Michinaka; Ibi, Akira; Izumi, Teruo

    2016-07-01

    The effect of strain in REBa2Cu3O y (REBCO: RE = Y, Gd, Sm, Eu) coated conductors (CCs) on the critical current (I c) is one of the most fundamental factors for superconducting coil applications because CCs experience a variety of stresses. In this study, we carried out bending tests and measured the peak strain and the strain sensitivity of I c (a-value) for GdBCO CCs at 77 K under self-field. These values were evaluated for pure GdBCO CCs and BaHfO3 BHO-doped GdBCO CCs, which had oxide buffer layers with varying in-plane grain alignments of the CeO2 top layer. As a result, the peak strains and a-values for the BHO-doped GdBCO CCs depended on the FWHM of the CeO2 220 reflection in the φ-scan profile (Δφ), and decreased monotonically with decreasing Δφ. On the other hand, the peak strain and a-value were nearly independent of Δφ in the pure-GdBCO CCs. The change in peak strains for the BHO-doped GdBCO CCs are discussed on the basis of the relative contribution of intra-grain I c and inter-grain I c to the macroscopic strain effect of I c in the CCs.

  9. Effect of metal composition ratios of solutions on Jc-B properties of REBCO coated conductors fabricated by advanced TFA-MOD process

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    Metal organic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD) is expected as a low cost process of high Tc superconducting coated conductors, since this method does not need any high vacuum system. The advanced TFA-MOD process enabled us to produce YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) films on IBAD buffered metallic substrates (PLD-CeO2/IBAD-GZO/Hastelloy) with high critical current density (Jc) values over 2 MA/cm2 under the conditions of T = 77 K and the self fields. REBCO (RE:Y and Sm) films with different compositions were fabricated on the substrates by the advanced TFA-MOD process using TFA salts of Y, Sm, Ba and Cu-Naphthenate. The films which had excess amounts of (Sm), (Sm and Cu) or (Y and Cu) in addition to the stoichiometric 123 composition (Y:Ba:Cu = 1:2:3) showed higher Jc values (>3 MA/cm2) at 77 K under the self fields compared with that of the stoichiometric composition film. In addition, the Jc values of the (Sm) or (Sm and Cu) added films were also improved under the high magnetic fields compared with that of the stoichiometric composition film. The origins of pinning centers were discussed from the perspectives of microstructures, crystal growth mechanisms, and so on

  10. Evaluation of current transport properties of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors over a wide range of temperature and external magnetic fields

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    We have carried out detailed measurements on the electric field vs. current density (E-J) characteristics of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (GdBCO) coated conductors (CC) in a wide range of temperature and external magnetic fields. Four probe measurements were performed in a 20 T superconducting magnet system. Applying a constant electric field criterion, we have evaluated critical currents and n-values as a function of the temperature, the magnetic field and the field angle. Those results are relevant for the understanding of the practical performance of the tapes, and therefore to improve the process conditions effectively. The GdBCO CC was fabricated by the reel-to-reel PLD methods on the IBAD-MgO based substrate. The Self-field critical current per cm-width of the tape was above 400 A at 77 K. The results were also compared with our previous results on YBCO CC obtained from the similar deposition process. It is noted that the critical current of GdBCO CC is superior to those of previous YBCO CC over a wide range of practical external field and temperature.

  11. Characterization of transverse tensile stress response of critical current and delamination behaviour in GdBCO coated conductor tapes by anvil test

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    Recent problems in superconducting devices operating at the high magnetic field regime include the possibility of substantial critical current, Ic, degradation due to the delamination of the coated conductor (CC) tapes. The delamination may originate from excessive tensile radial stress and cleavage stress developed due to epoxy curing, cool-down and Lorentz force generated. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the Ic response under transverse loading and the delamination behaviour in REBCO CC tapes to predict its performance in practical device applications. In this study, using the anvil test method, the delamination strength and the transverse tensile stress response of Ic in GdBCO CC tapes were investigated. Under transverse tensile stress, the Ic degradation in GdBCO CC tapes showed both abrupt and gradual behaviours. A reversible Ic degradation behaviour was also observed which was similar to the case under uniaxial tension. The electro-mechanical and mechanical delamination strengths were determined, wherein both increased when a smaller-sized anvil was used during the delamination test. The electro-mechanical delamination strength was approximately half of the mechanical delamination strength in the GdBCO CC tapes tested. Four delamination modes were observed and well correlated with electro-mechanical delamination strength and Ic degradation behaviour. Lastly, delamination sites within the CC tapes were also correlated with the Ic degradation behaviour that had been observed. (paper)

  12. A study on the short-circuit test by fault angle control and the recovery characteristics of the fault current limiter using coated conductor

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    Superconducting fault current limiters (SFCLs) have been developed in many countries, and they are expected to be used in the recent electric power systems, because of their great efficiency for operating these power system stably. It is necessary for resistive FCLs to generate resistance immediately and to have a fast recovery characteristic after the fault clearance, because of re-closing operation. Short-circuit tests are performed to obtained current limiting operational and recovery characteristics of the FCL by a fault controller using a power switching device. The power switching device consists of anti-parallel connected thyristors. The fault occurs at the desired angle by controlling the firing angle of thyristors. Resistive SFCLs have different current limiting characteristics with respect to the fault angle in the first swing during the fault. This study deals with the short-circuit characteristic of FCL coils using two different YBCO coated conductors (CCs), 344 and 344s, by controlling the fault angle and experimental studies on the recovery characteristic by a small current flowing through the SFCL after the fault clearance. Tests are performed at various voltages applied to the SFCL in a saturated liquid nitrogen cooling system

  13. Fractal analysis and atomic force microscopy measurements of surface roughness for Hastelloy C276 substrates and amorphous alumina buffer layers in coated conductors

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    Feng, F.; Shi, K.; Xiao, S.-Z.; Zhang, Y.-Y. [Applied Superconductivity Research Center, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Zhao, Z.-J. [School of Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Wang, Z., E-mail: wangzhi@bit.edu.cn [School of Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Wei, J.-J.; Han, Z. [Applied Superconductivity Research Center, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2012-02-01

    In coated conductors, surface roughness of metallic substrates and buffer layers could significantly affect the texture of subsequently deposited buffer layers and the critical current density of superconductor layer. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is usually utilized to measure surface roughness. However, the roughness values are actually relevant to scan scale. Fractal geometry could be exerted to analyze the scaling performance of surface roughness. In this study, four samples were prepared, which were electro polished Hastelloy C276 substrate, mechanically polished Hastelloy C276 substrate and the amorphous alumina buffer layers deposited on both the substrates by ion beam deposition. The surface roughness, described by root mean squared (RMS) and arithmetic average (R{sub a}) values, was analyzed considering the scan scale of AFM measurements. The surfaces of amorphous alumina layers were found to be fractal in nature because of the scaling performance of roughness, while the surfaces of Hastelloy substrates were not. The flatten modification of AFM images was discussed. And the calculation of surface roughness in smaller parts divided from the whole AFM images was studied, compared with the results of actual AFM measurements of the same scan scales.

  14. Sm-doped CeO{sub 2} single buffer layer for YBCO coated conductors by polymer assisted chemical solution deposition (PACSD) method

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    Li, G.; Pu, M.H.; Sun, R.P.; Wang, W.T.; Wu, W.; Zhang, X.; Yang, Y. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Zhao, Y. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia)], E-mail: yzhao@home.swjtu.edu.cn

    2008-10-20

    An over 150 nm thick Sm{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 1.9-x} (SCO) single buffer layer has been deposited on bi-axially textured NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate. Highly in-plane and out-of-plane oriented, dense, smooth and crack free SCO single layer has been obtained via a polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition (PACSD) approach. YBCO thin film has been deposited equally via a PACSD route on the SCO-buffered NiW, the as grown YBCO yielding a sharp transition at T{sub c0} = 87 K as well as J{sub c}(0 T, 77 K) {approx} 1 MA/cm{sup 2}. These results indicates that RE (lanthanides other than Ce) doping may be an effective approach to improve the critical thickness of solution derived CeO{sub 2} film, which renders it a promising candidate as single buffer layer for YBCO coated conductors.

  15. Sparking plasma sintering method for developing cube textured Ni7W/Ni12W/Ni7W multi-layer substrates used for coated conductors

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    Mechanically strengthened, highly cube textured Ni-7at.%W/Ni-12at.%W multi-layer substrates used for coated conductors have been prepared by advanced spark plasma sintering technique. The key innovation for developing this weakly magnetic and reinforced substrate was to use a new powder metallurgy and sintering route to bond multi-layers of Ni7W-Ni12W-Ni7W together in order to get an initial ingot, then followed by optimized cold working and annealing. Particular efforts were made in view of the optimization of the design, pressing as well as the heat treatment processes of the starting ingots in order to obtain a chemically gradient composite bulk, thus ensuring the subsequent cold deformation of the bulk. The produced composite substrates have a strong {100} texture on the top Ni7W outer layer determined by EBSD and X-ray. The percentage of the biaxially orientated grains within a misorientation angle of 10 deg. is as high as 97.5%, while the length percentage of low angle GBs ranging from 2 deg. to 10 deg. in the composite substrate reaches 87.2%. Moreover, the yield strength σ0.2 of the tape approaches 333 MPa, and the saturation magnetization is substantially reduced by 81.6% at 77K when compared to that of a commercial used Ni5W substrate

  16. Highly reinforced, low magnetic and biaxially textured Ni-7 at.%W/Ni-12 at.%W multi-layer substrates developed for coated conductors

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    Mechanically strengthened, highly cube textured Ni-7 at.%W/Ni-12 at.%W multi-layer substrates developed for coated conductors have been prepared by the advanced spark plasma sintering technique. The key innovation for developing this weakly magnetic and reinforced substrate was to use a new powder metallurgy and sintering route to bond multi-layers of Ni7W/Ni12W/Ni7W together in order to get an initial ingot, followed by the optimized cold working and annealing. Particular efforts were made in view of the optimization of the design, pressing as well as the heat treatment processes of the starting ingots to obtain a chemically gradient composite bulk, thus ensuring the subsequent cold deformation. The produced composite substrates have a strong {100} texture on Ni7W outer layers. The percentage of the biaxially orientated grains within a misorientation angle of 10 deg. is as high as 97.5%, while the length percentage of low-angle grain boundaries ranging from 2 deg. to 10 deg. in the composite substrate reaches 87.2%. Moreover, the yield strength σ0.2 of the tape approaches 333 MPa, and the saturation magnetization is substantially reduced by 81.6% at 77 K when compared to that of a commercial used Ni5W substrate

  17. Development of Biaxially Textured YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} Coated Conductors in the U.S.

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    Christen, D.K.; Hawsey, R.A.; Kroeger, D.M.

    1999-11-13

    Two new processes have been under development since 1991 that promise a new, cost-effective way to manufacture flexible, high current density wires made from YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO). The key is to prepare a textured substrate, or ''template,'' on which the YBCO may be deposited as a biaxially aligned thick film. Ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) of yttria stabilized zirconia or magnesium oxide on alloy tapes enables a final superconducting layer with grain-to-grain, in-plane alignment to within 3-5 degrees. Similar results are achieved on rolling-assisted, biaxially textured substrates (RABiTS) using a variety of oxide layers on textured nickel tapes. The performance of research lengths of prototype wires in strong magnetic fields at 65 K already exceeds that of NbTi and Nb{sub 3}Sn in liquid helium. A scalable, ex-situ process for the YBCO coating has been demonstrated on both types of substrates. Consistent values of critical current density (J{sub c }) greater than 1 x 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} are now obtained on RABiTS, and J{sub c}'s in excess of 2 x 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} have been obtained on both substrates. A nonmagnetic variation of RABiTS (Ni-13% Cr) has also been shown to yield Jc greater than 1.5 x 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} . Six private companies in the U.S. are scaling up YBCO coated conductors for power and physics applications.

  18. Design and self-assembly of simple coat proteins for artificial viruses

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    Hernandez-Garcia, Armando; Kraft, Daniela J.; Janssen, Anne F. J.; Bomans, Paul H. H.; Sommerdijk, Nico A. J. M.; Thies-Weesie, Dominique M. E.; Favretto, Marco E.; Brock, Roland; de Wolf, Frits A.; Werten, Marc W. T.; van der Schoot, Paul; Stuart, Martien Cohen; de Vries, Renko

    2014-09-01

    Viruses are among the simplest biological systems and are highly effective vehicles for the delivery of genetic material into susceptible host cells. Artificial viruses can be used as model systems for providing insights into natural viruses and can be considered a testing ground for developing artificial life. Moreover, they are used in biomedical and biotechnological applications, such as targeted delivery of nucleic acids for gene therapy and as scaffolds in material science. In a natural setting, survival of viruses requires that a significant fraction of the replicated genomes be completely protected by coat proteins. Complete protection of the genome is ensured by a highly cooperative supramolecular process between the coat proteins and the nucleic acids, which is based on reversible, weak and allosteric interactions only. However, incorporating this type of supramolecular cooperativity into artificial viruses remains challenging. Here, we report a rational design for a self-assembling minimal viral coat protein based on simple polypeptide domains. Our coat protein features precise control over the cooperativity of its self-assembly with single DNA molecules to finally form rod-shaped virus-like particles. We confirm the validity of our design principles by showing that the kinetics of self-assembly of our virus-like particles follows a previous model developed for tobacco mosaic virus. We show that our virus-like particles protect DNA against enzymatic degradation and transfect cells with considerable efficiency, making them promising delivery vehicles.

  19. Effect of temperature and film thickness on microstructure and residual stress for YbBCO-coated conductors

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    The rare-earth mixed oxide (Gd1-xHox)2O3 and the superconductor YbBa2Cu3O7-x were prepared by sol-gel synthesis using metal-organic precursors. Textured Gd1.802Ho0.198O3 buffer layers were grown on biaxially textured Ni (1 0 0) substrates. YbBa2Cu3O7-x layers were epitaxially grown on the Gd1.802Ho0.198O3-coated Ni substrates using the reel-to-reel sol-gel dip coating system. Different thicknesses of superconducting layers, annealed at various temperatures, were tried to observe the effects of thickness and temperature on residual stress and microstructure properties. Residual stress in the YbBCO/Gd1.802Ho0.198O3/Ni was calculated analytically. The results showed that variation of residual stress along the thickness of structure (Ni substrate, buffer layer and YbBCO film) was constant. We also observed that the Ni substrate is under tension while buffer layer was under compression in the case of without YbBCO layer. However the residual stress was under compression in the case of YbBCO in all layers. The surface morphologies and microstructure of all samples were characterized by environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM), atomic force microscope (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The pole figure texture analyses of Ni substrate, Gd1.802Ho0.198O3 buffer layers and YbBCO film have shown a single cube-on-cube textured structure

  20. Nanostructured medical device coatings based on self-assembled poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles

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    Dayyoub, Eyas [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Hobler, Christian [Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Nonnweiler, Pierina [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Keusgen, Michael [Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Bakowsky, Udo, E-mail: ubakowsky@aol.com [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    Here we present a new method for providing nanostructured drug-loaded polymer films which enable control of film surface morphology and delivery of therapeutic agents. Silicon wafers were employed as models for implanted biomaterials and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles were assembled onto the silicon surface by electrostatic interaction. Monolayers of the PLGA particles were deposited onto the silicon surface upon incubation in an aqueous particle suspension. Particle density and surface coverage of the silicon wafers were varied by altering particle concentration, incubation time in nanoparticle suspension and ionic strength of the suspension. Dye loaded nanoparticles were prepared and assembled to silicon surface to form nanoparticle films. Fluorescence intensity measurements showed diffusion-controlled release of the dye over two weeks and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that these particles remained attached to the surface during the incubation time. This work suggests that coating implants with PLGA nanoparticles is a versatile technique which allows drug release from the implant surface and modulation of surface morphology. - Highlights: • Mono-layer PLGA nanoparticle coatings were fabricated on silicon wafers by electrostatic interactions. • Surface coverage with the particles (coating morphology) was varied by changing preparation parameters. • The coatings were loaded with fluorescence dye and this was released in PBS. • The coatings have the potential to alter surface morphology in nanorange and release biomolecules.

  1. Growth of thick La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} buffer layers for coated conductors by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition

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    Zhang, Xin, E-mail: xzhang@my.swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity and New Energy Center (SNEC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Zhao, Yong, E-mail: yzhao@swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity and New Energy Center (SNEC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Xia, Yudong [State Key Lab of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Guo, Chunsheng [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity and New Energy Center (SNEC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW (Australia); Zhang, Yong [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains, Ministry of Education of China, Superconductivity and New Energy Center (SNEC), Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Zhang, Han [Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • We develops a low-cost and high-efficient technology of fabricating LZO buffer layers. • Sufficient thickness LZO buffer layers have been obtained on NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate. • Highly biaxially textured YBCO thin film has been deposited on LZO/NiW. - Abstract: La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (LZO) epitaxial films have been deposited on LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) (1 0 0) single-crystal surface and bi-axially textured NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate by polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition, and afterwards studied with XRD, SEM and AFM approaches. Highly in-plane and out-of-plane oriented, dense, smooth, crack free and with a sufficient thickness (>240 nm) LZO buffer layers have been obtained on LAO (1 0 0) single-crystal surface; The films deposited on NiW (2 0 0) alloy substrate are also found with high degree in-plane and out-of-plane texturing, good density with pin-hole-free, micro-crack-free nature and a thickness of 300 nm. Highly epitaxial 500 nm thick YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−x} (YBCO) thin film exhibits the self-field critical current density (Jc) reached 1.3 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K .These results demonstrate the LZO epi-films obtained with current techniques have potential to be a buffer layer for REBCO coated conductors.

  2. Fabrication of YBCO coated conductor by TFA-MOD method in route of dissolving Y211 and Ba3Cu5O8 powders in TFA

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    We fabricated YBCO coated conductors using a new TFA-MOD method and evaluated the phase formation, texture evolution, and critical properties as a function of the firing temperature and oxygen heat treatment time, in order to explore its possible application in CCs fabrication. In the fabrication process, Y2Ba1Cu1O x and Ba3Cu5O8 powders were used as precursors, instead of Y-, Ba- and Cu-based acetate or organics, and dissolved in trifluoroacetic acid followed by firing and oxygen heat treatment. We observed that for the films fired at 725 deg. C, BaF2 and other second phases formed and T c was measured to be 66.5 K. In contrast, when the film was fired at 775 deg. C, strong and sharp (0 0 l) diffraction peaks of YBCO were observed, without the formation of the BaF2 phase. In addition, X-ray pole-figure analysis indicated that a strong biaxial texture was developed and the full-width at half-maximums of in-plane and out-of-plane textures were 4.38 deg. and 4.26 deg., respectively. The critical temperature and current were also increased to 85.3 K and 35.8 A/cm-width, respectively, at 77 K when the oxygen heat treatment time was increased to 20 h. Microstructure observation indicated that a crack-free surface was obtained and that there was no a-axis grain growth

  3. Growth and Characterization of Doped CeO2 Buffers on Ni-W Substrates for Coated Conductors Using Metal Organic Deposition Method

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    WANG Yao; ZHOU Lian; YU Zeming; LI Chengshan; LI Jinshan; JIN Lihu; LU Yafen

    2012-01-01

    CeO2 and Ce0 8Mo2O2-d films (M =Mn,Y,Gd,Sin,Nd and La) with (001) preferred orientation have been prepared on biaxially textured Ni-W substrates by metal organic decomposition (MOD) method.The factors influencing the formation of cracks on the surface of these CeO2 and doped CeO2 films on Ni-W substrates were explored by X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis,atomic force microscopy (AFM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).The results indicate that many factors,such as the change of the ionic radii of doping cations,the transformation of crystal structure and the formation of oxygen vacancies in lattices at high annealing temperature,may be related to the formation of cracks on the surface of these films.However,the crack formation shows no dependence on the crystal lattice mismatch degree of the films with Ni-W substrates.Moreover,the suppression of surface cracks is related to the change of intrinsic elasticity of CeO2 film with doping of cations with a larger radius.SEM and AFM investigations of Ce08Mo2O2-d(M =Y,Gd,Sm,Nd and La) films reveal the dense,smooth and crack-free microstructure,and their lattice parameters match well with that of YBCO,illuminating that they are potentially suitable to be as buffer layer,especially as cap layer in multi-layer architecture of buffer layer for coated conductors.

  4. One-Step Assembly of Phytic Acid Metal Complexes for Superhydrophilic Coatings.

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    Li, Longbiao; Zhang, Guangyu; Su, Zhaohui

    2016-07-25

    While of immense scientific interest, superhydrophilic surfaces are usually difficult to prepare, and preparation methods are typically substrate specific. Herein, a one-step coating method is described that can endow superhydrophilicity to a variety of substrates, both inorganic and organic, using the coordination complexes of natural phytic acid and Fe(III) ions. Coating deposition occurs in minutes, and coatings are ultrathin, colorless, and transparent. Superhydrophilicity is attributed, in part, to the high density of phosphonic acid groups. The ease, rapidness, and mildness of the assembly process, which is also cost-effective and environmental-friendly, points towards potential applications, such as self-cleaning, oil/water separation, antifogging. PMID:27377349

  5. N-halamine biocidal coatings via a layer-by-layer assembly technique.

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    Cerkez, Idris; Kocer, Hasan B; Worley, S D; Broughton, R M; Huang, T S

    2011-04-01

    Two N-halamine copolymer precursors, poly(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidyl methacrylate-co-acrylic acid potassium salt) and poly(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidyl methacrylate-co-trimethyl-2-methacryloxyethylammonium chloride) have been synthesized and successfully coated onto cotton fabric via a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique. A multilayer thin film was deposited onto the fiber surfaces by alternative exposure to polyelectrolyte solutions. The coating was rendered biocidal by a dilute household bleach treatment. The biocidal efficacies of tested swatches composed of treated fibers were evaluated against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. It was determined that chlorinated samples inactivated both S. aureus and E. coli O157:H7 within 15 min of contact time, whereas the unchlorinated control samples did not exhibit significant biocidal activities. Stabilities of the coatings toward washing and ultraviolet light exposure have also been studied. It was found that the stability toward washing was superior, whereas the UVA light stability was moderate compared to previously studied N-halamine moieties. The layer-by-layer assembly technique can be used to attach N-halamine precursor polymers onto cellulose surfaces without using covalently bonding tethering groups which limit the structure designs. In addition, ionic precursors are very soluble in water, thus promising for biocidal coatings without the use of organic solvents. PMID:21348478

  6. High-Resolution Spore Coat Architecture and Assembly of Bacillus Spores

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    Malkin, A J; Elhadj, S; Plomp, M

    2011-03-14

    Elucidating the molecular architecture of bacterial and cellular surfaces and its structural dynamics is essential to understanding mechanisms of pathogenesis, immune response, physicochemical interactions, environmental resistance, and provide the means for identifying spore formulation and processing attributes. I will discuss the application of in vitro atomic force microscopy (AFM) for studies of high-resolution coat architecture and assembly of several Bacillus spore species. We have demonstrated that bacterial spore coat structures are phylogenetically and growth medium determined. We have proposed that strikingly different species-dependent coat structures of bacterial spore species are a consequence of sporulation media-dependent nucleation and crystallization mechanisms that regulate the assembly of the outer spore coat. Spore coat layers were found to exhibit screw dislocations and two-dimensional nuclei typically observed on inorganic and macromolecular crystals. This presents the first case of non-mineral crystal growth patterns being revealed for a biological organism, which provides an unexpected example of nature exploiting fundamental materials science mechanisms for the morphogenetic control of biological ultrastructures. We have discovered and validated, distinctive formulation-specific high-resolution structural spore coat and dimensional signatures of B. anthracis spores (Sterne strain) grown in different formulation condition. We further demonstrated that measurement of the dimensional characteristics of B. anthracis spores provides formulation classification and sample matching with high sensitivity and specificity. I will present data on the development of an AFM-based immunolabeling technique for the proteomic mapping of macromolecular structures on the B. anthracis surfaces. These studies demonstrate that AFM can probe microbial surface architecture, environmental dynamics and the life cycle of bacterial and cellular systems at near

  7. Influence of coupling agent's self-assembly upon performance of polymer coated FBG pressure sensors

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    ZHOU Hong; QIAO Xue-guang; SHAO-Jun; WANG Hong-liang; FENG De-quan

    2006-01-01

    @@ Based on super-molecule self-assembly and entropy-driven self-assembly mechanisms,the coupling agent was evolved into colloid spheres with average diameter of 2-2.3 μm on the fiber Bragg grating (FBG) with silicon substrate,and the coupling mechanism among polymer,coupling agent and FBG was analyzed.The polymer coated FBG pressure sensors was capsulated by uniform coupling mode and self-assembly coupling mode of the coupling agent respectively,and their performance parameters were tested.It was shown,adopting the self-assembly coating of coupling agent and with the same other capsulated technologies,that the measuring range of the sensor expanded from 0.6 MPa to 1.6 MPa,the repeated times for coupling failure increased from 54 to 125 times and the pressure sensitivity coefficient enhanced from 1.09 to 2.98.By controlling the diameter of the spheres and the line density,the measuring range and the sensitivity of the FBG pressure sensors can be obviously improved.

  8. Molecular Composite Coatings on Nafion Using Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly.

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    Lefaux, Christophe J; Kim, Byoung-Suhk; Venkat, Narayanan; Mather, Patrick T

    2015-05-20

    Controlled growth of nanometer-scale multilayered coatings of negatively charged sulfonated poly(benzobisimidazole) (SPBI), complexed with positively charged poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) on quartz, and Nafion membrane as substrates has been explored. Both polymers, SPBI and P2VP, possess a net charge in methanol as a result of the dissolution of SPBI by complexation with triethylamine (TEA) and the protonation of P2VP with HCl, respectively, and thereby can form a multilayered molecular composite of alternating anionic SPBI and cationic P2VP via an electrostatic layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly. UV-vis absorption spectrophotometry was used to monitor the buildup and growth rate of such SPBI/P2VP multilayer films. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to determine the roughness and thickness of the resulting SPBI/P2VP multilayers. As a result, it was found that a steady-state linear growth regime for the LbL self-assembled SPBI/P2VP multilayer films and coatings onto quartz and Nafion membranes was observed after completion of the first few deposition cycles, indicating the successful formation of the SPBI/P2VP multilayered assembly in methanol solutions. In addition, the SPBI/P2VP multilayer films in the perpendicular direction (flat view) demonstrated isotropic orientation distribution on the Nafion membrane, while the SPBI/P2VP multilayer films examined by X-ray scattering in the parallel direction (edge view) revealed anisotropic orientation, the combined observations indicating confinement of SPBI rods to the plane of the coating. We further found that the SPBI/P2VP multilayer coated Nafion possesses good thermal stability, as indicated by isothermal gravimetric analysis at 310 °C, and it was further observed that SPBI/P2VP multilayer coatings using the LbL self-assembly technique on Nafion membrane significantly increased the membrane stiffness, despite the small coating thickness employed. PMID:25923689

  9. Self-Cleaning Features of Plasma-Treated Surfaces with Self-Assembled Monolayer Coating

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    Lee, Sang‑Joon; Paik, Bu‑Geun; Kim, Guk‑Bae; Jang, Young‑Gil

    2006-02-01

    A biomimic surface was coated onto a poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) substrate. The coated PTFE surface was found to have nanoscale roughness and high hydrophobicity. In the first preparation step, the PTFE surface was modified by plasma etching. A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of octadecyltrichlorosilane (ODTS) was then deposited onto the modified surface with a thickness of a 2-3 nm. This surface was found to have self-cleaning features similar to those of a lotus leaf. The self-cleaning features were confirmed by comparing the contact and sliding angles of the original PTFE surface, a PTFE surface plasma treated, and a PTFE surface plasma treated and SAM coated. The PTFE surface treated with plasma and SAM coated had an increased contact angle and a decreased sliding angle compared with the other surfaces. It also exhibited increased stability and slow aging. The quantity of oxygen-containing groups that can be greatly influenced by plasma treatment, SAM coating, and aging, seems to play an important role in surface modification.

  10. Buffer layers for coated conductors

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    Stan, Liliana; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2011-08-23

    A composite structure is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, and a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material. Additionally, an article is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material, and a thick film upon the cubic metal oxide material. Finally, a superconducting article is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material, and an yttrium barium copper oxide material upon the cubic metal oxide material.

  11. Self-cleaning antireflective coatings assembled from peculiar mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Li, Xiaoyu; Du, Xin; He, Junhui

    2010-08-17

    Novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles of peculiar shapes were synthesized, from which hierarchically porous silica coatings were fabricated on glass substrates via layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly, followed by calcination. These porous silica coatings were highly transparent and superhydrophilic. The maximum transmittance reached as high as 94%, whereas that of the glass substrate is 91%. The time for a droplet to spread lower than 5 degrees decreased to as short as 0.25 s. After the coating surface was treated with a low surface energy material, the surface became superhydrophobic (water contract angle >150 degrees) with a very low sliding angle of cleaning property. We used scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electron microscopy to observe the morphology and structure of nanoparticles and surfaces. Transmission spectra and their change with time were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometer. We studied the surface wettability by a contact angle/interface system. The influence of mesopores on the transmittance and wetting properties of coatings was discussed on the basis of experimental observations.

  12. SELF ASSEMBLY OF ABC TRIBLOCK COPOLYMER THIN FILMS ON A BRUSH-COATED SUBSTRATE

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    Zhi-bin Jiang; Rong Wang; Gi Xue

    2009-01-01

    Self assemblies of ABC triblock copolymer thin films on a densely brush-coated substrate were investigated by using the self-consistent field theory. The middle block B and the coated polymer form one phase and the alternating phase A and phase C occur when the film is very thin either for the neutral or selective hard surface (which is opposite to the brush-coated substrate). The lamellar phase is stable on the hard surface when it is neutral and interestingly, the short block tends to stay on this hard surface. The rippled structure forms when the cylindrical phase exists near the surface between grafted polymers and ABC block copolymers. Due to the existence of the hydrophilic brush-coated surface serving as a soft surface of the film, the energy fluctuation existing in the film confined by two hard surfaces disappears. The results are helpful for designing the nanopattern of the film and realizing the functional thin film, such as adding the functional short block A to the BC diblock copolymer.

  13. Self-Healing Underwater Superoleophobic and Antibiofouling Coatings Based on the Assembly of Hierarchical Microgel Spheres.

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    Chen, Kunlin; Zhou, Shuxue; Wu, Limin

    2016-01-26

    Marine biofouling has been plaguing people for thousands of years. While various strategies have been developed for antifouling (including superoleophobic) coatings, none of these exhibits self-healing properties because the bestowal of a zoetic self-repairing function to lifeless artificial water/solid interfacial materials is usually confronted with tremendous challenges. Here, we present a self-repairing underwater superoleophobic and antibiofouling coating through the self-assembly of hydrophilic polymeric chain modified hierarchical microgel spheres. The obtained surface material not only has excellent underwater superoleophobicity but also has very good subaqueous antibiofouling properties. More importantly, this surface material can recover the oil- and biofouling-resistant properties once its surface is mechanically damaged, similar to the skins of some marine organisms such as sharks or whales. This approach is feasible and easily mass-produced and could open a pathway and possibility for the fabrication of other self-healing functional water/solid interfacial materials. PMID:26687925

  14. Parallel nano-assembling of a multifunctional GO/HapNP coating on ultrahigh-purity magnesium for biodegradable implants

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    Santos, C., E-mail: catarina.santos@estsetubal.ips.pt [EST Setúbal, DEM, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Campus IPS, 2914-508 Setúbal (Portugal); CQE, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Piedade, C. [EST Setúbal, DEM, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Campus IPS, 2914-508 Setúbal (Portugal); Uggowitzer, P.J. [Laboratory of Metal Physics and Technology, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich (Switzerland); Montemor, M.F. [CQE, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Carmezim, M.J. [EST Setúbal, DEM, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Campus IPS, 2914-508 Setúbal (Portugal); CQE, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2015-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A GO/HapNP thin coating was applied on XHP-Mg using a parallel nano-assembling route. • The coating surface wettability can be controlled by adding HapNP and/or GO. • Nanostructured GO/HapNP/phosphate coating promotes the apatite mineralization. • Critical properties, including degradation on SBF, of the coating were studied. - Abstract: This work reports the one-step fabrication of a novel coating on ultra high purity magnesium using a parallel nano assembling process. The multifunctional biodegradable surface was obtained by adding hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (HapNP) plus graphene oxide (GO). The coating was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), micro-Raman spectroscopy. The thin phosphate coating (thickness of 1 μm) reveals a uniform coverage with cypress like structures. The incorporation of HapNP and GO promotes the hydrophilic behavior of the coating surface. The results revealed that the proposed coating can be used to tailor the surface properties such as wettability by adjusting the contents of HapNP and GO. The in vitro degradation rate of the coated magnesium suggests that the presence of HapNP and GO/HapNP in the phosphate coating decreased the current density compared to the single phosphate coating and uncoated magnesium. This study also reveals the HapNP/GO/phosphate coating induces apatite formation, showing suitable degradability that makes it a promising coating candidate for enhanced bone regeneration.

  15. Parallel nano-assembling of a multifunctional GO/HapNP coating on ultrahigh-purity magnesium for biodegradable implants

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A GO/HapNP thin coating was applied on XHP-Mg using a parallel nano-assembling route. • The coating surface wettability can be controlled by adding HapNP and/or GO. • Nanostructured GO/HapNP/phosphate coating promotes the apatite mineralization. • Critical properties, including degradation on SBF, of the coating were studied. - Abstract: This work reports the one-step fabrication of a novel coating on ultra high purity magnesium using a parallel nano assembling process. The multifunctional biodegradable surface was obtained by adding hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (HapNP) plus graphene oxide (GO). The coating was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), micro-Raman spectroscopy. The thin phosphate coating (thickness of 1 μm) reveals a uniform coverage with cypress like structures. The incorporation of HapNP and GO promotes the hydrophilic behavior of the coating surface. The results revealed that the proposed coating can be used to tailor the surface properties such as wettability by adjusting the contents of HapNP and GO. The in vitro degradation rate of the coated magnesium suggests that the presence of HapNP and GO/HapNP in the phosphate coating decreased the current density compared to the single phosphate coating and uncoated magnesium. This study also reveals the HapNP/GO/phosphate coating induces apatite formation, showing suitable degradability that makes it a promising coating candidate for enhanced bone regeneration

  16. zeta-COP, a subunit of coatomer, is required for COP-coated vesicle assembly

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    1993-01-01

    cDNA encoding the 20-kD subunit of coatomer, zeta-COP, predicts a protein of 177-amino acid residues, similar in sequence to AP17 and AP19, subunits of the clathrin adaptor complexes. Polyclonal antibody directed to zeta-COP blocks the binding of coatomer to Golgi membranes and prevents the assembly of COP-coated vesicles on Golgi cisternae. Unlike other coatomer subunits (beta-, beta'-, gamma-, and epsilon- COP), zeta-COP exists in both coatomer bound and free pools.

  17. Simulation Modelling Study of Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Coatings for Retinal Implants

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    Tomas Maul; Andrzej Bargiela; Yuying Yan; Nan Gao; Alexander Foss

    2013-01-01

    The electrode resolution of current retinal prostheses is still far from matching the densities of retinal neurons.Decreasing electrode diameter increases impedance levels thus deterring effective stimulation of neurons.One solution is to increase the surface roughness of electrodes,which can be done via nanoparticle coatings.This paper explores a Lattice Gas Model of the drying-mediated self-assembly of nanoparticle mixtures.The model includes representations for different types of nanoparticles,solvent,vapour,substrate and the energetic relationships between these elements.The dynamical aspect of the model is determined by energy minimization,stochastic fluctuations and physical constraints.The model attempts to unravel the relationships between different experimental conditions (e.g.evaporation rate,substrate characteristics and solvent viscosity) and the surface roughness of resulting assemblies.Some of the main results include the facts that the assemblies formed by nanoparticles of different sizes can boost roughness in specific circumstances and that the optimized assemblies can exhibit walled or stalagmite structures.This study provides a set of simulation modelling experiments that if confirmed in the laboratory may result in new and useful materials.

  18. Fabrication of 5 cm long epitaxial Sm{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 1.9-x} single buffer layer on textured Ni-5%W substrate for YBCO coated conductors via dip-coating PACSD method

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    Lei, M.; Wang, W.T.; Pu, M.H.; Yang, X.S.; He, L.J. [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Cheng, C.H. [Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, New South Wales (Australia); Zhao, Y., E-mail: yzhao@home.swjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Levitation and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education of China), Superconductivity R and D Center (SRDC), Mail Stop 165, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China)] [Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, New South Wales (Australia)

    2011-11-15

    Epitaxial Sm{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 1.9-x} single buffer layer for YBCO coated conductors was deposited via fluorine-free dip-coating CSD. Flat, dense and crack-free SCO films with sharp (2 0 0) c-axis texture were obtained by carefully controlling the processing. YBCO thin films with a homogeneous surface microstructure were deposited on the SCO-buffered NiW substrate via CSD approach. Five centimeters long epitaxial Sm{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 1.9-x} (SCO) single buffer layer for YBCO coated conductors was deposited via dip-coating polymer-assisted chemical solution deposition (PACSD) approach on bi-axially textured Ni-5%W (2 0 0) alloy substrate. The film formation and texture evolution were investigated using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Flat, dense and crack-free SCO films with sharp (2 0 0) c-axis texture were obtained by way of carefully controlling the concentration of precursor solution, withdrawing speed, annealing temperature and dwelling time. On consideration of both microstructure and texture, epitaxial SCO single buffer layers were fabricated using precursor solution of 0.3 M cationic concentration, the withdrawing speed of 10 mm/min and heat treatment at 1100 deg. C in Ar-5%H{sub 2} mixture gas for 0.5 h. Epitaxial YBCO thin films with a homogeneous surface microstructure were deposited on the SCO-buffered NiW substrate via dip-coating PACSD approach. The PACSD approach was a promising way to fabricate long and low-cost YBCO coated conductors.

  19. Local structural study of commercial grade MBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (M = Y and/or Gd) coated conductors by polarized Raman spectroscopy

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    Moon, Hank Youl; Shin, Hae Young; Jin, Hye Jin; Jo, William; Yoon, Seok Hyun [Dept. of physics, Ewha Womans University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    In 1987, M. K. Wu and Paul Chu discovered Y{sub 1.2}Ba{sub 0.8}CuO{sub 4} (YBCO) with critical temperature (T{sub c}) of 93 K. It has significantly lowered the cost of cooling of a material up to the point where superconductivity set in. Utilizing the cost reduction of attaining superconductivity and the vast amount of research to understand characteristics of high temperature oxide superconducting materials, there has been effort to use a high temperature superconductor as a coated conductor. It is important to characterize the materials precisely for stable performance before commercializing. We used polarized Raman scattering spectroscopy to study structural and stoichiometric information regarding YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}, GdYBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}, and GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} produced by three leading groups of producing commercial grade high temperature superconductor coated conductors American Superconductor Corporation, Superpower, and SuNAM.

  20. Interstrand contact resistance and AC loss of a 48-strands Nb3Sn CIC conductor with a Cr/Cr-oxide coating

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    Nijhuis, Arend; Kate, ten Herman H.J.; Pantsyrny, Victor; Shikov, Alexander K.

    2000-01-01

    The interstrand contact resistance (Rc) between crossing strands in Cable-In-Conduit Conductors (CICC's) determines the coupling loss and the stability against local disturbances. The surface oxidation, surface roughness and micro-scale sliding of the contact surfaces are key parameters in the Rc. T

  1. n-Octadecanethiol self-assembled monolayer coating with microscopic roughness for dropwise condensation of steam

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    Chen, Liang; Liang, Shiqiang; Yan, Runsheng; Cheng, Yanjun; Huai, Xiulan; Chen, Shuling

    2009-06-01

    Here we presented a novel technology to achieve a Super-hydrophobic coating with microscopic roughness on copper surface. First, make a layer of verdigris grow on the fresh pure copper surface. Gain it by exposing the copper to air and the mist of acetic acid solution. The green coating is a mixture of basic copper(II) carbonate and copper(II) acetate. Second heat the coating and make it decompose to CuO. Lastly, form an n-octadecanethiol self-assembled monolayers coating on the outermost surface. Contact angle test, scanning electron microscope analysis and electrochemical testing were carried out to characterize the surface, and a heat transfer experiment for dropwise condensation of steam was performed also. Results show that the modified surface bears a few Super-hydrophobic features, the static contact angle is higher than that in literatures, reaching 153.1±1.7°. The microscopic roughness can be seen in SEM images, differing much from H2O2 etched surface and bare copper surface. The condensation of steam on the surface is a typical form of dropwise condensation, in the measured range of temperature difference, under 0.1 MPa, the average convection heat transfer coefficients of the vertical surface are 1.7˜2.1 times for those of film condensation. At the same time, the inhibition efficiency of surface is improved to some extent comparing with the same kind of SAMs, which suggests that the lifetime of maintenance dropwise condensation would have the possibility to surpass the existing record.

  2. n-Octadecanethiol Self-Assembled Monolayer Coating with Microscopic Roughness for Dropwise Condensation of Steam

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    Liang CHEN; Shiqiang LIANG; Runsheng YAN; Yanjun CHENG; Xiulan HUAI; Shuling CHEN

    2009-01-01

    Here we presented a novel technology to achieve a Super-hydrophobic coating with microscopic roughness on copper surface. First, make a layer of verdigris grow on the fresh pure copper surface. Gain it by exposing the copper to air and the mist of acetic acid solution. The green coating is a mixture of basic copper(Ⅱ) carbonate and copper(Ⅱ) acetate. Second heat the coating and make it decompose to CuO. Lastly, form an n-octadecanethiol self-assembled monolayers coating on the outermost surface. Contact angle test, scanning electron microscope analysis and electrochemical testing were carried out to characterize the surface, and a heat transfer experiment for dropwise condensation of steam was performed also. Results show that the modified surface bears a few Su-per-hydrophobic features, the static contact angle is higher than that in literatures, reaching 153.1±1.7°. The mi-croscopic roughness can be seen in SEM images, differing much from H2O2 etched surface and bare copper sur-face. The condensation of steam on the surface is a typical form of dropwise condensation, in the measured range of temperature difference, under 0.1 MPa, the average convection heat transfer coefficients of the vertical surface are 1.7-2.1 times for those of film condensation. At the same time, the inhibition efficiency of surface is im-proved to some extent comparing with the same kind of SAMs, which suggests that the lifetime of maintenance dropwise condensation would have the possibility to surpass the existing record.

  3. Self-assembled gold coating enhances X-ray imaging of alginate microcapsules

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    Qie, Fengxiang; Astolfo, Alberto; Wickramaratna, Malsha; Behe, Martin; Evans, Margaret D. M.; Hughes, Timothy C.; Hao, Xiaojuan; Tan, Tianwei

    2015-01-01

    Therapeutic biomolecules produced from cells encapsulated within alginate microcapsules (MCs) offer a potential treatment for a number of diseases. However the fate of such MCs once implanted into the body is difficult to establish. Labelling the MCs with medical imaging contrast agents may aid their detection and give researchers the ability to track them over time thus aiding the development of such cellular therapies. Here we report the preparation of MCs with a self-assembled gold nanoparticle (AuNPs) coating which results in distinctive contrast and enables them to be readily identified using a conventional small animal X-ray micro-CT scanner. Cationic Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) homopolymer modified AuNPs (PAuNPs) were coated onto the surface of negatively charged alginate MCs resulting in hybrids which possessed low cytotoxicity and high mechanical stability in vitro. As a result of their high localized Au concentration, the hybrid MCs exhibited a distinctive bright circular ring even with a low X-ray dose and rapid scanning in post-mortem imaging experiments facilitating their positive identification and potentially enabling them to be used for in vivo tracking experiments over multiple time-points.Therapeutic biomolecules produced from cells encapsulated within alginate microcapsules (MCs) offer a potential treatment for a number of diseases. However the fate of such MCs once implanted into the body is difficult to establish. Labelling the MCs with medical imaging contrast agents may aid their detection and give researchers the ability to track them over time thus aiding the development of such cellular therapies. Here we report the preparation of MCs with a self-assembled gold nanoparticle (AuNPs) coating which results in distinctive contrast and enables them to be readily identified using a conventional small animal X-ray micro-CT scanner. Cationic Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) homopolymer modified Au

  4. Improved textured La2Zr2O7 buffer layers on bi-axially textured Ni–W substrates using CeO2 seed layers for YBa2Cu3O7−x coated conductors

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    La2Zr2O7 (LZO) buffer layers were deposited on bi-axially textured Ni–W substrates with CeO2 seed layer by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering for the large-scale application of YBa2Cu3O7−x (YBCO) coated conductors. The microstructure and surface morphology of LZO buffer layers were studied by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The influences of substrate temperature and oxygen partial pressure on the microstructure and surface morphology of LZO buffer layers were discussed. It was found that epitaxial LZO films were preferentially c-axis oriented without microcracks, with no degradation of crystallographic texture and with high surface crystallinity. Crack-free and strong c-axis aligned LZO films with no random orientation were obtained at relatively low substrate temperatures of 600–800 °C and in flowing 40 Pa gas mixtures of Ar–O2 with an effective oxygen partial pressure of 0.1–20 Pa. In addition, LZO films grown in low oxygen partial pressure have a smoother surface than films in higher oxygen partial pressure. Then, we fabricated YBCO coated conductors on the high-quality LZO buffer layers by pulsed laser deposition. The critical current density Jc = 2.25 MA/cm2 and critical current Ic = 180 A/cm of 0.8-μm-thick YBCO film at 77 K, self field were obtained. The magnetic field and angular dependences of critical current per width were discussed. Highly textured LZO films grown on CeO2 seed layer were suitable as a buffer layer for the growth of YBCO coated conductors with high currents. - Highlights: • La2Zr2O7 (LZO) films were firstly fabricated by magnetron sputtering. • We firstly used the buffer architecture LZO/CeO2 (seed). • We firstly fabricated YBa2Cu3O7+x films directly on LZO films

  5. Microstructural investigation of phases and pinning properties in MBa2Cu3O7-x (M = Y and/or Gd) coated conductors produced by scale-up facilitie

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    Jin, Hye-Jin; Moon, Han-Kyoul; Yoon, Seokhyun; Jo, William; Kim, Kunsu; Kim, Miyoung; Ko, Rock-Kil; Jo, Young-Sik; Ha, Dong-Woo

    2016-03-01

    To expedite the commercialization of coated conductors, a robust stacking architecture of the wires must be developed and the performance of the critical currents improved. More importantly, the manufacturability, or large-scale delivery, and the capability of sustaining production at a high rate must be considered. The products of three companies, American Superconductor, Superpower Inc., and SuNAM Co., Ltd, were selected because these companies have announced commercial-grade production lines and delivered a significant amounts of wires to the open market that meet the standards demanded by power devices. X-ray diffraction patterns were used to verify the structural properties and the phase formation in the wires, and transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy was used to investigate the microstructure and composition of the conductors. In addition, Raman scattering spectroscopy was used for the analysis of the phase formation and for the elucidation of secondary phases in the superconducting layers. The field dependence of the critical current was also studied to compare the transport characteristics under relatively low and medium magnetic field at 77 K and 60 K. Pinning forces were obtained from the field dependence of transport properties and pinning characteristics were investigated. The theoretical and experimental analyses were combined together using the Dew-Hughes formula to extract the scaling exponents and estimate the irreversibility lines of the fields. The results showed that the three conductors possess pinning mechanisms that originate from core pinning with a surface pinning geometry. It is remarkable that the wires discussed in this paper exhibit very similar pinning characteristics even though they have different characteristics in terms of chemical composition, microstructure, stacking architectures, and distribution of parasitic phases.

  6. Study on advanced Ce0.9La0.1O2/Gd2Zr2O7 buffer layers architecture towards all chemical solution processed coated conductors

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    Yue, Zhao; Ma, L.; Wu, W.;

    2015-01-01

    Chemical solution deposition is a versatile technique to deposit functional oxide films with low cost. In this study, this approach was employed to grow multi-layered, second-generation, high-temperature superconductors ("coated conductors") with high superconducting properties. The Ce0.9La0.1O2/...

  7. Direct, Noncovalent Coating of a Gold Surface with Polymeric Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Lee, Hojae; Hong, Daewha; Jon, Sangyong; Choi, Insung S. [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-12-15

    We demonstrated a simple but rather unexpected method for coating a gold surface with the random copolymer presenting a long alkyl chain. The poly(ethylene glycol) group in the polymer effectively minimized the unwanted adsorption of proteins onto the surface, and the N-hydroxysuccinimide group was utilized for covalent immobilization of the antibody. The successful generation of IgG/anti-IgG showed that the long alkyl chain-mediated coating of the gold surface led to the stable formation of the polymeric self-assembled monolayers at least in water and phosphate-buffered saline. We think that more detailed studies on the stability of the pSAMs on gold are needed for the practical applications of the method described in this work to the bioanalytical analysis, which is our next research thrust. The spatio-selective immobilization of biomolecules, such as DNAs, antibodies, or aptamers, onto a solid surface is required for the development of bioanalytical and biomedical devices that interface the immobilized probe with the target biospecifically.

  8. Layer-by-Layer-Assembled High-Performance Broadband Antireflection Coatings

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    Shimomura, Hiroomi

    2010-03-24

    Nanoparticles are indispensable ingredients of solution-processed optical, dielectric, and catalytic thin films. Although solution-based methods are promising low-cost alternatives to vacuum methods, they can have significant limitations. Coating uniformity, thickness control, roughness control, mechanical durability, and incorporation of a diverse set of functional organic molecules into nanoparticle thin films are major challenges. We have used the electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly technique to make uniform, conformal multistack nanoparticle thin films for optical applications with precise thickness control over each stack. Two particularly sought-after optical applications are broadband antireflection and structural color. The effects of interstack and surface roughness on optical properties of these constructs (e.g., haze and spectral response) have been studied quantitatively using a combination of Fourier-transform methods and atomic force microscopy measurements. Deconvoluting root-mean-square roughness into its large-, intermediate-, and small-scale components enables enhanced optical simulations. A 4-stack broadband antireflection coating (<0.5% average reflectance in the visible range, and 0.2% haze) composed of alternating high-index (n ≈ 1.96) and low-index (n ≈ 1.28) stacks has been made on glass substrate. Films calcinated at 550 °C endure a one-hour-long cloth cleaning test under 100 kPa normal stress. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  9. Ozone Oxidation of Self-Assembled Monolayers on SiOx-Coated Zinc Selenide Surfaces

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    McIntire, T. M.; Ryder, O. S.; Finlayson-Pitts, B. J.

    2008-12-01

    Airborne particles are important for visibility, human health, climate, and atmospheric reactions. Atmospheric particles contain a significant fraction of organics and such compounds present on airborne particles are susceptible to oxidation by atmospheric oxidants, such as OH, ozone, halogen atoms, and nitrogen trioxide. Oxidized organics associated with airborne particles are thought to be polar, hygroscopic species with enhanced cloud-nucleating properties. Oxide layers on silicon, or SiO2-coated substrates, act as models of environmentally relevant surfaces such as dust particles upon which organics adsorb. We have shown previously that ozone oxidation of unsaturated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on silicon attenuated total reflectance (ATR) crystals leads to the formation of carbonyl groups and micron-sized, hydrophobic organic aggregates surrounded by carbon depleted substrate that do not have increased water uptake as previously assumed. Reported here are further ATR-FTIR studies of the oxidation of alkene SAMs on ZnSe and SiO2-coated ZnSe. These substrates have the advantage that they transmit below 1500 cm-1, allowing detection of additional product species. These experiments show that the loss of C=C and formation of carbonyl groups is also accompanied by formation of a peak at 1110 cm-1, attributed to the secondary ozonide. Details concerning the products and mechanism of ozonolysis of alkene SAMs on surfaces based on these new data are presented and the implications for the oxidation of alkenes on airborne dust particles are discussed.

  10. International Space Station Common Cabin Air Assembly Condensing Heat Exchanger Hydrophilic Coating Failures and Lessons Learned

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    Balistreri, Steven F.; Shaw, Laura A.; Laliberte, Yvon

    2010-01-01

    The ability to control the temperature and humidity of an environment or habitat is critical for human survival. These factors are important to maintaining human health and comfort, as well as maintaining mechanical and electrical equipment in good working order to support the human and to accomplish mission objectives. The temperature and humidity of the International Space Station (ISS) United States On-orbit Segment (USOS) cabin air is controlled by the Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA). The CCAA consists of a fan, a condensing heat exchanger (CHX), an air/water separator, temperature and liquid sensors, and electrical controlling hardware and software. The CHX is the primary component responsible for control of temperature and humidity. The CCAA CHX contains a chemical coating that was developed to be hydrophilic and thus attract water from the humid influent air. This attraction forms the basis for water removal and therefore cabin humidity control. However, there have been several instances of CHX coatings becoming hydrophobic and repelling water. When this behavior is observed in an operational CHX, the unit s ability to remove moisture from the air is compromised and the result is liquid water carryover into downstream ducting and systems. This water carryover can have detrimental effects on the cabin atmosphere quality and on the health of downstream hardware. If the water carryover is severe and widespread, this behavior can result in an inability to maintain humidity levels in the USOS. This paper will describe the operation of the five CCAAs within in the USOS, the potential causes of the hydrophobic condition, and the impacts of the resulting water carryover to downstream systems. It will describe the history of this behavior and the actual observed impacts to the ISS USOS. Information on mitigation steps to protect the health of future CHX hydrophilic coatings and potential remediation techniques will also be discussed.

  11. Self-assembled biomimetic superhydrophobic CaCO3 coating inspired from fouling mineralization in geothermal water.

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    Wang, Gong G; Zhu, Li Q; Liu, Hui C; Li, Wei P

    2011-10-18

    Inspired from fouling self-mineralization in geothermal water, a novel biomimetic cactuslike CaCO(3) coating with superhydrophobic features is reported in this letter. The structure, morphologies, and phases of the CaCO(3) coating were characterized by X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and infrared spectrophotometry. After prenucleation treatment, a continuous cactuslike CaCO(3) coating with hierarchical nano- and microstructures was self-assembled on stainless steel surfaces after immersion in simulated geothermal water at 50 °C for 48 h. After being modified with a low-surface-energy monolayer of sodium stearate, the as-prepared coating exhibited superhydrophobic properties with a water contact angle of 158.9° and a sliding angle of 2°. Therefore, this work might open up a new application field of geothermal resources and provide insight into designing multidimensional structures with functional applications, including superhydrophobic surfaces.

  12. Photoconduction in CDW conductors

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    Zaitsev-Zotov, S.V., E-mail: serzz@cplire.ru [Kotel' nikov IRE RAS, Mokhovaya 11, Bld. 7, 125009 Moscow (Russian Federation); Minakova, V.E.; Nasretdinova, V.F.; Zybtsev, S.G. [Kotel' nikov IRE RAS, Mokhovaya 11, Bld. 7, 125009 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2012-06-01

    Photoconduction study of quasi-1D conductors allows to distinguish between the single-particle and collective linear conduction, investigate the effect of screening on collective transport and obtain interesting new details of the electronic energy structure of pure and doped CDW conductors. Here we present results of photoconduction study in quasi-1D conductors o-TaS{sub 3}, K{sub 0.3}MoO{sub 3}, and NbS{sub 3}(I).

  13. Model-Based Control of a Continuous Coating Line for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Electrode Assembly

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    Vikram Devaraj

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The most expensive component of a fuel cell is the membrane electrode assembly (MEA, which consists of an ionomer membrane coated with catalyst material. Best-performing MEAs are currently fabricated by depositing and drying liquid catalyst ink on the membrane; however, this process is limited to individual preparation by hand due to the membrane’s rapid water absorption that leads to shape deformation and coating defects. A continuous coating line can reduce the cost and time needed to fabricate the MEA, incentivizing the commercialization and widespread adoption of fuel cells. A pilot-scale membrane coating line was designed for such a task and is described in this paper. Accurate process control is necessary to prevent manufacturing defects from occurring in the coating line. A linear-quadratic-Gaussian (LQG controller was developed based on a physics-based model of the coating process to optimally control the temperature and humidity of the drying zones. The process controller was implemented in the pilot-scale coating line proving effective in preventing defects.

  14. Catechol-based layer-by-layer assembly of composite coatings: a versatile platform to hierarchical nano-materials.

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    Wang, C X; Braendle, A; Menyo, M S; Pester, C W; Perl, E E; Arias, I; Hawker, C J; Klinger, D

    2015-08-21

    Inspired by the marine mussel's ability to adhere to surfaces underwater, an aqueous catechol-based dip coating platform was developed. Using a catechol-functionalized polyacrylamide binder in combination with inorganic nanoparticles enables the facile fabrication of robust composite coatings via a layer-by-layer process. This modular assembly of well-defined building blocks provides a versatile alternative to electrostatic driven approaches with layer thickness and refractive indices being readily tunable. The platform nature of this approach enables the fabrication of hierarchically ordered nano-materials such as Bragg stacks.

  15. Thunderclouds and Lightning Conductors

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    Martin, P. F.

    1973-01-01

    Discusses the historical background of the development of lightning conductors, describes the nature of thunderclouds and the lightning flash, and provides a calculation of the electric field under a thundercloud. Also discussed are point discharge currents and the attraction theory of the lightning conductor. (JR)

  16. Self-assembled monolayer of 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane for improved adhesion between aluminum alloy substrate and polyurethane coating

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    A good adhesion between a polymer coating and a metal or metal alloy substrate such as Al 2024-T3 plays a critical role in corrosion protection of metal substrates. In our study, a self-assembled monolayer film of 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane was formed on Al 2024-T3 substrate by covalent bonding. The adhesion property of a self-priming polyurethane coating was evaluated by pull-off adhesion test, wet tape test and thermal cycling test. All the testing results indicate that both dry and wet adhesion properties of the polyurethane coating were improved significantly after APS treatment of Al 2024-T3 in polar solvents such as methanol and acetone. In nonpolar solvents such as hexane, the APS treatment led to inconsistent improvement or sometime decreased adhesion of polyurethane coating. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study revealed that while a monolayer film was formed on the aluminum alloy surface after treating the substrate with APS in methanol and acetone, a multilayer film was formed on the substrate surface when the treatment was conducted in hexane. The APS monolayer film served as a covalent bond linkage between polymer coating and aluminum alloy substrates, which led to the increased adhesion property of polymer coating and corrosion resistance of the metal alloy substrate

  17. An all chemical solution deposition approach for the growth of highly textured CeO2 cap layers on La2Zr2O7-buffered long lengths of biaxially textured Ni-W substrates for YBCO-coated conductors

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    A reel-to-reel, dip coating process has been developed to continuously deposit epitaxial La2Zr2O7 (LZO) and CeO2 on 5 m long cube-textured {100} (001)Ni tapes. Recent results for La2Zr2O7 and CeO2 buffer layers deposited on long lengths of Ni substrate for the realization of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO)-coated conductors are presented. The major achievement is the development of a new all chemical solution deposition (CSD) process leading to the formation of highly textured buffer layers at moderate annealing temperatures. Reproducible highly textured, dense and crack-free LZO buffer layers and CeO2 cap layers were obtained for annealing temperatures as low as 900 deg. C in a reducing atmosphere (Ar-5 at.%-H2). The thickness of the LZO buffer layers was determined to be (200 ± 10) nm per single coating; prepared cerium oxide layers showed a thickness of 60 nm ± 10 nm. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) was used to grow YBCO films on these substrates. A Tc0 of T = 90.5 K and ΔTc = 1.4 K was obtained on PLD-YBCO/CSD-CeO2 /CSD-LZO/Ni-5 at.% W, which shows the outstanding features of this new buffer layer architecture processed by CSD. The large layer thickness combined with low annealing temperatures is the main advantage of this new process for low-cost buffer layer deposition on Ni-RABiTS (rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrates)

  18. Electromagnetic Scattering Analysis of Coated Conductors With Edges Using the Method of Auxiliary Sources (MAS) in Conjunction With the Standard Impedance Boundary Condition (SIBC)

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    Anastassiu, H.T.; D.I.Kaklamani, H.T.; Economou, D.P.;

    2002-01-01

    A novel combination of the method of auxiliary sources (MAS) and the standard impedance boundary condition (SIBC) is employed in the analysis of transverse magnetic (TM) plane wave scattering from infinite, coated, perfectly conducting cylinders with square cross sections. The scatterer...

  19. Multiple Resonances Induced by Plasmonic Coupling between Gold Nanoparticle Trimers and Hexagonal Assembly of Gold-Coated Polystyrene Microspheres.

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    Uchida, Takako; Yoshikawa, Takayasu; Tamura, Mamoru; Iida, Takuya; Imura, Kohei

    2016-09-15

    Optical properties of a gold nanoparticle trimer assembly coupled with gold-coated hexagonally close-packed polystyrene microspheres were investigated by linear and nonlinear spectroscopy. The observed reflection spectrum shows multiple peaks from the visible to near-infrared spectral regions. The spectroscopic properties were also examined by a finite-difference time-domain simulation. We found that the optical response of plasmons excited in the gold nanoparticle trimers was significantly modulated by strong coupling of the plasmons and the photonic mode induced in the gold-coated polystyrene assembly. Two-photon induced photoluminescence and Raman scattering from the sample were investigated, and both signals were significantly enhanced at the gold nanoparticle assembly. The simulations reveal that the electric fields can be enhanced site-selectively, not only at the interstitial sites in the nanoparticle assembly but also at the gaps between the particle and the gold film due to plasmonic interactions, by tuning the wavelength and are responsible for the strong optical responses.

  20. Investigation and optimization of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} grain boundaries and coated conductors; Untersuchung und Optimierung von YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}-Korngrenzen und Bandsupraleitern

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    Held, Rainer Robert Martin

    2010-01-29

    With increasing misorientation angle grain boundaries strongly reduce the critical current density of high temperature superconductors. For this reason costly techniques are used in production of modern Coated Conductors to induce sharp textures in the polycrystalline superconductor layers. In this dissertation measurements of the critical current density of different grain boundary types are presented showing that out-of-plane grain boundaries exhibit, also in applied magnetic fields, much higher critical current densities than expected. In further analysis of the grain boundaries indications for a microstructural reason of the high critical current densities were found. The high critical current densities of the out-of-plane grain boundaries should in fabrication of Coated Conductors allow for a relaxation of the out-of-plane grain alignment requirements and a concomitant cost reduction. In this work also results of a industrial cooperation with Nexans are presented demonstrating that the critical current density of metal-organic deposited grain boundaries and Coated Conductor layers can be increased by selective Calcium-doping. In the experiments selective Calcium-doping most effectively increased the critical current density of weak spots. (orig.)

  1. Electromagnetic and calorimetric measurements for AC losses of a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} coated conductor with Ni-alloy substrate

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    Nguyen, D N [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Sastry, P V P S S [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Knoll, D C [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Schwartz, J [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States)

    2006-10-15

    The AC losses of a rolling-assisted-biaxially-textured-substrate (RABiTS(TM)) processed YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) coated conductor (Goyal et al 1996 Appl. Supercond. 4 403-27) with Ni-alloy substrate and Cu stabilizer were measured at 77 K by both calorimetric (CM) and electromagnetic (EM) methods. In the CM method, improvements in the measurement were observed when a Cernox temperature sensor was used to measure the temperature rise on the sample instead of a differential thermocouple. The effect of heat transferred from current leads was taken into account to improve the accuracy of the CM results. In the EM method, the magnetization losses of the sample in a perpendicular applied field were measured by an in-plane pick-up coil. The calculation of the calibration factor C of the pick-up coil is discussed. Good agreement between AC loss results obtained from the CM and EM methods confirmed the validity of our measurements and calculations.

  2. Vortex creep and critical current densities J c in a 2 μm thick SmBa2Cu3O7‑d coated conductor with mixed pinning centers grown by co-evaporation

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    Haberkorn, N.; Coulter, Y.; Condó, A. M.; Granell, P.; Golmar, F.; Ha, H. S.; Moon, S. H.

    2016-07-01

    We report the critical current densities J c and flux creep rates in a 2 μm thick SmBa2Cu3O7–δ coated conductor produced by co-evaporation. The sample presents strong pinning produced by correlated disorder (CD) (boundaries between growth islands, dislocations and twin boundaries) as well as random nanoparticles. Correlated pinning along the c-axis was evidenced due to the appearance of a large peak in the angular critical current, centered at H║c. The analysis of the critical current density J c (with the magnetic field applied parallel (H║c) and at 45° of the c-axis (H║45°)) indicates that CD assists pinning throughout the temperature range. For all temperatures and at both angles the in-field dependence of J c exhibits a power-law behavior. The contribution of CD drops when the field is rotated to intermediate angles between the c axis and a–b axis (i. e. H║45°), which derives in a reduction of the absolute J c value and poorer in-field dependences. The flux creep rate depends on the angle and its values remain approximately constant within the power-law regime. For H║c and H║45° and for magnetic fields lower than 20 kOe, the flux relaxation presents characterizing glassy exponents μ = 1.70 and μ = 1.32, respectively.

  3. Coatings.

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    Anderson, Dennis G.

    1989-01-01

    This review covers analytical techniques applicable to the examination of coatings, raw materials, and substrates upon which coatings are placed. Techniques include chemical and electrochemical methods, chromatography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, microscopy, and miscellaneous techniques. (MVL)

  4. Cryo-reconstructions of P22 polyheads suggest that phage assembly is nucleated by trimeric interactions among coat proteins

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    Bacteriophage P22 forms an isometric capsid during normal assembly, yet when the coat protein (CP) is altered at a single site, helical structures (polyheads) also form. The structures of three distinct polyheads obtained from F170L and F170A variants were determined by cryo-reconstruction methods. An understanding of the structures of aberrant assemblies such as polyheads helps to explain how amino acid substitutions affect the CP, and these results can now be put into the context of CP pseudo-atomic models. F170L CP forms two types of polyhead and each has the CP organized as hexons (oligomers of six CPs). These hexons have a skewed structure similar to that in procapsids (precursor capsids formed prior to dsDNA packaging), yet their organization differs completely in polyheads and procapsids. F170A CP forms only one type of polyhead, and though this has hexons organized similarly to hexons in F170L polyheads, the hexons are isometric structures like those found in mature virions. The hexon organization in all three polyheads suggests that nucleation of procapsid assembly occurs via a trimer of CP monomers, and this drives formation of a T = 7, isometric particle. These variants also form procapsids, but they mature quite differently: F170A expands spontaneously at room temperature, whereas F170L requires more energy. The P22 CP structure along with scaffolding protein interactions appear to dictate curvature and geometry in assembled structures and residue 170 significantly influences both assembly and maturation

  5. Solid-state proton conductors

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    Remick, R.J.; Jewulski, J.; Osif, T.

    1989-01-01

    Work on this project is divided into three tasks. In the first, a comprehensive literature review was performed for the purpose of collecting data on solid proton conductors. The data was then analyzed with the goal of correlating physical and chemical characteristics with protonic conductivity in order to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon. In the second task, the results of the correlation study were used to choose an electrolyte system in which to work and to aid in the formulation of new candidate proton conductors. Under the third task, a universal test stand was constructed which can measure both electronic and protonic conductivity and which can be converted to use as a solid state fuel cell test stand. Samples of doped SrCe{sub 0.95}Yb{sub 0.05}O{sub 3} have been coated with palladium electrodes and the mechanism responsible for ionic conductivity through this material is currently under study. 6 refs., 1 fig.

  6. Long term testing for dropwise condensation using self-assembled monolayer coatings of n-octadecyl mercaptan

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    Vemuri, S.; Kim, K.J. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States); Wood, B.D. [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 (United States); Govindaraju, S.; Bell, T.W. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States)

    2006-03-01

    Two different types of hydrophobic coatings have been analyzed experimentally for their ability to promote dropwise condensation (DWC). For any technique used for promoting dropwise condensation, the longevity of the coating is critical if it is to be used in any further applications. Previous studies using self-assembled monolayers of n-octadecyl mercaptan have not reported any information on the ability for promoting DWC beyond 500h of experimentation. In the current research experiments were carried out using self-assembled monolayers for more than 2600h of experimentation and it showed good dropwise phenomena. Stearic acid solution (SAM-1) and n-octadecyl mercaptan solution (SAM-2) were used to form an ultra-thin organic hydrophobic film on the surface. An oxide layer was initially formed on the substrate surface before coating the surface with monolayers. The oxide layer formed on the substrate surface tends to improve the bonding between the substrate and the monolayers which eventually improves the longevity of the coating. In general, a SAM system with a long-chain, hydrophobic group is nano-resistant, meaning that such a system forms a protective hydrophobic layer with negligible heat transfer resistance but a much stronger bond. When compared to complete filmwise condensation, the SAM-2 (n-octadecyl mercaptan) coating increased the condensation heat transfer coefficient by a factor of approximately 3 after 100h of experimentation and by a factor of approximately 1.8 after 2600h of experimentation for copper alloy surfaces, under vacuum condition (33.86kPa). Lifetime of maintaining dropwise condensation is greatly dependent on the bonding of SAM coating to the condensing surface, form the experimental investigation it was evident that n-octadecyl mercaptan showed good DWC due to its covalent bonding with the substrate surface when compared to that of stearic acid which is bonded to the substrate surface by hydrogen bonding. Contact angles were measured for

  7. Nanostructure Pt Electrode Obtained via Self-assembly of Nanoparticles on Conductive Oxide-coated Glass Substrate

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    WANG, Wei-Bo(王维波); LUO, Zhen(罗臻); XIAO, Xu-Rui(肖绪瑞); LIN, Yuan(林原)

    2004-01-01

    Self-assembly of platinum nanoparticles were applied to fabrication of counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells on conductive oxide-coated glass substrate. The present Pt electrode exhibits high exchange current density of 220 mA/cm2, which is comparable to those prepared by electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering or thermal decomposition of platinum chloride. After analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), it was found that the catalyst was structurally characterized as nanosized platinum metal clusters and was continuously arranged on electrode surface. The present nanostructure electrode had high electrocatalytic activity for the reduction of iodine in organic solution.

  8. Production of Structural Colors with High Contrast and Wide Viewing Angles from Assemblies of Polypyrrole Black Coated Polystyrene Nanoparticles.

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    Yang, Xiaoming; Ge, Dengteng; Wu, Gaoxiang; Liao, Zhiwei; Yang, Shu

    2016-06-29

    Structural color with wide viewing angles has enormous potential applications in pigment, ink formulation, displays, and sensors. However, colors obtained from colloidal assemblies with low refractive index contrast or without black additives typically appear pale. Here, we prepare polypyrrole (PPy) black coated polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles and demonstrate well-defined colors with high color contrast and wide viewing angles under ambient light. Depending on the loading of pyrrole during polymerization, PPy nanogranules of different sizes and coverages are grafted to the surface of PS nanoparticles. The bumpy particles can self-assemble into quasi-amorphous arrays, resulting in low angle dependent structure colors under ambient light. The color can be tuned by the size of the PS nanoparticles, and the presence of the PPy black on PS nanoparticles enhances the color contrast by suppressing incoherent and multiple scattering.

  9. Layer-by-Layer Assembly of a Self-Healing Anticorrosion Coating on Magnesium Alloys.

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    Fan, Fan; Zhou, Chunyu; Wang, Xu; Szpunar, Jerzy

    2015-12-16

    Fabrication of self-healing anticorrosion coatings has attracted attention as it has the ability to extend the service life and prevent the substrate from corrosive attack. However, a coating system with a rapid self-healing ability and an improved corrosion resistance is rarely reported. In this work, we developed a self-healing anticorrosion coating on a magnesium alloy (AZ31). The coating comprises a cerium-based conversion layer, a graphene oxide layer, and a branched poly(ethylene imine) (PEI)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) multilayer. We incorporated the graphene oxide as corrosion inhibitors and used the PEI/PAA multilayers to provide the self-healing ability to the coating systems. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the composition of the multilayers, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to analyze the surface morphology. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results illustrate the improved corrosion resistance of the coating. The proposed coating also has a rapid self-healing ability in the presence of water. PMID:26583562

  10. Antifouling and Antibacterial Multifunctional Polyzwitterion/Enzyme Coating on Silicone Catheter Material Prepared by Electrostatic Layer-by-Layer Assembly.

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    Vaterrodt, Anne; Thallinger, Barbara; Daumann, Kevin; Koch, Dereck; Guebitz, Georg M; Ulbricht, Mathias

    2016-02-01

    The formation of bacterial biofilms on indwelling medical devices generally causes high risks for adverse complications such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections. In this work, a strategy for synthesizing innovative coatings of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) catheter material, using layer-by-layer assembly with three novel functional polymeric building blocks, is reported, i.e., an antifouling copolymer with zwitterionic and quaternary ammonium side groups, a contact biocidal derivative of that polymer with octyl groups, and the antibacterial hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) producing enzyme cellobiose dehydrogenase (CDH). CDH oxidizes oligosaccharides by transferring electrons to oxygen, resulting in the production of H2O2. The design and synthesis of random copolymers which combine segments that have antifouling properties by zwitterionic groups and can be used for electrostatically driven layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly at the same time were based on the atom-transfer radical polymerization of dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate and subsequent partial sulfobetainization with 1,3-propane sultone followed by quaternization with methyl iodide only or octyl bromide and thereafter methyl iodide. The alternating multilayer systems were formed by consecutive adsorption of the novel polycations with up to 50% zwitterionic groups and of poly(styrenesulfonate) as the polyanion. Due to its negative charge, enzyme CDH was also firmly embedded as a polyanionic layer in the multilayer system. This LbL coating procedure was first performed on prefunctionalized silicon wafers and studied in detail with ellipsometry as well as contact angle (CA) and zetapotential (ZP) measurements before it was transferred to prefunctionalized PDMS and analyzed by CA and ZP measurements as well as atomic force microscopy. The coatings comprising six layers were stable and yielded a more neutral and hydrophilic surface than did PDMS, the polycation with 50% zwitterionic groups having the largest

  11. A multi-scale molecular dynamics study of the assembly of micron-size supraparticles from 30 nm alkyl-coated nanoparticles.

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    Thompson, Damien; Sikora, Mateusz; Szymczak, Piotr; Cieplak, Marek

    2013-06-01

    Atomistic and meso scale computer simulations of nanoparticle aggregation are combined to describe the self-assembly of supraparticles in bulk and on surfaces under vacuum conditions. At the nano scale, atomic resolution molecular dynamics simulations provide the structures of 30 nm-diameter nanoparticles bound to each other and to coated hydrophobic surfaces, through the physical contacting of their alkyl coats. This "molecular velcro" has been recently exploited in experiments to direct the aggregation of coated nanoparticles into stable assemblies on electronics platforms. Interaction potentials are extracted from the nano scale simulations and transferred to coarse grained Brownian dynamics simulations that describe multi-nanoparticle aggregation and surface deposition. The simulation results show that the large interaction area between 30 nm nanoparticles provides a strong driving force for assembly of strongly-welded, porous supraparticles under vacuum conditions. Interaction forces are significantly larger than those found in earlier simulations of the aggregation of smaller nanoparticles, indicating that supraparticle assembly using large 30 nm nanoparticles may be kinetically controlled. The porosity programmed into kinetic assembly may potentially benefit emerging applications of nanoparticle assemblies in medicine, in particular the development of nanostructured drug-eluting stent coatings. Future work will involve potential of mean force calculations in a variety of solvents to estimate the porosity obtainable for specific applications. PMID:23591715

  12. Lubricant-Infused Nanoparticulate Coatings Assembled by Layer-by-Layer Deposition

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    Sunny, S; Vogel, N; Howell, C; Vu, TL; Aizenberg, J

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    Omniphobic coatings are designed to repel a wide range of liquids without leaving stains on the surface. A practical coating should exhibit stable repellency, show no interference with color or transparency of the underlying substrate and, ideally, be deposited in a simple process on arbitrarily shaped surfaces. We use layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition of negatively charged silica nanoparticles and positively charged polyelectrolytes to create nanoscale surface structures that are further surface-functionalized with fluorinated silanes and infiltrated with fluorinated oil, forming a smooth, highly repellent coating on surfaces of different materials and shapes. We show that four or more LbL cycles introduce sufficient surface roughness to effectively immobilize the lubricant into the nanoporous coating and provide a stable liquid interface that repels water, low-surface-tension liquids and complex fluids. The absence of hierarchical structures and the small size of the silica nanoparticles enables complete transparency of the coating, with light transmittance exceeding that of normal glass. The coating is mechanically robust, maintains its repellency after exposure to continuous flow for several days and prevents adsorption of streptavidin as a model protein. The LbL process is conceptually simple, of low cost, environmentally benign, scalable, automatable and therefore may present an efficient synthetic route to non-fouling materials.

  13. Depth profiling of the microwave surface resistance of high-J C GdBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors grown using the RCE-DR process

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    Yang, Woo, II; Jung, Ho Sang; Lee, Jae-Hun; Lee, Hunju; Moon, Seung-Hyun; Lee, Jung-Woo; Yoo, Sang-Im; Lee, Sang Young

    2016-10-01

    We study depth profiling of the microwave surface resistance (R S) of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (GdBCO) coated conductors (CCs) grown using the reactive co-evaporation by deposition and reaction (RCE-DR) method, a method enabling extremely high deposition rate. GdBCO CCs with the critical current (I C) of more than 790 A cm-1 at 77 K in self-field are used for the study. The R S of the GdBCO CCs is measured at temperatures of 10-80 K using a 8.5 GHz TE011-mode rutile resonator, which is compared with that of YBa2Cu3O7-δ films and GdBCO films epitaxially grown on single crystal substrates. It turns out that there is significant inhomogeneity in the R S over the thickness of the GdBCO layer, with the R S value of the top part at 30 K being almost two times higher than the corresponding one of the bottom part. A transmission electron microscopy study reveals that Gd2O3 grains coexist with GdBCO grains with the average Gd2O3 grain sizes being ˜150 nm at the top and ˜100 nm at the bottom of the GdBCO layer. We relate the inhomogeneity in the R S of the GdBCO layer with the positional dependence of the Gd2O3 grain size, for which effects of the dielectric losses from the Gd2O3 grains on the measured R S of the GdBCO layer are considered. Our results imply that the critical current density, another important transport property of superconductors, could be inhomogeneous over the thickness of the GdBCO layer grown using the RCE-DR method.

  14. Focus on Organic Conductors

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    Shinya Uji, Takehiko Mori and Toshihiro Takahashi

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    Full Text Available Organic materials are usually thought of as electrical insulators. Progress in chemical synthesis, however, has brought us a rich variety of conducting organic materials, which can be classified into conducting polymers and molecular crystals. Researchers can realize highly conducting molecular crystals in charge-transfer complexes, where suitable combinations of organic electron donor or acceptor molecules with counter ions or other organic molecules provide charge carriers. By means of a kind of chemical doping, the charge-transfer complexes exhibit high electrical conductivity and, thanks to their highly crystalline nature, even superconductivity has been observed. This focus issue of Science and Technology of Advanced Materials is devoted to the research into such 'organic conductors'The first organic metal was (TTF(TCNQ, which was found in 1973 to have high conductivity at room temperature and a metal–insulator transition at low temperatures. The first organic superconductor was (TMTSF2PF6, whose superconductivity under high pressures was reported by J´erome in 1980. After these findings, the research on organic conductors exploded. Hundreds of organic conductors have been reported, among which more than one hundred exhibit superconductivity. Recently, a single-component organic conductor has been found with metallic conductivity down to low temperatures.In these organic conductors, in spite of their simple electronic structures, much new physics has arisen from the low dimensionality. Examples are charge and spin density waves, characteristic metal–insulator transitions, charge order, unconventional superconductivity, superconductor–insulator transitions, and zero-gap conductors with Dirac cones. The discovery of this new physics is undoubtedly derived from the development of many intriguing novel organic conductors. High quality single crystals are indispensable to the precise measurement of electronic states.This focus issue

  15. The electromagnetic field of a vertical electric dipole on the non-perfect conductor coated with a layer of dielectric%垂直电偶极子在涂敷介质导电平面上激起的场Ⅱ

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    张红旗; 潘威炎

    2001-01-01

    The simple analytical expressions of the electromagnetic fieldsinduced by a vertical electric dipole on the non-perfect conductor coated with a dielectric layer has been obtained. It is easy to computing the values of the electromagnetic field by these expressions. The numerical results of the electromagnetic field that induced by different kinds of conductors are showed.%对垂直电偶极子(VED)在涂敷介质层的非理想导电基底上激起的电磁场进行了讨论,获得了便于计算的解析表达式,并进行了数值计算。

  16. Tribological properties of self-assembled monolayers of catecholic imidazolium and the spin-coated films of ionic liquids.

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    Liu, Jianxi; Li, Jinlong; Yu, Bo; Ma, Baodong; Zhu, Yangwen; Song, Xinwang; Cao, Xulong; Yang, Wu; Zhou, Feng

    2011-09-20

    A novel compound of an imidazolium type of ionic liquid (IL) containing a biomimetic catecholic functional group normally seen in mussel adhesive proteins was synthesized. The IL can be immobilized on a silicon surface and a variety of other engineering material surfaces via the catecholic anchor, allowing the tribological protection of these substrates for engineering applications. The surface wetting and adhesive properties and the tribological property of the synthesized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are successfully modulated by altering the counteranions. The chemical composition and wettability of the IL SAMs were characterized by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle (CA) measurements. The adhesive and friction forces were measured with an atomic force microscope (AFM) on the nanometer scale. IL composite films were prepared by spin coating thin IL films on top of the SAMs. The macrotribological properties of these IL composite films were investigated with a pin-on-disk tribometer. The results indicate that the presence of IL SAMs on a surface can improve the wettability of spin-coated ionic liquids and thus the film quality and the tribological properties. These films registered a reduced friction coefficient and a significantly enhanced durability and load-carrying capacity. The tribological properties of the composite films are better than those of pure IL films because the presence of the monolayers improves the adhesion and compatibility of spin-coated IL films with substrates. PMID:21834561

  17. Challenges and status of ITER conductor production

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    Devred, A.; Backbier, I.; Bessette, D.; Bevillard, G.; Gardner, M.; Jong, C.; Lillaz, F.; Mitchell, N.; Romano, G.; Vostner, A.

    2014-04-01

    Taking the relay of the large Hadron collider (LHC) at CERN, ITER has become the largest project in applied superconductivity. In addition to its technical complexity, ITER is also a management challenge as it relies on an unprecedented collaboration of seven partners, representing more than half of the world population, who provide 90% of the components as in-kind contributions. The ITER magnet system is one of the most sophisticated superconducting magnet systems ever designed, with an enormous stored energy of 51 GJ. It involves six of the ITER partners. The coils are wound from cable-in-conduit conductors (CICCs) made up of superconducting and copper strands assembled into a multistage cable, inserted into a conduit of butt-welded austenitic steel tubes. The conductors for the toroidal field (TF) and central solenoid (CS) coils require about 600 t of Nb3Sn strands while the poloidal field (PF) and correction coil (CC) and busbar conductors need around 275 t of Nb-Ti strands. The required amount of Nb3Sn strands far exceeds pre-existing industrial capacity and has called for a significant worldwide production scale up. The TF conductors are the first ITER components to be mass produced and are more than 50% complete. During its life time, the CS coil will have to sustain several tens of thousands of electromagnetic (EM) cycles to high current and field conditions, way beyond anything a large Nb3Sn coil has ever experienced. Following a comprehensive R&D program, a technical solution has been found for the CS conductor, which ensures stable performance versus EM and thermal cycling. Productions of PF, CC and busbar conductors are also underway. After an introduction to the ITER project and magnet system, we describe the ITER conductor procurements and the quality assurance/quality control programs that have been implemented to ensure production uniformity across numerous suppliers. Then, we provide examples of technical challenges that have been encountered and

  18. Physical interaction and assembly of Bacillus subtilis spore coat proteins CotE and CotZ studied by atomic force microscopy.

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    Liu, Huiqing; Qiao, Haiyan; Krajcikova, Daniela; Zhang, Zhe; Wang, Hongda; Barak, Imrich; Tang, Jilin

    2016-08-01

    The spore of Bacillus subtilis, a dormant type of cell, is surrounded by a complex multilayered protein structure known as the coat. It is composed of over 70 proteins and essential for the spore to withstand extreme environmental conditions and allow germination under favorable conditions. However, understanding how the properties of the coat arise from the interactions among all these proteins is an important challenge. Moreover, many specific protein-protein interactions among the coat proteins are crucial for coat assembly. In this study, atomic force microscopy (AFM) based single molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) was applied to investigate the interaction as a dynamic process between two morphogenetic coat proteins, CotE and CotZ. The unbinding force and kinetic parameters characterizing the interaction between CotE and CotZ were obtained. It is found that there is a strong affinity between CotE and CotZ. Furthermore, the assembly behaviors of CotE and CotZ, individually or in combination, were studied by AFM at solid-liquid interfaces. Our results revealed that CotE-CotZ assembly is dependent on their molar ratios and the interaction between CotE and CotZ involves in the CotE-CotZ assembly. PMID:27320701

  19. Development of dielectric window to conductor assembly

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    Heikinheimo, L.; Nuutinen, S.; Taehtinen, S. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland). Materials and Structural Integrity

    1998-12-31

    The report summarises the work done by Association Euratom-Tekes in developing manufacturing procedures for vacuum tight ceramic to metal joints and in manufacturing full scale components for the ICRF vacuum window construction. The development started at VTT Manufacturing Technology in 1996 under the Task T238.2 and continued in 1997 under the Underlying Technology tasks. In the design of the components, the following issues were addressed and resolved: (1) The choice of dielectric material; The choice is made as the best compromise among nuclear, mechanical, and thermal properties, but in due consideration of material availability, fabrication issues and response to cyclic loads, (2) Layout and detailed design. The shape of the dielectric window is optimized to minimize electric fields in the dielectric materials; The optimised field distribution is computed in a 2D geometry; The design includes thermal calculation and the cooling layout and includes provision for remote handling replacement in one block, (3) Metal/dielectric joining. The joining technology is selected and justified. Joining tests on material selections to verify the applicability has been done, the validation of the design pre-prototype tests have been carried out selectively. The steps for the manufacture of these full scale components are described in the report with the appropriate concluding remarks and suggestions for the further actions. (orig.)

  20. Self-Assembly of DNA-Coated Particles: Experiment, Simulation and Theory

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    Song, Minseok

    The bottom-up assembly of material architectures with tunable complexity, function, composition, and structure is a long sought goal in rational materials design. One promising approach aims to harnesses the programmability and specificity of DNA hybridization in order to direct the assembly of oligonucleotide-functionalized nano- and micro-particles by tailoring, in part, interparticle interactions. DNA-programmable assembly into three-dimensionally ordered structures has attracted extensive research interest owing to emergent applications in photonics, plasmonics and catalysis and potentially many other areas. Progress on the rational design of DNA-mediated interactions to create useful two-dimensional structures (e.g., structured films), on the other hand, has been rather slow. In this thesis, we establish strategies to engineer a diversity of 2D crystalline arrangements by designing and exploiting DNA-programmable interparticle interactions. We employ a combination of simulation, theory and experiments to predict and confirm accessibility of 2D structural diversity in an effort to establish a rational approach to 2D DNA-mediated particle assembly. We start with the experimental realization of 2D DNA-mediated assembly by decorating micron-sized silica particles with covalently attached single-stranded DNA through a two-step reaction. Subsequently, we elucidate sensitivity and ultimate controllability of DNA-mediated assembly---specifically the melting transition from dispersed singlet particles to aggregated or assembled structures---through control of the concentration of commonly employed nonionic surfactants. We relate the observed tunability to an apparent coupling with the critical micelle temperature in these systems. Also, both square and hexagonal 2D ordered particle arrangements are shown to evolve from disordered aggregates under appropriate annealing conditions defined based upon pre-established melting profiles. Subsequently, the controlled mixing of

  1. Process-directed self-assembly of multiblock copolymers: Solvent casting vs spray coating

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    Tang, Q.; Tang, J.; Müller, M.

    2016-07-01

    Using computer simulation of a soft, coarse-grained model and self-consistent field theory we investigate how collapsed, globular chain conformations in the initial stages of structure formation, which are produced by spray-coating, affect the single-chain structure and morphology of microphase-separated multiblock copolymers. Comparing spray-coated films with films that start from a disordered state of Gaussian chains, we observe that the collapsed molecular conformations in the initial stage give rise to (1) a smaller fraction of blocks that straddle domains (bridges), (2) a significant reduction of the molecular extension normal to the internal interfaces, and (3) a slightly larger lamellar domain spacing in the final morphology. The relaxation of molecular conformations towards equilibrium is very protracted for both processes - solvent casting and spray coating. These findings illustrate that the process conditions of the copolymer materials may significantly affect materials properties (such as mechanical properties) because the system does not reach thermal equilibrium on the relevant time scales.

  2. The CMS conductor

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    Blau, Bertrand; Curé, B; Folch, R; Hervé, A; Horváth, I L; Kircher, F; Musenich, R; Neuenschwander, J; Riboni, P; Seeber, B; Tavares, S; Sgobba, Stefano; Smith, R P

    2002-01-01

    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is one of the general-purpose detectors to be provided for the LHC project at CERN. The design field of the CMS superconducting magnet is 4 T, the magnetic length is 12.5 m and the free bore is 6 m. The magnetic field is achieved by means of a four-layer superconducting solenoid. The stored magnetic energy is 2.7 GJ at nominal current of 20 kA (at 4.5 K operating temperature). The coil is wound from a high purity aluminum- stabilized Rutherford type conductor. Unlike other existing Al- stabilized thin solenoids, the structural integrity of the CMS coil is ensured both by the Al-alloy reinforcement welded to the conductor and an external support cylinder. The flat NbTi cable is embedded in high purity aluminum by a continuous co-extrusion process. (7 refs).

  3. Physics of superionic conductors

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    Superionic conductors are solids whose ionic conductivities approach, and in some cases exceed, those of molten salts and electrolyte solutions. This implies an un­ usual state of matter in which some atoms have nearly liquidlike mobility while others retain their regular crystalline arrangement. This liquid-solid duality has much appeal to condensed matter physicists, and the coincident development of powerful new methods for studying disordered solids and interest in superionic conductors for technical applications has resulted in a new surge of activity in this venerable field. It is the purpose of this book to summarize the current re­ search in the physics of superionic conduction. with special emphasis on those aspects which set these materials apart from other solids. The volume is aimed to­ wards the materials community and will, we expect, stimulate further research on these potentially useful substances. The usual characterization of the superionic phase lists high ionic conductivity; low activat...

  4. PDMS-based Optical Leaky Waveguide Coated with Self-assemble Au-NPs for Bio-analytical Detections

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel method for fabricating PDMS-based optical leaky waveguides coated with self-assembled gold nano-particles (Au-NP for bio-analytical detection utilizing the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR effect. In the presented method, a PDMS optical waveguide is first cast in Teflon tubing to form a cylindrical leaky waveguide structure. The de-molded PDMS optical waveguide is then modified with PDDA molecules and coated with a layer of 13 nm Au-NPs for inducing the LSPR effect. The fabricated LSPR sensor is finally connected to multi-mode optic fibers for guiding the detection light. The measured sensitivity of the PDMS waveguide based LSPR sensor for detecting diluted glycerol solutions was 7.25 AU/RIU and 325.97 nm/RIU. Experimental results of a label-free detection of DNA hybridization show that the presented PDMS waveguide based LSPR sensor has a good linear response and has a detection limit of about 10pM, confirming the detection performance of the developed PDMS waveguide-based LSPR sensor.

  5. Sensitivity control of optical fiber biosensors utilizing turnaround point long period gratings with self-assembled polymer coatings

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    Gifford, Erika; Wang, Z.; Ramachandran, S.; Heflin, J. R.

    2007-09-01

    Ionic self-assembled multilayers (ISAMs) adsorbed on long period fiber gratings (LPGs) can serve as an inexpensive, robust, portable, biosensor platform. The ISAM technique is a layer-by-layer deposition technique that creates thin films on the nanoscale level. The combination of ISAMs with LPGs yields exceptional sensitivity of the optical fiber transmission spectrum. We have shown theoretically that the resonant wavelength shift for a thin-film coated LPG can be caused by the variation of the film's refractive index and/or the variation of the thickness of the film. We have experimentally demonstrated that the deposition of nm-thick ISAM films on LPGs induces shifts in the resonant wavelength of > 1.6 nm per nm of thin film. It has also been shown that the sensitivity of the LPG to the thickness of the ISAM film increases with increased film thickness. We have further demonstrated that ISAM-coated LPGs can function effectively as biosensors by using the biotin-streptavidin system and by using the Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax) antibody- PA (Protective Antigen) system. Experiments have been successfully performed in both air and solution, which illustrates the versatility of the biosensor. The results confirm that ISAM-LPGs yield a reusable, thermally-stable, and robust platform for designing and building efficient optical biosensors.

  6. Experimental Investigation on Ice-Coating and Ice-Melting of Large-Section Current Carrying Conductors for UHVDC Transmission Project%特高压直流输电大截面导线带电覆冰与融冰特性试验研究

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    陆佳政; 胡建平; 方针

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      现有小截面导线覆冰和融冰规律不能直接线性换算至大截面导线,为此在人工气候实验室开展 LGJ-720/50和JL/G3A-900/40这2种特高压直流输电大截面导线的带电覆冰与融冰试验,分析覆冰厚度增长与电流和气象参数的变化规律,得到大截面导线融冰时间与融冰电流、环境温度和风速、覆冰厚度的特性曲线。研究结果表明运行电流通过产生焦耳热降低水滴在大截面导线上的冻结系数能抑制覆冰增长;风速增大、降雨量增加可以增大水滴的碰撞系数和收集系数,温度降低可增大冻结系数,从而加快导线覆冰增长速度;环境温度还决定着导线覆冰类型。大截面导线融冰时间主要取决于导线表面需要融化的冰层厚度,并随着融冰电流的增大逐渐减小;环境温度越低,风速越大,融冰时间越长;融冰时间随覆冰厚度增加呈线性规律增长。研究结果能够为特高压直流输电线路阻冰和融冰提供理论指导。%  Existing law of ice-coating and ice-melting rules for small-sectional conductors cannot be directly applied to large-sectional conductors by linear conversion, consequently the ice-coating and ice-melting experiments for two kinds of large-sectional current-carrying conductors of UHVDC transmission project, namely LGJ-720/50 and JL/G3A-900/40, were carried out in artificial climate laboratory to analyze the rule among the growth of thickness of ice-coating, current-carrying capacity of the conductors and meteorological parameters, and characteristic curves between ice-melting time of large-sectional conductor and ice-melting current, ambient temperature, wind speed and thickness of ice-coating were obtained. Investigation results show that the increase of ice-coating thickness can be restrained through decreasing freezing coefficient of water droplets on large-sectional conductor by Joule heat arising from running current

  7. The CMS conductor

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    Horváth, I L; Marti, H P; Neuenschwander, J; Smith, R P; Fabbricatore, P; Musenich, R; Calvo, A; Campi, D; Curé, B; Desirelli, Alberto; Favre, G; Riboni, P L; Sgobba, Stefano; Tardy, T; Sequeira-Lopes-Tavares, S

    2000-01-01

    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is one of the experiments, which are being designed in the framework of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project at CERN, the design field of the CMS magnet is 4 T, the magnetic length is 13 m and the aperture is 6 m. This high magnetic field is achieved by means of a 4 layer, 5 modules superconducting coil. The coil is wound from an Al-stabilized Rutherford type conductor. The nominal current of the magnet is 20 kA at 4.5 K. In the CMS coil the structural function is ensured, unlike in other existing Al-stabilized thin solenoids, both by the Al-alloy reinforced conductor and the external former. In this paper the retained manufacturing process of the 50-km long reinforced conductor is described. In general the Rutherford type cable is surrounded by high purity aluminium in a continuous co-extrusion process to produce the Insert. Thereafter the reinforcement is joined by Electron Beam Welding to the pure Al of the insert, before being machined to the final dimensions. During the...

  8. International Space Station Common Cabin Air Assembly Condensing Heat Exchanger Hydrophilic Coating Operation, Recovery, and Lessons Learned

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    Balistreri, Steven F.; Steele, John W.; Caron, Mark E.; Laliberte, Yvon J.; Shaw, Laura A.

    2013-01-01

    The ability to control the temperature and humidity of an environment or habitat is critical for human survival. These factors are important to maintaining human health and comfort, as well as maintaining mechanical and electrical equipment in good working order to support the human and to accomplish mission objectives. The temperature and humidity of the International Space Station (ISS) United States On-orbit Segment (USOS) cabin air is controlled by the Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA). The CCAA consists of a fan, a condensing heat exchanger (CHX), an air/water separator, temperature and liquid sensors, and electrical controlling hardware and software. The CHX is the primary component responsible for control of temperature and humidity. The CCAA CHX contains a chemical coating that was developed to be hydrophilic and thus attract water from the humid influent air. This attraction forms the basis for water removal and therefore cabin humidity control. However, there have been several instances of CHX coatings becoming hydrophobic and repelling water. When this behavior is observed in an operational CHX in the ISS segments, the unit s ability to remove moisture from the air is compromised and the result is liquid water carryover into downstream ducting and systems. This water carryover can have detrimental effects on the ISS cabin atmosphere quality and on the health of downstream hardware. If the water carryover is severe and widespread, this behavior can result in an inability to maintain humidity levels in the USOS. This paper will describe the operation of the five CCAAs within the USOS, the potential causes of the hydrophobic condition, and the impacts of the resulting water carryover to downstream systems. It will describe the history of this behavior and the actual observed impacts to the ISS USOS. Information on mitigation steps to protect the health of future CHX hydrophilic coatings as well as remediation and recovery of the full heat exchanger will be

  9. BslA is a self-assembling bacterial hydrophobin that coats the Bacillus subtilis biofilm

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    Hobley, Laura; Ostrowski, Adam; Rao, Francesco V.; Bromley, Keith M.; Porter, Michael; Prescott, Alan R.; MacPhee, Cait E.; van Aalten, Daan M F; Nicola R. Stanley-Wall

    2013-01-01

    Biofilms represent the predominant mode of microbial growth in the natural environment. Bacillus subtilis is a ubiquitous Gram-positive soil bacterium that functions as an effective plant growth-promoting agent. The biofilm matrix is composed of an exopolysaccharide and an amyloid fiber-forming protein, TasA, and assembles with the aid of a small secreted protein, BslA. Here we show that natively synthesized and secreted BslA forms surface layers around the biofilm. Biophysical analysis demon...

  10. Irreversible properties of YBCO coated conductors

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    2001-01-01

    dependence of the irreversibility fields up to 6 T. To gain more insight into the defect structure of the films, neutron irradiation studies were performed on some samples. The introduction of these artificial pinning centers causes large enhancements of the magnetic J sub c in LPE specimens for the field parallel to the c-axis (H//c) at higher temperatures and magnetic fields. The granular structure of the samples does not change up to the highest neutron fluences. However, the enhancements of the transport J sub c 's are not as pronounced as observed in the magnetic measurements. The optimum defect cascade density is determined by sequential irradiation. Especially at higher fluences, the damage caused by the irradiation dominates over the additional pinning force and results in a reduction of the transport J sub c 's. This effect is even more pronounced for fields perpendicular to the c-axis (H//ab). A comparison of irradiation studies between samples deposited by LPE and by PLD shows that LPE films have a...

  11. Coated Conductors for the Magnetic Bearing Application

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    Sass, Felipe; Dias, Daniel Henrique Nogueira; Sotelo, Guilherme Gonçalves; Júnior, Rubens de Andrade

    The second generation (2G) of superconductor wires have been considered for several applications lately. This work presents a preliminary study of superconducting magnetic bearings (SMB) using 2G wires as passive levitators. A superconducting block using stacked 2G wires was built to evaluate the magnetic bearing behavior, thought levitation force measurements, when a permanent magnet cylinder approaches or moves away from the block. The superconducting block was compared with an YBCO bulk with nearly the same dimensions and the results show a promising potential for this application.

  12. Stable Aqueous Suspension and Self-Assembly of Graphite Nanoplatelets Coated with Various Polyelectrolytes

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    Jue Lu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets (xGnPs with an average thickness of 1–10 nm present an inexpensive alternative to carbon nanotubes in many applications. In this paper, stable aqueous suspension of xGnP was achieved by noncovalent functionalization of xGnP with polyelectrolytes. The surfactants and polyelectrolytes were compared with respect to their ability to suspend graphite nanoplatelets. The surface charge of the nanoplatelets was characterized with zeta potential measurements, and the bonding strength of the polymer chains to the surface of xGnP was characterized with Raman spectroscopy. This robust method opens up the possibility of using this inexpensive nanomaterial in many applications, including electrochemical devices, and leads to simple processing techniques such as layer-by-layer deposition. Therefore, the formation of xGnP conductive coatings using layer-by-layer deposition was also demonstrated.

  13. Oxygen ion conductors

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    Stephen J Skinner

    2003-03-01

    A very interesting subgroup of this class of materials are the oxides that display oxygen ion conductivity. As well as the intrinsic interest in these materials, there has been a continued drive for their development because of the promise of important technological devices such as the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC, oxygen separation membranes, and membranes for the conversion of methane to syngas1. All of these devices offer the potential of enormous commercial and ecological benefits provided suitable high performance materials can be developed. In this article we will review the materials currently under development for application in such devices with particular reference to some of the newly discovered oxide ion conductors.

  14. Conditioning flat conductors for flat conductor cable production

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    1968-01-01

    Apparatus can straighten, anneal, clean, and a tension to stretch a cable one percent to assure uniform cross-sectional area. A conductor passes through temperature controlled distilled water and through a toroid coil. As The conductor enters the water, steam performs the cleaning action. Quenching and annealing also take place.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of polystyrene coated iron oxide nanoparticles and asymmetric assemblies by phase inversion

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    Xie, Yihui

    2014-09-02

    Films with a gradient concentration of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are reported, based on a phase inversion membrane process. Nanoparticles with ∼13 nm diameter were prepared by coprecipitation in aqueous solution and stabilized by oleic acid. They were further functionalized by ATRP leading to grafted polystyrene brush. The final nanoparticles of 33 nm diameter were characterized by TGA, FTIR spectroscopy, GPC, transmission electron microscopy, and dynanmic light scattering. Asymmetric porous nanoparticle assemblies were then prepared by solution casting and immersion in water. The nanocomposite film production with functionalized nanoparticles is fast and technically scalable. The morphologies of films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, demonstrating the presence of sponge-like structures and finger-like cavities when 50 and 13 wt % casting solutions were, respectively, used. The magnetic properties were evaluated using vibrating sample magnetometer.

  16. Contamination profile of Printed Circuit Board Assemblies in relation to soldering types and conformal coating

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    Conseil, Helene; Jellesen, Morten Stendahl; Ambat, Rajan

    2014-01-01

    Typical printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) processed by reflow, wave, or selective wave soldering were analysed for typical levels of process related residues, resulting from a specific or combination of soldering process. Typical solder flux residue distribution pattern, composition......, and concentration are profiled and reported. Presence of localized flux residues were visualized using a commercial Residue RAT gel test and chemical structure was identified by FT-IR, while the concentration was measured using ion chromatography, and the electrical properties of the extracts were determined...... by measuring the leak current using a twin platinum electrode setup. Localized extraction of residue was carried out using a commercial C3 extraction system. Results clearly show that the amount and distribution of flux residues are a function of the soldering process, and the level can be reduced...

  17. Bioinspired Polyelectrolyte-Assembled Graphene-Oxide-Coated C18 Composite Solid-Phase Microextraction Fibers for In Vivo Monitoring of Acidic Pharmaceuticals in Fish.

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    Qiu, Junlang; Chen, Guosheng; Liu, Shuqin; Zhang, Tianlang; Wu, Jiayi; Wang, Fuxin; Xu, Jianqiao; Liu, Yan; Zhu, Fang; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2016-06-01

    A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber was prepared by gluing poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) assembled graphene oxide (GO)-coated C18 composite particles (C18@GO@PDDA) onto a quartz fiber with polyaniline (PANI). The fiber surface coating was sequentially modified with bioinspired polynorepinephrine, which provided a smooth biointerface and makes the coating suitable for in vivo sampling. The novel custom-made coating was used to extract acidic pharmaceuticals, and high-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) was employed for analysis. The custom-made coating exhibited a much higher extraction efficiency than the previously used commercial polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and polyacrylate (PA) coatings. The custom-made coating also possessed satisfactory stability (the relative standard deviations (RSDs) ranged from 1.60% to 10.3% for six sampling-desorption cycles), interfiber reproducibility (the RSDs ranged from 2.61% to 11.5%), and resistance to matrix effects. The custom-made fibers were used to monitor the presence of acid pharmaceuticals in dorsal-epaxial muscle of living fish, and satisfactory sensitivities (limits of detection ranged from 0.13 ng/g to 7.56 ng/g) were achieved. The accuracies were verified by the comparison with liquid extraction. Moreover, the novel fibers were successfully used to monitor the presence of acidic pharmaceuticals in living fish, which demonstrated that the custom-made fibers were feasible for possible long-term in vivo continuous pharmaceutical monitoring. PMID:27189112

  18. Improvement of SOFC electrodes using mixed ionic-electronic conductors

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    Matsuzaki, Y.; Hishinuma, M. [Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    Since the electrode reaction of SOFC is limited to the proximity of a triple phase boundary (TPB), the local current density at the electrode and electrolyte interface is larger than mean current density, which causes large ohmic and electrode polarization. This paper describes an application of mixed ionic-electronic conductors to reduce such polarization by means of (1) enhancing ionic conductivity of the electrolyte surface layer by coating a high ionic conductors, and (2) reducing the local current density by increasing the electrochemically active sites.

  19. Self-assembled carboxymethyl poly (L-histidine) coated poly (β-amino ester)/DNA complexes for gene transfection.

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    Gu, Jijin; Wang, Xiao; Jiang, Xinyi; Chen, Yanzuo; Chen, Liangcen; Fang, Xiaoling; Sha, Xianyi

    2012-01-01

    Biomaterials coated polymer/DNA complexes are developed as an efficient non-viral gene delivery system. It is able to circumvent the changes of various biophysical properties of the biomaterials and the corresponding polymer/DNA nanoparticles with covalent linkage. In the present study, we introduced pH-sensitive carboxymethyl poly (l-histidine) (CM-PLH) and poly (β-amino ester) (PbAE) as functional biomaterials to form CM-PLH/PbAE/DNA core-shell ternary complexes system based on electrostatically adsorbed coatings for gene efficient delivery and transfection. The preparation of the complexes was performed self-assembly in 25 mm sodium acetate buffer solution at pH 5.2. The complexes kept stable nano-size, behaving good condensation capacity and low toxicity, even provided a higher transfection efficiency than the binary complexes (PbAE/DNA without CM-PLH) and transfected up to (89.6 ± 4.45) % in HEK293 and (57.1 ± 2.10) % in B16-F10 in vitro. The ternary complexes significantly enhanced their cellular uptake and endosomal escape which were proved by the results that the complexes could evade the endosomal lumen and localize in the nucleus of treated cells visualized under Fluorescence Confocal Microscopy (FCM). The aforementioned results indicated that CM-PLH with pH-sensitive imidazole groups played an important role in enhancing the endosomal escape and transfection efficiency. The in vivo gene transfection confirmed that the ternary complexes with pGL3-promoter as led to effectively deposit at the tumor site by the EPR effect and shown 4 fold higher luciferase expression in B16-F10 tumor than the binary complexes. Consequently, CM-PLH/PbAE/DNA ternary complexes system exhibited significant improvements in transfection efficiency in comparison with non-coated PbAE/DNA both in vitro and in vivo, highlighting their functional prospect. Our approach and the gene delivery system fabrication could potentially be useful for effective gene delivery and therapies to

  20. Interacting with a Virtual Conductor

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    Bos, P.; Reidsma, D.; Ruttkay, Z.M.; Nijholt, A.; Harper, R.; Rauterberg, M.; Combetto, M.

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a virtual embodied agent that can conduct musicians in a live performance. The virtual conductor conducts music specified by a MIDI file and uses input from a microphone to react to the tempo of the musicians. The current implementation of the virtual conductor can interact with

  1. Fluorite Ce0.8Sm0.2O2δ porous layer coating to enhance the oxygen permeation behavior of a BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3δ mixed conductor

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    Tai-he Wang; Wei-jia Song; Rong Li; Qiang Zhen

    2016-01-01

    Fluorite Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ (SDC) nanopowder with a crystallite size of 15 nm was synthesized by a co-precipitation method. An SDC porous layer was coated onto a BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3-d (BCFN) mixed conductor to improve its oxygen transport behavior. The results show that the SDC-coated BCFN membrane exhibits a remarkably higher oxygen permeation flux (JO2) than the uncoated BCFN in the partial oxidation of coke oven gas (COG). The maximumJO2 value of the SDC-coated BCFN is 18.28 mL·min-1·cm-2 under a COG/air flux of 177 mL·min-1/353 mL·min-1 at 875°C when the thickness of the BCFN membrane is 1 mm; thisJO2 value is 23% higher than that of the uncoated BCFN membrane. This enhancement is likely because of the higher oxygen ionic conductivity of SDC, which supplies oxygen va-cancies and accelerates oxygen exchange on the membrane/coating layer/gas three-phase boundary.

  2. Fluorite Ce0.8Sm0.2O2- δ porous layer coating to enhance the oxygen permeation behavior of a BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3- δ mixed conductor

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    Wang, Tai-he; Song, Wei-jia; Li, Rong; Zhen, Qiang

    2016-06-01

    Fluorite Ce0.8Sm0.2O2- δ (SDC) nanopowder with a crystallite size of 15 nm was synthesized by a co-precipitation method. An SDC porous layer was coated onto a BaCo0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3- δ (BCFN) mixed conductor to improve its oxygen transport behavior. The results show that the SDC-coated BCFN membrane exhibits a remarkably higher oxygen permeation flux ({J_{{O_2}}}) than the uncoated BCFN in the partial oxidation of coke oven gas (COG). The maximum {J_{{O_2}}} value of the SDC-coated BCFN is 18.28 mL·min-1·cm-2 under a COG/air flux of 177 mL·min-1/353 mL·min-1 at 875°C when the thickness of the BCFN membrane is 1 mm; this {J_{{O_2}}} value is 23% higher than that of the uncoated BCFN membrane. This enhancement is likely because of the higher oxygen ionic conductivity of SDC, which supplies oxygen vacancies and accelerates oxygen exchange on the membrane/coating layer/gas three-phase boundary.

  3. The Effect of Layer-by-Layer Assembly Coating on the Proliferation and Differentiation of Neural Stem Cells.

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    Li, Wenyan; Guan, Teng; Zhang, Xiaosha; Wang, Ziyuan; Wang, Meng; Zhong, Wen; Feng, Hua; Xing, Malcolm; Kong, Jiming

    2015-02-11

    Nanocoating of a single-cell with biocompatible materials creates a defined microenvironment for cell differentiation and proliferation, as well as a model for studies in cell biology. In addition, the acidic environment in the tissue of stroke victims necessitates drug release upon pH stimuli. Here, we report the encapsulation of single neural stem cells (NSCs) using a layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique with polyelectrolytes gelatin and alginate. Analysis of the NSCs showed that the LbL encapsulation would not affect the viability, proliferation, or differentiation of the cells. When insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) was loaded on the coating material alginate, its release from alginate into the medium presented in a time-dependent and pH-dependent way. IGF-1 significantly enhanced the proliferation of the encapsulated NSCs, demonstrating a drug-carrier function of the LbL single-cell nanocoating. It provided a potential treatment strategy for nervous system disorders such as stroke. PMID:25347385

  4. Self-assembled anchor layers/polysaccharide coatings on titanium surfaces: a study of functionalization and stability

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    Ognen Pop-Georgievski

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Composite materials based on a titanium support and a thin, alginate hydrogel could be used in bone tissue engineering as a scaffold material that provides biologically active molecules. The main objective of this contribution is to characterize the activation and the functionalization of titanium surfaces by the covalent immobilization of anchoring layers of self-assembled bisphosphonate neridronate monolayers and polymer films of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and biomimetic poly(dopamine. These were further used to bind a bio-functional alginate coating. The success of the titanium surface activation, anchoring layer formation and alginate immobilization, as well as the stability upon immersion under physiological-like conditions, are demonstrated by different surface sensitive techniques such as spectroscopic ellipsometry, infrared reflection–absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The changes in morphology and the established continuity of the layers are examined by scanning electron microscopy, surface profilometry and atomic force microscopy. The changes in hydrophilicity after each modification step are further examined by contact angle goniometry.

  5. Phosphorylation of Beet black scorch virus coat protein by PKA is required for assembly and stability of virus particles.

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    Zhao, Xiaofei; Wang, Xiaoling; Dong, Kai; Zhang, Yongliang; Hu, Yue; Zhang, Xin; Chen, Yanmei; Wang, Xianbing; Han, Chenggui; Yu, Jialin; Li, Dawei

    2015-01-01

    Plant virus coat proteins (CPs) play a fundamental role in protection of genomic RNAs, virion assembly, and viral movement. Although phosphorylation of several CPs during virus infection have been reported, little information is available about CP phosphorylation of the spherical RNA plant viruses. Here, we demonstrate that the CP of Beet black scorch virus (BBSV), a member of the genus Necrovirus, can be phosphorylated at threonine-41 (T41) by cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA)-like kinase in vivo and in vitro. Mutant viruses containing a T41A non-phosphorylatable alanine substitution, and a T41E glutamic acid substitution to mimic threonine phosphorylation were able to replicate but were unable to move systemically in Nicotiana benthamiana. Interestingly, the T41A and T41E mutants generated unstable 17 nm virus-like particles that failed to package viral genomic (g) RNA, compared with wild-type BBSV with 30 nm virions during viral infection in N. benthamiana. Further analyses showed that the T41 mutations had little effect on the gRNA-binding activity of the CP. Therefore, we propose a model whereby CP phosphorylation plays an essential role in long-distance movement of BBSV that involves formation of stable virions.

  6. Phosphorylation of Beet black scorch virus coat protein by PKA is required for assembly and stability of virus particles.

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    Zhao, Xiaofei; Wang, Xiaoling; Dong, Kai; Zhang, Yongliang; Hu, Yue; Zhang, Xin; Chen, Yanmei; Wang, Xianbing; Han, Chenggui; Yu, Jialin; Li, Dawei

    2015-01-01

    Plant virus coat proteins (CPs) play a fundamental role in protection of genomic RNAs, virion assembly, and viral movement. Although phosphorylation of several CPs during virus infection have been reported, little information is available about CP phosphorylation of the spherical RNA plant viruses. Here, we demonstrate that the CP of Beet black scorch virus (BBSV), a member of the genus Necrovirus, can be phosphorylated at threonine-41 (T41) by cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA)-like kinase in vivo and in vitro. Mutant viruses containing a T41A non-phosphorylatable alanine substitution, and a T41E glutamic acid substitution to mimic threonine phosphorylation were able to replicate but were unable to move systemically in Nicotiana benthamiana. Interestingly, the T41A and T41E mutants generated unstable 17 nm virus-like particles that failed to package viral genomic (g) RNA, compared with wild-type BBSV with 30 nm virions during viral infection in N. benthamiana. Further analyses showed that the T41 mutations had little effect on the gRNA-binding activity of the CP. Therefore, we propose a model whereby CP phosphorylation plays an essential role in long-distance movement of BBSV that involves formation of stable virions. PMID:26108567

  7. Silver nanoparticles coated with adenine: preparation, self-assembly and application in surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    We describe herein the preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using nucleobase adenine as protecting agent through the in situ chemical reduction of AgNO3 with NaBH4 in an aqueous medium at room temperature. As-prepared AgNPs were characterized by UV-visible spectra, transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. All these data confirmed the formation of AgNPs. On the basis of electrostatic interactions between as-prepared AgNPs and anionic polyelectrolyte poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS), we successfully fabricated (PSS/AgNP)n (n = 0-9) multilayers on a 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane/AgNP functionalized indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate via the layer-by-layer self-assembly technique and characterized as-formed multilayers with UV-visible spectra. Furthermore, these ITO substrates coated with multilayers of different thickness were investigated as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active substrates using p-aminothiophenol as a probe molecule, implying that these multilayers substrates may be promising for a new type of SERS-active substrate

  8. 20 January 2014 - Members of the Regional Assemblies and Parliaments United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland visiting the LHC tunnel at Point 8 with Technology Department, Vacuum, Surfaces and Coatings Group P. Cruikshank.

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    Pantelia, Anna

    2014-01-01

    20 January 2014 - Members of the Regional Assemblies and Parliaments United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland visiting the LHC tunnel at Point 8 with Technology Department, Vacuum, Surfaces and Coatings Group P. Cruikshank.

  9. Flat conductor cable commercialization project

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    Hogarth, P.; Wadsworth, E.

    1977-01-01

    An undercarpet flat conductor cable and a baseboard flat conductor cable system were studied for commercialization. The undercarpet system is designed for use in office and commercial buildings. It employs a flat power cable, protected by a grounded metal shield, that terminates in receptacles mounted on the floor. It is designed to interface with a flat conductor cable telephone system. The baseboard system consists of a flat power cable mounted in a plastic raceway; both the raceway and the receptacles are mounted on the surface of the baseboard. It is designed primarily for use in residential buildings, particularly for renovation and concrete and masonry construction.

  10. Self-assembly of MPG1, a hydrophobin protein from the rice blast fungus that forms functional amyloid coatings, occurs by a surface-driven mechanism.

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    Pham, Chi L L; Rey, Anthony; Lo, Victor; Soulès, Margaux; Ren, Qin; Meisl, Georg; Knowles, Tuomas P J; Kwan, Ann H; Sunde, Margaret

    2016-01-01

    Rice blast is a devastating disease of rice caused by the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae and can result in loss of a third of the annual global rice harvest. Two hydrophobin proteins, MPG1 and MHP1, are highly expressed during rice blast infections. These hydrophobins have been suggested to facilitate fungal spore adhesion and to direct the action of the enzyme cutinase 2, resulting in penetration of the plant host. Therefore a mechanistic understanding of the self-assembly properties of these hydrophobins and their interaction with cutinase 2 is crucial for the development of novel antifungals. Here we report details of a study of the structure, assembly and interactions of these proteins. We demonstrate that, in vitro, MPG1 assembles spontaneously into amyloid structures while MHP1 forms a non-fibrillar film. The assembly of MPG1 only occurs at a hydrophobic:hydrophilic interface and can be modulated by MHP1 and other factors. We further show that MPG1 assemblies can much more effectively retain cutinase 2 activity on a surface after co-incubation and extensive washing compared with other protein coatings. The assembly and interactions of MPG1 and MHP1 at hydrophobic surfaces thereby provide the basis for a possible mechanism by which the fungus can develop appropriately at the infection interface. PMID:27142249

  11. Layer-by-layer assembled graphene-coated mesoporous SnO2 spheres as anodes for advanced Li-ion batteries

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    Shahid, Muhammad

    2014-10-01

    We report layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly of graphene/carbon-coated mesoporous SnO2 spheres (Gr/C-SnO2 spheres), without binder and conducting additives, as anode materials with excellent Li-ion insertion-extraction properties. Our results indicate that these novel LBL assembled electrodes have high reversible Li storage capacity, improved cycling, and especially good rate performance, even at high specific currents. The superior electrochemical performance offered by these LBL assembled Gr/C-SnO2 spheres is attributed to the enhanced electronic conductivity and effective diffusion of Li ions in the interconnected network of nanoparticles forming the mesoporous SnO2 spheres. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. 30 CFR 56.12004 - Electrical conductors.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Electrical conductors. 56.12004 Section 56....12004 Electrical conductors. Electrical conductors shall be of a sufficient size and current-carrying... insulating materials. Electrical conductors exposed to mechanical damage shall be protected....

  13. 30 CFR 57.12004 - Electrical conductors.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Electrical conductors. 57.12004 Section 57... Surface and Underground § 57.12004 Electrical conductors. Electrical conductors shall be of a sufficient... operations will not damage the insulating materials. Electrical conductors exposed to mechanical damage...

  14. Development of all chemical solution derived Ce0.9La0.1O2 − y/Gd2Zr2O7 buffer layer stack for coated conductors: influence of the post-annealing process on surface crystallinity

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    Yue, Zhao; Li, Xiaofen; Khoryushin, Alexey;

    2012-01-01

    Preparation and characterization of a biaxially textured Gd2Zr2O7 and Ce0.9La0.1O2 − y (CLO, cap)/Gd2Zr2O7 (GZO, barrier) buffer layer stack by the metal–organic deposition route are reported. YBa2Cu3O7 − d (YBCO) superconductor films were deposited by the pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) technique...... to assess the efficiency of such a novel buffer layer stack. Biaxial texture quality and morphology of the buffer layers and the YBCO superconductor films were fully characterized. The surface crystallinity of the buffer layers is studied by the electron backscatter diffraction technique. It is revealed......-field), demonstrating that the novel CLO/GZO stack is very promising for further development of low cost buffer layer architectures for coated conductors....

  15. Seamless metallic coating and surface adhesion of self-assembled bioinspired nanostructures based on di-(3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine) peptide motif.

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    Fichman, Galit; Adler-Abramovich, Lihi; Manohar, Suresh; Mironi-Harpaz, Iris; Guterman, Tom; Seliktar, Dror; Messersmith, Phillip B; Gazit, Ehud

    2014-07-22

    The noncoded aromatic 3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine (DOPA) amino acid has a pivotal role in the remarkable adhesive properties displayed by marine mussels. These properties have inspired the design of adhesive chemical entities through various synthetic approaches. DOPA-containing bioinspired polymers have a broad functional appeal beyond adhesion due to the diverse chemical interactions presented by the catechol moieties. Here, we harnessed the molecular self-assembly abilities of very short peptide motifs to develop analogous DOPA-containing supramolecular polymers. The DOPA-containing DOPA-DOPA and Fmoc-DOPA-DOPA building blocks were designed by substituting the phenylalanines in the well-studied diphenylalanine self-assembling motif and its 9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl (Fmoc)-protected derivative. These peptides self-organized into fibrillar nanoassemblies, displaying high density of catechol functional groups. Furthermore, the Fmoc-DOPA-DOPA peptide was found to act as a low molecular weight hydrogelator, forming self-supporting hydrogel which was rheologically characterized. We studied these assemblies using electron microscopy and explored their applicative potential by examining their ability to spontaneously reduce metal cations into elementary metal. By applying ionic silver to the hydrogel, we observed efficient reduction into silver nanoparticles and the remarkable seamless metallic coating of the assemblies. Similar redox abilities were observed with the DOPA-DOPA assemblies. In an effort to impart adhesiveness to the obtained assemblies, we incorporated lysine (Lys) into the Fmoc-DOPA-DOPA building block. The assemblies of Fmoc-DOPA-DOPA-Lys were capable of gluing together glass surfaces, and their adhesion properties were investigated using atomic force microscopy. Taken together, a class of DOPA-containing self-assembling peptides was designed. These nanoassemblies display unique properties and can serve as multifunctional platforms for various

  16. Seamless Metallic Coating and Surface Adhesion of Self-Assembled Bioinspired Nanostructures Based on Di-(3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine) Peptide Motif

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    2015-01-01

    The noncoded aromatic 3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine (DOPA) amino acid has a pivotal role in the remarkable adhesive properties displayed by marine mussels. These properties have inspired the design of adhesive chemical entities through various synthetic approaches. DOPA-containing bioinspired polymers have a broad functional appeal beyond adhesion due to the diverse chemical interactions presented by the catechol moieties. Here, we harnessed the molecular self-assembly abilities of very short peptide motifs to develop analogous DOPA-containing supramolecular polymers. The DOPA-containing DOPA–DOPA and Fmoc–DOPA–DOPA building blocks were designed by substituting the phenylalanines in the well-studied diphenylalanine self-assembling motif and its 9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl (Fmoc)-protected derivative. These peptides self-organized into fibrillar nanoassemblies, displaying high density of catechol functional groups. Furthermore, the Fmoc–DOPA–DOPA peptide was found to act as a low molecular weight hydrogelator, forming self-supporting hydrogel which was rheologically characterized. We studied these assemblies using electron microscopy and explored their applicative potential by examining their ability to spontaneously reduce metal cations into elementary metal. By applying ionic silver to the hydrogel, we observed efficient reduction into silver nanoparticles and the remarkable seamless metallic coating of the assemblies. Similar redox abilities were observed with the DOPA–DOPA assemblies. In an effort to impart adhesiveness to the obtained assemblies, we incorporated lysine (Lys) into the Fmoc–DOPA–DOPA building block. The assemblies of Fmoc–DOPA–DOPA–Lys were capable of gluing together glass surfaces, and their adhesion properties were investigated using atomic force microscopy. Taken together, a class of DOPA-containing self-assembling peptides was designed. These nanoassemblies display unique properties and can serve as multifunctional

  17. A lithium superionic conductor.

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    Kamaya, Noriaki; Homma, Kenji; Yamakawa, Yuichiro; Hirayama, Masaaki; Kanno, Ryoji; Yonemura, Masao; Kamiyama, Takashi; Kato, Yuki; Hama, Shigenori; Kawamoto, Koji; Mitsui, Akio

    2011-09-01

    Batteries are a key technology in modern society. They are used to power electric and hybrid electric vehicles and to store wind and solar energy in smart grids. Electrochemical devices with high energy and power densities can currently be powered only by batteries with organic liquid electrolytes. However, such batteries require relatively stringent safety precautions, making large-scale systems very complicated and expensive. The application of solid electrolytes is currently limited because they attain practically useful conductivities (10(-2) S cm(-1)) only at 50-80 °C, which is one order of magnitude lower than those of organic liquid electrolytes. Here, we report a lithium superionic conductor, Li(10)GeP(2)S(12) that has a new three-dimensional framework structure. It exhibits an extremely high lithium ionic conductivity of 12 mS cm(-1) at room temperature. This represents the highest conductivity achieved in a solid electrolyte, exceeding even those of liquid organic electrolytes. This new solid-state battery electrolyte has many advantages in terms of device fabrication (facile shaping, patterning and integration), stability (non-volatile), safety (non-explosive) and excellent electrochemical properties (high conductivity and wide potential window). PMID:21804556

  18. Development of self-assembled molecular structures on polymeric surfaces and their applications as ultrasonically responsive barrier coatings for on-demand, pulsatile drug delivery

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    Kwok, Connie Sau-Kuen

    Nature in the form of DNA, proteins, and cells has the remarkable ability to interact with its environment by processing biological information through specific molecular recognition at the interface. As such, materials that are capable of triggering an appropriate biological response need to be engineered at the biomaterial surface. Chemically and structurally well-defined self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), biomimetics of the lipid bilayer in cell membranes, have been created and studied mostly on rigid metallic surfaces. This dissertation is motivated by the lack of methods to generate a molecularly designed surface for biomedical polymers and thus provides an enabling technology to engineer a polymeric surface precisely at a molecular and cellular level. To take this innovation one step further, we demonstrated that such self-assembled molecular structure coated on drug-containing polymeric devices could act as a stimulus-responsive barrier for controlled drug delivery. A simple, one-step procedure for generating ordered, crystalline methylene chains on polymeric surfaces via urethane linkages was successfully developed. The self-assemblies and molecular structures of these crystalline methylene chains are comparable to the SAM model surfaces, as evidenced by various surface characterization techniques (XPS, TOF-SIMS, and FTIR-ATR). For the first time, these self-assembled molecular structures are shown to function collectively as an ultrasound-responsive barrier membrane for pulsatile drug delivery, including delivery of low-molecular-weight ciprofloxacin and high-molecular-weight insulin. Encouraging results, based on the insulin-activated deoxyglucose uptakes in adipocytes, indicate that the released insulin remained biologically active. Both chemical and acoustic analyses suggest that the ultrasound-assisted release mechanism is primarily induced by transient cavitation, which causes temporary disruption of the self-assembled overlayer, and thus allows

  19. Substrate-Independent Robust and Heparin-Mimetic Hydrogel Thin Film Coating via Combined LbL Self-Assembly and Mussel-Inspired Post-Cross-linking.

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    Ma, Lang; Cheng, Chong; He, Chao; Nie, Chuanxiong; Deng, Jie; Sun, Shudong; Zhao, Changsheng

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we designed a robust and heparin-mimetic hydrogel thin film coating via combined layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly and mussel-inspired post-cross-linking. Dopamine-grafted heparin-like/-mimetic polymers (DA-g-HepLP) with abundant carboxylic and sulfonic groups were synthesized by the conjugation of adhesive molecule, DA, which exhibited substrate-independent adhesive affinity to various solid surfaces because of the formation of irreversible covalent bonds. The hydrogel thin film coated substrates were prepared by a three-step reaction: First, the substrates were coated with DA-g-HepLP to generate negatively charged surfaces. Then, multilayers were obtained via LbL coating of chitosan and the DA-g-HepLP. Finally, the noncovalent multilayers were oxidatively cross-linked by NaIO4. Surface ATR-FTIR and XPS spectra confirmed the successful fabrication of the hydrogel thin film coatings onto membrane substrates; SEM images revealed that the substrate-independent coatings owned 3D porous morphology. The soaking tests in highly alkaline, acid, and concentrated salt solutions indicated that the cross-linked hydrogel thin film coatings owned high chemical resistance. In comparison, the soaking tests in physiological solution indicated that the cross-linked hydrogel coatings owned excellent long-term stability. The live/dead cell staining and morphology observations of the adhered cells revealed that the heparin-mimetic hydrogel thin film coated substrates had low cell toxicity and high promotion ability for cell proliferation. Furthermore, systematic in vitro investigations of protein adsorption, platelet adhesion, blood clotting, and blood-related complement activation confirmed that the hydrogel film coated substrates showed excellent hemocompatibility. Both the results of inhibition zone and bactericidal activity indicated that the gentamycin sulfate loaded hydrogel thin films had significant inhibition capability toward both Escherichia coli and

  20. Controlling interfacial curvature in nanoporous silica films formed by evaporation-induced self-assembly from nonionic surfactants. I. Evolution of nanoscale structures in coating solutions.

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    Bollmann, Luis; Urade, Vikrant N; Hillhouse, Hugh W

    2007-04-10

    The double-gyroid phase of nanoporous silica films formed by evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) has been shown to possess facile mass-transport properties and may be used as a robust template for the nanofabrication of metal and semiconductor nanostructures. Recently, we developed a new synthesis of double-gyroid nanoporous silica films where the aging time of the coating solution prior to EISA was the key parameter required to control the interfacial curvature that results upon self-assembly of the film. Here, we use 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to investigate the nanoscale structure of the coating solutions used to obtain double-gyroid nanoporous silica films. NMR and SAXS were carried out on the water, ethanol, silica, and poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-alkyl (EO17-PO12-C14) surfactant coating solutions as well as similar solutions that excluded either the silica or the surfactant. NMR data reveal that the silica monomers in the coating solution condense very rapidly to form rings and connected ring species. After 1 day of aging, all monomers and dimers have disappeared, and the distribution is dominated by Q2 and Q3 species, where the superscript in Qn describes the number of silicon atoms in the second coordination shell of the central silicon. Over the course of the next 9 days, the Q3 population slowly rises at the expense of the Q2 and Q3t populations. Absolute intensity SAXS measurements reveal that the size of the silica clusters increases steadily during this aging period, reaching an average radius of gyration of 9.0 A after 9 days of aging. Longer aging results in the continued growth of clusters with a mass fractal dimension of 1.8. Absolute intensity SAXS data also reveals that micelles are not present in the coating solution. At 9% volume fraction of surfactant, the coating solution is far above the aqueous critical micellar concentration. However, even a small amount of ethanol

  1. Tailor-made Au-Ag core–shell nanoparticle 2D arrays on protein-coated graphene oxide with assembly enhanced antibacterial activity

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    Water-dispersible two-dimensional (2D) assemblies of Au-Ag core–shell nanoparticles are obtained through a highly selective electroless silver deposition on pre-assembled gold nanoparticles on bovine serum albumin (BSA)-coated graphene oxide (BSA-GO). While neither BSA-GO nor AuNP-decorated BSA-GO shows any antibacterial ability, the silver-coated GO-Au nanosheets (namely GO-Au-Ag) exhibit an enhanced antibacterial activity against Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria, superior to unassembled Au-Ag nanoparticles and even ionic Ag. Such an improvement may be attributed to the increased local concentration of silver nanoparticles around a bacterium and a polyvalent interaction with the bacterial surface. In addition, the colloidal stability of this novel nano-antimicrobial against the formation of random nanoparticle aggregates guarantees a minimized activity loss of the Au-Ag nanoparticles. The antibacterial efficacy of GO-Au-Ag is less sensitive to the existence of Cl−, in comparison with silver ions, providing another advantage for wound dressing applications. Our research unambiguously reveals a strong and very specific interaction between the GO-Au-Ag nanoassembly and E. coli, which could be an important clue toward a rational design, synthesis and assembly of innovative and highly active antibacterial nanomaterials. (paper)

  2. Sub-2 nm Thick Fluoroalkylsilane Self-Assembled Monolayer-Coated High Voltage Spinel Crystals as Promising Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Zettsu, Nobuyuki; Kida, Satoru; Uchida, Shuhei; Teshima, Katsuya

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate herein that an ultra-thin fluoroalkylsilane self-assembled monolayer coating can be used as a modifying agent at LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4‑δcathode/electrolyte interfaces in 5V-class lithium-ion batteries. Bare LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4‑δ cathode showed substantial capacity fading, with capacity dropping to 79% of the original capacity after 100 cycles at a rate of 1C, which was entirely due to dissolution of Mn3+ from the spinel lattice via oxidative decomposition of the organic electrolyte. Capacity retention was improved to 97% on coating ultra-thin FAS17-SAM onto the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode surface. Such surface protection with highly ordered fluoroalkyl chains insulated the cathode from direct contact with the organic electrolyte and led to increased tolerance to HF.

  3. Influence of TiCl4 treatment on performance of dye-sensitized solar cell assembled with nano-TiO2 coating deposited by vacuum cold spraying

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    FAN Shengqiang; LI Changjiu; YANG Guanjun; ZHANG Lingzi

    2006-01-01

    Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) treatment was employed to TiO2 coating deposited on fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) conducting glass and indium oxide doped tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass, respectively. The nano-crystalline TiO2coating was deposited using a composite powder composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and 25 nm TiO2 particles by vacuum cold spraying (VCS) process. A commercial N-719 dye was used to adsorb on the surface of TiO2 coating to prepare TiO2 electrode, which was applied to assemble dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC).The cell performance was measured under simulated solar light at an intensity of 100 mW·cm-2.Results show that with an FTO substrate the DSC composed of a VCS TiO2 electrode untreated by TiCl4 gives a short-circuit current density of 13.1 mA·cm-2 and an open circuit voltage of 0.60 V corresponding to an overall conversion efficiency of 4.4%. It is found that after TiCl4 treatment to the VCSTiO2 electrode with an FTO substrate, the short circuit current density of the cell increases by 31%, the open-circuit voltage increases by 60 mV and a higher conversion yield of 6.5% was obtained. However, when an ITOsubstrate is used to deposit TiO2 coating by VCS, after TiCl4 treatment, the conversion efficiency of the assembled cell reduces slightly due to corrosionof the conducting layer on the ITO glass by TiCl4.

  4. Self-assembled structures of alkanethiols on gold-coated cantilever tips and substrates for atomic force microscopy: Molecular organisation and conditions for reproducible deposition

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    Lamprou, Dimitrios A.; Smith, James R.; Nevell, Thomas G.; Barbu, Eugen [Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Group, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St. Michael' s Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT (United Kingdom); Willis, Colin R. [Physical Sciences Department, Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury SP4 0JQ (United Kingdom); Tsibouklis, John, E-mail: john.tsibouklis@port.ac.uk [Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Group, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, St. Michael' s Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT (United Kingdom)

    2010-01-01

    Measurements of surface-liquid interactions (contact-angle goniometry) and tip-surface adhesion forces (atomic force microscopy) combined with infrared spectroscopic studies have been used to investigate surface-preparation and solution-deposition conditions for the reproducible formation of self-assembled molecular structures on gold-coated tips and substrates for atomic force microscopy. Preliminary data show that surface-saturated self-assembled monolayers form reproducibly on prolonged (>20 h) exposure of gold-coated glass substrates to ethanolic solutions of {omega}-functionalised alkanethiols in the concentration range 80-160 mmol dm{sup -3}. The data also show that exposure for 16 h to alkanethiol concentrations in the range 160-240 mmol dm{sup -3} promote bilayer formation whereas concentrations of 240-320 mmol dm{sup -3} result in the deposition of multilayers, the average orientation of which is parallel to that of the first molecular layer; the use of parent 1-undecanethiol solutions at concentrations of 1-80 mmol dm{sup -3} results in incomplete monolayer coverage.

  5. Self-assembled structures of alkanethiols on gold-coated cantilever tips and substrates for atomic force microscopy: Molecular organisation and conditions for reproducible deposition

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    Measurements of surface-liquid interactions (contact-angle goniometry) and tip-surface adhesion forces (atomic force microscopy) combined with infrared spectroscopic studies have been used to investigate surface-preparation and solution-deposition conditions for the reproducible formation of self-assembled molecular structures on gold-coated tips and substrates for atomic force microscopy. Preliminary data show that surface-saturated self-assembled monolayers form reproducibly on prolonged (>20 h) exposure of gold-coated glass substrates to ethanolic solutions of ω-functionalised alkanethiols in the concentration range 80-160 mmol dm-3. The data also show that exposure for 16 h to alkanethiol concentrations in the range 160-240 mmol dm-3 promote bilayer formation whereas concentrations of 240-320 mmol dm-3 result in the deposition of multilayers, the average orientation of which is parallel to that of the first molecular layer; the use of parent 1-undecanethiol solutions at concentrations of 1-80 mmol dm-3 results in incomplete monolayer coverage.

  6. Conductive Mechanism of Organic Conductor

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    2002-01-01

    Organic conductor is a kind of organic compound which has special electronic and magnetic properties. The research of the organic compounds has received considerable attention because of their potential applications in many areas. The molecular conductive units are theoretically investigated as well as their energy gap and charge distribution. The relationship of conductivity and micro-mechanism is discussed.

  7. Interacting with a Virtual Conductor

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    Bos, P.

    2007-01-01

    The task of conducting human musicians in a live performance by a computer has not yet been addressed extensively before. A few attempts exist at letting a computer perform this task, but there is no interactive virtual conductor who can conduct human musicians and can interact with these musicians.

  8. Flat conductor cable design, manufacture, and installation

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    Angele, W.; Hankins, J. D.

    1973-01-01

    Pertinent information for hardware selection, design, manufacture, and quality control necessary for flat conductor cable interconnecting harness application is presented. Comparisons are made between round wire cable and flat conductor cable. The flat conductor cable interconnecting harness systems show major cost, weight, and space savings, plus increased system performance and reliability. The design application section includes electrical characteristics, harness design and development, and a full treatise on EMC considerations. Manufacturing and quality control sections pertain primarily to the developed conductor-contact connector system and special flat conductor cable to round wire cable transitions.

  9. Magnetic-field-dependent assembly of silica-coated magnetite nanoclusters probed by Ultra-Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS)

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    Malik, Vikash; Suthar, Kamleshkumar J.; Mancini, Derrick C.; Ilavsky, Jan

    2014-03-01

    Colloidal suspension of the silica coated magnetic nanoclusters (MNCs) was used to study the magnetic field mediated assembly of magnetic nanoparticles. The spatial arrangement of these MNCs in colloidal suspension was studied using the ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) technique with magnetic field applied in directions orthogonal and parallel to the scattering vector. In situ magnetic field analysis of the USAXS scattering measurement showed anisotropic behavior that can be attributed to the formation of colloidal crystals. During magnetization, the clustered magnetic core induces a large dipole moment, and the thickness of the silica shell helps keep distance between the neighboring particles. The assembly of these hybrid nanostructured particles was found to be dependent on the strength and orientation of this external magnetic field. The dipolar chains formed of MNCs arranged themselves into colloidal crystals formed by two-dimensional magnetic sheets. The structure factor calculations suggested that the lattice parameters of these colloidal crystals can be tuned by changing the strength of the external magnetic field. These experiments shed light on the stimuli-responsive assembly of magnetic colloidal nanoparticles that leads to the creation of tunable photonic crystals.

  10. Facile Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly toward Enantiomeric Poly(lactide) Stereocomplex Coated Magnetite Nanocarrier for Highly Tunable Drug Deliveries.

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    Li, Zibiao; Yuan, Du; Jin, Guorui; Tan, Beng H; He, Chaobin

    2016-01-27

    A highly tunable nanoparticle (NP) system with multifunctionalities was developed as drug nanocarrier via a facile layer-by-layer (LbL) stereocomplex (SC) self-assembly of enantiomeric poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(d-lactic acid) (PDLA) in solution using silica-coated magnetite (Fe3O4@SiO2) as template. The poly(lactide) (PLA) SC coated NPs (Fe3O4@SiO2@-SC) were further endowed with different stimuli-responsiveness by controlling the outermost layer coatings with respective pH-sensitive poly(lactic acid)-poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PLA-D) and temperature-sensitive poly(lactic acid)-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PLA-N) diblock copolymers to yield Fe3O4@SiO2@SC-D and Fe3O4@SiO2@SC-N NPs, respectively, while the superparamagnetic properties of Fe3O4 were maintained. TEM images show a clearly resolved core-shell structure with a silica layer and sequential PLA SC co/polymer coating layers in the respective NPs. The well-designed NPs possess a size distribution in a range of 220-270 nm and high magnetization of 70.8-72.1 emu/g [Fe3O4]. More importantly, a drug release study from the as-constructed stimuli-responsive NPs exhibited sustained release profiles and the rates of release can be tuned by variation of external environments. Further cytotoxicity and cell culture studies revealed that PLA SC coated NPs possessed good cell biocompatibility and the doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded NPs showed enhanced drug delivery efficiency toward MCF-7 cancer cells. Together with the strong magnetic sensitivity, the developed hybrid NPs demonstrate a great potential of control over the drug release at a targeted site. The developed coating method can be further optimized to finely tune the nanocarrier size and operating range of pHs and temperatures for in vivo applications.

  11. Biomimetic hierarchical growth and self-assembly of hydroxyapatite/titania nanocomposite coatings and their biomedical applications

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    Nathanael, A. Joseph, E-mail: ajosephnc@yahoo.com [Department of Nano, Medical and Polymer Materials, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan (Korea, Republic of); Im, Young Min [Department of Nano, Medical and Polymer Materials, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan (Korea, Republic of); Oh, Tae Hwan, E-mail: taehwanoh@ynu.ac.kr [Department of Nano, Medical and Polymer Materials, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan (Korea, Republic of); Yuvakkumar, R. [Department of Nanomaterials Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Mangalaraj, D. [Department of Nanoscience and Technology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (India)

    2015-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Novel ‘bowtie’ like biomimetic HA/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite coatings were prepared. • Simple sol–gel method was used to achieve this novel structure. • Details analysis confirms the formation of bowtie like structure in many ways. • Their functional analysis showed their enhanced activity for biomedical application. - Abstract: This article describes a systematic study of the biomimetic hierarchical growth of hydroxyapatite (HA)/titania (TiO{sub 2}) nanocomposite layered coatings applied by a simple sol–gel dip coating method. Highly stable HA and TiO{sub 2} sols were prepared prior to inducing biomimetic hierarchical growth. Initially, the samples formed a small leaf like structure; however, increasing the dipping cycle resulted in formation of an elongated seed-like structure. Increasing the number of dipping cycles further resulted in a ‘bowtie’ or straw-bale like nanowire structure with a length of 500 nm and a width of 100 nm. Each nanowire like structure had a width of very few nanometers. The crystalline structures, micro/nano structures and surface properties of the coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy respectively. In vitro cellular assays revealed that the growth of the cells in the ‘bowtie’ like structure improved over other samples.

  12. Biomimetic hierarchical growth and self-assembly of hydroxyapatite/titania nanocomposite coatings and their biomedical applications

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Novel ‘bowtie’ like biomimetic HA/TiO2 nanocomposite coatings were prepared. • Simple sol–gel method was used to achieve this novel structure. • Details analysis confirms the formation of bowtie like structure in many ways. • Their functional analysis showed their enhanced activity for biomedical application. - Abstract: This article describes a systematic study of the biomimetic hierarchical growth of hydroxyapatite (HA)/titania (TiO2) nanocomposite layered coatings applied by a simple sol–gel dip coating method. Highly stable HA and TiO2 sols were prepared prior to inducing biomimetic hierarchical growth. Initially, the samples formed a small leaf like structure; however, increasing the dipping cycle resulted in formation of an elongated seed-like structure. Increasing the number of dipping cycles further resulted in a ‘bowtie’ or straw-bale like nanowire structure with a length of 500 nm and a width of 100 nm. Each nanowire like structure had a width of very few nanometers. The crystalline structures, micro/nano structures and surface properties of the coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy respectively. In vitro cellular assays revealed that the growth of the cells in the ‘bowtie’ like structure improved over other samples

  13. Pulse Propagation on close conductors

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    Dieckmann, A

    2001-01-01

    The propagation and reflection of arbitrarily shaped pulses on non-dispersive parallel conductors of finite length with user defined cross section is simulated employing the discretized telegraph equation. The geometry of the system of conductors and the presence of dielectric material determine the capacities and inductances that enter the calculation. The values of these parameters are found using an iterative Laplace equation solving procedure and confirmed for certain calculable geometries including the line charge inside a box. The evolving pulses and the resulting crosstalk can be plotted at any instant and - in the Mathematica notebook version of this report - be looked at in an animation. As an example a differential pair of microstrips as used in the ATLAS vertex detector is analysed.

  14. Manufacture of the poloidal field conductor insert coil (PFCI)

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    Baker, W. [EFDA CSU Garching, Boltzmannstrasse 2, 85748 Garching bei Muenchen (Germany); Keefe, C. [Tesla Engineering, Storrington, Sussex (United Kingdom); Rajainmaeki, H. [EFDA CSU Garching, Boltzmannstrasse 2, 85748 Garching bei Muenchen (Germany)], E-mail: hannu.rajainmaki@tech.efda.org; Salpietro, E. [EFDA CSU Garching, Boltzmannstrasse 2, 85748 Garching bei Muenchen (Germany)

    2007-10-15

    Within the framework of the R and D programme for international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) the European team European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) has been charged with the design and manufacture of the poloidal field conductor insert coil (PFCI). The purpose of the PFCI is to test and demonstrate the performance of long-length full-scale NbTi conductors in ITER-relevant conditions. The PFCI will be tested in the central solenoid model coil test facility at the JAEA, Naka, Japan. This paper details the complete manufacturing of the PFCI including development, forming machining, pre-assembly, impregnation, final assembly and testing. The PFCI is a single-layered wound solenoid of nine turns with a transition joggle in the centre section of the winding and an intermediate joint connection between the upper termination and the main coil winding. To give the required overall dimensions to fit in the testing facility, preformed and machined glass resin composite filler pieces are assembled with the winding and is finally vacuum pressure impregnated (VPI) to create a single assembly unit. The PFCI is enclosed for assembly in a support structure, which consists of an upper and lower flange, each made up of four electrically insulated machined stainless steel castings, and 12 tie rods preloading the complete assembly in the vertical direction. The upper flange is equipped with four radial restraining jacks and the lower flange is equipped with four sets of studs and shear keys to withstand the net vertical and lateral electromagnetic forces. The PFCI is equipped with inductive heaters, voltage taps, temperature transducers, strain gauges and other instrumentation as diagnostics to monitor the performance. The current status of the manufacture is that the coil has passed the final acceptance tests and it is in the support structure assembly stage.

  15. Composite conductor containing superconductive wires

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    Larson, W.L.; Wong, J.

    1974-03-26

    A superconductor cable substitute made by coworking multiple rods of superconductive niobium--titanium or niobium--zirconium alloy with a common copper matrix to extend the copper and rods to form a final elongated product which has superconductive wires distributed in a reduced cross-section copper conductor with a complete metallurgical bond between the normal-conductive copper and the superconductor wires contained therein is described. The superconductor cable can be in the form of a tube.

  16. Graphene, a promising transparent conductor

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    Wassei, Jonathan K.; Kaner, Richard B.

    2010-01-01

    New electronic devices such as touch screens, flexible displays, printable electronics, solid-state lighting and thin film photovoltaics have led to a rapidly growing market for flexible transparent conductors. Standard indium tin oxide films are unlikely to satisfy future needs due to losses in conductivity on bending and the escalating cost of indium which is in limited supply. Recent advances in the synthesis and characterization of graphene indicate that it may be suitable for many electr...

  17. Temperature limited heater utilizing non-ferromagnetic conductor

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    Vinegar; Harold J. (Bellaire, TX), Harris; Christopher Kelvin (Houston, TX)

    2012-07-17

    A heater is described. The heater includes a ferromagnetic conductor and an electrical conductor electrically coupled to the ferromagnetic conductor. The ferromagnetic conductor is positioned relative to the electrical conductor such that an electromagnetic field produced by time-varying current flow in the ferromagnetic conductor confines a majority of the flow of the electrical current to the electrical conductor at temperatures below or near a selected temperature.

  18. Newnes electronics assembly handbook

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    Brindley, Keith

    2013-01-01

    Newnes Electronics Assembly Handbook: Techniques, Standards and Quality Assurance focuses on the aspects of electronic assembling. The handbook first looks at the printed circuit board (PCB). Base materials, basic mechanical properties, cleaning of assemblies, design, and PCB manufacturing processes are then explained. The text also discusses surface mounted assemblies and packaging of electromechanical assemblies, as well as the soldering process. Requirements for the soldering process; solderability and protective coatings; cleaning of PCBs; and mass solder/component reflow soldering are des

  19. Rapid doubling of the critical current of Yba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} coated conductor for viable high-speed industrial processing.

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    Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Holleis, S.; Rupich, M. W.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Sheng, H. P.; Miller, D. J.; Eley, S.; Civale, L.; Kayani, A.; Niraula, P. M.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. -K.

    2015-11-09

    We demonstrate that 3.5-MeV oxygen irradiation can markedly enhance the in-field critical current of commercial 2nd generation superconducting tapes with an exposure time of just one second per 0.8 cm2. The speed demonstrated here is now at the level required for an industrial reel-to-reel post-processing. The irradiation is made on production line samples through the protective silver coating and does not require any modification of the growth process. From TEM imaging, we identify small clusters as the main source of increased vortex pinning.

  20. Rapid doubling of the critical current of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} coated conductors for viable high-speed industrial processing

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    Leroux, M.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W.-K. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Kihlstrom, K. J. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607 (United States); Holleis, S. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Atominstitut, TU Wien, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna (Austria); Rupich, M. W.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S. [American Superconductor Corp., 64 Jackson Road, Devens, Massachusetts 01434 (United States); Sheng, H. P.; Miller, D. J. [Electron Microscopy Center-Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Eley, S.; Civale, L. [Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA) & Condensed Matter and Magnet Science (CMMS), Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Kayani, A.; Niraula, P. M. [Department of Physics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008 (United States)

    2015-11-09

    We demonstrate that 3.5-MeV oxygen irradiation can markedly enhance the in-field critical current of commercial second generation superconducting tapes with an exposure time of just 1 s per 0.8 cm{sup 2}. The speed demonstrated here is now at the level required for an industrial reel-to-reel post-processing. The irradiation is made on production line samples through the protective silver coating and does not require any modification of the growth process. From TEM imaging, we identify small clusters as the main source of increased vortex pinning.

  1. A universal cooperative assembly-directed method for coating of mesoporous TiO2 nanoshells with enhanced lithium storage properties

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    Guan, Bu Yuan; Yu, Le; Li, Ju; Lou, Xiong Wen (David)

    2016-01-01

    TiO2 is exceptionally useful, but it remains a great challenge to develop a universal method to coat TiO2 nanoshells on different functional materials. We report a one-pot, low-temperature, and facile method that can rapidly form mesoporous TiO2 shells on various inorganic, organic, and inorganic-organic composite materials, including silica-based, metal, metal oxide, organic polymer, carbon-based, and metal-organic framework nanomaterials via a cooperative assembly-directed strategy. In constructing hollow, core-shell, and yolk-shell geometries, both amorphous and crystalline TiO2 nanoshells are demonstrated with excellent control. When used as electrode materials for lithium ion batteries, these crystalline TiO2 nanoshells composed of very small nanocrystals exhibit remarkably long-term cycling stability over 1000 cycles. The electrochemical properties demonstrate that these TiO2 nanoshells are promising anode materials. PMID:26973879

  2. SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES Density-controllable nonvolatile memory devices having metal nanocrystals through chemical synthesis and assembled by spin-coating technique

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    Guangli, Wang; Yubin, Chen; Yi, Shi; Lin, Pu; Lijia, Pan; Rong, Zhang; Youdou, Zheng

    2010-12-01

    A novel two-step method is employed, for the first time, to fabricate nonvolatile memory devices that have metal nanocrystals. First, size-averaged Au nanocrystals are synthesized chemically; second, they are assembled into memory devices by a spin-coating technique at room temperature. This attractive approach makes it possible to tailor the diameter and control the density of nanocrystals individually. In addition, processes at room temperature prevent Au diffusion, which is a main concern for the application of metal nanocrystal-based memory. The experimental results, both the morphology characterization and the electrical measurements, reveal that there is an optimum density of nanocrystal monolayer to balance between long data retention and a large hysteresis memory window. At the same time, density-controllable devices could also feed the preferential emphasis on either memory window or retention time. All these facts confirm the advantages and novelty of our two-step method.

  3. Controlled deposition of functionalized silica coated zinc oxide nano-assemblies at the air/water interface for blood cancer detection.

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    Pandey, Chandra Mouli; Dewan, Srishti; Chawla, Seema; Yadav, Birendra Kumar; Sumana, Gajjala; Malhotra, Bansi Dhar

    2016-09-21

    We report results of the studies relating to controlled deposition of the amino-functionalized silica-coated zinc oxide (Am-Si@ZnO) nano-assemblies onto an indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate using Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The monolayers have been deposited by transferring the spread solution of Am-Si@ZnO stearic acid prepared in chloroform at the air-water interface, at optimized pressure (16 mN/m), concentration (10 mg/ml) and temperature (23 °C). The high-resolution transmission electron microscopic studies of the Am-Si@ZnO nanocomposite reveal that the nanoparticles have a microscopic structure comprising of hexagonal assemblies of ZnO with typical dimensions of 30 nm. The surface morphology of the LB multilayer observed by scanning electron microscopy shows uniform surface of the Am-Si@ZnO film in the nanometer range (<80 nm). These electrodes have been utilized for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) detection by covalently immobilizing the amino-terminated oligonucleotide probe sequence via glutaraldehyde as a crosslinker. The response studies of these fabricated electrodes carried out using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy show that this Am-Si@ZnO LB film based nucleic acid sensor exhibits a linear response to complementary DNA (10(-6)-10(-16) M) with a detection limit of 1 × 10(-16) M. This fabricated platform is validated with clinical samples of CML positive patients and the results demonstrate its immense potential for clinical diagnosis. PMID:27590542

  4. Sub-2 nm Thick Fluoroalkylsilane Self-Assembled Monolayer-Coated High Voltage Spinel Crystals as Promising Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Zettsu, Nobuyuki; Kida, Satoru; Uchida, Shuhei; Teshima, Katsuya

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate herein that an ultra-thin fluoroalkylsilane self-assembled monolayer coating can be used as a modifying agent at LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4−δcathode/electrolyte interfaces in 5V-class lithium-ion batteries. Bare LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4−δ cathode showed substantial capacity fading, with capacity dropping to 79% of the original capacity after 100 cycles at a rate of 1C, which was entirely due to dissolution of Mn3+ from the spinel lattice via oxidative decomposition of the organic electrolyte. Capacity retention was improved to 97% on coating ultra-thin FAS17-SAM onto the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode surface. Such surface protection with highly ordered fluoroalkyl chains insulated the cathode from direct contact with the organic electrolyte and led to increased tolerance to HF. PMID:27553901

  5. Magnetic-field-dependent assembly of silica-coated magnetite nanoclusters probed by Ultra-Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS)

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    Malik, Vikash [Physics Department, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 1900 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211 (United States); Suthar, Kamleshkumar J. [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Mancini, Derrick C. [Physical Sciences and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Ilavsky, Jan, E-mail: ilavsky@aps.anl.gov [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)

    2014-03-15

    Colloidal suspension of the silica coated magnetic nanoclusters (MNCs) was used to study the magnetic field mediated assembly of magnetic nanoparticles. The spatial arrangement of these MNCs in colloidal suspension was studied using the ultra-small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS) technique with magnetic field applied in directions orthogonal and parallel to the scattering vector. In situ magnetic field analysis of the USAXS scattering measurement showed anisotropic behavior that can be attributed to the formation of colloidal crystals. During magnetization, the clustered magnetic core induces a large dipole moment, and the thickness of the silica shell helps keep distance between the neighboring particles. The assembly of these hybrid nanostructured particles was found to be dependent on the strength and orientation of this external magnetic field. The dipolar chains formed of MNCs arranged themselves into colloidal crystals formed by two-dimensional magnetic sheets. The structure factor calculations suggested that the lattice parameters of these colloidal crystals can be tuned by changing the strength of the external magnetic field. These experiments shed light on the stimuli-responsive assembly of magnetic colloidal nanoparticles that leads to the creation of tunable photonic crystals. - Highlights: • In situ analysis of Magnetically tunable colloidal nanocluster using Ultra Small Angle X-ray Scattering (USAXS) under uniform magnetic field. • The colloidal super-lattice structure was analyzed in magnetic field along the direction parallel and perpendicular to scattering vector. • Structure factors were extracted by subtracting form factor from the USAXS data using Irena software tool. • The observed super-lattice structural spacing can be tuned by extent of the strength of external magnetic field. • The structure factor calculations showed that the colloidal crystal has the hexagonal packing.

  6. Guo Shuang, A Woman Conductor

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    1996-01-01

    BORN in a musical family in Beijing, Guo Shuang began to show her talent for music when she was nine years old and began to learn piano from her mother. At the primary and then the secondary school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, Guo Shuang studied piano, musical theory and composing. Later, she enrolled in the Conservatory to study conducting and piano under the famous conductors Zheng Xiaoying and Xu Xin, piano professors Wu Ying and Xie Huazhen. In 1989, she went to Germany

  7. Manufacturing and test of 2G-HTS coils for rotating machines: Challenges, conductor requirements, realization

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    Oomen, Marijn; Herkert, Werner; Bayer, Dietmar; Kummeth, Peter; Nick, Wolfgang; Arndt, Tabea

    2012-11-01

    We investigate the use of 2nd-generation High-Temperature Superconductors (2G-HTSs) in the rotors of electrical motors and generators. For these devices the conductor must be wound into robust impregnated coils, which are operated in vacuum at temperatures around 30 K, in strong magnetic fields of about 2T. Differences in thermal contraction between the coil former, conductor constituents, impregnation resin, bandage and heat-sink materials (assembled at room temperature) cause mechanical stresses at operating temperature. Rotating-machine operation adds Lorentz forces and challenging centripetal accelerations up to thousands of g. Second generation-HTS conductors withstand large tensile stresses in axial direction and compression in normal direction. However, shear stresses, axial compression, and tension normal to the conductor can cause degradation in superconducting properties. Such stresses can be mitigated by correct choice of materials, coil lay-out and manufacturing process. A certain stress level will remain, which the conductor must withstand. We have manufactured many impregnated round and race-track coils, using different 2G-HTS conductors, and tested them at temperatures from 25 K to 77 K. Degradation of the superconductor in early coils was traced to the mentioned differences in thermal contraction, and was completely avoided in coils produced later. We will discuss appropriate coil-winding techniques to assure robust and reliable superconductor performance.

  8. Manufacturing and test of 2G-HTS coils for rotating machines: Challenges, conductor requirements, realization

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    We investigate the use of 2nd-generation High-Temperature Superconductors (2G-HTSs) in the rotors of electrical motors and generators. For these devices the conductor must be wound into robust impregnated coils, which are operated in vacuum at temperatures around 30 K, in strong magnetic fields of about 2T. Differences in thermal contraction between the coil former, conductor constituents, impregnation resin, bandage and heat-sink materials (assembled at room temperature) cause mechanical stresses at operating temperature. Rotating-machine operation adds Lorentz forces and challenging centripetal accelerations up to thousands of g. Second generation-HTS conductors withstand large tensile stresses in axial direction and compression in normal direction. However, shear stresses, axial compression, and tension normal to the conductor can cause degradation in superconducting properties. Such stresses can be mitigated by correct choice of materials, coil lay-out and manufacturing process. A certain stress level will remain, which the conductor must withstand. We have manufactured many impregnated round and race-track coils, using different 2G-HTS conductors, and tested them at temperatures from 25 K to 77 K. Degradation of the superconductor in early coils was traced to the mentioned differences in thermal contraction, and was completely avoided in coils produced later. We will discuss appropriate coil-winding techniques to assure robust and reliable superconductor performance.

  9. Solid-state proton conductors

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    Jewulski, J.R.; Osif, T.L.; Remick, R.J.

    1990-12-01

    The purpose of this program was to survey the field of solid-state proton conductors (SSPC), identify conductors that could be used to develop solid-state fuel cells suitable for use with coal derived fuel gases, and begin the experimental research required for the development of these fuel cells. This document covers the following topics: the history of developments and current status of the SSPC, including a review of proton conducting electrolyte structures, the current status of the medium temperature SSPC development, electrodes for moderate temperature (SSPC) fuel cell, basic material and measurement techniques applicable for SSPC development, modeling and optimization studies. Correlation and optimization studies, to include correlation studies on proton conduction and oxide cathode optimization for the SSPC fuel cell. Experiments with the SSPC fuel cells including the fabrication of the electrolyte disks, apparatus for conducting measurements, the strontium-cerium based electrolyte, the barium-cerium based electrolyte with solid foil electrodes, the barium-cerium based electrolyte with porous electrodes, and conduction mechanisms. 164 refs., 27 figs., 13 tabs.

  10. Assessment of sodium conductor distribution cable

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    1979-06-01

    The study assesses the barriers and incentives for using sodium conductor distribution cable. The assessment considers environmental, safety, energy conservation, electrical performance and economic factors. Along with all of these factors considered in the assessment, the sodium distribution cable system is compared to the present day alternative - an aluminum conductor system. (TFD)

  11. Doped LZO buffer layers for laminated conductors

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans [Knoxville, TN; Schoop, Urs [Westborough, MA; Goyal, Amit [Knoxville, TN; Thieme, Cornelis Leo Hans [Westborough, MA; Verebelyi, Darren T [Oxford, MA; Rupich, Martin W [Framingham, MA

    2010-03-23

    A laminated conductor includes a metallic substrate having a surface, a biaxially textured buffer layer supported by the surface of the substrate, the biaxially textured buffer layer comprising LZO and a dopant for mitigating metal diffusion through the LZO, and a biaxially textured conductor layer supported by the biaxially textured buffer layer.

  12. Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds by Self-assembled Monolayer Coated Sensor Array with Concentration-independent Fingerprints

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    Chang, Ye; Tang, Ning; Qu, Hemi; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Daihua; Zhang, Hao; Pang, Wei; Duan, Xuexin

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we have modeled and analyzed affinities and kinetics of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) adsorption (and desorption) on various surface chemical groups using multiple self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) functionalized film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) array. The high-frequency and micro-scale resonator provides improved sensitivity in the detections of VOCs at trace levels. With the study of affinities and kinetics, three concentration-independent intrinsic parameters (monolayer adsorption capacity, adsorption energy constant and desorption rate) of gas-surface interactions are obtained to contribute to a multi-parameter fingerprint library of VOC analytes. Effects of functional group’s properties on gas-surface interactions are also discussed. The proposed sensor array with concentration-independent fingerprint library shows potential as a portable electronic nose (e-nose) system for VOCs discrimination and gas-sensitive materials selections.

  13. The use of layer by layer self-assembled coatings of hyaluronic acid and cationized gelatin to improve the biocompatibility of poly(ethylene terephthalate) artificial ligaments for reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament.

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    Li, Hong; Chen, Chen; Zhang, Shurong; Jiang, Jia; Tao, Hongyue; Xu, Jialing; Sun, Jianguo; Zhong, Wei; Chen, Shiyi

    2012-11-01

    In this study layer by layer (LBL) self-assembled coatings of hyaluronic acid (HA) and cationized gelatin (CG) were used to modify polyethylene terephthalate (PET) artificial ligament grafts. Changes in the surface properties were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and contact angle and biomechanical measurements. The cell compatibility of this HA-CG coating was investigated in vitro on PET films seeded with human foreskin dermal fibroblasts over 7days. The results of our in vitro studies demonstrated that the HA-CG coating significantly enhanced cell adhesion, facilitated cell growth, and suppressed the expression of inflammation-related genes relative to a pure PET graft. Furthermore, rabbit and porcine anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction models were used to evaluate the effect of this LBL coating in vivo. The animal experiment results proved that this LBL coating significantly inhibited inflammatory cell infiltration and promoted new ligament tissue regeneration among the graft fibers. In addition, the formation of type I collagen in the HA-CG coating group was much higher than in the control group. Based on these results we conclude that PET grafts coated with HA-CG have considerable potential as substitutes for ligament reconstruction.

  14. Superconducting-magnetic heterostructures: a method of decreasing AC losses and improving critical current density in multifilamentary conductors.

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    Glowacki, B A; Majoros, M

    2009-06-24

    Magnetic materials can help to improve the performance of practical superconductors on the macroscale/microscale as magnetic diverters and also on the nanoscale as effective pinning centres. It has been established by numerical modelling that magnetic shielding of the filaments reduces AC losses in self-field conditions due to decoupling of the filaments and, at the same time, it increases the critical current of the composite. This effect is especially beneficial for coated conductors, in which the anisotropic properties of the superconductor are amplified by the conductor architecture. However, ferromagnetic coatings are often chemically incompatible with YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) and (Pb,Bi)(2)Sr(2)Ca(2)Cu(3)O(9) conductors, and buffer layers have to be used. In contrast, in MgB(2) conductors an iron matrix may remain in direct contact with the superconducting core. The application of superconducting-magnetic heterostructures requires consideration of the thermal and electromagnetic stability of the superconducting materials used. On one hand, magnetic materials reduce the critical current gradient across the individual filaments but, on the other hand, they often reduce the thermal conductivity between the superconducting core and the cryogen, which may cause destruction of the conductor in the event of thermal instability. A possible nanoscale method of improving the critical current density of superconducting conductors is the introduction of sub-micron magnetic pinning centres. However, the volumetric density and chemical compatibility of magnetic inclusions has to be controlled to avoid suppression of the superconducting properties. PMID:21828430

  15. The prefabricated scapula flap consists of syngeneic bone, connective tissue, and a self-assembled epithelial coating.

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    Kunstfeld, R; Petzelbauer, P; Wickenhauser, G; Schlenz, I; Korak, K; Vinzenz, K; Holle, J

    2001-12-01

    The reconstruction of maxillary defects is a challenge in plastic surgery. The so-called prefabricated scapula flap consists of syngeneic bone covered with syngeneic dermis and is used to reconstruct maxillary defects. After placing these flaps into the oral cavity, they are reepithelialized within a short time period, raising the question of the cellular origin of the "neomucosa." We therefore obtained sequential biopsy samples of the prefabricated flap and of the flap after being placed into the oral cavity and analyzed the keratin expression profile of epithelial cells. We expected that after placing the prefabricated flap into the oral cavity, keratinocytes from adnexal structures of the dermal component of the graft would migrate onto the surface and reepithelialize the flap. Unexpectedly, reepithelialization occurred earlier. The flap had acquired a mucosa-like epithelium at the interface between the Gore-Tex coating and the dermis while still being positioned within the scapular region. The keratin expression profile of this epithelium was very similar to that of mucosal epithelium. Thus, the prefabricated scapula flap not only consisted of bone covered with connective tissue, but was also covered with epithelial cells derived from adnexal structures of the dermal graft. This seems to be the reason for the rapid restoration of an intact mucosa and the excellent outcome achieved with this surgical technique.

  16. Molten carbonate fuel cell cathode with mixed oxide coating

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    Hilmi, Abdelkader; Yuh, Chao-Yi

    2013-05-07

    A molten carbonate fuel cell cathode having a cathode body and a coating of a mixed oxygen ion conductor materials. The mixed oxygen ion conductor materials are formed from ceria or doped ceria, such as gadolinium doped ceria or yttrium doped ceria. The coating is deposited on the cathode body using a sol-gel process, which utilizes as precursors organometallic compounds, organic and inorganic salts, hydroxides or alkoxides and which uses as the solvent water, organic solvent or a mixture of same.

  17. Role of self-assembly coated Er(3+): YAlO3/TiO2 in intimate coupling of visible-light-responsive photocatalysis and biodegradation reactions.

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    Dong, Shanshan; Dong, Shuangshi; Tian, Xiadi; Xu, Zhengxue; Ma, Dongmei; Cui, Bin; Ren, Nanqi; Rittmann, Bruce E

    2016-01-25

    Conventionally used ultraviolet light can result in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) increasing and biofilm damage in intimate coupling of photocatalysis and biodegradation (ICPB). Visible-light-responsive photocatalysis offers an alternative for achieving ICPB. In this study, composite-cubes were developed using self-assembly to coat a thin and even layer of visible-light-responsive photocatalyst (Er(3+): YAlO3/TiO2) on sponge-type carriers, followed by biofilm cultivation. The degradations of phenol (50 mg L(-1)) were compared for four protocols in circulating beds: adsorption (AD), visible-light-responsive photocatalysis (VPC), biodegradation (B), and intimately coupled visible-light-responsive photocatalysis and biodegradation (VPCB). The phenol and DOC removal efficiencies using VPCB in 16 h were 99.8% and 65.2%, respectively, i.e., higher than those achieved using VPC (71.6% and 50.0%) or B (99.4% and 58.2%). The phenol removal of 96.3% could be obtained even after 3 additional cycles. The 6.17-min intermediate detected by HPLC, continuously accumulated for VPC, appeared at 1-6 h and then was completely removed for VPCB in 10 h. ICPB was further illustrated in that most of the biofilm was protected in the carrier interiors, with less protection on the carrier exterior in VPCB. A self-regulation mechanism that helped photocatalyst exposure to visible-light irradiation was identified, promoting the combined photocatalysis and biodegradation.

  18. Comparison of hyperbolic and hyperboloid conductor electrostatics

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    Lekner, John

    2006-01-01

    The potentials and fields of hyperbolic and hyperboloidal conductors are available analytically. A detailed comparison of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional problems shows strong similarities, but also interesting differences. The electric field near a hyperboloidal needle is stronger (ceteris paribus) than near a hyperbolic blade, and dies off faster. The field at the hyperbolic conductor varies as the 1/3 power of the local curvature. At the hyperboloid conductor the field varies as the 1/4 power of the local Gaussian curvature (which is the product of the two principal curvatures).

  19. An Exploratory Comparison of Novice, Intermediate, and Expert Orchestral Conductors

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    Bergee, Martin J.

    2005-01-01

    This study compared novice, "intermediate" (graduate student), and expert orchestral conductors. Two novice conductors, one graduate student in orchestral conducting, and one expert conductor led a university symphony orchestra in part of the first movement of Brahms's Symphony No. 2. Wired for sound, conductors attempted to verbalize their…

  20. Application of protonic conductors in metallurgy

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    2002-01-01

    Two types of disposable EMF hydrogen sensors for measurements of solute contents of liquid metals in situ in metal-refining processes and their general principles are introduced. The way to design new electrochemical sensors and the direction to develop new protonic conductors as new electrochemical sensors are discussed. The feasibility of protonic conductors worked as hydrogen pump in non-ferrous metal refining processes is discussed as well.

  1. Assembly for electrical conductivity measurements in the piston cylinder device

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    Watson, Heather Christine; Roberts, Jeffrey James

    2012-06-05

    An assembly apparatus for measurement of electrical conductivity or other properties of a sample in a piston cylinder device wherein pressure and heat are applied to the sample by the piston cylinder device. The assembly apparatus includes a body, a first electrode in the body, the first electrode operatively connected to the sample, a first electrical conductor connected to the first electrode, a washer constructed of a hard conducting material, the washer surrounding the first electrical conductor in the body, a second electrode in the body, the second electrode operatively connected to the sample, and a second electrical conductor connected to the second electrode.

  2. Failure Mechanism of Reflow Conductor Roll of Electroplating Tinning Line

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    2006-01-01

    The surface roughness of reflow conductor roll was checked on membrane sample. The surface morphology of conductor roll was observed by microscope, and the composition of adhered layer on conductor roll surface was analyzed by X-ray spectroscope. The results show that tin adhesion is the main reason for failure of conductor roll, and the failure of conductor roll is accelerated by wear. The measures to decrease tin adhesion and improve wear resistance were put forward.

  3. A Psychophysiological Case Study of Orchestra Conductors.

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    Jaque, S Victoria; Karamanukyan, Isabel H; Thomson, Paula

    2015-12-01

    The psychological and physiological effects of performance were investigated in two professional orchestral conductors, with data collected prior to, during, and after a rehearsal and a public performance. The participants were given a battery of psychological self-report tests (anxiety, dissociation, health inventory, fantasy proneness, shame, and flow). Ambulatory physiological monitoring (Vivometric LifeShirt® system) was conducted during both a rehearsal and public performance to gather information about the autonomic nervous system and heart rate variability (HRV). One conductor had a history of asthma and anxiety, and the second conductor had coronary artery disease. The results revealed within-subject and between-subject differences in autonomic nervous system responses and HRV during several conditions (pre-performance rest, stair-climbing, rehearsal, and performance). Based on heart rate, the physiological demands of professional conducting are reflective of work intensities considered "hard." Both conductors experienced high flow states. Anxiety and coronary artery disease may have attenuated HRV resilience in this study. It is recommended that noninvasive methods be implemented to assess cardiac autonomic activity in professional conductors, particularly during engagement in their professional activities. The findings suggest a need to further study anxiety, respiratory conditions, and cardiovascular risks for conductors. PMID:26614972

  4. Feasibility study of Large-scale helium GFR employing coated particle fuel. Design study of hexagonal matrix-block fuel assembly cores. Annual report of JFY2004

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    Gas-cooled fast reactor has been taken an interest as a future nuclear reactor power source; we JNC have designed large-scale (1124MW electric power), high-temperature (850degC) with high thermodynamic efficiency (around 47%), helium-cooled fast reactors as a part of feasibility study. Hexagonal-block fuel assembly configuration has been considered as a candidate, where a number of coated particles packed in a SiC matrix are cooled indirectly by ascending flow in penetrating tubes. This manuscript describes, as an annual report of JFY2004, technical keys for enhancing core neutronics/thermal-hydraulics performances of the hex-block concepts and the best-to-date core designs. Technical keys for enhancing are from neutronics viewpoints (radial peaking factor, assembly layout and configuration), thermal-hydraulic viewpoints (heat transfer and film temperature rise, thermal conductivity and fuel-matrix temperature rise, core pressure drop, and coolant temperature), and neutronics/and/thermal-hydraulics combinational viewpoints (effective fuel volume fraction, local temperature decrees for increasing Doppler effects). Two issues (reducing contacting heat resistance in a matrix, and lowering core inflow temperature under depressurization transient) are selected from quantitative pre-evaluations; then are applied to select the reference core designs for achieving reduced Pu fissile inventory and improved average discharge burnup. Two reference cores are designed; one is 'breeding' core, which achieves high breeding ratio and high discharge burnup, the other is 'break-even' core, which brings much higher discharge burnup with a breeding ratio of around unity. [Reference core designs (2400MW thermal/1124MW electric outputs)] Core equiv. diameter/Height/Outermost diameter: 5.42m/1.00m/7.49m. Average Discharge Burnup (Seed region average): 121 GWd/t/123 GWd/t. (Entire core average): 69 GWd/t/89 GWd/t. Breeding Ratio: 1.11/1.03. Initial Pu fissile quantity: 7.0 ton/GWe/7.0 ton

  5. Influence of the air Layer Between the Conductor and the Layer Ofinsulating Material in Cable Products

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    Ivanova, Evgenia V.; Yashutina, Olga S.; Shidlovskiy, Stanisla V.

    2016-02-01

    There are developed mathematical model of physical and chemical processes of polymerization adhesive coating stranded cable. There are shown difference in the temperature distribution along the radius of the finished product in the presence of an air gap between the conductor and the rubber sheath. Also, due to the need to change process parameters with possible loose contacts inside the cable. Such as the temperature of the heating surface, feeding speed and dwell time in the oven.

  6. Influence of the air Layer Between the Conductor and the Layer Ofinsulating Material in Cable Products

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    Ivanova Evgenia V.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available There are developed mathematical model of physical and chemical processes of polymerization adhesive coating stranded cable. There are shown difference in the temperature distribution along the radius of the finished product in the presence of an air gap between the conductor and the rubber sheath. Also, due to the need to change process parameters with possible loose contacts inside the cable. Such as the temperature of the heating surface, feeding speed and dwell time in the oven.

  7. Second generation YBCO coated conductors:A review

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    MA Yanwei; XIAO Liye

    2004-01-01

    The advance in first generation Bi-2223 HTS wire has enabled the demonstration of superconducting power cables, magnetic energy-storage devices, transformers, fault current limiters and motors. However, the low irreversibility field (H*) prevents application of Bi-2223 at 77 K in any significant field. Worldwide activities are therefore, focused on developing a second-generation HTS technology based on YBCO, for which H* (77 K)~7 T. In this paper, we discuss the status and commercial prospects of second generation HTS wire technologies. In addition, we review the recent results and discuss the prospects of future applications.

  8. YBCO Coated Conductor with an Integrated Optical Fiber Sensor

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    Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan [American Superconductor Corporation, Devens, MA (United States); Rupich, Marty [American Superconductor Corporation, Devens, MA (United States); Schwartz, Justin [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)

    2016-03-31

    The primary objectives of the Phase I Project was to develop a proof-of-principle for a concept of integrating an optical fiber sensor into the laminated 2G wire, there by producing a functionalized 2G wire with self-monitoring capabilities

  9. Low inductance power electronics assembly

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    Herron, Nicholas Hayden; Mann, Brooks S.; Korich, Mark D.; Chou, Cindy; Tang, David; Carlson, Douglas S.; Barry, Alan L.

    2012-10-02

    A power electronics assembly is provided. A first support member includes a first plurality of conductors. A first plurality of power switching devices are coupled to the first support member. A first capacitor is coupled to the first support member. A second support member includes a second plurality of conductors. A second plurality of power switching devices are coupled to the second support member. A second capacitor is coupled to the second support member. The first and second pluralities of conductors, the first and second pluralities of power switching devices, and the first and second capacitors are electrically connected such that the first plurality of power switching devices is connected in parallel with the first capacitor and the second capacitor and the second plurality of power switching devices is connected in parallel with the second capacitor and the first capacitor.

  10. Muon dynamics in superprotonic conductors

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    Ikedo, Yutaka, E-mail: e1349@mosk.tytlabs.co.j [Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories Inc., Nagakute, Aich 480-1192 (Japan); Sugiyama, Jun; Nozaki, Hiroshi [Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories Inc., Nagakute, Aich 480-1192 (Japan); Nishiyama, Kusuo [Institute of Materials and Structure Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Matsuo, Yasumitsu [Department of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Setsunan University, Neyagawa, Osaka 572-8508 (Japan); Lord, James S. [ISIS Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX (United Kingdom)

    2009-04-15

    In order to clarify the mechanism of high proton conductivity (sigma{sub H}{sup +}) for superprotonic conductors, MHXO{sub 4}, where M=Cs and Rb, X=S and Se, mu{sup +}SR experiments have been performed in the temperature range between 250 and 450 K using single crystal samples. Here, MHXO{sub 4} exhibits extraordinary high sigma{sub H}{sup +} at T above its structural phase transition (T{sub c}=414K for CsHSO{sub 4}) from a low-T monoclinic phase (Phase II) to a high-T tetragonal phase (Phase I). Since the asymmetry of weak transverse field (wTF) spectrum does not reach its maximum at ambient T, muonium (Mu) state is found to exist in both CsHSO{sub 4} and CsHSeO{sub 4}. The Mu fraction in wTF spectrum for CsHSO{sub 4} is still a finite value even in Phase I, while the Mu state disappears in Phase I of CsHSeO{sub 4}. The longitudinal field mu{sup +}SR measurements for observing the Mu state and its dynamics in CsHSO{sub 4}, show fast Mu diffusion and the conversion from Mu to diamagnetic mu{sup +} in whole T range measured. Considering the fact that the sigma{sub H}{sup +} in Phase I of CsHSO{sub 4} is about 10 times larger than that of CsHSeO{sub 4}, the Mu formation in Phase I implies the presence of the atomic hydrogen state and play a possible crucial role for the high sigma{sub H}{sup +} in Phase I of CsHSO{sub 4}.

  11. The Optical Links of the ATLAS SemiConductor Tracker

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    Abdesselam, A; Apsimon, R; Band, C; Barr, C; Batchelor, L; Bates, R; Bell, P; Bernabeu, J; Bizzell, J; Brenner, R; Brodbeck, T; Bruckman De Renstrom, P; Buttar, C; Carter, J; Charlton, D; Cheplakov, A; Chilingarov, A; Chu, M-L; Colijn, A-P; Dawson, I; Demirkõz, B; de Jong, P; Dervan, P; Dolezal, Z; Dowell, J; Escobar, P; Spencer, E; Ekelöf, T J C; Eklund, L; Ferrere, D; Fraser, T; French, M; French, R; Fuster, J; Gallop, B; García, C; Goodrick, M; Greenall, A; Grillo, A; Grosse-Knetter, J; Hartjes, F; Hessey, N; Hill, J C; Homer, J; Hou, L; Hughes, G; Ikegami, Y; Issever, C; Jackson, J; Jones, M; Jones, T J; Jovanovic, P; Koffeman, E; Kodys, P; Kohriki, T; Lee, S-C; Lester, C; Limper, M; Lindsay, S W; Lozano, M; Macwaters, C; Magrath, C; Mahout, G; Mandic, I; Matheson, J; McMahon, T; Mikulec, B; Muijs, A; Morrissey, M; Nichols, A; Nickerson, R; O'Shea, V; Pagenis, S; Parker, M; Pater, J; Perrin, E; Pernegger, H; Peeters, S; Phillips, P; Postranecky, M; Robinson, D; Robson, A; Rudge, A; Sandaker, H; Sedlak, K; Smith, N A; Stapnes, S; Stugu, B; Teng, P K; Terada, S; Tricoli, A; Tyndel, M; Ujiie, N; Ullán, M; Unno, Y; van der Kraaij, E; Van Vulpen, I; Viehhauser, G; Vossebeld, J H; Warren, M; Wastie, R; Weidberg, A; Wells, P; White, D; Wilson, J

    2007-01-01

    Optical links are used for the readout of the 4088 silicon microstrip modules that make up the SemiConductor Tracker of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The optical link requirements are reviewed, with particular emphasis on the very demanding environment at the LHC. The on-detector components have to operate in high radiation levels for 10 years, with no maintenance, and there are very strict requirements on power consumption, material and space. A novel concept for the packaging of the on-detector optoelectronics has been developed to meet these requirements. The system architecture, including its redundancy features, is explained and the critical on-detector components are described. The results of the extensive Quality Assurance performed during all steps of the assembly are discussed. Optical links are used for the readout of the 4088 silicon microstrip modules that make up the SemiConductor Tracker of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The optical ...

  12. Large-Scale Spinning of Silver Nanofibers as Flexible and Reliable Conductors.

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    Huang, Ya; Bai, Xiaopeng; Zhou, Ming; Liao, Suiyang; Yu, Zongfu; Wang, Yaping; Wu, Hui

    2016-09-14

    Conducting metal nanowires can be assembled into thin films for flexible electronics and optoelectronics applications including transparent electrodes, nanocircuits, and electronic skin, however, the junction resistances and low aspect ratios still limit its performance. Herein we report high-quality silver nanofibers (AgNFs) synthesized by a gas-assistant solution spinning method. Compared with traditional Ag nanowires that usually have lengths below 100 μm, AgNFs are infinitely long and can be easily assembled into large-scale 2D and 3D flexible conductors with fused junctions between nanofibers. The AgNF networks showed high transparency, low sheet resistance (e. g, 6 Ω sq(-1) at ∼97% transparency), and high flexibility as transparent electrodes, whereas the 3D AgNF sponge could be used as a deformable and robust 3D conductor.

  13. Reinforced aluminium conductor for cryogenic applications

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    Extreme purity aluminum has very attractive electrical properties at temperatures below 25 K which makes it competitive with conventional superconductors for cryogenic applications. Besides its inherently low density, its resistivity decreases by several orders of magnitude over its room temperature value thus making it suitable for use in lightweight high current density devices. This paper describes the fabrication of a 99.999% aluminum conductor reinforced by a powder metallurgy (P/M) processed Al-Fe-Ce alloy. Long continuous lengths of composite conductors consisting of 1, 4 and 19 Al filaments have been produced by streamline die hot extrusion and cold working by conventional wire drawing or cold hydrostatic extrusion. Microstructural observations and some limited electrical resistivity and mechanical property data are presented along with an analysis of the contamination of high purity Al conductors by diffusion during annealing

  14. Properties and applications of perovskite proton conductors

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    Eduardo Caetano Camilo de Souza

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available A brief overview is given of the main types and principles of solid-state proton conductors with perovskite structure. Their properties are summarized in terms of the defect chemistry, proton transport and chemical stability. A good understanding of these subjects allows the manufacturing of compounds with the desired electrical properties, for application in renewable and sustainable energy devices. A few trends and highlights of the scientific advances are given for some classes of protonic conductors. Recent results and future prospect about these compounds are also evaluated. The high proton conductivity of barium cerate and zirconate based electrolytes lately reported in the literature has taken these compounds to a highlight position among the most studied conductor ceramic materials.

  15. Frequency Dependent Losses in Transmission Cable Conductors

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    Olsen, Rasmus Schmidt; Holbøll, Joachim; Guðmundsdóttir, Unnur Stella

    2011-01-01

    and economical gain, such severe network changes necessitate correct estimation and optimisation of load conditions in the cable grid. Both IEC and IEEE have published standards for rating transmission cables' current carrying capacity. These standards are based on assumptions of a number of parameters......, such as thermal conditions in and around the cable, as well as the heat generated in conductors, screens, armours etc., taking into account proximity and skin effects. The work performed and presented in this paper is concerned with an improved determination of the losses generated in the conductor, by means...... of better calculation of the AC resistance of transmission cable conductors, in particular regarding higher frequencies. In this way, also losses under harmonics can be covered. Furthermore, the model is suitable for modelling of transient attenuation in high voltage cables. The AC resistance is calculated...

  16. Sistemas Avanzados de Asistencia al Conductor

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    Jimenez Ruiz, Francisco; Gómez Casado, Oscar; Naranjo Hernández, José Eugenio; Serradilla García, Francisco; López, José María; Martín, Ángel

    2011-01-01

    El control inteligente de vehículos autónomos es uno de los retos actuales más importantes de los Sistemas Inteligentes de Transporte. La aplicación de técnicas de inteligencia artificial para la gestión automática de los actuadores del vehículo permite a los diferentes sistemas avanzados de asistencia al conductor (ADAS) y a los sistemas de conducción autónoma, realizar una gestión de nivel bajo de una manera muy similar a la de los conductores humanos, mejorando la seguridad y el confor...

  17. Electrodynamic Stability Computations for Flexible Conductors of the Aerial Lines

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    I. I. Sergey; Y. G. Panamarenka; P. I. Klimkovich; A. P. Dolin; Y. V. Potachits

    2015-01-01

    In aerial transmission lines aluminium multiwire conductors are in use. Owing to their flexible design the electrodynamic effect of short circuit currents may lead to intolerable mutual rendezvous and even cross-whipping of the phase conductors. The increasing motion of the conductors caused by effect of the short-circuit electrodynamic force impulse is accompanied by the dynamic load impact affecting the conductors, insulating and supporting constructions of the aerial lines. Intensity of th...

  18. What is the actual conductor temperature on Power Lines

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    Balghouzal, Salima; Lilien, Jean-Louis; El Adnani, Mustapha

    2013-01-01

    This paper will focus on power lines conductor temperature recording owing to smart sensor which is giving access to behaviour of power line span. Laboratory testing heating up HTLS (high temperature low sag) conductor up to 200°C with a smart sensor installed on the conductor is detailed. Peer reviewed

  19. 33 CFR 159.71 - Electrical controls and conductors.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Electrical controls and... Electrical controls and conductors. Electrical controls and conductors must be installed in accordance with good marine practice. Wire must be copper and must be stranded. Electrical controls and conductors...

  20. 30 CFR 56.12011 - High-potential electrical conductors.

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    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false High-potential electrical conductors. 56.12011 Section 56.12011 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR METAL AND... § 56.12011 High-potential electrical conductors. High-potential electrical conductors shall be...

  1. High-temperature superconducting conductors and cables

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    This is the final report of a 3-year LDRD project at LANL. High-temperature superconductivity (HTS) promises more efficient and powerful electrical devices such as motors, generators, and power transmission cables; however this depends on developing HTS conductors that sustain high current densities Jc in high magnetic fields at temperatures near liq. N2's bp. Our early work concentrated on Cu oxides but at present, long wire and tape conductors can be best made from BSCCO compounds with high Jc at low temperatures, but which are degraded severely at temperatures of interest. This problem is associated with thermally activated motion of magnetic flux lines in BSCCO. Reducing these dc losses at higher temperatures will require a high density of microscopic defects that will pin flux lines and inhibit their motion. Recently it was shown that optimum defects can be produced by small tracks formed by passage of energetic heavy ions. Such defects result when Bi is bombarded with high energy protons. The longer range of protons in matter suggests the possibility of application to tape conductors. AC losses are a major limitation in many applications of superconductivity such as power transmission. The improved pinning of flux lines reduces ac losses, but optimization also involves other factors. Measuring and characterizing these losses with respect to material parameters and conductor design is essential to successful development of ac devices

  2. Functional Carbon Nanotubes for Electrical Conductors

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    Schauerman, Christopher Mark

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) conductors are an enabling technology for advancing the efficacy of sustainable energy systems. In parallel, proactive consideration for each of the phases in the material life cycle can enhance device performance while minimizing unwanted impacts. Increasing the yield of CNTs through advances in synthesis will help reduce the electricity, chemicals, and costs associated with their production. Modifications to the nanoscale morphology (alignment, bundling, density and lower contact resistances) are needed to improve the CNT material properties to meet or exceed those of conventional metallic conductors. Also, a robust evaluation of methods for contacting carbon-based wires is needed when interfacing with metallic contacts. Finally, it's important to begin looking at upstream options for proper treatment of waste streams containing CNT conductors when they reach the end of their useable life. Therefore, the subject of this dissertation focuses on the development of functional CNT conductors and considers approaches to improve each phase of their life cycle. Specifically, progress towards using more efficient catalysts in the laser vaporization process has led to a 50% increase in SWCNT yield and simplified the purification procedure. The use of chemical dopants such as KAuCl4 has increased the electrical conductivity up to 1x10 6 S/m which is over an order of magnitude higher than the pre-doping baseline value. Alternatively, chlorosulfonic acid was used to disperse high weight loadings of SWCNTs and modify the nanoscale morphology through the use of selective coagulation and mechanical extrusions of binder free SWCNT wires. The highly dense and aligned wires have electrical conductivities as high as 4.9x106 S/m and are in agreement with the highest CNT conductivities reported. The ability to contact bulk CNT conductors through ultrasonic welding was demonstrated for the first time and exhibit low carbon-copper contact resistances of 4.3 mO-cm2

  3. Power flux distribution in chiroplasma-filled perfect electromagnetic conductor circular waveguides

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    Ghaffar, A.; Alkanhal, Majeed A. S.

    2016-03-01

    Theoretical analysis of the electromagnetic wave propagation in circular waveguides with a chiroplasma core coated with a perfect electromagnetic conductor (PEMC) is presented. The presented formulations and analysis are general for any perfect electric, perfect magnetic, or perfect electromagnetic conductor (PEMC) waveguides filled with any general anisotropic/isotropic metamaterial including plasma. The characteristic equation for the modes in this waveguide is obtained, and the behavior of the dispersion curves and the power flux are examined and evaluated numerically. The results demonstrate that the behavior of the power flux transported in the guide, in magnitude and orientation, is highly determined by the chirality parameter and the plasma and cyclotron frequencies. The mode cutoff frequencies are sensitive to the variations in the filling material and chirality parameters and likewise affected by the variations in the PEMC admittance parameter.

  4. Current diffusion in rail-gun conductors

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    A method has been developed to analyze one- and two-dimensional, nonlinear current diffusion in rail-gun conductors. A nonlinear current-diffusion equation that accounts for the temperature dependence of electrical conductivity has been developed from Maxwell's equations. A finite-difference heat-transfer computer program was adapted to solve the current-diffusion and thermal-diffusion problems for rail-gun conductors in one and two dimensions. The nonlinear current-diffusion equation was also extended to account for the magnetic-field dependence of the magnetic permeability, thus allowing ferromagnetic materials to be considered. A one-dimensional finite-difference technique was developed for ferromagnetic materials. Two one-dimensional test problems that compare results with other analyses are discussed. A series of calculations of current density and rail temperature was done for various size rectangular rails. One analysis of current diffusion in a ferromagnetic material was also performed

  5. Local noise in a diffusive conductor

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    Tikhonov, E. S.; Shovkun, D. V.; Ercolani, D.; Rossella, F.; Rocci, M.; Sorba, L.; Roddaro, S.; Khrapai, V. S.

    2016-07-01

    The control and measurement of local non-equilibrium configurations is of utmost importance in applications on energy harvesting, thermoelectrics and heat management in nano-electronics. This challenging task can be achieved with the help of various local probes, prominent examples including superconducting or quantum dot based tunnel junctions, classical and quantum resistors, and Raman thermography. Beyond time-averaged properties, valuable information can also be gained from spontaneous fluctuations of current (noise). From these perspective, however, a fundamental constraint is set by current conservation, which makes noise a characteristic of the whole conductor, rather than some part of it. Here we demonstrate how to remove this obstacle and pick up a local noise temperature of a current biased diffusive conductor with the help of a miniature noise probe. This approach is virtually noninvasive for the electronic energy distributions and extends primary local measurements towards strongly non-equilibrium regimes.

  6. Local noise in a diffusive conductor

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    Tikhonov, E. S.; Shovkun, D. V.; Ercolani, D.; Rossella, F.; Rocci, M.; Sorba, L.; Roddaro, S.; Khrapai, V. S.

    2016-01-01

    The control and measurement of local non-equilibrium configurations is of utmost importance in applications on energy harvesting, thermoelectrics and heat management in nano-electronics. This challenging task can be achieved with the help of various local probes, prominent examples including superconducting or quantum dot based tunnel junctions, classical and quantum resistors, and Raman thermography. Beyond time-averaged properties, valuable information can also be gained from spontaneous fluctuations of current (noise). From these perspective, however, a fundamental constraint is set by current conservation, which makes noise a characteristic of the whole conductor, rather than some part of it. Here we demonstrate how to remove this obstacle and pick up a local noise temperature of a current biased diffusive conductor with the help of a miniature noise probe. This approach is virtually noninvasive for the electronic energy distributions and extends primary local measurements towards strongly non-equilibrium regimes. PMID:27466216

  7. Local noise in a diffusive conductor.

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    Tikhonov, E S; Shovkun, D V; Ercolani, D; Rossella, F; Rocci, M; Sorba, L; Roddaro, S; Khrapai, V S

    2016-07-28

    The control and measurement of local non-equilibrium configurations is of utmost importance in applications on energy harvesting, thermoelectrics and heat management in nano-electronics. This challenging task can be achieved with the help of various local probes, prominent examples including superconducting or quantum dot based tunnel junctions, classical and quantum resistors, and Raman thermography. Beyond time-averaged properties, valuable information can also be gained from spontaneous fluctuations of current (noise). From these perspective, however, a fundamental constraint is set by current conservation, which makes noise a characteristic of the whole conductor, rather than some part of it. Here we demonstrate how to remove this obstacle and pick up a local noise temperature of a current biased diffusive conductor with the help of a miniature noise probe. This approach is virtually noninvasive for the electronic energy distributions and extends primary local measurements towards strongly non-equilibrium regimes.

  8. AA, inner conductor of a magnetic horn

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    1981-01-01

    At the start-up of the AA and during its initial operation, magnetic horns focused the antiprotons emanating from the production target. These "current-sheet lenses" had a thin inner conductor (for minimum absorption of antiprotons), machined from aluminium to wall thicknesses of 0.7 or 1 mm. The half-sine pulses rose to 150 kA in 8 microsec. The angular acceptance was 50 mrad.

  9. Quantum pumping : coherent rings versus open conductors

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    Moskalets, Mykhaylo; Buttiker, Markus

    2003-01-01

    We examine adiabatic quantum pumping generated by an oscillating scatterer embedded in a one-dimensional ballistic ring and compare it with pumping caused by the same scatterer connected to external reservoirs. The pumped current for an open conductor, paradoxically, is non-zero even in the limit of vanishing transmission. In contrast, for the ring geometry the pumped current vanishes in the limit of vanishing transmission. We explain this paradoxical result and demonstrate that the physics u...

  10. The Astro-H high temperature superconductor lead assemblies

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    Canavan, E. R.; James, B. L.; Hait, T. P.; Oliver, A.; Sullivan, D. F.

    2014-11-01

    The Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS) instrument, one of several instruments on JAXA's Astro-H mission, will observe diffuse X-ray sources with unparalleled spectral resolution using a microcalorimeter array operating at 50 mK. The array is cooled with a multi-stage Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator mounted on a 40 l helium tank. The tank is at the center of a typical 'shell in shell' cryostat, with the innermost shield cooled by a JT cryocooler, and successive outer shields cooled by stirling-cycle cryocoolers. To achieve a multi-year liquid helium lifetime and to avoid exceeding the limited capacity of the JT cooler, very strict requirements are placed on every source of heat leak into these surfaces from the higher temperature shields. However, each ADR stage draws a maximum of 2 A, and the Wiedemann-Franz Law precludes even an optimized set of normal-metal leads capable of such high current from achieving the required low thermal conductance. Instead, a set of lead assemblies have been developed based on narrow high temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes derived from commercially available coated conductors. Although the HTS tapes are flexible and have high tensile strength, they are extremely sensitive to damage through a number of mechanisms. A robust set of assemblies have been developed that provide mechanical support to the tapes, provide appropriate interfaces at either end, and yet still meet the challenging thermal requirements. An Engineering Model (EM) set of HTS lead assemblies have survived environmental testing, both as individual units and as part of the EM cryostat, and have performed without problem in recent operation of the EM instrument. The Flight Model (FM) HTS lead assemblies are currently nearing completion.

  11. Los conductores re-examinados: El transcurso del tiempo deteriora significativamente los conocimientos de los conductores

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    Francisco J. Martos

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Dos mil cinco conductores, 1204 hombres y 801 mujeres, una muestra representativa de la población española de conductores, fueron nuevamente examinados utilizando un cuestionario que reproducía fielmente un examen de conducir realizado por la Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT. Las preguntas fueron clasificadas en"“muy importantes", "importantes" y "poco importantes". El 96.5 % de los conductores, suspendió el examen. Los resultados eran tanto peores cuanto más tiempo había transcurridodesde la obtención del permiso de conducir. Esto era independiente de la importancia de las preguntas, de la mayor o menor frecuencia de conducción y afectaba por igual a hombres y mujeres. Las mujeres obtienen mejores puntuaciones en señalización mientras que los hombres son mejores en las preguntas de seguridad vial. Los resultados también demostraban que los conductores profesionales y los de mayor nivel educativo sufren un menor deterioro. Tales resultados nos llevan a considerar la relación que estos datos puedan tener en los niveles de accidentalidad y la conveniencia de establecer pautas para la actualización del conocimiento de los conductores. Finalmente, se discute la relevancia que el examen que se utiliza para obtener el permiso de conducir tiene como indicador o predictor de una futura conducción segura.

  12. HTS twisted stacked-tape cable conductor

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    The feasibility of high field magnet applications of the twisted stacked-tape cabling method with 2G YBCO tapes has been investigated. An analysis of torsional twist strains of a thin HTS tape has been carried out taking into account the internal shortening compressive strains accompanied with the lengthening tensile strains due to the torsional twist. The model is benchmarked against experimental tests using YBCO tapes. The critical current degradation and current distribution of a four-tape conductor was evaluated by taking account of the twist strain, the self-field and the termination resistances. The critical current degradation for the tested YBCO cables can be explained by the perpendicular self-field effect. It is shown that the critical current of a twisted stacked-tape conductor with a four-tape cable does not degrade with a twist pitch length as short as 120 mm. Current distribution among tapes and hysteresis losses are also investigated. A compact joint termination method for a 2G YBCO tape cable has been developed. The twisted stacked-tape conductor method may be an attractive means for the fabrication of highly compact, high current cables from multiple flat HTS tapes.

  13. Testing of the 3M Company Composite Conductor

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    Stovall, John P [ORNL; Rizy, D Tom [ORNL; Kisner, Roger A [ORNL

    2010-10-01

    The 3M Company has developed a high-temperature low-sag conductor referred to as Aluminum-Conductor Composite-Reinforced or ACCR. The conductor uses an aluminum metal matrix material to replace the steel in conventional conductors. The objective of this work is to accelerate the commercial acceptance by electric utilities of this new conductor design by testing four representative conductor classes in controlled conditions. A unique facility called the Powerline Conductor Accelerated Testing (PCAT) Facility was built at ORNL for testing overhead conductors. The PCAT has been uniquely designed for testing overhead bare transmission line conductors at high currents and temperatures after they have been installed and tensioned to the manufacturer's specifications. The ability to operate a transmission line conductor in this manner does not exist elsewhere in the United States. Four classes of ACCR cable designed by the 3M Company have been successfully test at ORNL small, medium, large and small/compact. Based on these and other manufacturer tests, the 3M Company has successfully introduced the ACCR into the commercial market and has completed over twenty installations for utility companies.

  14. New Development in the Preparation of Micro/Nano-Wires of Molecular (Magnetic Conductors

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    Lydie Valade

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available A lot of molecular (magnetic conductors are prepared largely using charge-transfer (CT salts of donor molecules with acceptor molecules or nonmagnetic or magnetic anions such as metal halides and oxides; their CT salts are usually obtained as bulk crystals, which are used to elucidate the electrical conducting (magnetic properties. In contrast, a small number of micro/nano-crystals of the molecular (magnetic conductors, especially micro/nano-wires, are known, of which highly conducting nanowires are necessary as a key component in the development of the next generation of nano-size transistors and spin-transistors. Very recently, we succeeded in preparing highly conductive micro/nano-wires of CT salts between bent donor molecules developed by one of the author’s group and magnetic FeX4– (X = Cl, Br ions: (1 by electrochemical oxidation of the bent donor molecules with a silicon wafer electrode coated with a phospholipid multi-lamellar structure as well as, (ii by electrochemical oxidation of the bent donor molecules with a large arc structure, in the presence of NBu4FeX4 supporting electrolytes. This article reviews template-free and template-assisted methods developed so far for the preparation of micro/nano-wires of molecular (magnetic conductors along with our new methods. The conducting properties of these micro/nano-wires are compared with those of the corresponding bulk crystals.

  15. Layer-by-Layer Assembled Milk Protein Coated Magnetic Nanoparticle Enabled Oral Drug Delivery with High Stability in Stomach and Enzyme-Responsive Release in Small Intestine

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    Huang, Jing; Shu, Qing; Wang, Liya; Wu, Hui; Wang, Andrew Y.; Mao, Hui

    2014-01-01

    We report a novel drug delivery system composed of layer-by-layer (LBL) milk protein casein (CN) coated iron oxide nanoparticles. Doxorubicin (DOX) and indocyanine green (ICG) were selected as model drug molecules, which were incorporated into the inner polymeric layer, and subsequently coated with casein. The resulting casein coated iron oxide nanoparticles (CN-DOX/ICG-IO) were stable in the acidic gastric condition with the presence of gastric protease. On the other hand, the loaded drugs were released when the casein outer layer was gradually degraded by the intestinal protease in the simulated intestine condition. Such unique properties enable maintenance of the bioactivity of the drugs and thus enhance the drug delivery efficiency. Ex vivo experiments showed that the LBL CN-DOX-IO improved the translocation of DOX across microvilli and its absorption in the small intestine sacs. In vivo imaging of mice that were orally administered with these LBL CN-ICG-IO nanostructures further confirmed that the reported drug delivery vehicles could pass the stomach without significant degradation, and then accumulated in the small intestine. In addition, the magnetic iron oxide nanoparticle core offered an MRI contrast enhancing capability for in vivo imaging guided drug delivery. Therefore, the reported LBL CN-DOX/ICG-IO is a promising oral drug delivery nanoplatform, especially for drugs that are poorly soluble in water or degradable in the gastric environment. PMID:25477177

  16. Fabrication of built-up conductors for large pulsed coils

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    The development work was performed to provide a low-loss, cryostable conductor capable of carrying 5 kA at 3 T for a 30-MJ coil cycled at 0.35 Hz. Much of the work is relevant to conductor development for other pulsed coils, such as a tokamak induction heating coil. As part of the development process, various conductor configurations were subjected to ac loss measurements, stability tests, electrical resistance measurements, and mechanical load-bearing and mechanical fatigue tests. The result is a conductor that appears to satisfy the design criteria with a considerable safety margin

  17. Electrodeposition of gold nanoparticles onto an etched stainless steel wire followed by a self-assembled monolayer of octanedithiol as a fiber coating for selective solid-phase microextraction.

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    Yang, Yaoxia; Li, Yi; Liu, Haixia; Wang, Xuemei; Du, Xinzhen

    2014-11-01

    In the present study, a novel approach for rapid electrodeposition on an etched stainless steel (SS) wire followed by self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was proposed for the fabrication of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber. The etched SS wire offers a rough surface structure for subsequent electrochemical deposition of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). As a result, uniform AuNPs coating was tightly attached to the etched SS wire substrate. After SAM of 1,8-octanedithiol onto AuNPs coating via Au-S bonding, a unique floccular structure with extremely large surface area was obtained for the fabricated fiber. The mercaptooctyl groups modified AuNPs coated etched SS fiber (C8-S-AuNPs/SS) was then assessed for SPME of phthalate esters (PAEs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlorophenols (CPs), ultraviolet (UV) filters, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and substituted anilines coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. This fiber exhibits higher extraction capability and better selectivity for some PCBs, CPs, UV filters and PAHs. Extraction conditions were investigated and optimized for SPME performance of UV filters. Under the optimized conditions, the developed method showed good linearity between 0.10 and 400μgL(-1) with corresponding coefficients in the range of 0.9989-0.9998. The limits of detection ranged from 0.025 to 0.056μgL(-1). The relative standard deviation for fiber-to-fiber reproducibility of five fabricated fibers was less than 9.4%. The developed method was successfully applied to the preconcentration and determination of trace UV filters from environmental water samples. Furthermore the fabrication of the C8-S-AuNPs/SS fiber can be performed in a highly reproducible manner. This fabricated fiber exhibits good stability and long lifetime, and could be a potential alternative for the conventional fused silica fiber. PMID:25465004

  18. AA, Inner Conductor of Magnetic Horn

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    1979-01-01

    Antiprotons emerging at large angles from the production target (hit by an intense 26 GeV proton beam from the PS), were focused into the acceptance of the injection line of the AA by means of a "magnetic horn" (current-sheet lens). Here we see an early protype of the horn's inner conductor, machined from solid aluminium to a thickness of less than 1 mm. The 1st version had to withstand pulses of 150 kA, 15 us long, every 2.4 s. See 8801040 for a later version.

  19. Miniaturized bendable 400 MHz artificial magnetic conductor

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    Presse, Anthony; Tarot, Anne-Claude

    2016-04-01

    A bendable artificial magnetic conductor (AMC) with a resonant frequency of 400 MHz is proposed. The dimensions of the unit cell are 50 × 50 mm2 or 0.07 × 0.07 λ0. The miniaturization is achieved with closely coupled patches printed on each side of a 0.127-mm-thick dielectric substrate. This last one is stacked on a flexible 3-mm-thick silicone over a ground plane. An AMC prototype is simulated and manufactured. Also, a printed inverted-F antenna is used to highlight the bandwidth of the AMC.

  20. The Famous Conductor,VuZhu Dokyi

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    1996-01-01

    VUzhu Dokyi,now the head of the Tibetan Song and Dance Ensemble is a second-grade conductor of the state,a member of Chinese Musicians’Association,the vice-president of Tibetan Musicians’Association and a council member of the Chinese Chorus Artists’Association.In 1960 he was admitted to the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and followed Qiu Jianhua,the famous music educator,to learn violin.After graduation,he was first violin in the Tibetan Song and Dance Ensemble Orchestra.

  1. Flat conductor cable for electrical packaging

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    Angele, W.

    1972-01-01

    Flat conductor cable (FCC) is relatively new, highly promising means for electrical packaging and system integration. FCC offers numerous desirable traits (weight, volume and cost savings, flexibility, high reliability, predictable and repeatable electrical characteristics) which make it extremely attractive as a packaging medium. FCC, today, finds wide application in everything from integration of lunar equipment to the packaging of electronics in nuclear submarines. Described are cable construction and means of termination, applicable specifications and standards, and total FCC systems. A list of additional sources of data is also included for more intensive study.

  2. The ATLAS SemiConductor tracker-overview and status

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    Eklund, L

    2002-01-01

    The ATLAS SemiConductor Tracker (SCT) in one of the three tracking detectors making up the ATLAS inner detector. The trackers 4088 r modules covers an area of over 60 m/sup 2/, distributed over four barrel cylinders and 18 end-cap disks. The back-to-back mounted silicon sensors provide space points for track reconstruction. The sensors are read out via front-end ASIC and binary data from selected events are read out via optical links. A large number of prototypes have been built and measured with test pulses, in beam tests and in a small-scale system tests. The radiation hardness of the components has been verified by a series of irradiations with subsequent thorough measurement programs. The SCT is now close to its final design and series production of detector modules is about to start. The final assembly and quality assurance of the SCT detector modules will be done in production at universities, organizing themselves in production clusters. (7 refs).

  3. $Nb_{3}Al$ prototype conductor for the transmission line magnet

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    Barzi, E; Malamud, E; Mazur, P O; Piekarz, H; Wake, M; Hayashi, K; Koganeya, M

    1999-01-01

    The Very Large Hadron Collider (VLHC), under consideration for construction at Fermilab in the next 1-2 decades, is a 100 TeV cm pp collider. A major cost driver is the magnet. R&D is underway on several possible magnet designs. A low-field (2T) superferric magnet, sometimes called a transmission line magnet, may be the most cost- effective route to the VLHC. Although NbTi is now the cheapest superconductor measured in cost/kA-meter, Nb/sub 3/Al has the potential advantage that it remains superconducting at higher temperature. It may be particularly suited to the single "turn" and long straight lengths of the transmission line design. The combination of the simple magnet design and the higher strain tolerance than e.g. Nb/sub 3/Sn allows a simple process of cable fabrication, reaction, and magnet assembly. This higher strain tolerance is an advantage for splicing in the field. Sumitomo Electric Industries is producing an Nb/sub 3/Al conductor for the Fermilab low-field magnet program. (9 refs).

  4. Seamless Metallic Coating and Surface Adhesion of Self-Assembled Bioinspired Nanostructures Based on Di-(3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine) Peptide Motif

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    Fichman, Galit; Adler-Abramovich, Lihi; Manohar, Suresh; Mironi-Harpaz, Iris; Guterman, Tom; Seliktar, Dror; Messersmith, Phillip B.; Gazit, Ehud

    2014-01-01

    The noncoded aromatic 3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine (DOPA) amino acid has a pivotal role in the remarkable adhesive properties displayed by marine mussels. These properties have inspired the design of adhesive chemical entities through various synthetic approaches. DOPA-containing bioinspired polymers have a broad functional appeal beyond adhesion due to the diverse chemical interactions presented by the catechol moieties. Here, we harnessed the molecular self-assembly abilities of very short...

  5. PREFACE: International Symposium on Molecular Conductors: Novel Functions of Molecular Conductors under Extreme Conditions (ISMC 2008)

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    Takahashi, Toshihiro; Suzumura, Yoshikazu

    2008-02-01

    The International Symposium on Molecular Conductors 2008 (ISMC2008) was held as the second international symposium of the project entitled `Novel Functions of Molecular Conductors under Extreme Conditions', which was supported by the Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. The project lasted from September 2003 to March 2008, and was completed by this symposium held at Okazaki Conference Center, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan (23-25 July 2008), which about 100 scientists attended. During the symposium, five project teams gave summary talks and exciting talks were given on the topics developed recently not only by the members of the project but also by other scientists including invited speakers from abroad, who are doing active research on molecular conductors. It is expected that papers presented in the symposium will give valuable hints for the next step in the research of this field. Therefore the organizers of this symposium decided to publish this proceedings in order to demonstrate these activities, not only for the local community of the project, but also for the broad society of international scientists who are interested in molecular conductors. The editors, who are also the organizers of this symposium, believe that this proceedings provides a significant and relevant contribution to the field of molecular conductors since it is the first time we have published such a proceedings as an electronic journal. We note that all papers published in this volume of Journal of Physics: Conference Series have been peer reviewed by expert referees. Editors made every effort to satisfy the criterion of a proceedings journal published by IOP Publishing. Toshihiro Takahashi and Yoshikazu Suzumura Editors: Toshihiro Takahashi (Gakushuin University) (Chairman) Kazushi Kanoda (University of Tokyo) Seiichi Kagoshima (University of Tokyo) Takehiko Mori (Tokyo

  6. En bloc incorporation of coatomer subunits during the assembly of COP- coated vesicles [published erratum appears in J Cell Biol 1994 Jul;126(2):589

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    The cDNA encoding epsilon-COP, the 36-kD subunit of coatomer, was cloned from a bovine liver cDNA library and sequenced. Immunoblotting with an anti-epsilon-COP antibody showed that epsilon-COP exists in COP- coated vesicles as well as in the cytosolic coatomer. Using the cloned cDNA, recombinant His6- tagged epsilon-COP was overexpressed in cultured Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, from which metabolically radiolabeled coatomer was purified by taking advantage of the His6 tag. Radiolabeled...

  7. Conductor gestures influence evaluations of ensemble performance.

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    Morrison, Steven J; Price, Harry E; Smedley, Eric M; Meals, Cory D

    2014-01-01

    Previous research has found that listener evaluations of ensemble performances vary depending on the expressivity of the conductor's gestures, even when performances are otherwise identical. It was the purpose of the present study to test whether this effect of visual information was evident in the evaluation of specific aspects of ensemble performance: articulation and dynamics. We constructed a set of 32 music performances that combined auditory and visual information and were designed to feature a high degree of contrast along one of two target characteristics: articulation and dynamics. We paired each of four music excerpts recorded by a chamber ensemble in both a high- and low-contrast condition with video of four conductors demonstrating high- and low-contrast gesture specifically appropriate to either articulation or dynamics. Using one of two equivalent test forms, college music majors and non-majors (N = 285) viewed sixteen 30 s performances and evaluated the quality of the ensemble's articulation, dynamics, technique, and tempo along with overall expressivity. Results showed significantly higher evaluations for performances featuring high rather than low conducting expressivity regardless of the ensemble's performance quality. Evaluations for both articulation and dynamics were strongly and positively correlated with evaluations of overall ensemble expressivity. PMID:25104944

  8. Testing of the 3M Company ACCR Conductor

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    Stovall, J.P.; RIzy, D.T.; Kisner, R.A.; Deve, H.E. (3M Comp.)

    2010-09-15

    The 3M Company has developed a high-temperature low-sag conductor referred to as Aluminum- Conductor Composite-Reinforced or ACCR. The conductor uses an aluminum metal matrix material to replace the steel in conventional conductors so the core has a lower density and higher conductivity. The objective of this work is to accelerate the commercial acceptance by electric utilities of these new conductor designs by testing four representative conductor classes in controlled conditions. Overhead transmission lines use bare aluminum conductor strands wrapped around a steel core strands to transmit electricity. The typical cable is referred to as aluminum-conductor steel-reinforced (ACSR). The outer strands are aluminum, chosen for its conductivity, low weight, and low cost. The center strand is of steel for the strength required to support the weight without stretching the aluminum due to its ductility. The power density of a transmission corridor has been directly increased by increasing the voltage level. Transmission voltages have increased from 115-kV to 765- kV over the past 80 years. In the United States, further increasing the voltage level is not feasible at this point in time, so in order to further increase the power density of a transmission corridor, conductor designs that increase the current carrying capability have been examined. One of the key limiting factors in the design of a transmission line is the conductor sag which determines the clearance of the conductor above ground or underlying structures needed for electrical safety. Increasing the current carrying capability of a conductor increases the joule heating in the conductor which increases the conductor sag. A conductor designed for high-temperature and lowsag operation requires an engineered modification of the conductor materials. To make an advanced cable, the 3M Company solution has been the development of a composite conductor consisting of Nextel ceramic fibers to replace the steel core and

  9. 30 CFR 57.12011 - High-potential electrical conductors.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false High-potential electrical conductors. 57.12011 Section 57.12011 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR METAL AND... Electricity Surface and Underground § 57.12011 High-potential electrical conductors. High-potential...

  10. Perspective: Geometrically frustrated assemblies

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    Grason, Gregory M.

    2016-09-01

    This perspective will overview an emerging paradigm for self-organized soft materials, geometrically frustrated assemblies, where interactions between self-assembling elements (e.g., particles, macromolecules, proteins) favor local packing motifs that are incompatible with uniform global order in the assembly. This classification applies to a broad range of material assemblies including self-twisting protein filament bundles, amyloid fibers, chiral smectics and membranes, particle-coated droplets, curved protein shells, and phase-separated lipid vesicles. In assemblies, geometric frustration leads to a host of anomalous structural and thermodynamic properties, including heterogeneous and internally stressed equilibrium structures, self-limiting assembly, and topological defects in the equilibrium assembly structures. The purpose of this perspective is to (1) highlight the unifying principles and consequences of geometric frustration in soft matter assemblies; (2) classify the known distinct modes of frustration and review corresponding experimental examples; and (3) describe outstanding questions not yet addressed about the unique properties and behaviors of this broad class of systems.

  11. Overcurrent experiments on HTS tape and cable conductor

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    Tønnesen, Ole; Jensen, Kim Høj; Træholt, Chresten;

    2001-01-01

    their critical current. In this light, it is important to investigate the response of HTS tapes and cable conductors to overcurrents several times the critical current. A number of experiments have been performed on HTS tapes and cable conductors, with currents up to 20 times the critical current. During...... overcurrent experiments, the voltage, and the temperature were measured as functions of time in order to investigate the dynamic behavior of the HTS tape and cable conductor. After each experiment, damage to the superconductors was assessed by measuring the critical current. Preliminary results show...... that within seconds an HTS tape (critical current=17 A) heats above room temperature with an overcurrent larger than 140 A. Similar overcurrent experiments showed that a HTS cable conductor could sustain damage with overcurrents exceeding 10 times the critical current of the cable conductor....

  12. Dual-layered nanogel-coated hollow lipid/polypeptide conjugate assemblies for potential pH-triggered intracellular drug release.

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    Full Text Available To achieve effective intracellular anticancer drug delivery, the polymeric vesicles supplemented with the pH-responsive outlayered gels as a delivery system of doxorubicin (DOX were developed from self-assembly of the lipid/polypeptide adduct, distearin grafted poly(γ-glutamic acid (poly(γ-GA, followed by sequential deposition of chitosan and poly(γ-GA-co-γ-glutamyl oxysuccinimide-g-monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol in combination with in situ covalent cross-linking on assembly surfaces. The resultant gel-caged polymeric vesicles (GCPVs showed superior performance in regulating drug release in response to the external pH change. Under typical physiological conditions (pH 7.4 and 37 °C at which the γ-GA/DOX ionic pairings remained mostly undisturbed, the dense outlayered gels of GCPVs significantly reduced the premature leakage of the uncomplexed payload. With the environmental pH being reduced from pH 7.4 to 4.7, the drug liberation was appreciably promoted by the massive disruption of the ionic γ-GA/DOX complexes along with the significant swelling of nanogel layers upon the increased protonation of chitosan chain segments. After being internalized by HeLa cells via endocytosis, GCPVs exhibited cytotoxic effect comparable to free DOX achieved by rapidly releasing the payload in intracellular acidic endosomes and lysosomes. This strongly implies the great promise of such unique GCPVs as an intracellular drug delivery carrier for potential anticancer treatment.

  13. Effect of the magnetic material on AC losses in HTS conductors in AC magnetic field carrying AC transport current

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    Wan, Xing-Xing; Huang, Chen-Guang; Yong, Hua-Dong; Zhou, You-He

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the AC losses in several typical superconducting composite conductors using the H-formulation model. A single superconducting strip with ferromagnetic substrate or cores and a stack of coated conductors with ferromagnetic substrates are studied. We consider all the coated conductors carrying AC transport currents and simultaneously exposed to perpendicular AC magnetic fields. The influences of the amplitude, frequency, phase difference and ferromagnetic materials on the AC losses are investigated. The results show that the magnetization losses of single strip and stacked strips have similar characteristics. The ferromagnetic substrate can increase the magnetization loss at low magnetic field, and decrease the loss at high magnetic field. The ferromagnetic substrate can obviously increase the transport loss in stacked strips. The trends of total AC losses of single strip and stacked strips are similar when they are carrying current or exposed to a perpendicular magnetic field. The effect of the frequency on the total AC losses of single strip is related to the amplitude of magnetic field. The AC losses decrease with increasing frequency in low magnetic field region while increase in high magnetic field region. As the phase difference changes, there is a periodic variation for the AC losses. Moreover, when the strip is under only the transport current and magnetic field, the ferromagnetic cores will increase the AC losses for large transport current or field.

  14. Improved electrochemical properties of LiFe0.5Mn0.5PO4/C composite materials via a surface coating process

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    Yang, Chun-Chen; Hung, Yen-Wei; Lue, Shingjiang Jessie

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a LiFe0.5Mn0.5PO4/C (LFMP/C) material was prepared by a simple solid-state ball-mill method by using LiH2PO4, γ-MnO2, and hollow α-Fe2O3 nano-sized materials. Both γ-MnO2 and hollow α-Fe2O3 were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. LFMP/C composites coated with different amounts (1-3wt%) of Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) were synthesized by a sol-gel method. Their typical properties are studied using X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, the AC impedance method, and the galvanostatic charge-discharge method. The results revealed that a 1 wt%-LTO-coated LFMP/C composite shows the highest performance among all LFMP/C composite samples. The long-term cycling performance of the LFMP/C composite improves considerably when the LTO ionic conductor is applied on it. Moreover, the 1 wt%-LTO-coated LFMP/C composite, which has the lowest fading rate, maintains high cycling stability at 1 C (141 mAh g-1) and 10 C (133 mAh g-1) at 55 °C after 100 cycles; by contrast, a bare LFMP/C sample, which demonstrates the highest fading rate, exhibits an unfavorable life cycle, and its discharge capacity decreases rapidly. The ionic conductor coating thus improves the high-temperature performance of LFMP/C composites. A LFMP/C-KS6/SiO2 full cell is assembled and tested.

  15. ELECTRODYNAMIC STABILITY COMPUTATIONS FOR FLEXIBLE CONDUCTORS OF THE AERIAL LINES

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In aerial transmission lines aluminium multiwire conductors are in use. Owing to their flexible design the electrodynamic effect of short circuit currents may lead to intolerable mutual rendezvous and even cross-whipping of the phase conductors. The increasing motion of the conductors caused by effect of the short-circuit electrodynamic force impulse is accompanied by the dynamic load impact affecting the conductors, insulating and supporting constructions of the aerial lines. Intensity of the short-circuit currents electrodynamic impact on the flexible conductors depends on the short circuit current magnitude. For research into electrodynamic endurance of the conductors of the aerial lines located at the vertices of arbitrary triangle with spans of a large length, the authors assume the conductor analytical model in the form of a flexible tensile thread whose mass is distributed evenly lengthwise the conductor. With this analytical model, by the action of the imposed forces the conductor assumes the form conditioned by the diagram of applied external forces, and resists neither bending nor torsion. The initial conditions calculation task reduces to solving the flexible thread statics equations. The law of motion of the conductor marginal points comes out of the conjoint solution of dynamic equations of the conductor and structural components of the areal electric power lines. Based on the proposed algorithm, the researchers of the Chair of the Electric Power Stations of BNTU developed a software program LINEDYS+, which in its characteristics yields to no foreign analogs, e. g. SAMSEF. To calculate the initial conditions they modified a software program computing the flexible conductor mechanics named MR 21. The conductor short-circuit electrodynamic interaction estimation considers structural elements of the areal lines, ice and wind loads, objective parameters of the short circuit. The software programs are accommodated with the simple and

  16. Microwave Loss Reduction in Cryogenically Cooled Conductors

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    Finger, R

    2015-01-01

    Measurements of microwave attenuation at room temperature and 4.2 K have been performed on some conductors commonly used in receiver input circuits. The reduction in loss on cooling is substantial, particularly for copper and plated gold, both of which showed a factor of 3 loss reduction. Copper passivated with benzotriazole shows the same loss as without passivation. The residual resistivity ratio between room temperature and 4.2 K, deduced from the measurements using the classical skin effect formula, was smaller than the measured DC value to a degree consistent with conduction in the extreme anomalous skin effect regime at cryogenic temperatures. The measurements were made in the 5-10 GHz range. The materials tested were: aluminum alloys 1100-T6 and 6061-O, C101 copper, benzotriazole treated C101 copper, and brass plated with electroformed copper, Pur-A-Gold 125-Au soft gold, and BDT200 bright gold.

  17. Random matrix model for disordered conductors

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    Zafar Ahmed; Sudhir R Jain

    2000-03-01

    We present a random matrix ensemble where real, positive semi-definite matrix elements, , are log-normal distributed, $\\exp[-\\log^{2}(x)]$. We show that the level density varies with energy, , as 2/(1 + ) for large , in the unitary family, consistent with the expectation for disordered conductors. The two-level correlation function is studied for the unitary family and found to be largely of the universal form despite the fact that the level density has a non-compact support. The results are based on the method of orthogonal polynomials (the Stieltjes-Wigert polynomials here). An interesting random walk problem associated with the joint probability distribution of the ensuing ensemble is discussed and its connection with level dynamics is brought out. It is further proved that Dyson's Coulomb gas analogy breaks down whenever the confining potential is given by a transcendental function for which there exist orthogonal polynomials.

  18. Plasma Waves and Jets from Moving Conductors

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    Gralla, Samuel E

    2016-01-01

    We consider force-free plasma waves launched by the motion of conducting material through a magnetic field. We develop a spacetime-covariant formalism for perturbations of a uniform magnetic field and show how the transverse motion of a conducting fluid acts as a source. We show that fast-mode waves are sourced by the compressibility of the fluid, with incompressible fluids launching a pure-Alfven outflow. Remarkably, this outflow can be written down in closed form, at the nonlinear level, for an arbitrary incompressible flow. The instantaneous flow velocity is imprinted on the magnetic field and transmitted away at the speed of light, carrying detailed information about the conducting source at the time of emission. These results can be applied to transients in pulsar outflows and to jets from neutron stars orbiting in the magnetosphere of another compact object. We discuss jets from moving conductors in some detail.

  19. Irradiation induced disorder in organic conductors

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    We present a brief survey of several recent experimental results concerning the transport properties of irradiated 1D. conductors, and we show that a reasonable knowledge of the mechanisms which account for the changes in the D.C. conductivity either at high or low temperatures has been obtained. These mechanisms are: firstly the 1-D blocking effects of defects and subsequent transverse fixed range phonon activated hopping of single electrons in the metallic regime, and secondly the charge density waves pinning either in the metallic or the insulating regime. As a conclusion we show that it is difficult in most of the cases to distinguish between disorded systems and intrinsic or so-called pure ones

  20. Conductors and Newforms for (1,1)

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    Joshua Lansky; A Raghuram

    2004-11-01

    Let be a non-Archimedean local field whose residue characteristic is odd. In this paper we develop a theory of newforms for (1,1)(), building on previous work on $SL_2(F)$. This theory is analogous to the results of Casselman for $GL_2(F)$ and Jacquet, Piatetski-Shapiro, and Shalika for $GL_n(F)$. To a representation π of (1,1)(), we attach an integer () called the conductor of , which depends only on the -packet containing . A newform is a vector in which is essentially fixed by a congruence subgroup of level ()$. We show that our newforms are always test vectors for some standard Whittaker functionals, and, in doing so, we give various explicit formulae for newforms.

  1. Alternative fiber optic conductor for laboratory practices

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    Calderon Ocampo, Juan F.; Jaramillo Florez, Samuel A.; Amaya Rodriguez, Juan C.

    1995-10-01

    Due to the high cost and difficulty in obtaining an optical fiber sample to be used in laboratory tests, we have given ourselves the task of looking for an adequate optical-fiber alternative for laboratory practices. We have as a result, found an object that can be used as an alternate optical conductor. This object called 'Venoclisis Hose', is a cylindrical plastic tube, hollow inside, whose main use has been in medical applications as a conveyor of liquids going in or coming out of the human body. In this document, the tests carried out and the results obtained to characterize the venoclisis as an optical fiber are described. This project was undertaken in order to propose the use of Venoclisis as an alternate optical fiber for laboratory work, due primarily to its low costs, as well as how easy it to acquire and measure its parameters as an optical fiber.

  2. Plasma waves and jets from moving conductors

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    Gralla, Samuel E.; Zimmerman, Peter

    2016-06-01

    We consider force-free plasma waves launched by the motion of conducting material through a magnetic field. We develop a spacetime-covariant formalism for perturbations of a uniform magnetic field and show how the transverse motion of a conducting fluid acts as a source. We show that fast-mode waves are sourced by the compressibility of the fluid, with incompressible fluids launching a pure-Alfvén outflow. Remarkably, this outflow can be written down in closed form for an arbitrary time-dependent, nonaxisymmetric incompressible flow. The instantaneous flow velocity is imprinted on the magnetic field and transmitted away at the speed of light, carrying detailed information about the conducting source at the time of emission. These results can be applied to transients in pulsar outflows and to jets from neutron stars orbiting in the magnetosphere of another compact object. We discuss jets from moving conductors in some detail.

  3. Laser Zone Annealing - Accelerated Route to Self-Assembled Nanostructures

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    Majewski, Pawel; Yager, Kevin; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles

    We present Laser Zone Annealing - a novel technique of accelerated self-assembly of block copolymer thin films utilizing laser light. In our approach, the laser beam, focused to a narrow line, is rastered across the polymer film coated on the light-absorbing substrate, inducing rapid and highly localized temperature transients in the film. By coupling our method with soft-shear, we demonstrate monolithic alignment of various cylinder-forming block copolymers over extremely short timescales. We utilize the aligned block copolymer films as templates for inorganic nanomaterials pattering. After delivery of inorganic precursors via aqueous or gaseous route, the polymer matrix is ashed leading to extremely well-ordered arrays of inorganic, metallic or semiconducting nanowires. Subsequently, we demonstrate how more complex nanostructures can be created with LZA including multilayered nanomeshes with symmetries beyond the conventional motifs accessible by native block copolymers. We investigate a perspective use of the inorganic arrays as transparent conductors or chemical sensors and characterize their anisotropic electro-optical properties. Research carried out in part at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  4. Single-Step Assembly of Multifunctional Poly(tannic acid)-Graphene Oxide Coating To Reduce Biofouling of Forward Osmosis Membranes.

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    Hegab, Hanaa M; ElMekawy, Ahmed; Barclay, Thomas G; Michelmore, Andrew; Zou, Linda; Saint, Christopher P; Ginic-Markovic, Milena

    2016-07-13

    Graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets have antibacterial properties that have been exploited as a biocidal agent used on desalination membrane surfaces in recent research. Nonetheless, improved strategies for efficient and stable attachment of GO nanosheets onto the membrane surface are still required for this idea to be commercially viable. To address this challenge, we adopted a novel, single-step surface modification approach using tannic acid cross-linked with polyethylene imine as a versatile platform to immobilize GO nanosheets to the surface of polyamide thin film composite forward osmosis (FO) membranes. An experimental design based on Taguchi's statistical method was applied to optimize the FO processing conditions in terms of water and reverse solute fluxes. Modified membranes were analyzed using water contact angle, adenosine triphosphate bioluminescence, total organic carbon, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ζ potential, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. These results show that membranes were modified with a nanoscale (<10 nm), smooth, hydrophilic coating that, compared to pristine membranes, improved filtration and significantly mitigated biofouling by 33% due to its extraordinary, synergistic antibacterial properties (99.9%). PMID:27294568

  5. Recent progress in high-pressure studies on organic conductors

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    Syuma Yasuzuka and Keizo Murata

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent high-pressure studies of organic conductors and superconductors are reviewed. The discovery of the highest Tc superconductivity among organics under high pressure has triggered the further progress of the high-pressure research. Owing to this finding, various organic conductors with the strong electron correlation were investigated under high pressures. This review includes the pressure techniques using the cubic anvil apparatus, as well as high-pressure studies of the organic conductors up to 10 GPa showing extraordinary temperature and pressure dependent transport phenomena.

  6. Study on detinning process of a reflow conductor roll

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    FU Hanguang; DAI Mingshan; FU Hanfeng

    2005-01-01

    Adhering tin is the main reason of a reflow conductor roll which works in an electroplating tin line (ETL). A detinning agent whose main composition is NaOH and KOH and assistant composition is Na2PbO2 or K2PbO2 and NaNO3 or NaNO2 has excellent detinning effects when the temperature of detinning solution is 40-80℃ and the temperature of the reflow conductor roll reaches 40-70℃. After the adhering tin layer of the reflow conductor roll is removed, the roughness of the reflow conductor roll can resume to 4.0 μm, its service life increases by 80%, and the repairing cost decreases by 90%.

  7. High voltage switches having one or more floating conductor layers

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    Werne, Roger W.; Sampayan, Stephen; Harris, John Richardson

    2015-11-24

    This patent document discloses high voltage switches that include one or more electrically floating conductor layers that are isolated from one another in the dielectric medium between the top and bottom switch electrodes. The presence of the one or more electrically floating conductor layers between the top and bottom switch electrodes allow the dielectric medium between the top and bottom switch electrodes to exhibit a higher breakdown voltage than the breakdown voltage when the one or more electrically floating conductor layers are not present between the top and bottom switch electrodes. This increased breakdown voltage in the presence of one or more electrically floating conductor layers in a dielectric medium enables the switch to supply a higher voltage for various high voltage circuits and electric systems.

  8. A microstructure continuum approach to electromagneto-elastic conductors

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    Romeo, Maurizio

    2016-06-01

    A micromorphic continuum model of a deformable electromagnetic conductor is established introducing microdensities of bound and free charges. The conductive part of electric current consists of contributions due to free charges and microdeformation. Beside the conservation of charge, we derive suitable evolution equations for electric multipoles which are exploited to obtain the macroscopic form of Maxwell's equations. A constitutive model for electromagneto-elastic conductors is considered which allows for a natural characterization of perfect conductors independently on the form of the constitutive equation for the conduction current. A generalized Ohm's law is also derived for not ideal conductors which accounts for relaxation effects. The consequences of the linearized Ohm's law on the classic magnetic transport equation are shown.

  9. Casimir Free Energy at High Temperatures: Grounded vs Isolated Conductors

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    Fosco, C D; Mazzitelli, F D

    2016-01-01

    We evaluate the difference between the Casimir free energies corresponding to either grounded or isolated perfect conductors, at high temperatures. We show that a general and simple expression for that difference can be given, in terms of the electrostatic capacitance matrix for the system of conductors. For the case of close conductors, we provide approximate expressions for that difference, by evaluating the capacitance matrix using the proximity force approximation. Since the high-temperature limit for the Casimir free energy for a medium described by a frequency-dependent conductivity diverging at zero frequency coincides with that of an isolated conductor, our results may shed light on the corrections to the Casimir force in the presence of real materials.

  10. Solid state proton conductors properties and applications in fuel cells

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    Knauth, Philippe

    2012-01-01

    Proton conduction can be found in many different solid materials, from organic polymers at room temperature to inorganic oxides at high temperature. Solid state proton conductors are of central interest for many technological innovations, including hydrogen and humidity sensors, membranes for water electrolyzers and, most importantly, for high-efficiency electrochemical energy conversion in fuel cells. Focusing on fundamentals and physico-chemical properties of solid state proton conductors, topics covered include: Morphology and Structure of Solid Acids Diffusion in Soli

  11. Tilt stability of rotating current rings with passive conductors

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    Zweibel, E.G.; Pomphrey, N.

    1984-12-01

    We study the combined effects of rotation and resistive passive conductors on the stability of a rigid current in an external magnetic field. We present numerical and approximate analytical solutions to the equations of motion, which show that the ring is always tilt unstable on the resistive decay timescale of the conductors, although rotation and eddy currents may stabilize it over short times. Possible applications of our model include spheromaks which rotate or which are encircled by energetic particle rings.

  12. Internally heated convection beneath a poor conductor

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    Goluskin, David

    2016-01-01

    We consider convection in an internally heated layer of fluid that is bounded below by a perfect insulator and above by a poor conductor. The poorly conducting boundary is modelled by a fixed heat flux. Using solely analytical methods, we find linear and energy stability thresholds for the static state, and we construct a lower bound on the mean temperature that applies to all flows. The linear stability analysis yields a Rayleigh number above which the static state is linearly unstable ($R_L$), and the energy analysis yields a Rayleigh number below which it is globally stable ($R_E$). For various boundary conditions on the velocity, exact expressions for $R_L$ and $R_E$ are found using long-wavelength asymptotics. Each $R_E$ is strictly smaller than the corresponding $R_L$ but is within 1%. The lower bound on the mean temperature is proven for no-slip velocity boundary conditions using the background method. The bound guarantees that the mean temperature of the fluid, relative to that of the top boundary, gr...

  13. Conductor gestures influence evaluations of ensemble performance

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Previous research has found that listener evaluations of ensemble performances vary depending on the expressivity of the conductor’s gestures, even when performances are otherwise identical. It was the purpose of the present study to test whether this effect of visual information was evident in the evaluation of specific aspects of ensemble performance, articulation and dynamics. We constructed a set of 32 music performances that combined auditory and visual information and were designed to feature a high degree of contrast along one of two target characteristics: articulation and dynamics. We paired each of four music excerpts recorded by a chamber ensemble in both a high- and low-contrast condition with video of four conductors demonstrating high- and low-contrast gesture specifically appropriate to either articulation or dynamics. Using one of two equivalent test forms, college music majors and nonmajors (N = 285 viewed sixteen 30-second performances and evaluated the quality of the ensemble’s articulation, dynamics, technique and tempo along with overall expressivity. Results showed significantly higher evaluations for performances featuring high rather than low conducting expressivity regardless of the ensemble’s performance quality. Evaluations for both articulation and dynamics were strongly and positively correlated with evaluations of overall ensemble expressivity.

  14. The ATLAS SemiConductorTracker

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    Mikuz, M

    2004-01-01

    The ATLAS SemiConductor Tracker (SCT) is presented. About 16000 silicon micro-strip sensors with a total active surface of over 60 m /sup 2/ and with 6.3 million read-out channels are built into 4088 modules arranged into four barrel layers and nine disks covering each of the forward regions up to an eta of 2.5. Challenges are imposed by the hostile radiation environment with particle fluences up to 2*10 /sup 14/ cm/sup -2/ 1 MeV neutron NIEL equivalent and 100 kGy TID, the 25 ns LHC bunch crossing time and the need for a hermetic, lightweight tracker. The solution adopted is carefully designed strip detectors operated at -7 degrees C, biased up to 500 V and read out by binary rad-hard fast BiCMOS electronics. A zero-CTE carbon fibre structure provides mechanical support. 30 kW of power are supplied on aluminium/Kapton tapes and cooled by C/sub 3/F/sub 8/ evaporative cooling. Data and commands are transferred by optical links. Prototypes of detector modules have been built, irradiated to the maximum expected ...

  15. Local electron heating in nanoscopic conductors

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    D'Agosta, Roberto; Sai, Na; di Ventra, Massimiliano

    2007-03-01

    The electron current density in nanoscale junctions is typically several orders of magnitude larger than the corresponding one in bulk electrodes. Consequently, the electron-electron scattering rate increases substantially in the junction. This leads to local electron heating of the underlying Fermi sea [1] in analogy to the local ionic heating that is due to the increased electron-phonon scattering rates [2]. By using a novel hydrodynamic formulation of transport [3], we predict the bias dependence of local electron heating in quasi-ballistic nanoscale conductors [1], its effect on ionic heating [1], and the consequent observable changes in the inelastic conductance [4]. [1] R. D'Agosta, N. Sai and M. Di Ventra, accepted in Nano Letters (2006). [2] Y.-C. Chen, M. Zwolak, and M. Di Ventra, Nano Lett. 3, 1961 (2003); Nano Lett. 4, 1709 (2004); Nano Lett. 5, 621 (2005). M. J. Montgomery, T. N. Todorov, and A. P. Sutton, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 14, 5377 (2002). [3] R. D'Agosta and M. Di Ventra, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. in press. [4] R. D'Agosta and M. Di Ventra, in preparation.

  16. Synergistic, ultrafast mass storage and removal in artificial mixed conductors.

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    Chen, Chia-Chin; Fu, Lijun; Maier, Joachim

    2016-08-11

    Mixed conductors-single phases that conduct electronically and ionically-enable stoichiometric variations in a material and, therefore, mass storage and redistribution, for example, in battery electrodes. We have considered how such properties may be achieved synergistically in solid two-phase systems, forming artificial mixed conductors. Previously investigated composites suffered from poor kinetics and did not allow for a clear determination of such stoichiometric variations. Here we show, using electrochemical and chemical methods, that a melt-processed composite of the 'super-ionic' conductor RbAg4I5 and the electronic conductor graphite exhibits both a remarkable silver excess and a silver deficiency, similar to those found in single-phase mixed conductors, even though such behaviour is not possible in the individual phases. Furthermore, the kinetics of silver uptake and release is very fast. Evaluating the upper limit set by interfacial ambipolar diffusion reveals chemical diffusion coefficients that are even higher than those achieved for sodium chloride in bulk liquid water. These results could potentially stimulate systematic research into powerful, even mesoscopic, artificial mixed conductors. PMID:27510217

  17. Kinetic regulation of coated vesicle secretion

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    Foret, Lionel

    2008-01-01

    The secretion of vesicles for intracellular transport often rely on the aggregation of specialized membrane-bound proteins into a coat able to curve cell membranes. The nucleation and growth of a protein coat is a kinetic process that competes with the energy-consuming turnover of coat components between the membrane and the cytosol. We propose a generic kinetic description of coat assembly and the formation of coated vesicles, and discuss its implication to the dynamics of COP vesicles that traffic within the Golgi and with the Endoplasmic Reticulum. We show that stationary coats of fixed area emerge from the competition between coat growth and the recycling of coat components, in a fashion resembling the treadmilling of cytoskeletal filaments. We further show that the turnover of coat components allows for a highly sensitive switching mechanism between a quiescent and a vesicle producing membrane, upon a slowing down of the exchange kinetics. We claim that the existence of this switching behaviour, also tri...

  18. Self-assembly of latex particles for colloidal crystals

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    Zhirong Li; Jingxia wang; Yanlin Song

    2011-01-01

    Self-assembly of latex particles is of great importance for fabricating various functional colloidal crystals.In this paper,we review recent research on the self-assembly of latex particles for colloidal crystals,covering the assembly forces and various assembly approaches of latex particles,including self-assembly by gravity sedimentation,vertical deposition,physical confinement,electric field,and magnetic field.Furthermore,some simple methods for assembling latex particles such as spin coating,spray coating,and printing are also summarized.

  19. Nanostructured ionic conductors: A study of Vycor 7930-LiI composites

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    A series of three Vycor glass/LiI composites were prepared by impregnating molten LiI into a porous Vycor 7930 powdered glass. X-ray diffraction showed the presence of LiI and LiI, H2O crystallites of about 100 nm in size. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed that an optimisation of heat treatment could lead to a composite with optimal coating and filling of the pores of the matrix. An increase in the pore size, unavoidable and due to the residual water content of the Vycor, was measured by Hg porosimetry. Nevertheless the conductivity of the composites was increased compared to that of pure LiI, with a gain of two orders of magnitude for the best conductor, i.e. 0.5LiI-0.5Vycor

  20. Self-assembled nanogaps for molecular electronics

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    Tang, Qingxin; Tong, Yanhong; Jain, Titoo;

    2009-01-01

    A nanogap for molecular devices was realized using solution-based self-assembly. Gold nanorods were assembled to gold nanoparticle-coated conducting SnO2:Sb nanowires via thiol end-capped oligo(phenylenevinylene)s (OPVs). The molecular gap was easily created by the rigid molecule itself during se...

  1. Method for making nanoporous hydrophobic coatings

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    Fan, Hongyou; Sun, Zaicheng

    2013-04-23

    A simple coating method is used to form nanoporous hydrophobic films that can be used as optical coatings. The method uses evaporation-induced self-assembly of materials. The coating method starts with a homogeneous solution comprising a hydrophobic polymer and a surfactant polymer in a selective solvent. The solution is coated onto a substrate. The surfactant polymer forms micelles with the hydrophobic polymer residing in the particle core when the coating is dried. The surfactant polymer can be dissolved and selectively removed from the separated phases by washing with a polar solvent to form the nanoporous hydrophobic film.

  2. Synergistic, ultrafast mass storage and removal in artificial mixed conductors

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    Chen, Chia-Chin; Fu, Lijun; Maier, Joachim

    2016-08-01

    Mixed conductors—single phases that conduct electronically and ionically—enable stoichiometric variations in a material and, therefore, mass storage and redistribution, for example, in battery electrodes. We have considered how such properties may be achieved synergistically in solid two-phase systems, forming artificial mixed conductors. Previously investigated composites suffered from poor kinetics and did not allow for a clear determination of such stoichiometric variations. Here we show, using electrochemical and chemical methods, that a melt-processed composite of the ‘super-ionic’ conductor RbAg4I5 and the electronic conductor graphite exhibits both a remarkable silver excess and a silver deficiency, similar to those found in single-phase mixed conductors, even though such behaviour is not possible in the individual phases. Furthermore, the kinetics of silver uptake and release is very fast. Evaluating the upper limit set by interfacial ambipolar diffusion reveals chemical diffusion coefficients that are even higher than those achieved for sodium chloride in bulk liquid water. These results could potentially stimulate systematic research into powerful, even mesoscopic, artificial mixed conductors.

  3. Design of force-cooled conductors for large fusion magnets

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    Dresner, L.; Lue, J.W.

    1977-01-01

    Conductors cooled by supercritical helium in forced convection are under active consideration for large toroidal fusion magnets. One of the central problems in designing such force cooled conductors is to maintain an adequate stability margin while keeping the pumping power tolerably low. A method has been developed for minimizing the pumping power for fixed stability by optimally choosing the matrix-to-superconductor and the metal-to-helium ratios. Such optimized conductors reduce pumping power requirements for fusion size magnets to acceptable limits. Furthermore, the mass flow and hence pumping losses can be varied through a magnet according to the local magnetic field and magnitude of desired stability margin. Force cooled conductors give flexibility in operation, permitting, for example, higher fields to be obtained than originally intended by lowering the bath temperature or increasing the pumping power or both. This flexibility is only available if the pumping power is low to begin with. Scaling laws for the pumping requirement and stability margin as functions of operating current density, number of strands and such physical parameters as stabilizer resistivity and critical current density, have been proved. Numerical examples will be given for design of conductors intended for use in large toroidal fusion magnet systems.

  4. Procurement of Nb3Sn superconducting conductors in ITER

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    Superconducting strands are applied to Toroidal Field (TF) coil, Poloidal Field (PF) coil and Centre Solenoid (CS) in ITER. Japanese share of TF conductor is 25% and that of CS conductor is 100%. The conductor of TF coil contains 900 Nb3Sn superconducting strands and 522 copper wires. As described in the length of superconducting strand, the length of Japanese share is 23,000km. In order to generate the magnetic field of which maximum value is 11.8T, 68kA of current is sent through the conductor under the rated operation. Although the critical current must be high, the high critical current tends to make the hysteresis loss rise at the same time. The hysteresis loss must be low because that is the heat generation under a fluctuating magnetic field. The strands which satisfy these performances compatibly had been developed. In advance of the other parties, the production of strands for TF coil started in 2008. To date, 3,400km long strands have been fabricated. Some of them are going to be cabled soon. The jacketing facility of TF conductor is being newly built. The building is almost completed. The procurement of strands for TF coil is underway. (author)

  5. The fate of sounds in conductors' brains: an ERP study.

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    Nager, Wido; Kohlmetz, Christine; Altenmüller, Eckart; Rodriguez-Fornells, Antoni; Münte, Thomas F

    2003-06-01

    Professional music conductors are required to home in on a particular musician but at the same time have to monitor the entire orchestra. It was hypothesized that this unique experience should be reflected by superior auditory spatial processing. Event-related brain potentials were obtained, while conductors, professional pianists, and non-musicians listened to sequences of bandpass-filtered noise-bursts presented in random order from six speakers, three located in front and three to the right of the subjects. In different runs, subjects either attended the centermost or the most peripheral speaker in order to detect slightly deviant noise-bursts. For centrally located speakers, the ERPs showed a typical Nd attention effect for the relevant location with a steep decline for the neighboring speakers in all subject groups. For peripheral speakers, only the conductors showed attentional selectivity, while the Nd effect was of similar size for all three peripheral speakers in the other two groups. These ERP effects were paralleled by an enhanced behavioral selectivity in peripheral auditory space in conductors. Moreover, the pre-attentive monitoring of the entire auditory scene indexed by the mismatch negativity was superior in musicians compared to non-musicians. In conductors, the MMN was followed by a positivity suggesting an attention shift towards the deviant stimuli in this group only.

  6. The Silicon Microstrip Sensors of the ATLAS SemiConductor Tracker

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    Ahmad, A; Allport, P P; Alonso, J; Andricek, L; Apsimon, R J; Barr, A J; Bates, R L; Beck, G A; Bell, P J; Belymam, A; Benes, J; Berg, C M; Bernabeu, J; Bethke, S; Bingefors, N; Bizzell, J P; Bohm, J; Brenner, R; Brodbeck, T J; Bruckman De Renstrom, P; Buttar, C M; Campbell, D; Carpentieri, C; Carter, A A; Carter, J R; Charlton, D G; Casse, G-L; Chilingarov, A; Cindro, V; Ciocio, A; Civera, J V; Clark, A G; Colijn, A-P; Costa, M J; Dabrowski, W; Danielsen, K M; Dawson, I; Demirkoz, B; Dervan, P; Dolezal, Z; Dorholt, O; Duerdoth, I P; Dwuznik, M; Eckert, S; Ekelöf, T; Eklund, L; Escobar, C; Fasching, D; Feld, L; Ferguson, D P S; Ferrere, D; Fortin, R; Foster, J M; Fox, H; French, R; Fromant, B P; Fujita, K; Fuster, J; Gadomski, S; Gallop, B J; Garcia, C; Garcia-Navarro, J E; Gibson, M D; Gonzalez, S; Gonzalez-Sevilla, S; Goodrick, M J; Gornicki, E; Green, C; Greenall, A; Grigson, C; Grillo, A A; Grosse-Knetter, J; Haber, C; Handa, T; Hara, K; Harper, R S; Hartjes, F G; Hashizaki, T; Hauff, D; Hessey, N P; Hill, J C; Hollins, T I; Holt, S; Horazdovsky, T; Hornung, M; Hovland, K M; Hughes, G; Huse, T; Ikegami, Y; Iwata, Y; Jackson, J N; Jakobs, K; Jared, R C; Johansen, L G; Jones, R W L; Jones, T J; de Jong, P; Joseph, J; Jovanovic, P; Kaplon, J; Kato, Y; Ketterer, C; Kindervaag, I M; Kodys, P; Koffeman, E; Kohriki, T; Kohout, Z; Kondo, T; Koperny, S; van der Kraaij, E; Kral, V; Kramberger, G; Kudlaty, J; Lacasta, C; Limper, M; Linhart, V; Llosa, G; Lozano, M; Ludwig, I; Ludwig, J; Lutz, G; Macpherson, A; McMahon, S J; Macina, D; Magrath, C A; Malecki, P; Mandic, I; Marti-Garcia, S; Matsuo, T; Meinhardt, J; Mellado, B; Mercer, I J; Mikestikova, M; Mikuz, M; Minano, M; Mistry, J; Mitsou, V; Modesto, P; Mohn, B; Molloy, S D; Moorhead, G; Moraes, A; Morgan, D; Morone, M C; Morris, J; Moser, H-G; Moszczynski, A; Muijs, A J M; Nagai, K; Nakamura, Y; Nakano, I; Nicholson, R; Niinikoski, T; Nisius, R; Ohsugi, T; O'Shea, V; Oye, O K; Parzefall, U; Pater, J R; Pernegger, H; Phillips, P W; Posisil, S; Ratoff, P N; Reznicek, P; Richardson, J D; Richter, R H; Robinson, D; Roe, S; Ruggiero, G; Runge, K; Sadrozinski, H F W; Sandaker, H; Schieck, J; Seiden, A; Shinma, S; Siegrist, J; Sloan, T; Smith, N A; Snow, S W; Solar, M; Solberg, A; Sopko, B; Sospedra, L; Spieler, H; Stanecka, E; Stapnes, S; Stastny, J; Stelzer, F; Stradling, A; Stugu, B; Takashima, R; Tanaka, R; Taylor, G; Terada, S; Thompson, R J; Titov, M; Tomeda, Y; Tovey, D R; Turala, M; Turner, P R; Tyndel, M; Ullan, M; Unno, Y; Vickey, T; Vos, M; Wallny, R; Weilhammer, P; Wells, P S; Wilson, J A; Wolter, M; Wormald, M; Wu, S L; Yamashita, T; Zontar, D; Zsenei, A

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the AC-coupled, single-sided, p-in-n silicon microstrip sensors used in the SemiConductor Tracker (SCT) of the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The sensor requirements, specifications and designs are discussed, together with the qualification and quality assurance procedures adopted for their production. The measured sensor performance is presented, both initially and after irradiation to the fluence anticipated after 10 years of LHC operation. The sensors are now successfully assembled within the detecting modules of the SCT, and the SCT tracker is completed and integrated within the ATLAS Inner Detector. Hamamatsu Photonics Ltd supplied 92.2% of the 15,392 installed sensors, with the remainder supplied by CiS.

  7. Quantum Optics Theory of Electronic Noise in Coherent Conductors

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    Grimsmo, Arne L.; Qassemi, Farzad; Reulet, Bertrand; Blais, Alexandre

    2016-01-01

    We consider the electromagnetic field generated by a coherent conductor in which electron transport is described quantum mechanically. We obtain an input-output relation linking the quantum current in the conductor to the measured electromagnetic field. This allows us to compute the outcome of measurements on the field in terms of the statistical properties of the current. We moreover show how under ac bias the conductor acts as a tunable medium for the field, allowing for the generation of single- and two-mode squeezing through fermionic reservoir engineering. These results explain the recently observed squeezing using normal tunnel junctions [G. Gasse et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 136601 (2013); J.-C. Forgues et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 130403 (2015)].

  8. Characterization of textile electrodes and conductors using standardized measurement setups

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    Textile electrodes and conductors are being developed and used in different monitoring scenarios, such as ECG or bioimpedance spectroscopy measurements. Compared to standard materials, conductive textile materials offer improved wearing comfort and enable long-term measurements. Unfortunately, the development and investigation of such materials often suffers from the non-reproducibility of the test scenarios. For example, the materials are generally tested on human skin which is difficult since the properties of human skin differ for each person and can change within hours. This study presents two test setups which offer reproducible measurement procedures for the systematic analysis of textile electrodes and conductors. The electrode test setup was designed with a special skin dummy which allows investigation of not only the electrical properties of textile electrodes but also the contact behavior between electrode and skin. Using both test setups, eight textile electrodes and five textile conductors were analyzed and compared

  9. Mobility propagation and dynamic facilitation in superionic conductors

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    Annamareddy, Ajay, E-mail: vkannama@ncsu.edu; Eapen, Jacob, E-mail: jacob.eapen@ncsu.edu [Department of Nuclear Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States)

    2015-11-21

    In an earlier work [V. A. Annamareddy et al., Phys. Rev. E 89, 010301(R) (2014)], we showed the manifestation of dynamical heterogeneity (DH)—the presence of clustered mobile and immobile regions—in UO{sub 2}, a model type II superionic conductor. In the current work, we demonstrate the mechanism of dynamic facilitation (DF) in two superionic conductors (CaF{sub 2} and UO{sub 2}) using atomistic simulations. Using the mobility transfer function, DF is shown to vary non-monotonically with temperature with the intensity of DF peaking at temperatures close to the superionic transition temperature (T{sub λ}). Both the metrics quantifying DH and DF show remarkable correspondence implying that DF, in the framework of kinematically constrained models, underpins the heterogeneous dynamics in type II superionic conductors.

  10. Uniform and Robust Peptoid Microsphere Coatings

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    Servoss, Shannon L.; Phillip Blake; Melissa L. Hebert; Dhaval S. Shah

    2013-01-01

    Peptoids that are helical and partially water soluble have been shown to self-assemble into microspheres when the peptoid solution is dried on a silicon substrate. Such microsphere coatings have great potential for use in biosensor technologies, specifically to increase the surface area for binding. However, in order to be useful, the peptoids must consistently form uniform coatings. In this study we investigated the effects of various coating protocol parameters on the uniformity of the resu...

  11. Use of polymer conductors for welding thermoplastic materials

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    Although some polymer conductors of electricity (ex. Polyanilines) are materials known for more than 100 years, only recently have the interesting chemical, electrical and optic properties of their insulating and conducting forms been recognized. Advances made in the chemistry of polymer conductors have also led to improvements in processing them. This work studies a practical application of these materials: the use of polymer conductors for the remote welding of insulating thermoplastic polymers, using energy from microwaves for the local heating of the union. Many thermoplastics (for ex. Polyethylene) do not absorb, or absorb very little, energy from microwaves. Different conductor materials (conductor polymers, carbon nanotubes), however, heavily absorb energy from microwaves with the resulting heating. In this way the welding zone can be heated without affecting the rest of the piece. Conductor polymers (polyanilines) were synthesized chemically and they were characterized by infrared spectroscopy. Polyanilines and other materials (carbon nanotubes) were also modified by reaction with diazone salts. Tests were carried out using different types of coupling: in powder, with material in suspension with wax, with material in suspension with Vaseline, with painted soluble material and with in-situ synthesized polymer on both surfaces to be joined. Different exposure times were tested in a 700 W microwave oven; the 10 mm bars made with different thermoplastic materials, particularly high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), were welded. These welded unions were then mechanically tested. The tests on the mechanical properties of the unions yielded an interesting repetition of results when samples welded by microwaves were examined under the same conditions. It was shown that splices can be achieved with reasonably acceptable mechanical resistance in a reduced processing time (CW)

  12. Organic conductors as novel ``molecular rulers`` for advanced manufacturing processes

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    Williams, J.M.

    1995-12-31

    Future advanced manufacturing equipment used in high technology programs will require ultra-high precision and associated machining tool operations that require placement accuracy of {approximately} 1--100 nm (1 nm = 10 {angstrom}). There is consensus among engineers that this equipment will be based on STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscope) technology. All such STM-based ``drivers`` must contain a metrology system that requires absolute length standards referenced to atomic spacings for calibration. Properly designed organic conductor substrate crystals have the potential to be molecular rulers for STM-based advanced manufacturing equipment. The major challenges in future organic conductor research aimed at STM metrology application are listed.

  13. Sequence assembly

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    Scheibye-Alsing, Karsten; Hoffmann, S.; Frankel, Annett Maria;

    2009-01-01

    and plays an important role in processing the information generated by these methods. Here, we provide a comprehensive overview of the current publicly available sequence assembly programs. We describe the basic principles of computational assembly along with the main concerns, such as repetitive sequences...

  14. Application Research on Drag Reduced Conductors for Electric Power Transmission Lines in Strong Wind Areas

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    Li Dong Qing

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The breeze vibration duration of conductors is long, the vibration amplitude is strong and the frequency range is wide for electric power transmission lines in strong wind areas, which seriously affects the safe and stable operation of transmission lines. There are two design schemes of conductors which can achieve the purpose of reducing wind-induced disaster. One is enhancing the structural strength of conductors to withstand wind load, but the investment is enormous and the effect is limited. The other is developing drag reduced conductors to reduce wind load by changing conductor structure. This paper started from application feasibility analysis of drag reduced conductors and designed four drag reduced conductors by structure optimization of the conventional aluminium conductor steel reinforced JL/G1A-630/45-45/7, denoted as DFY630/45(45°-R3.5, DFY630/45(60°-R3.5, DFY630/45(45°–R3.2 and DFY630/45(60°-R3.2, respectively. The wind tunnel test was performed and the wind resistance coefficients in unit length of five conductors were compared. Result showed that the wind resistance coefficients in unit length of four drag reduced conductors were obviously lower than that of the conventional conductor. By controlling the manufacturing process, popularization and application of drag reduced conductors for transmission lines in strong wind areas can be realized.

  15. Loss and Inductance Investigation in Superconducting Cable Conductors

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    Olsen, Søren Krüger; Tønnesen, Ole; Træholt, Chresten;

    1999-01-01

    An important parameter in the design and optimization of a superconducting cable conductor is the control of the current distribution among single tapes and layers. This distribution is to a large degree determined by inductances, since the resistances are low. The self and mutual inductances...

  16. Temporal interaction between an artificial orchestra conductor and human musicians

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    Reidsma, Dennis; Nijholt, Anton; Bos, Pieter

    2008-01-01

    The Virtual Conductor project concerns the development of the first properly interactive virtual orchestra conductor—a Virtual Human that can conduct a piece of music through interaction with musicians, leading and following them while they are playing. This article describes our motivation for deve

  17. Attentional flexibility and memory capacity in conductors and pianists.

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    Wöllner, Clemens; Halpern, Andrea R

    2016-01-01

    Individuals with high working memory (WM) capacity also tend to have better selective and divided attention. Although both capacities are essential for skilled performance in many areas, evidence for potential training and expertise effects is scarce. We investigated the attentional flexibility of musical conductors by comparing them to equivalently trained pianists. Conductors must focus their attention both on individual instruments and on larger sections of different instruments. We studied students and professionals in both domains to assess the contributions of age and training to these skills. Participants completed WM span tests for auditory and visual (notated) pitches and timing durations, as well as long-term memory tests. In three dichotic attention tasks, they were asked to detect small pitch and timing deviations from two melodic streams presented in baseline (separate streams), selective-attention (concentrating on only one stream), and divided-attention (concentrating on targets in both streams simultaneously) conditions. Conductors were better than pianists in detecting timing deviations in divided attention, and experts detected more targets than students. We found no group differences for WM capacity or for pitch deviations in the attention tasks, even after controlling for the older age of the experts. Musicians' WM spans across multimodal conditions were positively related to selective and divided attention. High-WM participants also had shorter reaction times in selective attention. Taken together, conductors showed higher attentional flexibility in successfully switching between different foci of attention. PMID:26404532

  18. An Organic Mixed Ion–Electron Conductor for Power Electronics

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    Malti, Abdellah; Edberg, Jesper; Granberg, Hjalmar;

    2016-01-01

    A mixed ionic–electronic conductor based on nanofibrillated cellulose composited with poly(3,4-ethylene-dioxythio­phene):­poly(styrene-sulfonate) along with high boiling point solvents is demonstrated in bulky electrochemical devices. The high electronic and ionic conductivities of the resulting...

  19. Polaron effects in the protonic conductor hydrogen uranyl phosphate

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    Lupu, D. (Inst. of Isotopic and Molecular Technology, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)); Grecu, R. (Inst. of Chemistry, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)); Biris, A.R. (Inst. of Isotopic and Molecular Technology, Cluj-Napoca (Romania))

    1993-08-01

    The isotope effects on the conductivity of hydrogen uranyl phosphate reveal ionic polaron effects in this solid protonic conductor, in agreement with the small polaron theory. An absorption band is observed at 0.67 eV, which can be correlated with the conduction mechanism consisting in both tunnelling and over-barrier hopping processes. (orig.)

  20. Metallic grids for low resistive transparent conductors: modeling and experiments

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    Deelen, J. van; Rendering, H.; Mannetje, H. het; Klerk, L.; Hovestad, A.

    2012-01-01

    At present, transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) are still superior in performance to most other transparent conductors. Results on opto-electronic modeling and design optimization of TCOs are presented using a monolithically integrated CIGS cell configuration as case. For various cell dimensions an

  1. Influence of the magnetic field profile on ITER conductor testing

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    Nijhuis, A.; Ilyin, Y.; Kate, ten H.H.J.

    2006-01-01

    We performed simulations with the numerical CUDI-CICC code on a typical short ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) conductor test sample of dual leg configuration, as usually tested in the SULTAN test facility, and made a comparison with the new EFDA-Dipole test facility offering

  2. Morbus Coats

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    Förl, B.; Schmack, I.; Grossniklaus, H.E.; Rohrschneider, K.

    2010-01-01

    Der fortgeschrittene Morbus Coats stellt im Kleinkindalter eine der schwierigsten Differenzialdiagnosen zum Retinoblastom dar. Wir beschreiben die klinischen und histologischen Befunde zweier Jungen im Alter von 9 und 21 Monaten mit einseitiger Leukokorie. Trotz umfassender Diagnostik mittels Narkoseuntersuchung, MRT und Ultraschall konnte ein Retinoblastom nicht sicher ausgeschlossen werden, und es erfolgte eine Enukleation. Histologisch wurde die Diagnose eines Morbus Coats gesichert. Da eine differenzialdiagnostische Abgrenzung zwischen Morbus Coats und Retinoblastom schwierig sein kann, halten wir in zweifelhaften Fällen auch angesichts der eingeschränkten Visusprognose und potenzieller Sekundärkomplikationen beim fortgeschrittenen Morbus Coats eine Enukleation für indiziert. PMID:18299842

  3. Prospective barrier coatings for superconducting cables

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    Ipatov, Y.; Dolgosheev, P.; Sytnikov, V.

    1997-07-01

    Known and prospective types of chromium coatings, used in the production of superconducting `cable-in-conduit' conductors designed for the ITER and other projects, are considered. The influence of the technological conditions during the galvanic plating of hard, grey, black and combined chromium coatings in various electrolytes and the annealing conditions in air and in vacuum on the contact electrical resistance of copper and superconducting wire at room temperature and 4.2 K as well as on other physical properties, e.g. resistance to abrasion, elasticity and thickness of the coatings, is investigated. Black oxide - chromium coatings and combined chromium coatings, containing oxides of chromium and a number of other metals, ensure the possibility of a significant increase of contact resistance as well as its regulation in a broad range of values in comparison with hard chromium. The results of the present work and also an independent investigation of the cable containing the strand, manufactured in JSC `VNIIKP', allow us to propose the oxide - chromium coating as a barrier layer for multistrand superconducting cables.

  4. 7 CFR 1755.702 - Copper coated steel reinforced (CCSR) aerial service wire.

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    2010-01-01

    ... specified in ANSI/ICEA S-89-648-1993, paragraph 2.1.6. (b) Conductor insulation. (1) The raw materials used..., ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS, AND STANDARD CONTRACT FORMS § 1755.702 Copper coated steel reinforced (CCSR) aerial... American National Standard Institute/Insulated Cable Engineers Association, Inc. (ANSI/ICEA)...

  5. Structure Design and Service Performance Study of Low Wind-pressure Conductor

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    Wang Zhao Lin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The low wind-pressure conductor is a dedicated conductor which obtains low wind resistance coefficient by changing the sectional shape of the conductor and has extensive application prospect in electric power transmission lines in strong wind areas. Previous wind tunnel testing results showed that the wind resistance coefficient in unit length of the low wind-pressure aluminium conductor steel reinforced was obviously lower than that of the conventional aluminium conductor steel reinforced, and the control factors of manufacturing process of the low wind-pressure conductor were proposed. In this paper, the low wind-pressure aluminium conductor steel reinforced JLX1/G1A(DFY–680/45–338 was designed based on the structure optimization of the conventional aluminium conductor steel reinforced JL/G1A–630/45–45/7, and the service performance study of the conductor was carried out. Results showed that the mechanical properties, electrical properties and construction properties of the low wind-pressure conductor fully satisfied service requirements, and the conductor can be popularized and applied for transmission lines in strong wind areas.

  6. Advanced membrane electrode assemblies for fuel cells

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    Kim, Yu Seung; Pivovar, Bryan S

    2014-02-25

    A method of preparing advanced membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) for use in fuel cells. A base polymer is selected for a base membrane. An electrode composition is selected to optimize properties exhibited by the membrane electrode assembly based on the selection of the base polymer. A property-tuning coating layer composition is selected based on compatibility with the base polymer and the electrode composition. A solvent is selected based on the interaction of the solvent with the base polymer and the property-tuning coating layer composition. The MEA is assembled by preparing the base membrane and then applying the property-tuning coating layer to form a composite membrane. Finally, a catalyst is applied to the composite membrane.

  7. Influence of Glaze on Corona Inception Voltage of Stranded Conductor%雨凇对导线起晕电压影响规律的研究

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    陈吉; 蒋兴良; 舒立春; 胡建林; 张志劲; 张满

    2013-01-01

      雨凇对输电线路的安全威胁极大,形成的冰柱会使得导线表面电场发生畸变进而影响电晕起始特性,国内外针对导线电晕特性进行了大量研究,但大多采用铝管来模拟实导线,且尚未深入分析覆冰对导线起晕电压的影响规律。利用人工气候试验室完成对 LGJ-185/25钢芯铝绞线雨凇覆冰后的交流电晕试验,采用紫外成像仪及曲线拟合法对导线起晕电压进行测量并分析,并根据雨凇冰柱形态建立有限元模型进行最大场强计算。结果表明:雨凇会导致绞线起晕电压值的降低;覆冰程度的增加会使得绞线起晕电压持续下降但逐渐趋于饱和;雨凇形态不随电导率的不同而发生改变,但盐浓度的增加会使得绞线起晕电压继续下降。所得结论可为雨凇频发区的输电线路设计及选型提供依据。%  Glaze affects secure operation of transmission line seriously, and icicles caused by glaze makes the electric field on conductor surface distorted and then the corona onset voltage characteristic of conductor is affected. A lot of researches on corona characteristics of conductors are performed home and abroad, most of them utilize aluminum pipes to simulate actual conductors and the influences of ice-coating on corona onset voltage of conductor are not analyzed in depth. A series of AC corona tests for ice-covered steel cored aluminum stranded wire LGJ-185/25 due to glaze are implemented in artificial climate chamber, in the tests the ultraviolet imager and curve fitting method are used to measure and analyze the corona onset voltage of stranded conductor, and according to the form of glaze-caused icicles a finite-element model is established to calculate the maximum field strength. Test results show that glaze leads to the decrease of corona onset voltage of stranded conductor;the increase of ice-coating thickness makes the corona onset voltage of stranded conductor

  8. Vacuum-surface flashover switch with cantilever conductors

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    Caporaso, George J.; Sampayan, Stephen E.; Kirbie, Hugh C.

    2001-01-01

    A dielectric-wall linear accelerator is improved by a high-voltage, fast rise-time switch that includes a pair of electrodes between which are laminated alternating layers of isolated conductors and insulators. A high voltage is placed between the electrodes sufficient to stress the voltage breakdown of the insulator on command. A light trigger, such as a laser, is focused along at least one line along the edge surface of the laminated alternating layers of isolated conductors and insulators extending between the electrodes. The laser is energized to initiate a surface breakdown by a fluence of photons, thus causing the electrical switch to close very promptly. Such insulators and lasers are incorporated in a dielectric wall linear accelerator with Blumlein modules, and phasing is controlled by adjusting the length of fiber optic cables that carry the laser light to the insulator surface.

  9. Structural Parameter Optimization of Multilayer Conductors in HTS Cable

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    Yan Mao; Jie Qiu; Xin-Ying Liu; Zhi-Xuan Wang; Shu-Hong Wang; Jian-Guo Zhu; You-Guang Guo; Zhi-Wei Lin; Jian-Xun Jin

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, the design optimization of the structural parameters of multilayer conductors in high temperature superconducting (HTS) cable is reviewed. Various optimization methods, such as the particle swarm optimization (PSO), the genetic algorithm (GA), and a robust optimization method based on design for six sigma (DFSS), have been applied to realize uniform current distribution among the multi- layer HTS conductors. The continuous and discrete variables, such as the winding angle, radius, and winding direction of each layer, are chosen as the design parameters. Under the constraints of the mechanical properties and critical current, PSO is proven to be a more powerful tool than GA for structural parameter optimization, and DFSS can not only achieve a uniform current distribution, but also improve significantly the reliability and robustness of the HTS cable quality.

  10. Sprayed coatings

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    Steffens, H. D.

    1980-03-01

    Thermal spraying is shown to be an efficient means for the protection of surface areas against elevated temperature, wear, corrosion, hot gas corrosion, and erosion in structural aircraft components. Particularly in jet engines, numerous parts are coated by flame, detonation, or plasma spraying techniques. The applied methods of flame, detonation, and plasma spraying are explained, as well as electric arc spraying. Possibilities for spray coatings which meet aircraft service requirements are discussed, as well as methods for quality control, especially nondestructive test methods. In particular, coating characteristics and properties obtained by different spray methods are described, and special attention is paid to low pressure plasma spraying.

  11. Numerical Analysis of Conductor Galloping Limitation by Oscillation Frequency Detuning

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    I. I. Serguey

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A numerical method has been developed for calculation of conductor oscillations at the moment of galloping that takes account of pendulum  oscillation dampers in the form of eccentric loads. The method is recommended for a numerical analysis of various schemes pertaining to arrangement of horizontal pendulums in the span and their parameters including angles of their initial setting. The obtained results can be used for designing and operation of aerial power lines. 

  12. Activation volumes of some superionic conductors with the fluorite structure

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    Information about defect and conduction mechanisms of ionic conductors can be obtained by studying the pressure and temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity. The existence of several activated regions of conduction was found. The activation volumes, which are extracted from the pressure data, are small and positive throughout the temperature range investigated. This implies that Frenkel defects are dominant up to near the melting points of the materials examined

  13. Electrostatic forces on two almost touching nonspherical charged conductors

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    Khair, Aditya S.

    2013-10-01

    Analytical expressions are derived for the electrostatic forces on two almost touching nonspherical conductors held at unequal voltages or carrying dissimilar charges in an insulating medium. Each conductor is a body of revolution whose surface is defined by the equation rn+zn=an, where r and z are radial and axial cylindrical co-ordinates, respectively, 2a is the equatorial width, and n is a parameter that controls the particle shape. The two objects are of identical shape and placed in a coaxial configuration, in which case the electrostatic forces are solely along their line of centers. The calculation of the forces is performed via a local analysis of the electrostatics in the thin gap region separating the particles. At a fixed potential difference, the magnitude of the attractive force F on the particles scales with the minimum gap height h0 as F ˜h02(1/n-1) for n > 1 and F ˜ln h0 for n = 1, to leading order as h0/a→0. The force increases as the gap region becomes flatter (increasing n), due to the intense electric field in the gap acting over a larger surface area. The opposite is found for particles carrying fixed charges: here, F ˜h0-2/n for n > 2 and F ˜h0-1[ln(a/h0)]-2 for n = 2. In this case, the potential difference between the conductors diminishes as the gap region becomes flatter, which overpowers the increase in gap area. Our results demonstrate that like-charge attraction occurs for a broad class of nonspherical conductors at close separations. The predicted sensitivity of the electrostatic force to particle shape is relevant to probe-based microscopy: specifically, to quantify the influence of tip-geometry on the force experienced by a charged probe near a conducting surface.

  14. Non-equilibrium and band tailing in organic conductors

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    A T Oza; P C Vinodkumar; R G Patel

    2003-03-01

    The concept of band tailing with focal point and width of the tail from IR absorption spectra of different organic conductors is found valid even for thermal and elastic changes. The experimental situations like change of solvents, method of preparation, applied pressure and pressure cycle apart from compositions is analyzed within the framework of tailing of states. Non-equilibrium due to coupling between applied energy and free electrons can be responsible for the exponential relaxation from non-equilibrium to equilibrium.

  15. Electromigration induced resistance changes in passivated aluminum thin film conductors

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    Möckl, U. E.; Lloyd, J. R.; Arzt, Eduard

    1993-01-01

    The relative change in resistance due to electromigration was studied in thin (0.7 µm) film conductors of Al-0.5% Cu alloy passivated with a 1 µm thick glass passivation using a sensitive AC bridge technique. In contrast to previous experiments performed on unpassivated structures where a roughly linear resistance increase was observed, a saturation value for the resistance increase was observe which was seen to be a function of temperature and the applied current density. The results were fo...

  16. Development of an aluminium stabilized reinforced superconducting conductor

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    Fritz, D. [PTR Praezisionstechnik GmbH Maintal (Germany); Horvath, I.L. [Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech., Zuerich (Switzerland); Harzenmoser, M.; Neuenschwander, J. [Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing and Research, Duebendorf (Switzerland); Wittgenstein, F. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)

    1996-07-01

    For high performance superconducting magnets as used in large detectors for the High Energy Physics or for magnets of magnetic storage devices (SMES) the mechanical stresses on the conductor go beyond the yield stress level of the high purity matrix stabilizer, specially if aluminium is used. Therefore, a novel method is proposed to join high strength aluminium strips to high purity aluminium stabilizer by using the electron beam (EB) welding. The proposed EB-welding, combined with roll-pressing under vacuum, provides the minimum heat input on the conductor in comparison with other welding techniques. This method provides the advantage to allow the production of very long conductor lengths and includes the potentiality of repairing without losing expensive material. As this process has to be adapted to the high purity aluminium on the one side and to the high strength material on the other, the authors started in a first step with investigation and development of the process, using standard laboratory machines together with laboratory-size tooling. In this report the development program is described and first results of the quality control measurements are presented.

  17. The winding line for the CMS reinforced conductor

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    Fabbricatore, P; D'Urzo, C; Farinon, S; Gaddi, A; Levesy, B; Loche, L; Musenich, R; Rondeaux, F; Penco, R; Valle, N

    2002-01-01

    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is one of the general-purpose detectors to be provided for the LHC project at CERN. The design field of the CMS superconducting magnet is 4 T, the length is 12.5 m and the free bore is 6 m. The use of a reinforced conductor for the CMS coil required a sustained activity of development at industrial level, to understand how to handle, to pre-bend and to wind the conductor with an inner winding technique. The winding line was designed and constructed according to this experience. The working principles of the line are under test through the winding of a prototype of a CMS coil module. The prototype has the same radius of a CMS module (6900 mm outer diameter), but a shorter axial length (670 mm against 2500 for the module). The critical operations are related to the accurate pre-bending of the conductor, the positioning of the turns into the winding, the axial compaction, and the correct handling of 50-ton windings. (9 refs).

  18. Charge densities and charge noise in mesoscopic conductors

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    M Büttiker

    2002-02-01

    We introduce a hierarchy of density of states to characterize the charge distribution in a mesoscopic conductor. At the bottom of this hierarchy are the partial density of states which represent the contribution to the local density of states if both the incident and the out-going scattering channel is prescribed. The partial density of states play a prominent role in measurements with a scanning tunneling microscope on multiprobe conductors in the presence of current flow. The partial density of states determine the degree of dephasing generated by a weakly coupled voltage probe. In addition the partial density of states determine the frequency-dependent response of mesoscopic conductors in the presence of slowly oscillating voltages applied to the contacts of the sample. The partial density of states permit the formulation of a Friedel sum rule which can be applied locally. We introduce the off-diagonal elements of the partial density of states matrix to describe charge fluctuation processes. This generalization leads to a local Wigner–Smith life-time matrix.

  19. MHD Modeling of Conductors at Ultra-High Current Density

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    Asay, J.R.; Desjarlais, M.P.; Douglas, M.R.; Frese, M.H.; Hall, C.A.; Morse, R.L.; Reisman, D.; Rosenthal, S.E.; Spielman, R.B.; Stygar, W.A.

    1999-06-30

    In conjunction with ongoing high-current experiments on Sandia National Laboratories' Z accelerator we have revisited a problem first described in detail by Heinz Knoepfel. MITLs of previous pulsed power accelerators have been in the 1-Tesla regime. Z's disc transmission line (downstream of the current addition) is in a 100-1200 Tesla regime, so its conductors cannot be modeled simply as static infinite conductivity boundaries. Using the MHD code MACH2 we have been investigating conductor hydrodynamics, characterizing the joule heating, magnetic field diffusion, and material deformation, pressure, and velocity over a range of current densities, current rise-times, and conductor materials. Three purposes of this work are ( 1) to quantify power flow losses owing to ultra-high magnetic fields, (2) to model the response of VISAR diagnostic samples in various configurations on Z, and (3) to incorporate the most appropriate equation of state and conductivity models into our MHD computations. Certain features are strongly dependent on the details of the conductivity model. Comparison with measurements on Z will be discussed.

  20. Uniform and Robust Peptoid Microsphere Coatings

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    Shannon L. Servoss

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Peptoids that are helical and partially water soluble have been shown to self-assemble into microspheres when the peptoid solution is dried on a silicon substrate. Such microsphere coatings have great potential for use in biosensor technologies, specifically to increase the surface area for binding. However, in order to be useful, the peptoids must consistently form uniform coatings. In this study we investigated the effects of various coating protocol parameters on the uniformity of the resulting peptoid microsphere coatings, including (i solvent, (ii administration technique, and (iii drying environment. In addition, we investigated the robustness of the coatings as well as the potential for using a glass substrate. These studies show that uniform, robust peptoid microsphere coatings can be formed using protic solvents, a full coverage administration technique, and drying in open air on silicon or glass substrates.

  1. Hard coatings

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    Dan, J.; Boving, H.; Hintermann, H.

    1993-01-01

    Hard, wear resistant and low friction coatings are presently produced on a world-wide basis, by different processes such as electrochemical or electroless methods, spray technologies, thermochemical, CVD and PVD. Some of the most advanced processes, especially those dedicated to thin film depositions, basically belong to CVD or PVD technologies, and will be looked at in more detail. The hard coatings mainly consist of oxides, nitrides, carbides, borides or carbon. Over the years, many process...

  2. Antifouling Self-assembled Monolayers on Microelectrodes for Patterning Biomolecules

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    Noel, John; Teizer, Winfried; Hwang, Wonmuk

    2009-01-01

    We present a procedure for forming a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) trimethoxysilane self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a silicon substrate with gold microelectrodes. The PEG-SAM is formed in a single assembly step and prevents biofouling on silicon and gold surfaces. The SAM is used to coat microelectrodes patterned with standard, positive-tone lithography. Using the microtubule as an example, we apply a DC voltage to induce electrophoretic migration to the SAM-coated electrode in a reversible m...

  3. Furnace assembly

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    Panayotou, Nicholas F.; Green, Donald R.; Price, Larry S.

    1985-01-01

    A method of and apparatus for heating test specimens to desired elevated temperatures for irradiation by a high energy neutron source. A furnace assembly is provided for heating two separate groups of specimens to substantially different, elevated, isothermal temperatures in a high vacuum environment while positioning the two specimen groups symmetrically at equivalent neutron irradiating positions.

  4. Spin-Coated Polyelectrolyte Coacervate Films.

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    Kelly, Kristopher D; Schlenoff, Joseph B

    2015-07-01

    Thin films of complexes made from oppositely charged polyelectrolytes have applications as supported membranes for separations, cell growth substrates, anticorrosion coatings, biocompatible coatings, and drug release media, among others. The relatively recent technique of layer-by-layer assembly reliably yields conformal coatings on substrates but is impractically slow for films with thickness greater than about 1 μm, even when accelerated many fold by spraying and/or spin assembly. In the present work, thin, uniform, smooth films of a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) are rapidly made by spin-coating a polyelectrolyte coacervate, a strongly hydrated viscoelastic liquidlike form of PEC, on a substrate. While the apparatus used to deposit the PEC film is conventional, the behavior of the coacervate, especially the response to salt concentration, is highly nontraditional. After glassification by immersion in water, spun-on films may be released from their substrates to yield free-standing membranes of thickness in the micrometer range.

  5. Hard coatings

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    Hard, wear resistant and low friction coatings are presently produced on a world-wide basis, by different processes such as electrochemical or electroless methods, spray technologies, thermochemical, CVD and PVD. Some of the most advanced processes, especially those dedicated to thin film depositions, basically belong to CVD or PVD technologies, and will be looked at in more detail. The hard coatings mainly consist of oxides, nitrides, carbides, borides or carbon. Over the years, many processes have been developed which are variations and/or combinations of the basic CVD and PVD methods. The main difference between these two families of deposition techniques is that the CVD is an elevated temperature process (≥ 700 C), while the PVD on the contrary, is rather a low temperature process (≤ 500 C); this of course influences the choice of substrates and properties of the coating/substrate systems. Fundamental aspects of the vapor phase deposition techniques and some of their influences on coating properties will be discussed, as well as the very important interactions between deposit and substrate: diffusions, internal stress, etc. Advantages and limitations of CVD and PVD respectively will briefly be reviewed and examples of applications of the layers will be given. Parallel to the development and permanent updating of surface modification technologies, an effort was made to create novel characterisation methods. A close look will be given to the coating adherence control by means of the scratch test, at the coating hardness measurement by means of nanoindentation, at the coating wear resistance by means of a pin-on-disc tribometer, and at the surface quality evaluation by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Finally, main important trends will be highlighted. (orig.)

  6. Current progress in YBCO coated conductors using IBAD MgO template layers

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    Groves, J. R. (James R.); Arendt, P. N. (Paul N.); Foltyn, S. R. (Stephen R.); Jia, Quanxi; Holesinger, T. G. (Terry G.); Emmert, L. A. (Luke A.); DePaula, R. F. (Raymond Felix); Dowden, P. C. (Paul C.); Stan, L. (Liliana); Brewer, R. T. (Rhett T.); Atwater, H. A. (Harry A.)

    2002-01-01

    We present key improvements to growing high quality ({approx}7 degrees {Delta}{phi}) magnesium oxide (MgO) The use of a new layer for IBAD MgO nucleation and reduction in surface roughness of substrates have resulted in better in-plane texture. The processing window for obtaining optimum template texture is very narrow ({approx}10 seconds) using Si,N,. This has been ameliorated by use of an alternate amorphous nucleation layer. The substrate surface roughness has a significant effect on the initial nucleation texture of IBAD MgO films. A surface roughness of -1 nm has resulted in better in-plane texture for IBAD MgO films deposited on metal substrates. We have also implemented a method to quantify IBAD MgO texture using reflected high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). Utilizing this in situ tool, we have been able to refine deposition parameters to routinely grow films in batch mode that have a {Delta}{phi} of {approx} 7 degrees. Deposited meter lengths have had {Delta}{phi} values from 7-9 degrees with 10% uniformity. One to two micrometer thick YBCO films on these templates have had critical current densities in excess of 1 MA/cm2 at 75 K, in self field.

  7. Fabrication of YBCO Coated Conductors on Biaxial Textured Metal Substrate by All-Sputtering

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    Xiao Han; Jing-Tan He; Jie Xiong; Bo-Wan Tao

    2008-01-01

    CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer layers were prepared on biaxial textured Ni-5at.%W substrate by direct-current magnetron reactive sputtering with the optimum process. YBCO thin films were deposited on CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffered Ni-5at.%W substrate at temperature ranging from 500°C to 700°C by diode dc sputtering. By optimizing substrate temperature, pure c-axis oriented YBCO films were obtained. The microstructures of CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer layers were characterized by X-ray diffraction. A smooth, dense and crack-free surface morphology was observed with scanning electron microscopy. The critical current density Jc about 0.75 MA/cm2 at 77 K was obtained.

  8. Crystal growth of YBCO coated conductors by TFA-MOD method

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    The crystal growth mechanism of TFA (trifluoroacetates)-MOD (metal organic deposition) derived YBa2Cu3Oy has been investigated to understand the process for higher production rates of the conversion process. YBCO films were prepared by TFA-MOD on CeO2/Gd2Zr2O7/Hastelloy C276 substrates. The growth rates of YBCO derived from Y:Ba:Cu = 1:2:3 and 1:1.5:3 starting solutions were investigated by XRD and TEM analyses. YBCO growth proceeds in two steps of the epitaxial one from the substrate and solid state reaction. The overall growth rate estimated from the residual amounts of BaF2 with time measured by XRD is proportional to a square root of P(H2O). The trend was independent of the composition of starting solutions, however, the growth rate obtained from the 1:1.5:3 starting solutions was high as twice as that of 1:2:3, which could not be explained by the composition of BaF2 included in the precursor films. On the other hand, the growth rate measured from the thickness of the YBCO quenched film at the same process time showed no difference between the samples of 1:2:3 and 1:1.5:3. The epitaxial growth rate of 1:1.5:3 was also the same as the overall growth rate of that, which means there was no solid state reaction to form YBCO after the epitaxial growth. The YBCO growth mechanism was found to be as follows; YBCO crystals nucleate at the surface of the substrate and epitaxially grow into the precursor by layer-by-layer by a manner with trapping unreacted particles. The amounts of YBCO and the unreacted particles trapped in the YBCO film are independent of the composition of the starting solution in this step. Unreacted particles react with each other to form YBCO and pores by solid state reaction as long as there is BaF2 left in the film. The Ba-poor starting solution gives little BaF2 left in the film and so the solid state reaction is completed within a short time, resulting in the fast overall growth rate

  9. New processing technique of TFA-MOD YBCO coated conductors using the '211' process

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    We fabricated the YBCO films on single crystal LaAlO3 substrates via a metal organic deposition (MOD) process. In the process, Y2Ba1Cu1Ox and Ba3Cu5O8 powders were dissolved in trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) followed by calcining and firing heat treatments. To evaluate the effects of the firing temperature on YBCO phase formation and critical properties, the films were fired at 750 degrees C, 775 degrees C and 800 degrees C after calcining at 430 degrees C. Microstructure observation indicated that a crack-free surface formed and a strong biaxial texture was developed. The FWHM of out-of-plane texture was measured to be in the range of 4.3 - 7.0 degree for all the films. When the YBCO film was fired at 775 degrees C, it had the highest critical properties: 88.5 K of critical temperature and 16 A/cm-width of critical current (1MA/cm2 as critical current density). On the other hand, those properties were degraded as firing at 750 degrees C and 800 degrees C. It is considered that the improved critical values are partly owing to dense and homogeneous microstructure, strong texture, and high oxygen content.

  10. Effect of Interim Annealing on Mechanical Strength of TFA-MOD Derived YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Takagi, Y.; Nakaoka, K.; Nakamura, T.; Yoshizumi, M.; Kiss, T.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    TFA-MOD derived YBCO tapes are expected for many applications due to cost-efficiency. In some applications, uniformity and mechanical strength are required for tapes. A 205 m-long YBCO tape was fabricated with high and uniform Ic performance throughout the tape by adopting the interim annealing before the conversion process. The effect of the interim annealing on the crystal growth mechanism of YBCO has been studied focusing on the relationship between the interim annealing conditions and delamination, in this work. Delamination strength was evaluated in the samples prepared with and without interim annealing by the stud pull method. Measurements were carried out on 50 different points for each sample and the results were analyzed statistically. The difference between the two samples was remarkably seen in the delamination strength below 60 MPa. The conventionally annealed sample had more points with low delamination strength below 60 MPa than the interim annealed one. The cross sectional images of both samples observed by SEM showed that there were few pores within the interim annealed superconducting layer, although conventional superconducting layer had many pores. These results suggest that the pores within YBCO layer might be origins to be propagated for delamination at low strength.

  11. Cube-textured metal substrates for reel-to-reel processing of coated conductors

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    Wulff, Anders Christian

    , migrating boundaries were found to abandon grooves and generate grooves at new positions. Despite the observed changes in the extent of grain boundary grooving, the mean surface roughness was almost identical before and after the additional annealing. Microstructure, texture, hardness and magnetic....... It was observed that the initial mean surface roughness decreased after annealing except after very ne polishing. Additionally, the roughness of the buer layers were found to increase slightly for the ne polished substrates. Grain boundary grooving was observed to impose a lower limit for the mean surface...... properties have been studied in a series of new Ni-Cu-W substrates. Adding 5 at.% copper to Ni-5at.%W was observed to substantially decrease the Curie temperature and the saturation mass magnetisation without signicantly modifying the microstructure and texture compared with Ni-5at.%W. The hardness...

  12. High rate buffer layer for IBAD MgO coated conductors

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    Foltyn, Stephen R.; Jia, Quanxi; Arendt, Paul N.

    2007-08-21

    Articles are provided including a base substrate having a layer of an oriented material thereon, and, a layer of hafnium oxide upon the layer of an oriented material. The layer of hafnium oxide can further include a secondary oxide such as cerium oxide, yttrium oxide, lanthanum oxide, scandium oxide, calcium oxide and magnesium oxide. Such articles can further include thin films of high temperature superconductive oxides such as YBCO upon the layer of hafnium oxide or layer of hafnium oxide and secondary oxide.

  13. Electrodeposited Ag-Stabilization Layer for High Temperature Superconducting Coated Conductors: Preprint

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    Bhattacharya, R. N.; Mann, J.; Qiao, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Selvamanickam, V.

    2010-11-01

    We developed a non-aqueous based electrodepostion process of Ag-stabilization layer on YBCO superconductor tapes. The non-aqueous electroplating solution is non-reactive to the HTS layer thus does not detoriate the critical current capability of the superconductor layer when plated directly on the HTS tape. The superconducting current capabilities of these tapes were measured by non-contact magnetic measurements.

  14. AC over-current characteristics of YBCO coated conductor with copper stabilizer layer considering insulation layer

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    Du, H.-I.; Kim, M.-J.; Kim, Y.-J.; Lee, D.-H.; Han, B.-S.; Song, S.-S.

    2010-11-01

    Compared with the first-generation BSCCO wire, the YBCO thin-film wire boasts low material costs and high Jc and superior magnetic-field properties, among other strengths. Meanwhile, the previous BSCCO wire material for superconducting cables has been researched on considerably with regard to its post-wire quenching characteristics during the application of an alternating over-current. In this regard, the promising YBCO thin-film wire has yet to be further researched on. Moreover, still lacking is research on the YBCO thin-film wire with insulating layers, which is essential in the manufacture of superconducting cables, along with the testing of the application of an alternating over-current to the wire. In this study, YBCO thin-film wires with copper-stabilizing layers were used in testing alternating over-current application according to the presence or absence of insulating layers and to the thickness of such layers, to examine the post-quenching wire resistance increase and quenching trends. The YBCO thin-film wire with copper-stabilizing layers has a critical temperature of 90 K and a critical current of 85 A rms. Moreover, its current application cycle is 5.5 cycles, and its applied currents are 354, 517, 712, and 915 A peak. These figures enabled the YBCO thin-film wires with copper-stabilizing layers to reach 90, 180, 250, and 300 K, respectively, in this study. These temperatures serve as a relative reference to examine the post-quenching wire properties following the application of an alternating over-current.

  15. A Boundary Element Solution to the Problem of Interacting AC Fields in Parallel Conductors

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    Einar M. Rønquist

    1984-04-01

    Full Text Available The ac fields in electrically insulated conductors will interact through the surrounding electromagnetic fields. The pertinent field equations reduce to the Helmholtz equation inside each conductor (interior problem, and to the Laplace equation outside the conductors (exterior problem. These equations are transformed to integral equations, with the magnetic vector potential and its normal derivative on the boundaries as unknowns. The integral equations are then approximated by sets of algebraic equations. The interior problem involves only unknowns on the boundary of each conductor, while the exterior problem couples unknowns from several conductors. The interior and the exterior problem are coupled through the field continuity conditions. The full set of equations is solved by standard Gaussian elimination. We also show how the total current and the dissipated power within each conductor can be expressed as boundary integrals. Finally, computational results for a sample problem are compared with a finite difference solution.

  16. Transport ac losses in Bi-2223 multifilamentary tapes - conductor materials aspect

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    Transport ac losses in technical superconductors based on Bi-2223 tape material are influenced by many parameters. The major factors that define the ac performance of such conductors are the following: the size and number of filaments, their geometrical arrangement in the cross-section of the conductor, the twist pitch length, the resistivity of the matrix, the presence of oxide barriers around the filaments and deformation procedures such as sequential pressing or rolling followed by appropriate thermal treatment. In the present paper the above aspects are addressed from the viewpoint of the materials science of technical conductor design. Transport ac losses at power frequencies in different types of Bi-2223 conductor are presented and analysed. The results of conductor design analysis with respect to the coexistence of the superconductor with other materials in the conductor structure are presented. New concepts for minimization of the transport ac losses are discussed in detail. (author)

  17. Scattering by a perfect electromagnetic conductor (PEMC) plate embedded in lossy medium

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    Ahmed, Saeed; Khalid Khan, Muhammad; Rehman, Atta Ur

    2016-07-01

    In this article, we develop an analytic theory for a perfect electromagnetic conductor (PEMC) plate embedded in lossy medium. The duality transformation introduced by Lindell and Sihvola is applied to study the electromagnetic wave scattering by a PEMC plate. Perfect electric conductor and perfect magnetic conductor are the limiting cases of PEMC media. Here, we study monoscattering by PEMC plate embedded in four different soil models. Numerical results are discussed and compared with the available literature.

  18. Studies of the strain-dependent properties of A15 filamentary conductors at Brookhaven National Laboratory

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    Work at BNL pertaining to the strain response of filamentary bronze-processed superconductors is reviewed. This work includes the intrinsic strain dependence of the critical properties of A15 structure compounds, the nature of the initial internal strain state of composite conductors, and the interplay between these residual strains and applied strains which governs the response of the conductor to external strain. Some factors which can enhance the strain tolerances of filamentary conductors are briefly discussed

  19. Multiple GTP-binding proteins participate in clathrin-coated vesicle- mediated endocytosis

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    1993-01-01

    We have examined the effects of various agonists and antagonists of GTP- binding proteins on receptor-mediated endocytosis in vitro. Stage- specific assays which distinguish coated pit assembly, invagination, and coat vesicle budding have been used to demonstrate requirements for GTP-binding protein(s) in each of these events. Coated pit invagination and coated vesicle budding are both stimulated by addition of GTP and inhibited by GDP beta S. Although coated pit invagination is resistant to ...

  20. Study on galloping behavior of iced eight bundle conductor transmission lines

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    Zhou, Linshu; Yan, Bo; Zhang, Liang; Zhou, Song

    2016-02-01

    Wind tunnel test was carried out to obtain the aerodynamic coefficients of an eight bundle conductor accreted with crescent-shaped ice. A user-defined cable element with torsional degree of freedom is developed in ABAQUS software to capture the torsional deformation of the iced conductors during galloping. By means of the user-defined cable element, different damping ratios in in-plane, out-of-plane and torsional directions of the conductors can be defined and the aerodynamic forces varying with their motion status can be exerted on the conductors conveniently when ABAQUS is used to simulate galloping of transmission lines. A wind tunnel test to model galloping of an iced eight bundle conductor segment was carried out, and the validity of the numerical simulation method is demonstrated by the agreement of the galloping orbit of the bundle conductor segment model recorded in the test and that by the numerical simulation. Furthermore, galloping behavior, including dynamic responses, galloping orbits, frequencies, vibration modes and amplitudes, of typical iced eight bundle conductor transmission lines in the cases of different span lengths, initial tensions in sub-conductors, wind velocities, angles of wind attack and damping ratios is studied, and the galloping behavior of the lines with internal resonance conditions is discussed. The obtained results may provide a fundamental tool for the development of anti-galloping techniques of eight bundle conductor transmission lines.

  1. Development of the KfK NET toroidal field coil react and wind conductor

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    In the frame of the Euratom Fusion Technology program an A15 forced flow cooled conductor for the toroidal field (TF) coils of the Next European Torus (NET) was developed at KfK Karlsruhe. The conductor is based on the bronze route of Nb3Sn. It was designed as a react and wind conductor in a sandwich type where the flat Nb3Sn Rutherford cable was enclosed between two Cu stabilizers based on roebeled Cu profiles. A subsize conductor at the scale 1:1.75 was fabricated for developing the industrial fabrication procedure and testing the electrical properties within an acceptable cost frame. For the heat treatment of the Rutherford cable a suitable process was developed. No unexpected degradations were found on samples taken at different fabrication stages and tested in the FBI facility at KfK. In a late stage of development the NET parameters were changed which loaded the conductor with 10 times higher field transients caused by plasmas disruption with respect to the original specifications. A detailed analysis showed that the conductor fulfilled further all specifications except the field transients of the plasma disruption where the conductor will quench. The development of the Nb3Sn conductor in react and wind technique demonstrate that this conductor type is feasible using the common manufacturing techniques of large coils which were already successfully demonstrated in the Large Coil Task and in the KfK-Polo project. (orig.)

  2. The performance test and analysis of the third and fourth China PF conductor for ITER

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    Liu, Bo, E-mail: liubo@ipp.ac.cn [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Wu, Yu [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Bruzzone, Pierluigi; Stepanov, Boris [Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasma, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Qin, Jinggang; Long, Feng [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2014-04-15

    Highlights: • The T{sub cs} of PFCN4 conductor is consistent with the calculated result. • The T{sub cs} of PFCN3 conductor is a little larger than calculated result. • The AC loss before and after cycling of PFCN3 and PFCN4 is not the same. • The cable layout or the cycling electromagnetic force influence the AC loss. • The MQE performance of PFCN3 after cycling is decreased obvious. - Abstract: The third Chinese PF conductor for ITER PF5 (PFCN3) and the fourth Chinese PF conductor for ITER PF2/3/4 (PFCN4) conductor in Phase II were manufactured in ASIPP and tested in the SULTAN facility. This paper introduces the PFCN3 and PFCN4 sample manufacture, including strand, sample preparation, current sharing temperature (T{sub cs}), AC loss and Minimum Quench Energy (MQE) test performance of PFCN3 and PFCN4 conductors. The T{sub cs} test result of PFCN4 conductor is consistent with the calculated result used the strand scaling and the T{sub cs} test result of PFCN3 conductor is a little larger than calculated result, whose maximum difference is about 0.2 K. According to the SULTAN test result, the T{sub cs} performance of both PFCN3 and PFCN4 conductor sample could meet the ITER requirement.

  3. Nanostructured Coatings

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    Rivière, J.-P.

    In many branches of technology where surfaces are playing a growing role, the use of coatings is often the only way to provide surfaces with specific functional properties. For example, the austenitic stainless steels or titanium alloys exhibit poor resistance to wear and low hardness values, which limits the field of applications. The idea then is to develop new solutions which would improve the mechanical performance and durability of objects used in contact and subjected to mechanical forces in hostile gaseous or liquid environments. Hard coatings are generally much sought after to enhance the resistance to wear and corrosion. They are of particular importance because they constitute a class of protective coatings which is already widely used on an industrial scale to improve the hardness and lifetime of cutting tools.

  4. Numerical study on the mechanisms of the SERS of gold-coated pyramidal tip substrates

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    Li, Rui; Wang, Qiao; Li, Hong; Liu, Kun; Pan, Shi; Zhan, Weishen; Chen, Maodu

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the physical enhancement mechanisms of the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of pyramidal tip substrates are studied theoretically. We structure the periodic square-based arrays of adjacent nanometer pyramidal gold-coated tips on silicon. In order to determine the contribution of plasmonic or diffraction effects on the SERS, three-dimensional (3D) numerical simulations are implemented by taking into account the substrate coated with a gold thin film or a perfect electrical conductor thin film. The tip distance, metal coating thickness and incident light polarization angle are also optimized to investigate whether the further SERS signal can be enhanced.

  5. General Assembly

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    2016-01-01

    5th April, 2016 – Ordinary General Assembly of the Staff Association! In the first semester of each year, the Staff Association (SA) invites its members to attend and participate in the Ordinary General Assembly (OGA). This year the OGA will be held on Tuesday, April 5th 2016 from 11:00 to 12:00 in BE Auditorium, Meyrin (6-2-024). During the Ordinary General Assembly, the activity and financial reports of the SA are presented and submitted for approval to the members. This is the occasion to get a global view on the activities of the SA, its financial management, and an opportunity to express one’s opinion, including taking part in the votes. Other points are listed on the agenda, as proposed by the Staff Council. Who can vote? Only “ordinary” members (MPE) of the SA can vote. Associated members (MPA) of the SA and/or affiliated pensioners have a right to vote on those topics that are of direct interest to them. Who can give his/her opinion? The Ordinary General Asse...

  6. One-step preparation of transparent superhydrophobic coatings using atmospheric arc discharge

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    Li, Jian; Huang, Zhengyong; Wang, Feipeng; Yan, Xinzhu; Wei, Yuan

    2015-08-01

    In this letter, we report a fast, simple, and single step approach to the preparation of transparent super-hydrophobic coatings on a copper conductor via atmosphere pressure arc discharges. The preparation procedures, hydrophobic characteristics, anti-pollution capability, and transparency of the super-hydrophobic coating are presented. A dual micro- and nano-scale hierarchical structure is observed on the super-hydrophobic coating with a water contact angle greater than 150°. The coating is, thus, capable of removing a significant amount of contaminants with a small quantity of water droplets. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicates that hydrophobic methyl groups exist on the surface of the coating. The surface roughness measurement results prove that the super-hydrophobic surface obeys the Cassie-Baxter model and its light scattering is very weak. Results demonstrate the conceptual feasibility of production of optically transparent super-hydrophobic coating by arc spraying of polymers under the atmospheric pressure.

  7. H/D isotope effects in high temperature proton conductors

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    Bonanos, Nikolaos; Huijser, A.; Poulsen, Finn Willy

    2015-01-01

    The atomic mass ratio of ca. 2 between deuterium and hydrogen is the highest for any pair of stable isotopes and results in significant and measurable H/D isotope effects in high temperature proton conductors containing these species. This paper discusses H/D isotope effects manifested in O......-H/O-D vibration frequencies, the mobility of H+/D+ carriers, the kinetics of the electrochemical oxidation of H2/D2, the solubilities of H2O/D2O and, finally, the spontaneous electromotive force that appears across H2/D2 cells with proton conducting electrolytes. Comparable work on tritium-exchanged materials...

  8. Salud vial: ¿el conductor a terapia?

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    Alonso Plá, Francisco Manuel; Esteban Martínez, Cristina; Calatayud Miñana, Constanza; Alamar Rocatí, Beatriz; Fernández Fernández, Cesáreo; Medina Sarmiento, José Eugenio

    2009-01-01

    El Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Tráfico y Seguridad Vial (INTRAS) y Attitudes (programa social de Audi), tras la publicación de los libros "Salud vial: Teoría y prácticas de los trastornos físicos y psíquicos en la conducción." y "Salud vial: Diagnóstico de los conductores españoles.", se plantearon como actividad complementaria la realización de unas jornadas que cumplieran los siguientes objetivos: • Permitir avanzar en el conocimiento y la implementación de medidas que co...

  9. Improving Students' Conceptual Understanding of Conductors and Insulators

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    Bilak, Joshua

    2016-01-01

    We examine the difficulties that introductory physics students, undergraduate physics majors, and physics graduate students have with concepts related to conductors and insulators covered in introductory physics by giving written tests and interviewing a subset of students. We find that even graduate students have serious difficulties with these concepts. We develop tutorials related to these topics and evaluate their effectiveness by comparing the performance on written pre-/post-tests and interviews of students who received traditional instruction vs. those who learned using tutorials.

  10. Magnet and conductor developments for the Mirror Fusion Program

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    The conductor development and the magnet design and construction for the MFTF are described. Future plans for the Mirror Program and their influence on the associated superconductor development program are discussed. Included is a summary of the progress being made to develop large, high-field, multifilamentary Nb3Sn superconductors and the feasibility of building a 12-T yin-yang set of coils for the machine to follow MFTF. In a further look into the future, possible magnetic configurations and requirements for mirror reactors are surveyed

  11. Assembly of lamins in vitro

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    MINGUNGWEI; XIANGJUNTONG; 等

    1996-01-01

    After lamins A,B and C were isolated and purified from rat liver,their assembly properties were examined by electron microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy by electron microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy using negative staining and the glycerol coating method,respectively.By varying the assembly time or the ionic conditions under which polymerization takes place,we have observed different stages of lamin assembly,which may provide clues on the structure of the 10 nm lamin filaments.At the first level of structural organization,two lamin polypeptides associate laterally into dimers with the two domains being parallel and in register.At the second level of structural organization,two dimers associate in a half-staggered and antiparallel fashion to form a tetramer 75 nm in length.At the third level of structural organization,4-10 lamin tetramers associate laterally in register to form 75 nm long 10nm filaments,which in turn combine head to head into long,fully assembled lamin filaments.The assembled lamin filaments are nonpolar.

  12. Virus Assemblies as Templates for Nanocircuits

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    James N Culver; Michael T Harris

    2011-08-31

    The goals of this project were directed at the identification and characterization of bio-mineralization processes and patterning methods for the development of nano scale materials and structures with novel energy and conductive traits. This project utilized a simple plant virus as a model template to investigate methods to attach and coat metals and other inorganic compounds onto biologically based nanotemplates. Accomplishments include: the development of robust biological nanotemplates with enhanced inorganic coating activities; novel coating strategies that allow for the deposition of a continuous inorganic layer onto a bio-nanotemplate even in the absence of a reducing agent; three-dimensional patterning methods for the assemble of nano-featured high aspect ratio surfaces and the demonstrated use of these surfaces in enhancing battery and energy storage applications. Combined results from this project have significantly advanced our understanding and ability to utilize the unique self-assembly properties of biologically based molecules to produce novel materials at the nanoscale level.

  13. Interacting Electrodynamics of Short Coherent Conductors in Quantum Circuits

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    Altimiras, C.; Portier, F.; Joyez, P.

    2016-07-01

    When combining lumped mesoscopic electronic components to form a circuit, quantum fluctuations of electrical quantities lead to a nonlinear electromagnetic interaction between the components, which is generally not understood. The Landauer-Büttiker formalism that is frequently used to describe noninteracting coherent mesoscopic components is not directly suited to describe such circuits since it assumes perfect voltage bias, i.e., the absence of fluctuations. Here, we show that for short coherent conductors of arbitrary transmission, the Landauer-Büttiker formalism can be extended to take into account quantum voltage fluctuations similarly to what is done for tunnel junctions. The electrodynamics of the whole circuit is then formally worked out disregarding the non-Gaussianity of fluctuations. This reveals how the aforementioned nonlinear interaction operates in short coherent conductors: Voltage fluctuations induce a reduction of conductance through the phenomenon of dynamical Coulomb blockade, but they also modify their internal density of states, leading to an additional electrostatic modification of the transmission. Using this approach, we can quantitatively account for conductance measurements performed on quantum point contacts in series with impedances of the order of RK=h /e2 . Our work should enable a better engineering of quantum circuits with targeted properties.

  14. A Na+ Superionic Conductor for Room-Temperature Sodium Batteries

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    Song, Shufeng; Duong, Hai M.; Korsunsky, Alexander M.; Hu, Ning; Lu, Li

    2016-01-01

    Rechargeable lithium ion batteries have ruled the consumer electronics market for the past 20 years and have great significance in the growing number of electric vehicles and stationary energy storage applications. However, in addition to concerns about electrochemical performance, the limited availability of lithium is gradually becoming an important issue for further continued use and development of lithium ion batteries. Therefore, a significant shift in attention has been taking place towards new types of rechargeable batteries such as sodium-based systems that have low cost. Another important aspect of sodium battery is its potential compatibility with the all-solid-state design where solid electrolyte is used to replace liquid one, leading to simple battery design, long life span, and excellent safety. The key to the success of all-solid-state battery design is the challenge of finding solid electrolytes possessing acceptable high ionic conductivities at room temperature. Herein, we report a novel sodium superionic conductor with NASICON structure, Na3.1Zr1.95Mg0.05Si2PO12 that shows high room-temperature ionic conductivity of 3.5 × 10−3 S cm−1. We also report successful fabrication of a room-temperature solid-state Na-S cell using this conductor. PMID:27572915

  15. Nb3Sn Conductor Development and Characterization for NED

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    Boutboul, T; Devred, A; Fabbricatore, P; Greco, M; Leroy, D; Oberli, L; Pedrini, D; Volpini, G

    2008-01-01

    The main purpose of Next European Dipole (NED) project is to design and to build an Nb3Sn ~ 15 T dipole magnet. Due to budget constraints, NED is mainly focused on superconducting cable development and production. In this work, an update is given on the NED conductor development by Alstom-MSA and SMI, which uses, respectively, Internal-Tin-Diffusion and Powder-In-Tube methods, with the aim of reaching a non-copper critical current density of ~ 3000 A/mm2 at 12 T and 4.2 K. Characterization results, including critical current and magnetization data, are presented and discussed, as well, for conductors already developed by both companies for this project. SMI succeeded to produce a strand with 50 µm diameter filaments and with a critical current of ~ 1400 A at 4.2 K and 12 T, corresponding to a non-copper critical current density of ~ 2500 A/mm2. Cabling trials with this strand were successfully carried out at LBNL.

  16. Mutual capacitance of liquid conductors in deformable tactile sensing arrays

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    Li, Bin; Fontecchio, Adam K.; Visell, Yon

    2016-01-01

    Advances in highly deformable electronics are needed in order to enable emerging categories of soft computing devices ranging from wearable electronics, to medical devices, and soft robotic components. The combination of highly elastic substrates with intrinsically stretchable conductors holds the promise of enabling electronic sensors that can conform to curved objects, reconfigurable displays, or soft biological tissues, including the skin. Here, we contribute sensing principles for tactile (mechanical image) sensors based on very low modulus polymer substrates with embedded liquid metal microfluidic arrays. The sensors are fabricated using a single-step casting method that utilizes fine nylon filaments to produce arrays of cylindrical channels on two layers. The liquid metal (gallium indium alloy) conductors that fill these channels readily adopt the shape of the embedding membrane, yielding levels of deformability greater than 400%, due to the use of soft polymer substrates. We modeled the sensor performance using electrostatic theory and continuum mechanics, yielding excellent agreement with experiments. Using a matrix-addressed capacitance measurement technique, we are able to resolve strain distributions with millimeter resolution over areas of several square centimeters.

  17. A Na+ Superionic Conductor for Room-Temperature Sodium Batteries

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    Song, Shufeng; Duong, Hai M.; Korsunsky, Alexander M.; Hu, Ning; Lu, Li

    2016-08-01

    Rechargeable lithium ion batteries have ruled the consumer electronics market for the past 20 years and have great significance in the growing number of electric vehicles and stationary energy storage applications. However, in addition to concerns about electrochemical performance, the limited availability of lithium is gradually becoming an important issue for further continued use and development of lithium ion batteries. Therefore, a significant shift in attention has been taking place towards new types of rechargeable batteries such as sodium-based systems that have low cost. Another important aspect of sodium battery is its potential compatibility with the all-solid-state design where solid electrolyte is used to replace liquid one, leading to simple battery design, long life span, and excellent safety. The key to the success of all-solid-state battery design is the challenge of finding solid electrolytes possessing acceptable high ionic conductivities at room temperature. Herein, we report a novel sodium superionic conductor with NASICON structure, Na3.1Zr1.95Mg0.05Si2PO12 that shows high room-temperature ionic conductivity of 3.5 × 10‑3 S cm‑1. We also report successful fabrication of a room-temperature solid-state Na-S cell using this conductor.

  18. Flexural self-damping in overhead electrical transmission conductors

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    Rawlins, Charles B.

    2009-06-01

    Internal damping of tensioned cables during flexure by transverse vibration is analyzed. The flexure causes relative movements between the wires or strands of the cable, movements which are constrained by friction between them. Under conditions common to vibration of overhead transmission line conductors the friction is great enough to prevent gross sliding. However, there is microslip at the edges of the interstrand contacts, so there is frictional dissipation. In addition, the frictional forces cause shear strains at the contacts with resulting material damping. An analysis is presented that connects the bodily flexure of the conductor with the internal interstrand movements and forces, and with the amounts of dissipation that occur—self-damping. Comparison of estimates based on the analysis with measured data on self-damping reveals reasonable agreement, for a limited range. Cases lying outside that range appear to be associated with treatments applied to cable samples involved in the measurements prior to testing. Possible mechanisms activated by these treatments are discussed.

  19. Amorphous carbon interlayers for gold on elastomer stretchable conductors

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    Manzoor, M. U.; Tuinea-Bobe, C. L.; McKavanagh, F.; Byrne, C. P.; Dixon, D.; Maguire, P. D.; Lemoine, P.

    2011-06-01

    Gold on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stretchable conductors were prepared using a novel approach by interlacing an hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C : H) layer between the deposited metal layer and the elastomer. AFM analysis of the a-C : H film surface before gold deposition shows nanoscale buckling, the corresponding increase in specific surface area corresponds to a strain compensation for the first 4-6% of bi-axial tensile loading. Without this interlayer, the deposited gold films show much smaller and uni-directional ripples as well as more cracks and delaminations. With a-C : H interlayer, the initial electrical resistivity of the metal film decreases markedly (280-fold decrease to 8 × 10-6 Ω cm). This is not due to conduction within the carbon interlayer; both a-C : H/PDMS and PDMS substrates are electrically insulating. Upon cyclic tensile loading, both films become more resistive, but return to their initial state after 20 tensile cycles up to 60% strain. Profiling experiments using secondary ion mass spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicate that the a-C : H layer intermixes with the PDMS, resulting in a graded layer of decreasing stiffness. We believe that both this graded layer and the surface buckling contribute to the observed improvement in the electrical performance of these stretchable conductors.

  20. Mutual capacitance of liquid conductors in deformable tactile sensing arrays

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    Advances in highly deformable electronics are needed in order to enable emerging categories of soft computing devices ranging from wearable electronics, to medical devices, and soft robotic components. The combination of highly elastic substrates with intrinsically stretchable conductors holds the promise of enabling electronic sensors that can conform to curved objects, reconfigurable displays, or soft biological tissues, including the skin. Here, we contribute sensing principles for tactile (mechanical image) sensors based on very low modulus polymer substrates with embedded liquid metal microfluidic arrays. The sensors are fabricated using a single-step casting method that utilizes fine nylon filaments to produce arrays of cylindrical channels on two layers. The liquid metal (gallium indium alloy) conductors that fill these channels readily adopt the shape of the embedding membrane, yielding levels of deformability greater than 400%, due to the use of soft polymer substrates. We modeled the sensor performance using electrostatic theory and continuum mechanics, yielding excellent agreement with experiments. Using a matrix-addressed capacitance measurement technique, we are able to resolve strain distributions with millimeter resolution over areas of several square centimeters