High temperature superconducting (HTS) coils wound with HTS wires have very low normal zone propagation velocity (NZPV) and complicated quench behaviors because the wires have a high thermal stability and large specific heat. According to these reasons, in case of HTS coils and magnets, it is difficult to expect the self-protection like low temperature superconducting (LTS) coils. In this paper, we suggest a method which can remove the insulation among turn-to-turn in the coil to improve the self-protection property of HTS coils. Because the thermal and electrical contacts along transverse direction are enhanced by no turn-to-turn insulation, the whole thermal stability of HTS coils begins to increase. Furthermore, although a quench occurs in the coil, it is possible to realize a self-protection of HTS coil because the current path of the coil is modified in order to avoid quenching. To confirm a quantitative evaluation for quench behavior of the suggested coil, we carried out the measurements with the coils having variety types of turn-to-turn insulation. The experimental results and the self-protection ability about the tested coils will be presented.
- Non-insulating HTS coil
- Normal-zone propagation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering