Dielectric tests of superconducting coils for development of high voltage superconducting machines

Hyoungku Kang, Chanjoo Lee, Seong Eun Yang, Tae Kuk Ko, Bok Yeol Seok

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This paper deals with the dielectric breakdown characteristics of superconducting coils for development of high voltage superconducting machines such as superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) and superconducting transformer. The electrode systems are simulated to investigate the dielectric breakdown characteristics of solenoid and pancake coil. Dielectric breakdown tests are carried out on several basic electrode systems: needle-plane, sphere-plane, rod-plane, cutting bar-plane, and rounded bar-plane electrodes. These results could be applied to design the high voltage superconducting magnet system. Dielectric tests of turn-turn and layer-layer in solenoid coil are performed according to the groove depth, pitch length, and the distance between two layers. Dielectric tests of turn-turn with various insulation materials are also performed in pancake coil. In addition, the deterioration of high temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes and coils due to the electrical breakdown are investigated experimentally. It is proven that the HTS tape and coil could be robust to the electrical breakdown by the laminated metal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1493-1496
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received August 27, 2006. This work was supported by a grant from the Center for Applied Superconductivity Technology of the 21st Century Frontier R&D Program funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea. H. Kang, C. Lee, and B.-Y. Seok are with the Electro-Mechanical Research Institute of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., Gyeonggi-do, Korea (e-mail: bokyeol@yahoo.com). S. E. Yang and T. K. Ko are with the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Color versions of one or more of the figures in this paper are available online at http://ieeexplore.ieee.org. Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TASC.2007.898044

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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