Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 18, 2405074 (2023)

Regular Articles

Investigation of Intertape Coupling Losses in YBCO-Stacked Cables
Akifumi KAWAGOE, Kohdai YOSHIMO, Yuta MOTOKI, Tetsuhiro OBANA1) and Makoto TAKAYASU2)
Kagoshima University, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5295, Japan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA
(Received 9 January 2023 / Accepted 12 April 2023 / Published 28 August 2023)


We investigated intertape coupling losses in yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO)-stacked cables. YBCO stacked cables are being researched and developed as candidates for large 100 kA-class conductors for nuclear fusion. Here, we report intertape coupling losses in a conductor of 50 stacked tapes measured in liquid nitrogen. The measured conductor consists of soldered intertape connections. A copper layer surrounded the YBCO tape in the sample conductor. Fifty YBCO tapes were stacked, and the entire sample was bound with a copper tape and then impregnated with solder. This sample was approximately 100 mm long without twisting. The intertape coupling current flowed over the entire length of the sample conductor due to nontwisting. First, intertape resistance was estimated by comparing the measured and theoretical coupling losses. Subsequently, the coupling current paths in the cross-section of the sample were investigated. We found that intertape resistances were affected by the copper tape used to bind the stacked YBCO tapes.


intertape coupling loss, stacked cable, rare-earth barium copper oxide

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.18.2405074


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