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Voltage Distribution and Mechanical Strength in Splice Joints made from as-Manufactured YBCO Coated Conductors



Daniel C. van der Laan, Cameron C. Clickner, Robert Duckworth, Y Zhang, Mike Gouge, Chris Rey


With recommendations from wire manufacturers as a starting point, a series of solder joints were fabricated and characterized to determine the best method to produce repeatable, low-resistance and high-mechanical-strength splices in as-manufactured, stabilized YBCO coated conductors. From the 2.54 cm long splice joints that were fabricated, parameters such as solder material, stabilization material, fabrication method, and conductor geometry were varied to determine the impact of each on splice joint properties. Results indicate that the lowest resistance splice joints were influenced primarily by the tape orientation in the joint and the stabilization material. The lowest resistances were between 2 × 10-8 {Ω} and 1.0 × 10-7 {Ω} in 4-mm wide tapes and were obtained from pure copper stabilized tapes oriented with the YBCO layers in closest proximity. The voltage drop along the splice length indicated that only a fraction of the splice length contributes to the splice joint resistance. Mechanical characterization of splice joints showed that the joint resistance remained unchanged under axial stress up to a stress level at which the critical current of the tapes forming the joint degrades irreversibly.
Advances in Cryogenic Engineering


Superconductivity, critical current measurements, superconducting wires


van, D. , Clickner, C. , Duckworth, R. , Zhang, Y. , Gouge, M. and Rey, C. (2010), Voltage Distribution and Mechanical Strength in Splice Joints made from as-Manufactured YBCO Coated Conductors, Advances in Cryogenic Engineering (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created June 11, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017