HTS tape mechanical behavior sensitivity on material properties and thickness of material layers

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Multilayer 2G high-temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes undergo various mechanical loading steps as part of a superconducting magnet operation. The mechanical loading steps include cool-down to cryogenic temperatures and Lorentz forces when powering up the magnets. Studying the mechanical behavior of the constituent layers in a HTS tape can reveal the strain or stress level in each layer and help in predicting the probability of mechanical failure or critical current degradation. A detailed finite element method (FEM) -based simulation models enable us to estimate the mechanical behavior in each layer. However, defining the model parameters for material mechanical properties or thickness of each material layer can have consid-erable uncertainty due to variation in manufacturing processes and missing measurements of material properties within these tapes. The material properties in thin layers may not exactly comply with bulk materials of the same kind. In this paper we present a sensitivity analysis for mechanical behavior dependence on material properties variation in the constituent layers of a HTS tape. The results give important insight about the accuracy and reliability of mechanical simulation results and guide the priorities in future material characterization. In addition, we will investigate the effect of the thickness of Hastelloy layer on effective macroscopic mechanical behavior of the tape. A nonlinear elastoplastic FEM model is used for performing the simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8400605
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Behavioral sciences
  • FEM
  • HTS tapes
  • Loading
  • Material properties
  • mechanical analysis
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Strain
  • Stress
  • YBCO
  • Yttrium barium copper oxide

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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