Concept design and optimization for a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) rotor of a 100-kW generator is studied in this paper. The rotor has eight HTS magnets constructed by air-cored racetrack coils. The HTS magnets with a unique circular cross-sectional shape can produce a gap field over 2.0 T. The present design is based on a new graphical method developed to estimate the maximum operating current of an HTS magnet that takes both Ic-B characteristics and angular dependence into consideration. The optimized stepped shape design saved more than 8% of the HTS material compared with the rectangular one without sacrificing the gap field.
- critical current
- racetrack magnet