Inductance and current distribution analysis of a prototype HTS cable

Jiahui Zhu, Zhenyu Zhang, Huiming Zhang, Min Zhang, Ming Qiu, Weijia Yuan

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This project is partly supported by NSFC Grant 51207146, RAEng Research Exchange scheme of UK and EPSRC EP/K01496X/1. Superconducting cable is an emerging technology for electricity power transmission. Since the high power capacity HTS transmission cables are manufactured using a multi-layer conductor structure, the current distribution among the multilayer structure would be nonuniform without proper optimization and hence lead to large transmission losses. Therefore a novel optimization method has been developed to achieve evenly distributed current among different layers considering the HTS cable structure parameters: radius, pitch angle and winding direction which determine the self and mutual inductance. A prototype HTS cable has been built using BSCCO tape and tested to validate the design the optimal design method. A superconductor characterization system has been developed using the Labview and NI data acquisition system. It can be used to measure the AC loss and current distribution of short HTS cables.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022047
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberPart 2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014


  • current distribution
  • HTS cable
  • optimal design
  • self and mutual inductance
  • structure parameters


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