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Superconducting cable connections and methods

United States Patent

September 5, 2017
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Superconducting cable connector structures include a terminal body (or other structure) onto which the tapes from the superconducting cable extend. The terminal body (or other structure) has a diameter that is sufficiently larger than the diameter of the former of the superconducting cable, so that the tapes spread out over the outer surface of the terminal body. As a result, gaps are formed between tapes on the terminal body (or other structure). Those gaps are filled with solder (or other suitable flowable conductive material), to provide a current path of relatively high conductivity in the radial direction. Other connector structures omit the terminal body.
van der Laan; Daniel Cornelis (Boulder, CO)
Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC (Boulder, CO)
14/ 302,194
June 11, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under grant numbers DE-SC0007660, DE-SC0009545 and DE-SC0009485 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and grant number FA8650-12-M-2254 awarded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The government has certain rights in the invention.