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Superconducting wires and methods of making thereof

United States Patent

9,916,919
March 13, 2018
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Disclosed herein are superconducting wires. The superconducting wires can comprise a metallic matrix and at least one continuous subelement embedded in the matrix. Each subelement can comprise a non-superconducting core, a superconducting layer coaxially disposed around the non-superconducting core, and a barrier layer coaxially disposed around the superconducting layer. The superconducting layer can comprise a plurality of Nb.sub.3Sn grains stabilized by metal oxide particulates disposed therein. The Nb.sub.3Sn grains can have an average grain size of from 5 nm to 90 nm (for example, from 15 nm to 30 nm). The superconducting wire can have a high-field critical current density (J.sub.c) of at least 5,000 A/mm.sup.2 at a temperature of 4.2 K in a magnetic field of 12 T. Also described are superconducting wire precursors that can be heat treated to prepare superconducting wires, as well as methods of making superconducting wires.
Xu; Xingchen (Columbus, OH), Sumption; Michael D. (Newark, OH), Peng; Xuan (Dublin, OH)
Ohio State Innovation Foundation (Columbus, OH), Hyper Tech Research, Inc. (Columbus, OH)
15/ 119,831
20170062099
February 18, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with government support under Grant No. DE-FG02-95ER40900 awarded by the United States Department of Energy and under Grant No. DE-SC0006250 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.