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Modelling HTSC tapes by means of edge finite elements

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Modelling HTSC tapes by means of edge finite elements

Luciano Martini*, Roberto Brambilla*, Francesco Grilli** Rivista: IEEE Transactions on applied Superconductivity Vol.17, N.2, Giugno 2007 USA * CESI RICERCA ** LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY In this paper we present a new 2D numerical model for AC loss computation in high-temperature superconductors, based on the use of edge finite elements. These elements are curl conforming by construction and involve the continuity of the tangential component of the magnetic field between adjacent elements. In this way they do not require the imposition of the zero divergence of the magnetic field at each time step, which, with standard nodal elements, increases the null space of the matrix and the risks of divergence of the algorithm. The model, implemented in the software package COMSOL, uses the two magnetic field components as state variables. It has been tested for computing the losses of YBCO coated conductor tapes in two cases of practical interest, which cannot be investigated by analytical models. Index Terms—AC losses, edge elements, finite element method, high temperature superconductors.

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