Padam, G. K. and Arora, Manju and Vijayan, N. and Ekbote, S. N. (2014) A recycling process for degraded aged bare bulk (Bi,Pb)-2223 tubes – Revival of (Bi,Pb)-2223 phase and superconducting properties. Cryogenics, 63. pp. 57-62. ISSN 0011-2275

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Bare bulk tube superconducting current leads (CLs) of (Bi,Pb)(2) Sr-2 Ca-2 Cu-3 O10+x: 1 0 wt% Ag (Length = 410 mm, outer diameter = 45 mm, and inner diameter = 42 mm) have been found to show a degradation in the normal state affecting the superconducting properties due to ageing of the material. These reference samples (named as RF) have been studied over a period of five and ten years. A decomposition of the Bi-2223 phase has been observed after testing several times during the period affecting normal state and superconducting properties considerably. An attempt has been made in order to obtain reusable product using two recycling methods. In one of the methods, these degraded samples were re-sintered (named as RS) and in the second one, they were reprocessed (named as RP). Those is, in the second method, the steps of crushing, mixing, calcining, cold isostatically pressing into tubes, making silver current contacts at both end portions of this tube and finally of sintering were followed to make reprocessed bare bulk tube current leads. Both these RS and RP samples were sintered under identical conditions as those of the conditions used for the RF samples. Comparative analyses of the two recycling (RS and RP) methods with respect to normal state and superconducting state properties are also presented.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to M/S Elsevier B.V.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electrical characterization, High temperature superconductor, Bi-2223 bulk current leads
Subjects: Physics
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 10:58

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