Crack reduction in a large bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor through liquid binder addition

A. Wongsatanawarid, H. Seki, S. Kobayashi, M. Murakami

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We have studied the effects of the incorporation of polyvinyl acetate (PVA) aqueous solution on the formability of the precursor Y-Ba-Cu-O samples with the aim of improving the mechanical properties of large bulk RE-Ba-Cu-O superconductors that are susceptible to cracking. We found that the green compacts of YBa2Cu3Oy and Y 2BaCuO5 powders added with PVA liquid binder exhibited good mechanical properties and could be mechanically machined without defects. We could successfully drill 17 holes of 1 mm diameter into the green compact. The drilled samples were subjected to melt-processing and oxygen annealing, and further characterized with microstructural observations and magnetization measurements. The results showed that liquid binder addition was very effective in reducing cracks for large melt-processed Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167-1169
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 1


  • Crack reduction
  • Large bulk YBaCuO
  • Liquid binder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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