Materials processing, pulsed field magnetization and field-pole application to propulsion motors on Gd123 bulk superconductors

M. Izumi, C. Xu, A. Hu, M. Ichihara, Y. Xu, E. Morita, Y. Kimura, Masato Murakami, N. Sakai, I. Hirabayashi, H. Sugimoto, M. Miki

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


Gd123 bulk superconductor is one of the promising magnet materials. We studied the materials processing to grow high performance magnet with a doping of nano-sized metal oxides such as ZrO2 as a candidature of pinning centre. The enhancement of the critical current density was obtained. Growth of nano-sized particles of Gd211 in addition to BaZrO3 were observed by TEM. The formation of nano-sized particles appears a key to improve the integrated flux trapped inside the bulks and the TEM reveals an intriguing effect of the addition to the microstructure of bulk materials. Magnetization process is crucial especially for an extended machinery. Pulsed field magnetization was applied to the field-pole bulk on the rotor disk of the tested synchronous motor. The trapped flux density of 1.3 T for Gd123 bulk sample and of 60 mm diameter was reached in the limited dimension of the tested motor by a step cooling method down to 38 K with a closed-cycle condensed neon. The pulsed magnetic field was applied with a new type of split-armature coil. A large bulk of 140 mm diameter has also shown a potential flux trapping superior to other smaller specimens. The bulk magnet provides a strong magnetic field around the bulk body itself with high current density relative to a coil winding. A comparative drawing of a "torque density" of a variety of motors which is defined as the torque divided by the volume of the motor indicates a potential advantage of bulk motor as a super permanent magnet motor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012299
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Materials processing, pulsed field magnetization and field-pole application to propulsion motors on Gd123 bulk superconductors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this