Mechanical properties of melt-textured Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk with silver addition

S. Nariki, Naomichi Sakai, M. Tomita, Masato Murakami

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The effect of Ag addition on the microstructure and the mechanical properties of Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk has been investigated. Single-grain Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk samples with different Ag2O additions of 0-30 wt.% were melt-textured in Ar-1%O2 mixture gas. From microscopic observations, it was found that the macro-cracks in the a-b plane decreased with Ag addition. The three-point bending test was performed to measure mechanical properties. The average strength of Ag-free bulk was 69 MPa at room temperature. The strength was dramatically improved to 110-115 MPa with 10-30 wt.% Ag additions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-782
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Ag
  • Gd-Ba-Cu-O
  • Mechanical property
  • Melt processing
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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