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See detailNon-destructive measurement of volume magnetic properties of large, bulk superconductors
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Dennis, T.; Shi, Y. H. et al

Conference (2012, December 07)

The development of large, single grain bulk superconductors by melt processing techniques has generated a need to characterize samples magnetically over large dimensions, exceeding typically 20 mm in ... [more ▼]

The development of large, single grain bulk superconductors by melt processing techniques has generated a need to characterize samples magnetically over large dimensions, exceeding typically 20 mm in diameter. The usual magnetic characterization gives relies on miniature Hall probe mapping and gives information about the field distribution above the sample surface. If volume properties are required (e.g. magnetization hysteresis loops), the sample needs to be cut in smaller pieces, since the DC magnetic characterization systems for measurements at cryogenic temperatures generally accommodate samples of relatively small size (typically < 5-10 mm diameter). In this work we describe how the hysteresis B(H) loops of large bulk superconducting samples exceeding 10 mm diameter can be determined using home-made sensing coils, either in liquid nitrogen or within the experimental chamber of a Quantum Design Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS). Magnetic properties are measured and compared to those given by several Hall probes attached to both faces of sample. The system is used successfully to measure the DC hysteresis loops of entire (RE)BCO bulk superconducting domains. A careful data acquisition and numerical integration of pick-up coil voltage enables the sweep rate of the magnetic field to be varied from 0.5 to 10 mT/s while keeping an excellent signal/noise ratio. A simple model based on demagnetizing field approach is used to emphasize how the hysteresis loops determined by this technique differ from “true” magnetization loops derived from classical magnetic moment measurements (e.g. SQUID or VSM). These differences are supported with numerical modelling of the average magnetization of the bulk sample using the Brandt method. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding with YBCO coated conductors: influence of the geometry on its performances.
Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Levin, George et al

Poster (2012, October 10)

A superconducting magnetic screen can be built as a stack of several sections of milled 2G coated conductors. Each section consists of a closed loop where persistent currents can flow and provide a strong ... [more ▼]

A superconducting magnetic screen can be built as a stack of several sections of milled 2G coated conductors. Each section consists of a closed loop where persistent currents can flow and provide a strong attenuation of external dc magnetic fields. The purpose of the present work is to study experimentally several geometries of such magnetic screens made out of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) coated conductors from SuperPower. Our aim is to investigate in details the influence of the aspect ratio and the number of layers of the assembly on the magnetic shielding properties. In order to do so, the magnetic screen is subjected to an axial quasi-static (“dc”) magnetic field ramped slowly a fixed sweep rates. A Hall probe is used to measure the local magnetic induction inside the assembly as a function of the applied magnetic induction. Results show that the threshold magnetic induction (above which magnetic shielding ceases) increases with the number of layers and that the shielding factor (defined as to ratio between the applied magnetic induction and the magnetic induction measured inside the screen) is improved for increasing aspect ratios of the global coated conductor assembly. Using a double layer of 18 sections at T = 77 K, dc magnetic fields up to 56 mT can be shielded by a factor larger than 10. The experimental results are compared to theoretical predictions for a perfect (type-I) magnetic shield with the same aspect ratio. Finally, the effect of an air gap of constant width between coated conductor sections is also characterized. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic behaviour of soft ferromagnetic alloys attached to bulk (RE)BCO superconductors
Philippe, Matthieu ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Dennis, Anthony et al

Poster (2012, October)

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic field distribution around a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the ... [more ▼]

Bulk (RE)BCO materials can be used potentially as powerful permanent magnets. The magnetic field distribution around a bulk HTS magnet, however, is strongly non-uniform (conic profile predicted by the Bean model) compared to the rather flatter distribution around a ferromagnet. In the present work, we study how FeNi soft ferromagnetic alloys of different shapes can be combined with (RE)BCO bulk superconductors to improve the distribution of trapped field or its average value at the surface of the bulk sample. The FeNi ferromagnetic alloys are machined into pieces of various shapes (e.g. cylinder, cone) attached to the bottom surface of the bulk HTS disks. The magnetic properties of each ferromagnetic/superconductor (F/S) assembly are measured under axial magnetic field at 77 K. Small coils and Hall probe mappings provide the average magnetization and field distribution respectively. The results are compared to the intrinsic magnetic hysteresis curves of the magnetic alloys and of the superconductor. Measurements of the average magnetization show that the effects of the ferromagnetic alloys depend mainly on the volume of the ferromagnet and add up to the effect of the superconductor. However, at constant ferromagnetic volume, the shape of the ferromagnetic piece is found to influence the magnetic field penetration and distribution against the top surface of the superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding properties of a superconducting hollow cylinder containing slits: Modelling and experiment
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Elschner, S.; Hobl, A. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2012), 25(10), 104006

This paper deals with the magnetic properties of bulk high temperature superconducting cylinders used as magnetic shields. We investigate, both numerically and experimentally, the magnetic properties of a ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the magnetic properties of bulk high temperature superconducting cylinders used as magnetic shields. We investigate, both numerically and experimentally, the magnetic properties of a hollow cylinder with two axial slits which cut the cylinder in equal halves. Finite element method modelling has been used with a three-dimensional geometry to help us in understanding how the superconducting currents flow in such a cut cylinder and therefore how the magnetic shielding properties are affected, depending on the magnetic field orientation. Modelling results show that the slits block the shielding current flow and act as an entrance channel for the magnetic flux lines. The contribution of the slits to the total flux density that enters the cylinder is studied through the angle formed between the applied field and the internal field. The modelled data agree nicely with magnetic shielding properties measured on a bulk Bi-2212 hollow cylinder at 77K. The results demonstrate that the magnetic flux penetration in such a geometry can be modelled successfully using only two parameters of the superconductor (constant J c and n value), which were determined from magnetic measurements on the plain cylinder. © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetocaloric and transport study of poly- and nanocrystalline composite manganites La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/La0.8Sr0.2MnO3
Pekala, M; Pekala, K; Drozd, V et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2012), 112

Magnetocaloric and transport properties are reported for novel poly- and nanocrystalline double composite manganites, La0.8Sr0.2MnO3/La0.7Ca0.3MnO3, prepared by the sol-gel method. Magnetic field ... [more ▼]

Magnetocaloric and transport properties are reported for novel poly- and nanocrystalline double composite manganites, La0.8Sr0.2MnO3/La0.7Ca0.3MnO3, prepared by the sol-gel method. Magnetic field dependence of magnetic entropy change is found to be stronger for the nano- than the polycrystalline composite. The remarkable broadening of the temperature interval, where the magnetocaloric effect occurs in poly- and nanocrystalline composites, causes the relative cooling power (RCP(S)) of the nanocrystalline composite to be reduced by only 10% compared to the Sr based polycrystalline phase. The RCP(S) of the polycrystalline composite becomes remarkably enhanced. The low temperature magnetoresistance is enhanced by 5% for the nanostructured composite. © 2012 American Institute of Physics [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic Shielding with Bulk High Temperature Superconductors: Factors Influencing the Magnetic Field Penetration in Hollow Cylinders
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderheyden, Benoît ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg

in Muralidhar, Miryala (Ed.) Superconductivity: Recent Developments and New Production Technologies (2012)

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See detailLa0.7Ca0.3MnO3 / Mn3O4 composites: does an insulating secondary phase always enhance the low field magnetoresistance of manganites?
Bhame, Shekhar ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Pekala, Marek et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2012), 111

Composites of magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO) with insulating Mn3O4 are useful as a model system because no foreign cation is introduced in the LCMO phase by interdiffusion during the heat ... [more ▼]

Composites of magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO) with insulating Mn3O4 are useful as a model system because no foreign cation is introduced in the LCMO phase by interdiffusion during the heat treatment. Here we report the magnetotransport properties as a function of sintering temperature Tsinter for a fixed LCMO/Mn3O4 ratio. Decreasing Tsinter from 1250°C to 800°C causes an increase in low field magnetoresistance (LFMR) that correlates with the decrease in crystallite size (CS) of the LCMO phase. When plotting LFMR at (77 K, 0.5 T) vs. 1/CS, we find that the data for the LCMO/Mn3O4 composites sintered between 800°C and 1250°C follow the same trend line as data from the literature for pure LCMO samples with crystallite size > ~25 nm. This differs from the LFMR enhancement observed by many authors in the "usual" manganite composites, i.e., composites where the insulating phase contains cations other than La, Ca or Mn. This difference suggests that diffusion of foreign cations into the grain boundary region is a necessary ingredient for the enhanced LFMR. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and numerical study of the factors influencing the performances of magnetic screens made of high temperature superconductors
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

In this thesis, we investigate in details the magnetic shielding processes in high temperature superconductors. We aim at predicting and measuring the influence of the parameters governing the ... [more ▼]

In this thesis, we investigate in details the magnetic shielding processes in high temperature superconductors. We aim at predicting and measuring the influence of the parameters governing the superconducting behaviour (e.g., the critical current density Jc and its field dependence) on the magnetic flux penetration inside hollow cylinders. Three objectives are pursued. The first objective is to characterize the performances of cylindrical magnetic shields made of various high temperature superconductors (Bi-2223, Bi-2212, Y-123) for several external parameters that can be directly controlled in the experiments. These include the temperature, the geometry of the magnetic screen, the amplitude of the applied magnetic field, its orientation (H // or ⊥ cylinder axis) and its frequency (in the case of an AC excitation). The focus has been put on the effect of the sweep rate of the applied magnetic field, dBapp/dt, on the threshold magnetic flux density, Blim, above which the magnetic shielding is no longer efficient. We show that the curve of dBapp/dt vs. Blim can be directly related to the E(J) constitutive law and we explain how the field dependence of the critical current density affects the relationship between both curves. A wide range of electric field levels is investigated in this thesis thanks to the use of a number of experimental techniques. The experimental set-ups required for these investigations are described in a separate chapter where the performances and limitations of each set-up is put forward. The second objective of the thesis is to confront experimental data and numerical simulations using models of increasing complexity. We present two numerical models that take into account the strongly non-linear E(J) relationship characterizing the superconducting behaviour. The first numerical model is based on the Brandt algorithm. This model is able to describe magnetic shielding experiments which involve time-varying magnetic fields on (i) infinite samples subjected to transverse magnetic fields or on (ii) samples of finite size in axisymmetric geometries subjected to axial magnetic fields. The second model is based on a finite element method (using the GetDP software). This model can be used for both axisymmetric 2D modelling and full 3D modelling. In the latter case, it provides extremely useful information for understanding configurations where the applied magnetic field and the hollow cylinder do not present a particular symmetry. Both 2D and 3D models are able to provide current and field distributions in the superconductor. The confrontation between experimental and modelling results allows us to better understand how physical properties (critical temperature Tc, critical current density Jc, ...) and geometry affect the magnetic shielding performances (shielding factor SF, threshold induction Blim). Conversely, we present three different practical procedures using either the analytical Bean model or a 2D numerical model in order to determine the constitutive law parameters of the superconducting materials from data measured on hollow cylinders. As a third objective, we aim at investigating how the different types of HTS magnetic screens of moderate dimensions (a few cubic centimetres) could be scaled up in order to provide larger shielded volumes. Three methods are explored. The first method to build larger magnetic screens (typically ten(s) of centimetres) is to find means to assemble several (pieces of) superconducting hollow cylinders to obtain a large shielding enclosure. Experiments are carried out on superconducting cylinders cut either along or perpendicular to their axis. The influence of the cut width and the angle of the applied magnetic field with respect to the cut plane are studied. Modellings are carried out on shorter cylinders in order to understand how the presence of the cut modifies the current distribution and thus the magnetic shielding properties. The second method consist in characterizing the magnetic shielding of several hollow cylinders made with the same superconducting material but having different sizes. This helps us in determining whether the manufacturing process is able to provide large cylinders with good magnetic shielding performances. In a last method, we investigate an architecture of superconducting magnetic screens that differs from those based on bulk hollow cylinders. The idea is to exploit the high Jc-performances of superconducting tapes (based on thin film technology) to build magnetic shielding structures which can be easily scalable. The measurement results obtained on such structures are promising as the actual limitation seems to be geometrical. Using more superconducting tapes in order to achieve a higher aspect ratio should give magnetic shields which are as efficient as bulk cylinders. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray drying: An alternative synthesis method for polycationic oxide compounds
Rivas-Murias, B.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal Of Physics And Chemistry Of Solids (2011), 72(3), 158-163

Synthesis of polycationic compounds by the spray-drying technique is an interesting alternative in the domain of aqueous precursor synthesis methods. Spray drying yields high quality samples with good ... [more ▼]

Synthesis of polycationic compounds by the spray-drying technique is an interesting alternative in the domain of aqueous precursor synthesis methods. Spray drying yields high quality samples with good reproducibility. The possibility of scaling up for production of large quantities with fast processing time is well established by the commercial availability of powders of various compositions. In this paper, we have discussed the advantages and limitations of this method and demonstrated its interest by synthesizing a few polycationic compounds selected for their attractive properties of thermoelectricity [Bi1.68Ca2Co1.69O8, La(0.95)A(0.05)CoO(3) (A = Ca, Sr, Ba)] or magnetoresistance [La(0.70)A(0.30)MnO(3) (A=Sr, Ba)]. We have confirmed the quality of these samples by reporting their structure, magnetic and transport properties. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCzochralski crystal growth, thermal conductivity, and magnetic properties of Pr(x)La(1- x)AlO3, where x = 1, 0.75, 0.55, 0.40, 0
Turczynski, S.; Orlinski, K.; Pawlak, D. A. et al

in Crystal Growth & Design (2011), 11(4), 1091-1097

Crystals of Pr(x)La(1-x)AlO3 solid solution have been grown by the Czochralski method for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. Crystals with high praseodymium concentration tend to grow spirally ... [more ▼]

Crystals of Pr(x)La(1-x)AlO3 solid solution have been grown by the Czochralski method for the first time, to the best of our knowledge. Crystals with high praseodymium concentration tend to grow spirally. The color of the crystals changes with chemical composition. X-ray diffraction shows an increase of the lattice constants with an increase in lanthanum ion concentration. The thermal conductivity has been investigated in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. Completely different behavior of thermal conductivity is observed at low temperatures for the investigated crystals, whereas it remains roughly constant at high temperatures. The values of magnetic susceptibility lie within the expected range that could be expected for a paramagnetic material. (Figure Presented) © 2011 American Chemical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailAC Magnetic Measurements on Superconductors: Design of a Device for Magneto-Thermal Measurements
Laurent, Philippe ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg

in International Journal of Measurement Technologies and Instrumentation Engineering (2011), 1

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See detailMagnetic properties of drilled bulk high-temperature superconductors filled with a ferromagnetic powder
Lousberg, Grégory; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Chaud, Xavier et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2011), 24

It is shown that filling the holes of a drilled bulk high-temperature superconductor (HTS) with a soft ferromagnetic powder enhances its trapping properties. The magnetic properties of the trapped field ... [more ▼]

It is shown that filling the holes of a drilled bulk high-temperature superconductor (HTS) with a soft ferromagnetic powder enhances its trapping properties. The magnetic properties of the trapped field magnet are characterized by Hall probe mapping and magnetization measurements. This analysis is completed by a numerical model based on a 3D finite-element method where the conductivity of the superconducting material is described by a power law while the permeability of the ferromagnetic material is fixed to a given value and is considered uniform. Numerical results support the experimental observations. In particular, they confirm the increase of trapped flux that is observed with Hall probe mapping after impregnation. [less ▲]

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See detailBulk melt-processed (RE)BCO superconductors subjected to AC fields in “parallel” and “crossed” direction, experiment and modelling
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Babu, N. H. et al

Conference (2010, November)

When bulk melt-processed (RE)BCO samples are used as permanent magnets in various engineering applications (e.g. rotating machines, magnetic bearings), they may experience transient or periodic variations ... [more ▼]

When bulk melt-processed (RE)BCO samples are used as permanent magnets in various engineering applications (e.g. rotating machines, magnetic bearings), they may experience transient or periodic variations of the applied magnetic field. In such a situation, the remnant magnetization of the sample is found to decrease in running operation, which is particularly inconvenient for the long-term reliability of the system. There are several possible causes for such a phenomenon. The first is the temperature increase resulting from the losses caused by the variable applied field, and may arise when the field is parallel to the main direction of the trapped flux. The second is caused by the component of the magnetic field perpendicular to the main direction of the trapped flux (“crossed field” configuration). In the present talk we review the relevant parameters which have a detrimental impact on the remnant magnetization in both cases. Modelling results are compared to experimental data obtained on bulk YBCO samples subjected to field oscillations of large amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Study of the Shielding properties of Macroscopic Hybrid Ferromagnetic/Superconductor Hollow Cylinders
Lousberg, Grégory ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (2010), 20(1), 33

We study the magnetic shielding properties of hybrid ferromagnetic/superconductor (F/S) structures consisting of two coaxial cylinders, with one of each material.We use an axisymmetric finite-element ... [more ▼]

We study the magnetic shielding properties of hybrid ferromagnetic/superconductor (F/S) structures consisting of two coaxial cylinders, with one of each material.We use an axisymmetric finite-element model in which the electrical properties of the superconducting tube are modeled by a nonlinear E-J power law with a magnetic-field-dependent critical current density whereas the magnetic properties of the ferromagnetic material take saturation into account. We study and compare the penetration of a uniform axial magnetic field in two cases: 1) a ferromagnetic tube placed inside a larger superconducting tube (Ferro-In configuration) and 2) a ferromagnetic tube placed outside the superconducting one (Ferro-Out configuration). In both cases, we assess how the ferromagnetic tube improves the shielding properties of the sole superconducting tube. The influence of the geometrical parameters of the ferromagnetic tube is also studied: It is shown that, upon an optimal choice of the geometrical parameters, the range of magnetic fields that are efficiently shielded by the hightemperature superconductor tube alone can be increased by a factor of up to 7 (2) in a Ferro-Out (Ferro-In) configuration. The optimal configuration uses a 1020 carbon steel with a thickness of 2 mm and a height that is half that of the superconducting cylinder (80 mm). [less ▲]

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See detailModification of the trapped field in bulk HTS as a result of the drilling of a pattern of artificial holes
Lousberg, G. P.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2010), 234

The trapped magnetic field is examined in bulk high-temperature superconductors that are artificially drilled along their c-axis. The influence of the hole pattern on the magnetization is studied and ... [more ▼]

The trapped magnetic field is examined in bulk high-temperature superconductors that are artificially drilled along their c-axis. The influence of the hole pattern on the magnetization is studied and compared by means of numerical models and Hall probe mapping techniques. To this aim, we consider two bulk YBCO samples with a rectangular cross-section that are drilled each by six holes arranged either on a rectangular lattice (sample I) or on a centered rectangular lattice (sample II). For the numerical analysis, three different models are considered for calculating the trapped flux: (i), a two-dimensional (2D) Bean model neglecting demagnetizing effects and flux creep, (ii), a 2D finite-element model neglecting demagnetizing effects but incorporating magnetic relaxation in the form of an E – J power law, and, (iii), a 3D finite element analysis that takes into account both the finite height of the sample and flux creep effects. For the experimental analysis, the trapped magnetic flux density is measured above the sample surface by Hall probe mapping performed before and after the drilling process. The maximum trapped flux density in the drilled samples is found to be smaller than that in the plain samples. The smallest magnetization drop is found for sample II, with the centered rectangular lattice. This result is confirmed by the numerical models. In each sample, the relative drops that are calculated independently with the three different models are in good agreement. As observed experimentally, the magnetization drop calculated in the sample II is the smallest one and its relative value is comparable to the measured one. By contrast, the measured magnetization drop in sample (1) is much larger than that predicted by the simulations, most likely because of a change of the microstructure during the drilling process. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of second generation coated conductors for efficient shielding of DC magnetic fields
Fagnard, Jean-Francois ULg; Dirickx, Michel; Levin, G. A. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2010), 108

This paper reports the results of an experimental investigation of the performance of two types of magnetic screens assembled from YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO) coated conductors. Since effective screening of the ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the results of an experimental investigation of the performance of two types of magnetic screens assembled from YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO) coated conductors. Since effective screening of the axial DC magnetic field requires the unimpeded flow of an azimuthal persistent current, we demonstrate a configuration of a screening shell made out of standard YBCO coated conductor capable to accomplish that. The screen allows the persistent current to flow in the predominantly azimuthal direction at a temperature of 77 K. The persistent screen, incorporating a single layer of superconducting film, can attenuate an external magnetic field of up to 5 mT by more than an order of magnitude. For comparison purposes, another type of screen which incorporates low critical temperature quasi-persistent joints was also built. The shielding technique we describe here appears to be especially promising for the realization of large scale high-Tc superconducting screens. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetocaloric effect in La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 manganite
Pekala, M.; Pekala, K.; Drozd, V. et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (2010), 322(21), 3460-3463

The polycrystalline manganite La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 prepared by an alternative carbonate precipitation route reveals the rhombohedral perovskite structure. Magnetization isotherms measured up to 2 T are used ... [more ▼]

The polycrystalline manganite La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 prepared by an alternative carbonate precipitation route reveals the rhombohedral perovskite structure. Magnetization isotherms measured up to 2 T are used to determine Curie temperature of 332 K by means of Arrott plot. Maximum of magnetic entropy change is found at Curie temperature. The relative cooling power equal to 64 J/kg for 1.5 T magnetic field, is superior as compared to the manganite with the same chemical composition from the sol–gel method. [less ▲]

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See detailShielding efficiency and E(J) characteristics measured on large melt cast Bi-2212 hollow cylinders in axial magnetic fields
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Elschner, Steffen; Bock, Joachim et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2010), 23

We show that tubes of melt cast Bi-2212 used as current leads for LTS magnets can also act as efficient magnetic shields. The magnetic screening properties under an axial DC magnetic field are ... [more ▼]

We show that tubes of melt cast Bi-2212 used as current leads for LTS magnets can also act as efficient magnetic shields. The magnetic screening properties under an axial DC magnetic field are characterized at several temperatures below the liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K). Two main shielding properties are studied and compared with those of Bi-2223, a material that has been considered in the past for bulk magnetic shields. The first property is related to the maximum magnetic flux density that can be screened, Blim; it is defined as the applied magnetic flux density below which the field attenuation measured at the centre of the shield exceeds 1000. For a cylinder of Bi-2212 with a wall thickness of 5 mm and a large ratio of length over radius, Blim is evaluated to 1 T at T = 10 K. This value largely exceeds the Blim value measured at the same temperature on similar tubes of Bi-2223. The second shielding property that is characterized is the dependence of Blim with respect to variations of the sweep rate of the applied field, dBapp/dt. This dependence is interpreted in terms of the power law E = Ec(J/Jc)^n and allows us to determine the exponent n of this E(J) characteristics for Bi-2212. The characterization of the magnetic field relaxation involves very small values of the electric field. This gives us the opportunity to experimentally determine the E(J) law in an unexplored region of small electric fields. Combining these results with transport and AC shielding measurements, we construct a piecewise E(J) law that spans over 8 orders of magnitude of the electric field. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetocaloric effect in nano- and polycrystalline manganites La0.5Ca0.5MnO3
Pekala, Marek; Drozd, Vadym; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Alloys & Compounds (2010), 507

Structure, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of poly- and nanocrystalline La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 manganites prepared by the citrate sol–gel method are studied in a broad temperature range. The Arrott plots ... [more ▼]

Structure, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of poly- and nanocrystalline La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 manganites prepared by the citrate sol–gel method are studied in a broad temperature range. The Arrott plots show that the phase transition is of the second order. The cooling efficiency of 93–97 J/kg is found for the poly- and nanocrystalline samples. The relatively weaker magnetocaloric effect in nanocrystalline La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 is spread over temperature range almost three times broader than for the polycrystalline one. Charge ordering effects decay in manganites with grain sizes below 150 nm. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-heating of bulk high temperature superconductors of finite height subjected to a large alternating magnetic field
Laurent, Philippe; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Hari Babu, N. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2010), 23

In this work we study, both experimentally and numerically, the self-heating of a bulk, large YBCO pellet of aspect ratio (thickness / diameter) ~ 0.4 subjected to a large AC magnetic field. To ensure ... [more ▼]

In this work we study, both experimentally and numerically, the self-heating of a bulk, large YBCO pellet of aspect ratio (thickness / diameter) ~ 0.4 subjected to a large AC magnetic field. To ensure accurate temperature measurements, the sample was placed in an experimental vacuum chamber to achieve a small and reproducible heat transfer coefficient between the superconductor and the cryogenic fluid. The temperature was measured at several locations on the sample surface during the self-heating process. The experimentally determined temperature gradients are found to be very small in this arrangement (< 0.2 K across the radius of the superconductor). The time-dependence of the average temperature T(t) is found to agree well with a theoretical prediction based on the one-dimensional (1-D) Bean model, assuming a uniform temperature in the sample. A 2-D magneto-thermal model was also used to determine the space and time-dependent temperature distribution T(r, z, t) during the application of the AC field. The losses in the bulk pellet were determined using an algorithm based on the numerical method of Brandt, which was combined with a heat diffusion algorithm implemented using a finite-difference method. The model is shown to be able to reproduce the main trends of the observed temperature evolution of the bulk sample during a self-heating process. Finally, the 2-D model is used to study the effect of a non-uniform distribution of critical current density Jc(r, z) on the losses within the bulk superconductor. [less ▲]

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