Patent Number: 6,400,970

Title: Process for heat treating superconductor wire

Abstract: An oxide superconductor wire is prepared by preparing a length of precursor wire for processing into an oxide superconductor wire and coating the precursor wire with an isolating layer. The coated wire is wound onto a reel in a spiralling manner, such that each turn of the spiral is in alignment with the preceding turn of the spiral along an axis perpendicular to the axis of winding. The wound precursor wire is then heated to form the oxide superconductor. The removable isolating layer is prepared by coating the wire with a solution including a metal oxide and a porosity-inducing component, and heating the coated wire so as to induce porosity and control grain size of the metal oxide so as to render the coating removable. The coating should function to isolate the overlapping turns of the wound wire from neighboring wires, so that not diffusion bonding or adherence between the turns occurs. The coating should also be readily removable because the coating can interfere with subsequent processing of the oxide superconductor wire.

Inventors: Hughson; Steven (Wilmington, MA), Thompson; Elliott (Coventry, RI)

Assignee: American Superconductor Corp.

International Classification: H01L 39/24 (20060101); H01B 012/00 (); A01L 039/12 ()

Expiration Date: 06/04/2019