Characterisation of long lengths of commercial HTS tape and wire


The Navy is interested in high temperature superconducting (HTS) conductors, which have the potential to reduce size, weight and cost while simultaneously enhancing energy density applications. This is particularly relevant to applications such as propulsion and the trapping of magnetic fields and storing of magnetic energy.

This project is about developing a test facility for investigating the performance of continuous lengths of commercially available HTS tapes and wires in the presence of external magnetic fields, as would be experienced in emerging HTS-based technology.

As part of the development of the conductor testing system as proposed in this project, a technique for trapping magnetic fields in HTS bulks will be incorporated to create the required magnetic field strength.


The outcome of this project is an optimal driveline-free energy system prototype as a proof of concept, which provides a long duration of freedom for the patients to show the feasibility of implementation of this system for VAD applications. Furthermore, the proposed system would address some of the current practical challenges associated with battery charging and monitoring within in vitro evaluation, which will be carried out using experimental tests in both related software and hardware simulators such as the Mock Circulatory Loop (MCL). Additionally, it is expected that the developed prototype will address key issues of patients such as re-hospitalization, driveline infection, the requirement not to immerse in water for bathing or swimming. The ultimate goal of this research is to enhance the quality of life and survival rate of the patients.


Amount: USD$240,000

Duration: 3 years

Partners: Office of Naval Research Global, United Kingdom