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AC susceptibility investigation of YBCO superconductor added by carbon nanotubes


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Author list: E. Hannachi, M. A. Almessiere, Y. Slimani, A. Baykal and F. Ben Azzouz
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2020
Journal: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Journal name in source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume number: 812
Issue number: 5 January 2020
Start page: 1
End page: 8
Number of pages: 8
ISSN: 0925-8388
Web of Science ID: 000490423000003
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Scopus ID: 85071834788
eISSN: 1873-4669


We report in this investigation the preparation as well as characterization of bulk YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductor produced by solid state reaction route and added by various amount (x) of CNTs (x = 0.0, 0.1 and 1.0 wt%). The analysis of X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated the achievement of orthorhombic structure of YBCO phase for various sintered samples. No relevant variations in the lattice parameters is observed with CNTs inclusion. The analysis of microstructure revealed a dispersion of CNTs into YBCO and presence of lattice defects for CNTs added samples. We evaluated the impacts of CNTs on inter-granular traits of YBCO using AC susceptibility measurements. Various superconducting parameter including critical temperature (Tc), inter-granular critical current density (Jc inter), grain volume fraction (fg), grains susceptibility (χg) and matrix susceptibility (χm) were estimated and deeply discussed. The obtained results confirm that the CNTs addition has a beneficial role on the inter-granular properties of YBCO system. Also, the critical current density Jcm was determined and its value has been shown to be greatly enhanced with the addition of CNTs in the existence of the applied magnetic field.


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