Microstructural and elastic behaviour of OCMG-processed NdBaCuO materials

S. Neeleshwar, P. Venugopal Reddy, M. Muralidhar, M. R. Koblischka, M. Murakami

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A systematic investigation of an HTSC material viz; Nd1.8Ba2.4Cu3.4Oy superconductor prepared by the oxygen controlled melt growth (OCMG) process has been undertaken by studying its microstructure and elastic behaviour. The results are compared with those obtained on samples prepared by melt powder melt growth (MPMG) processed YBa2Cu3Oy material. The X-ray diffraction studies of the new material clearly indicate the predominant structure of NdBa2Cu3Oy. The microstructural investigations performed by means of optical and scanning electron microscopy confirm the presence of a second phase formed due to the uniform distribution of Nd4Ba2Cu2O10 (Nd-422) particles of size 1-12 μm size in the Nd-123 matrix. Further, magnetization measurements also show that the sample exhibits a pronounced secondary peak effect along with a critical current density value of 36 000 A/cm2 at T = 77 K in a field of 1.6 T applied parallel to the c-axis. Finally, the ultrasonic velocity measurements reveal that the elastic anomalies generally observed among most of the RE-123 materials, especially in the temperature region of 100-250 K are totally absent in the case of Nd-123 of the present investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Nov 30
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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