Reactivity of RE-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with water

S. Nariki, M. Murakami

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We studied the stability of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Gd-Ba-Cu-O against water. A variation in the superconducting and field trapping properties was measured before and after exposure to water. The YBa2Cu3O7 and GdBa2Cu3O7 powders were decomposed by the reaction with water in a short period. For sintered samples, grain boundaries were preferentially damaged with water. Melt-textured samples exhibited better corrosion resistance against water in that the deterioration mainly occurred at cracks. A comparison between melt-textured Gd-Ba-Cu-O samples with and without Ag addition showed that a reduction in the amount of cracking through Ag addition was effective in preventing the damage by water corrosion. The trapped field of melt-textured Gd-Ba-Cu-O with Ag addition did not deteriorate even after exposure to boiling water for 3 h.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-773
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Gd-Ba-Cu-O
  • Melt processing
  • Water corrosion
  • Y-Ba-Cu-O

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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