Computational Simulations using Time-Dependent Ginzburg–Landau Theory for Nb–Ti-like Microstructures—Critical current data
Simulations based on time-dependent Ginzburg–Landau theory are employed to determine the critical current for a model system which represents a Nb–Ti-like pinning landscape at low drawing strain. The system consists of ellipsoids of normal metal, with dimensions 60ξ × 3ξ × 3ξ, randomly distributed throughout the superconducting bulk with their long axes parallel to the applied current and perpendicular to the field. These preciptates represent the α-Ti elongated precipitates which act as strong pinning centres in Nb–Ti alloys. We present the critical current density as a function of field across the entire range of precipitate volume fractions and find that optimised material in our model system occurs at 32 vol.% ppt., whereas in real materials the optimum occurs at 25 vol.% ppt.
Data are in CSV format. The column "volfrac" contains the volume fraction of the system which was occupied by the non-superconducting precipitates. The columns "b" and "jc" contain the reduced field and critical current density.