Development and analysis of trapped field magnets in electromechanical devices
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High temperature superconducting trapped field magnets (TFM) offer great potential as an alternative to 2>d generation YBCO wire, both in cost and performance. Attention is given to the calculation of current distribution within YBCO disks at partial and full activation and comparing this to experimental values. The best results are obtained by treating the current as a sequence of nested current rings. The fields are computed by integrating the elliptic integrals representing the fields from these rings and using variable metric optimization to choose the ring radii to best match the activation field over the on-activated material. A technique for treating the sub-regions of the TFM as voltage fed coils appears most expeditious for computing forces.