Cube-textured substrates for YBCO-coated conductors: Microstructure evolution and stability

A. Vannozzi, A. Rufoloni, G. Celentano, A. Augieri, L. Ciontea, F. Fabbri, V. Galluzzi, U. Gambardella, A. Mancini, T. Petrisor

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The realization of YBCO-based coated conductors with high critical current density involves the deposition of highly biaxially textured YBCO films. The use of epitaxial growth shifts this requirement to the template used for YBCO deposition. In the rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrate (RABiTS) approach, an appropriately oriented template is provided by a cube-textured substrate. The development of a cube texture is the result of recrystallization occurring in a heavily deformed tape, which is activated by high-temperature annealing. In the case of Ni-based alloys, thermal treatment at temperatures ranging from 900 to 1150 °C for at least 30min is commonly used. The determination of the minimum conditions for thermal treatments in terms of temperature-time involved in the recrystallization process is therefore of practical interest. In this work, Ni-5 at.% W alloy has been studied as a substrate for YBCO-coated conductors. 100νm thick tapes have been obtained through heavy cold rolling, followed by annealing in high vacuum. Different thermal treatments with rates of 20 °Cmin-1 have been performed in order to study the formation and the evolution of the cube texture. Moreover, the annealing time has been varied in order to inspect the thermal stability of the substrate microstructure at the relatively high deposition temperature of YBCO films. It is found that the substrate begins recrystallizing at 700 °C and that the cube texture is fully developed at temperatures higher than 800 °C, while annealing at 900 °C for 1h produces a stable microstructure at the typical YBCO deposition conditions. © 2006 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number003
Pages (from-to)1240 - 1245
Number of pages6
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Vannozzi, A., Rufoloni, A., Celentano, G., Augieri, A., Ciontea, L., Fabbri, F., ... Petrisor, T. (2006). Cube-textured substrates for YBCO-coated conductors: Microstructure evolution and stability. Superconductor Science and Technology, 19(12), 1240 - 1245. [003].