2019 CEC-ICMC Joint Symposia: Cryogenic Materials and Technologies for Transportation

Alternative propulsion technologies including electric-drive are increasingly being developed and utilized for almost every major transportation industry. For the aerospace industry, nearly exponential growth is occurring recently for electric propulsion, with reportedly with more than 300 startup companies worldwide, and supported by Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Rolls Royce, Uber, Google, Intel, and others. A 6-9 passenger aircraft being developed by Eviation will fly 650 miles, which exceeds the range of more than 50% of 4.5 Billion flights worldwide. Electric propulsion offers immediate advantages for aviation including 6-10x lower energy-use and operational costs, and will enable development of new industries such as inter-city transport between regional/local hubs by vertical-take-off-lift (VTOL). For industries such as aerospace that are especially sensitive to size-weight-and-power-loss (SWaP), the development of cryogenic electric-power drivetrains is expected to provide significant advantages and system-level benefits.

The 2019 CEC-ICMC conference is providing this joint CEC-ICMC symposia to consider all aspects of cryogenic transportation technologies, including electric drivetrain components/machines, cryogenic cooling and ancillary technologies, and system-level-integration issues and impacts. Abstracts are solicited for both special-invited (30 minute) and contributed (15 minute) presentations; and please email to the Symposia organizers to confirm acceptance to this symposia. Abstracts of lesser-known technologies are encouraged, and in depth discussion/review of critical R&D issues is of interest. Please submit abstracts if possible by the conference deadline of February 27, 2019 midnight EST, however abstracts can submitted afterwards until March 15 by emailing for instructions to the Symposia organizers and Centennial Staff.

For Abstract Submissions, please submit to the following categories:

CEC-09 – Applications: Fuel, Transportation, Medical, and Food
CEC-10 – Applications: Aerospace
ICMC-16 – Applications: Power Electronics, Electric Propulsion, Transportation
ICMC-17 – Special Sessions

ICMC Symposia Organizer: Timothy Haugan, U.S. AFRL
CEC Symposia Organizer: Michael DiPirro, NASA/Goddard 
Centennial Conferences staff

Latest Development in Flux Pinning Highlight

Pinning of quantized magnetic vortices in superconductors enables high critical current densities by orders of magnitudes at applied magnetic fields up to few to tens of Tesla, which are demanded for practical applications, such as large magnets, rotary machines (motors and generators), devices/systems for power grids (cables, fault current limiters, transformers), to name a few. The recent progress in nanoscience and nanotechnology has prompted tremendous success in enhancing pinning force density and efficiency through various novel approaches in terms of generation of artificial pinning centers with precisely controlled dimension, morphology, orientation and concentration. This focus session of the Latest Development in Flux Pinning Highlight intends to provide a platform for updates of the recent progress made and the critical issues still remained, as well as for stimulating fruitful discussions, generating new ideas, and strengthening and/or establishing existing and/or new collaborations in this important field. 

SRF Materials – Fundamental Developments in Characterization and Analysis

Superconducting RF (SRF) cavities are key components of modern particle accelerators such as free electron lasers (E-XFEL and LCLS-II), electron-ion colliders (e-RHIC and BNL), and electron-positron colliders (ILC). Currently, the material of choice for high-performance SRF applications is pure Nb, with surface doping. The current maturity of SRF Nb has been possible due to the fundamental understanding of surface and bulk properties of this system. The sessions build on some of the recent results, and ongoing research efforts involving a fundamental understanding of Nb, and other potential materials for SRF applications. More recently, the potential of using SRF technology for dark matter detection and quantum computing is under investigation. Discussions during the sessions will cover these topics as well.

Shreyas Balachandran (ASC/NHMF) 
Martina Martinello (APSTD, FNAL)

REBCO Coated Conductors

REBCO coated conductors are now manufactured by over a dozen companies world-wide. Since the first demonstration of pilot manufacturing of REBCO coated conductors for delivery of 10,000 meters for the Albany Cable Project in 2006, substantial progress has been made to produce longer tapes with better performance and uniformity. New methods have been developed for higher throughput, improved critical currents in high magnetic fields, superior mechanical properties, in-line quality control and rapid reel-to-reel testing. Leaders from several companies and research institutions developing and manufacturing REBCO coated conductors will present the latest advances in their technologies in this special session at the CEC-ICMC.

Superconducting Quantum Information Processing

Josephson junction based superconducting devices have emerged as a leading physical platform for future quantum information technology and quantum computation in particular. Fabricated with conventional superconductors (typically Al) on crystalline substrates (typically Al oxide), these devices operate near their quantum ground states at temperature of less than 50 mK, and requires exquisite material quality, thermalization, shielding, and microwave control pulses. In this special session at the CEC-ICMC, speakers from leading research labs will present the latest advances in quantum information science and technologies being explored and developed with superconducting devices.