British Developments in Superconductivity Applications
Progress in any technological development program is a function of the financial resources available, and the usual criterion for determining the latter is the probable return on the investment. In the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Technology [l] has been supporting the development of superconducting materials and studies on their behavior since 1963, and substantial sums have been allocated to private industry, government, and quasi-governmental laboratories and universities. This funding does not, in general, cover the development of hardware, although some financial support of government origin has been directed towards the industrial exploitation of superconductivity. The work on filamentary superconductors at the Rutherford Laboratory of the Science Research Council (in collaboration with Imperial Metal Industries, IMI) is an example of this development.
KeywordsPrime Mover Superconductivity Application Electrical Propulsion System Marine Propulsion Hollow Conductor
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