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Professor Yifeng Yang BSc, PhD

Professor of Cryogenics and Applied Superconductivity

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Professor Yifeng Yang is the Director of the Institute of Cryogenics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Prof Yang has engaged in active research for more than 30 years in the material and enabling sciences of high temperature superconductors, development of HTS in high field magnets and power electrical devices, and novel cryogenic engineering for new application in fundamental sciences. He is an internationally recognised experts in the ac losses and cryogenic stability of HTS materials and devices. As the director of the institute since 2004, he has secured more than £10m funding from UK research councils (EPSRC,STFC, InnovateUK), UK/European industry, EU Framework Programs, ITER, and CERN on a wide range of successful research projects including superconducting generators, 20T+ compact laboratory magnets, HTS conductors for future accelerator magnets and their cold-powering, cryogenic magic-angle-spinning NMR.

He is a member and vice chairman of the International Cryogenic Engineering Committee.

BSc, Physic and Cryogenics, Zhenjiang University 1985

PhD, Applied Superconductivity, University of Southampton 1990

Lecturer, University of Southampton 1995

Professor, University of Southampton 2004

Research interests

Superconducting devices and machines:

  • High field superconducting magnets with low temperature (LTS) and high temperature superconductors (HTS)
  • HTS rotating machines including motors and generators: design, build and test
  • High current superconducting cables cold powering of accelerator and fusion magnets

Enabling sciences of applied superconductivity

  • AC losses in conductors and magnets: characterisation and modelling
  • Quench propagation in superconducting magnets: experimental studies and modelling

Material properties at low temperature for applications

  • Measurement of thermo-electrical properties of pure and composite materials at variable temperature between 1K and 300K
  • Measurement of mechanical properties of custom specimens for cryogenic engineering

Cryogenic engineering

  • Cryogenic system and interfaces for superconducting devices
  • Optimal design of custom cryostats and cryogenic system

Research Projects

  • High temperature superconducting motors and generators
  • Cold powering of accelerator magnets
  • Superconducting magnets for future high energy physics accelerators
  • High field laboratory superconducting magnets

Research group

Energy Technology

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Professor Yifeng Yang
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 7/5023

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