We measured AC transport current losses in three kinds of thin film YBCO coated conductors made by different processes. The results showed that the loss characteristics were different and that some of the conductors did not follow the Norris strip model which was generally considered to well explain the loss characteristics of YBCO conductors. In the paper, an analytical model in which distribution of critical current density and n value of the conductor are taken into consideration is proposed to describe the AC transport current loss characteristics more generally than the Norris strip and elliptical models. It is shown that the analytical model well explain the measured loss characteristics of the three kinds of the conductors.
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