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Magnetic and Mechanical Design of a 15-T Large Aperture Dipole Magnet for Cable Testing

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A large aperture Nb 3 Sn dipole is proposed to replace the magnet assembly of EDIPO, which was irreversibly damaged in 2016. The goal is to generate a background field of 15 T at 4.2 K in a clear aperture of approximately 100×150 mm 2 and over a uniform length of 1000 mm in order to test superconducting cables for both fusion and high-energy physics applications. The magnet features a block-type coil design wound with wide Rutherford cable (two alternative coil cross sections are considered) and supported by a mechanical structure based on keys-and-bladders technology. In the end regions, the coils tilt up (flare) through a hard-way bend of the cables to provide room for the test well, following a layout already adopted in the LBNL HD2 and CERN-CEA FRESCA2 magnets. The two considered coil design alternatives aim at minimizing the mechanical stress in the coil windings. One coil pack design makes the use of two double pancake coils per pole, whereas the other alternative features three double pancakes per pole. Both design options are presented focusing on the results of numerical computations carried out with finite-element models to investigate peak stresses in the coils during room-temperature pre-loading, cool down, and powering.

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