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Cable Design and Development for the High-Temperature Superconductor Cable Test Facility Magnet


A large bore 'High-Temperature Superconductor Cable Test Facility Magnet' for testing advanced cables and inserts in high transverse field is in its design phase. This magnet will be the core component of a facility for developing conductors and accelerator magnets operating above 15 T, an enabling technology for next-generation fusion devices using magnetic confinement of plasma and for future energy frontier colliders. The procurement of Nb3Sn conductor, fabrication of cables, winding of coils, and assembly of the dipole magnet will be done at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the test pit and cryostat will be constructed at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. This article will present the conductor element of the LBNL project, specifically cable design parameters (based on the Bruker OST RRP^{\bigcirc \!\!\!\! {\hbox{R}}} Nb3Sn superconducting wire) and the development phase cable fabrication experience. Challenges of the cable fabrication will be discussed. The wire and cable planned for this magnet are similar to those under study for the Future Circular Collider and other large facility magnets. The successful fabrication of the development cable has positive implications for these other projects.

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