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Test Results of a Nb3Sn Wind/React "Stress-Managed" Block Dipole

  • Author(s): McInturff, A.
  • Bish, P.
  • Blackburn, R.
  • Diaczenko, N.
  • Elliott, T.
  • Hafalia Jr., R.
  • Henchel, W.
  • Jaisle, A.
  • Lau, W.
  • Lietzke, A.
  • McIntyre, P.
  • Noyes, P.
  • Nyman, M.
  • Sattarov, A.
  • Sattarov, A.
  • et al.

A second phase of a high field dipole technology development has been tested. A Nb3Sn block-coil model dipole was fabricated, using magnetic mirror geometry and wind/react coil technology. The primary objective of this phase was to make a first experimental test of the stress-management strategy pioneered at Texas A&M. In this strategy a high-strength support matrix is integrated with the windings to intercept Lorentz stress from the inner winding so that it does not accumulate in the outer winding. The magnet attained a field that was consistent with short sample limit on the first quench; there was no training. The decoupling of Lorentz stress between inner and outer windings was validated. In ramp rate studies the magnet exhibited a remarkable robustness in rapid ramping operation. It reached 85 percent of short sample(ss) current even while ramping 2-3 T/s. This robustness is attributed to the orientation of the Rutherford cables parallel to the field in the windings, instead of the transverse orientation that characterizes common dipole designs. Test results are presented and the next development phase plans are discussed.

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