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Strain and Magnetization Properties of High Subelement Count Tube-type Nb3Sn Strands



Najib Cheggour, X Peng, E Gregory, M Tomsic, M D. Sumption, A. K. Ghosh, Xifeng Lu, Theodore C. Stauffer, Loren F. Goodrich, Jolene D. Splett


Abstract—A tubular technique for economical production of Nb3Sn material with large numbers of subelements is being explored by Supergenics I LLC and Hyper Tech Research Inc. The number of subelements was increased to 919 (744 subelements plus 175 Cu filaments) by increasing the size at which restacking is carried out. The product exhibited no fabrication problems and was drawn down and tested at a wire diameter of 0.42 mm, where the subelements are 10 µm in diameter. Recently we increased the subelement number to 1387 (1248 subelements plus 139 Cu filaments), which gives a subelement size of 12 µm in 0.7 mm diameter wires. Heat treatment of different subelement restacks has been investigated and the best results of critical current and stability are presented. The strain tolerance of the strands with 192 and 744 subelements was also tested, and the strand with fine subelement size showed a high intrinsic irreversible strain limit.
IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity


Nb3Sn Superconductor, Tube Approach, Low Loss, axial strain, irreversible strain limit


Cheggour, N. , Peng, X. , Gregory, E. , Tomsic, M. , Sumption, M. , Ghosh, A. , Lu, X. , Stauffer, T. , Goodrich, L. and Splett, J. (2011), Strain and Magnetization Properties of High Subelement Count Tube-type Nb3Sn Strands, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (Accessed April 15, 2024)
Created June 6, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017