This week at the lab started for Safety Director Kyle Orth the same way it does every Monday: a powwow with the engineers and technicians building the lab's 36-tesla series connected hybrid magnet.

"Every Monday morning we go through the work that's going be done during the week, so we can identify the hazards that would be associated with that work and what needs to be done to mitigate those hazards."

This week that work includes removing some of the 5,000-lb. iron scaffolding used during the construction of the system that is no longer needed. Because this work involves clambering 20 feet above a concrete floor, workers must wear fall protection, hard hats and safety glasses. In addition, workers who will be inside the bore of the magnet will take precautions associated with being in a confined space, including carrying a multi-gas meter that sounds an alarm if the oxygen level dips too low.

The process is called integrated safety management, or ISM. Prior to any work that is potentially hazardous, MagLab employees review the situation and make plans for ensuring the job is done safely. Regular lab-wide meetings and posters hung throughout the facility also contribute to building a culture of safety at the lab.

Orth and other members of the safety department guide MagLab staff through ISM reviews about a dozen times a week, and groups like the SCH team start every day with a safety meeting. The team will continue those daily reviews until the new magnet, expected to break the record for field homogeneity for a high-field magnet, is completed early next year.

"It's the ISM process at the grassroots level, where it's actually being implemented," Orth said.


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The Series Connected Hybrid magnet that is under fabrication at the NHMFL will utilize current leads containing high temperature superconductor to deliver 20 kA with low heat loads to the helium circuit. The leads have been successfully tested and are ready for installation into the magnet system.

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In 2014, MagLab completed the world's strongest magnet for neutron scattering for the Helmholtz Centre Berlin (HZB).

The MagLab has delivered the resistive insert coils for the 25-Tesla Series Connected Hybrid Magnet for the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. This magnet system includes a unique conical warm bore with 30 degree opening angle and will be used for neutron-scattering experiments and an unprecedented 25T central field. This constitutes a 47% increase in magnetic field available for these experiments while also providing an increase in solid-angle.

The MagLab has successfully completed construction of the cold-mass of a series-connected hybrid magnet for the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.

This magnet can be used for both condensed matter science physics and NMR spectroscopy. It is the strongest magnet in the world for NMR.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — MagLab engineers and visiting Berlin scientists are celebrating a major accomplishment as they prepare to ship a critical section of a new record-breaking magnet to Germany.

MagLab engineers are building two cable-in-conduit superconducting coils for hybrid magnets, each with a resistive inner coil and a superconducting outer coil.

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