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19 January 2021

"Test Coil Zero" on the Path to 40T

(Left) Reinforcement is co-wound between each pair of REBCO tapes. (Right) “Test Coil 0”, wound and instrumented just before being inserted into a 12T test bed magnet. (Left) Reinforcement is co-wound between each pair of REBCO tapes. (Right) “Test Coil 0”, wound and instrumented just before being inserted into a 12T test bed magnet. Ernesto Bosque and Brent Jarvis

A recent test coil with more than 1300 meters of conductor successfully demonstrated a new winding technique for insulated REBCO technology and was fatigue cycled to high strain for hundreds of cycles. This is the MagLab's first "two-in-hand" wound coil and the first fatigue cycling test of a coil of this size, both of which are very important milestones on the path to a 40T user magnet.

What did scientists discover?

Winding a superconducting test coil with two, parallel tapes, instead of just a single tape, was shown to be advantageous for use in future high-field high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets. A MagLab test coil was cycled 225 times at high strain (>0.5% on the conductor). The coil generated 12T in the presence of a 12T external magnetic field.

THE TOOLS THEY USED

HTS Winding Shop (MS&T) and the 14 T Cryogenic magnet (ASC)

Why is this important?

This "two-in-hand" test coil is a significant step towards a 40T user magnet at the MagLab. Operating at ~50% of the tapes’ critical current (i.e. maximum current carrying capability), the technology is marching closer to the target of 70% critical current in the final design. This coil is also significantly larger than any other coil that has been fatigue cycled over 100 times, containing more than five times more conductor than the next largest test coil. Energized to a current of 500A, cyclic testing of this coil also proved that the myriad of components necessary to build a magnet can perform well under these very high field conditions.

Who did the research?

E. Bosque, H. Bai, M. Bird, A. Gavrilin, S. Gundlach, B. Jarvis, K. Kim, D. Kolb-Bond, S. Marshall, A. Voran, P. Xu,

National MagLab

Why did this research need the MagLab?

The MagLab is host to a team of highly experienced magnet builders, designers, and analysts. Resources include high-field test bed magnets, and the ability to perform cutting-edge numerical modeling simulations that guide the testing plans.

Details for scientists

Funding

This research was funded by the following grants: G.S. Boebinger (NSF DMR-1644779; NSF DMR-1839796)


For more information, contact Ernesto Bosque.

Details

  • Research Area: Engineering Materials, Magnet Technology
  • Research Initiatives: Materials
  • Facility / Program: MS&T
  • Year: 2021
Last modified on 19 January 2021