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First Cold Powering Test of REBCO Roebel Wound Coil for the EuCARD2 Future Magnet Development Project

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Original languageEnglish
Article number4003307
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


EuCARD-2 is a project partly supported by FP7-European Commission aiming at exploring accelerator magnet technology for 20 T dipole operating field. The EuCARD-2 collaboration is liaising with similar programs for high field magnets in the USA and Japan. EuCARD-2 focuses, through the work-package 10 'Future magnets,' on the development of a 10 kA-class superconducting, high current density cable suitable for accelerator magnets, for a 5 T stand-alone dipole of 40 mm bore and about 1 m length. After standalone testing, the magnet will possibly be inserted in a large bore background dipole, to be tested at a peak field up to 18 T. This paper starts by reporting on a few of the highlight simulations that demonstrate the progress made in predicting: dynamic current distribution and influence on field quality, complex quench propagation between tapes, and minimum quench energy in the multitape cable. The multiphysics output importantly helps predicting quench signals and guides the development of the novel early detection systems. Knowing current position within individual tapes of each cable we present stress distribution throughout the coils. We report on the development of the mechanical component and assembly processes selected for Feather-M2 the 5 T EuCARD2 magnet. We describe the CERN variable temperature flowing helium cold gas test system. We describe the parallel integration of the FPGA early quench detection system, using pickup coils and temperature sensors, alongside the standard CERN magnet quench detection system using voltage taps. Finally we report on the first cold tests of the REBCO 10 kA class Roebel subscale coil named Feather-M0.


  • accelerators magnets, cryogenic systems, EuCARD-2, future magnets, high-temperature-superconductors, HTS, metal 3-D printing, Roebel cable, Superconducting magnets

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