The new generation of high-field superconducting accelerator magnets poses a challenge concerning the protection of the magnet coil in the case of a quench. The very high stored energy per unit volume requires a fast and efficient quench heating system in order to avoid damage due to overheating. A new protection system for superconducting magnets is presented, comprising a combination of a novel coupling-loss induced quench (CLIQ) system and conventional quench heaters. CLIQ can provoke a very fast transition to the normal state in coil windings by introducing coupling loss and thus heat in the coil's conductor. The advantage of the hybrid protection system is a global transition, resulting in a much faster current decay, a significantly lower hot-spot temperature, and a more homogeneous temperature distribution in the magnet's coil.
Ravaioli, E., Datskov, V. I., Kirby, G., ten Kate, H. H. J., & Verweij, A. P. (2014). A new hybrid protection system for high-field superconducting magnets. Superconductor science and technology, 27(4), -. . https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-2048/27/4/044023