Local Strain Exerted on Nb3Sn Filaments in an ITER Strand

K. Osamura, S. Machiya, S. Harjo, T. Nakamoto, N. Cheggour, Arend Nijhuis

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As part of an international project to benchmark facilities for measuring the strain dependence of critical current in International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Nb3Sn strands, direct measurement of local strain exerted on Nb3Sn filaments was attempted at cryogenic temperature by means of a pulsed neutron technique. The lattice axial strain increased linearly with a slope close to unity against applied strain, while the thermal axial strain was −0.22% at 8.5 K. As a result, the force-free strain was evaluated to be 0.22–0.23%. This key parameter should provide an accurate estimate of the peak location of critical current versus applied strain. The lattice transverse strain decreased linearly as a function of applied strain with a slope of 0.33–0.34. The lattice strains of the Nb and Cu components were also measured and their behavior was analyzed by computing diffraction elastic moduli based on micromechanics theories. The stress–strain curve calculated according to the rule of mixtures described quite well the macroscopic curve measured for the present ITER Nb3Sn strand.
Original languageEnglish
Article number045016
Pages (from-to)045016-
Number of pages9
JournalSuperconductor science and technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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