The reduction of the critical current in Nb3Sn cables under transverse loads

J.M. van Oort, R.M. Scanlan, H.W. Weijers, S. Wessel, H.H.J. ten Kate

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The degradation of the critical current of impregnated Rutherford type Nb3Sn cables was investigated as a function of the applied transverse load and magnetic field. The cable is made of modified jelly-roll-type strand material and has a keystone angle of 1.0°. The voltage-current characteristics were determined for the magnetic field ranging from 2 to 11 T and transverse pressure up to 250 MPa on the cable surface. It was found that the 48-strand cable, made of strands with six elements in the matrix, showed a larger critical current degradation than the 26-strand cable with 36 elements per strand. The global degradation of the 48-strand cable was 63% at 150 MPa, and 40% at 150 MPa for the 26-strand cable. Microanalysis of the cross-section before and after compression is presented, showing significant permanent damage to the superconducting strands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-562
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE transactions on applied superconductivity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Event1992 Applied Superconductivity Conference, ASC 1992 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 23 Aug 199228 Aug 1992


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