Future high temperature superconductor (HTS) high field magnets using multitape HTS cables need 10-kA low-resistance connections. The connections are needed between the poles of the magnets and at the terminals in a wide-operating temperature range, from 1.9-85 K. The EuCARD-WP10 Future Magnets collaboration aims at testing HTS-based Roebel cables in an accelerator magnet. Usually, low temperature superconductor (LTS) cables are jointed inside a relatively short soldered block. Powering tests at CERN have highlighted excess heating of a joint following classical LTS joint design. The HTS Roebel cables are assembled from REBCO-coated conductor tapes in a transposed configuration. Due to this, the tapes surface the cable at an angle with the cable axis. A low-resistance joint requires a sufficiently large interface area for each tape. Within one twist pitch length, each tape is located at the surface of the cable over a relatively small non-constant area. This geometry prevents making a well-controlled joint in a compact length along the cable. This paper presents a compact joint configuration for the Roebel cable overcoming these practical challenges. A new joint called fin-block is designed. The joint resistance is estimated computationally. Finally, the test results as a function of current and temperature are presented.

10 kA joints for HTS roebel cables / J.S. Murtomaki, G. Kirby, J. Van Nugteren, P. Contat, O. Sacristan-De-Frutos, J. Fleiter, F. Pincot, G. De Rijk, L. Rossi, J. Ruuskanen, A. Stenvall, F.J. Wolf. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON APPLIED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY. - ISSN 1051-8223. - 28:3(2018), pp. 4801406.1-4801406.6.

10 kA joints for HTS roebel cables

L. Rossi;
2018

Abstract

Future high temperature superconductor (HTS) high field magnets using multitape HTS cables need 10-kA low-resistance connections. The connections are needed between the poles of the magnets and at the terminals in a wide-operating temperature range, from 1.9-85 K. The EuCARD-WP10 Future Magnets collaboration aims at testing HTS-based Roebel cables in an accelerator magnet. Usually, low temperature superconductor (LTS) cables are jointed inside a relatively short soldered block. Powering tests at CERN have highlighted excess heating of a joint following classical LTS joint design. The HTS Roebel cables are assembled from REBCO-coated conductor tapes in a transposed configuration. Due to this, the tapes surface the cable at an angle with the cable axis. A low-resistance joint requires a sufficiently large interface area for each tape. Within one twist pitch length, each tape is located at the surface of the cable over a relatively small non-constant area. This geometry prevents making a well-controlled joint in a compact length along the cable. This paper presents a compact joint configuration for the Roebel cable overcoming these practical challenges. A new joint called fin-block is designed. The joint resistance is estimated computationally. Finally, the test results as a function of current and temperature are presented.
Accelerator magnets: Dipoles; cables and current leads; correctors; HTS Magnets; pressure measurement; quadrupoles; resistance measurement; Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Condensed Matter Physics; Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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