The critical current of an internal tin Nb3Sn wire developed by Oxford Instruments, Superconducting Technology for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) (OST type-I, billet No. 7567) has been studied under axial strain at fields between 12 and 19 T at 4.2 K. Simulating the situation in a cable in conduit, where thermally induced compressive strain is important, a single wire (strand) was jacketed with AISI 316L stainless steel. The reinforced wire shows an important increase in εm, the applied strain where Icreaches its maximum, from 0.25% to 0.57%. In addition the irreversibility limit, εirr, is improved from 0.50% applied strain to >1.10%. It could also be shown that the Icat zero intrinsic strain is almost identical. This demonstrates that jacketing does not influence the physical parameters of the original wire. Experimental data of the bare wire has been well fitted by different strain functions. However, it was not possible to model the data of the jacketed wire. There are indications that only models which take into account the multidimensional character of strain are able to describe the behavior but further development is required. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.
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Mondonico, G., Seeber, B., Senatore, C., Flükiger, R., Corato, V., De Marzi, G., & Muzzi, L. (2010). Improvement of electromechanical properties of an ITER internal tin Nb. Journal of Applied Physics, 108(9), -. . https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3499649