EFDA is presently responsible for the fabrication of a large bore 12.5 T dipole magnet, for a second Cable-In-Conduit conductor test facility to be installed in CRPP (Switzerland). This dipole magnet is wound from square and rectangular type conductors using Nb3Sn strands. Since the magnet is built from multiple, independently cooled double pancakes, a total of twelve joints are required to interconnect them. In order to reduce the footprint of each joint ENEA, in collaboration with EFDA, developed a special joint design that allows the two conductor-ends to interpenetrate, reducing to a minimum value the increase of the magnet cross-section at the joint position. Furthermore, this design maintains the electrical performances of the conductor and gives very low electrical resistance values, on the order of some tenths of nΩ. The properties of first prototypes of this joint were successfully tested at ENEA labs. This paper describes the novel joint design, in the dipole magnet version, and discusses some of the measured results. © 2008 IEEE.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)