Performance analysis of a hybrid IGCTs-mechanical DC circuit breaker for quench protection of superconducting magnets

R. Piovan, E. Gaio, L. Novello

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Abstract

In this paper, the conceptual design of a hybrid DC circuit breaker for Quench Protection (QP) of superconducting magnets in fusion experiments is presented. In this applications currents of the order of tens of kilo-ampere have to be sustained in steady state and interrupted in case of quench with reapplied voltage of several kilo-volt. The scheme proposed for the QP is based on a mechanical switch to handle the current in steady state operation paralleled to a static circuit breaker for the current interruption. IGCTs available on the market have been selected to analyse the obtainable performance; the relationship among the current to be interrupted, the IGCT junction temperature rise, the opening time of the mechanical switch and the number of devices in parallel, as well as between the reapplied voltage and the number of devices in series are reported and discussed. ©2007 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering - SOFE 07 - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …

Conference

Conference22nd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering - SOFE 07
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/07 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Piovan, R., Gaio, E., & Novello, L. (2007). Performance analysis of a hybrid IGCTs-mechanical DC circuit breaker for quench protection of superconducting magnets. Paper presented at 22nd IEEE/NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering - SOFE 07, United States. https://doi.org/10.1109/FUSION.2007.4337931