Stability versus all foreseen disturbances is a crucial issue for a superconducting coil in order to be safely used in the magnetic system of a fusion reactor. Whether stability in a cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC) may depend on the cooling helium flow is at the moment a controversial point. This paper deals with experimental results on an instrumented CICC NbTi solenoid and their comparison with the predictions of the thermal-hydraulic simulation code Gandalf. No flow dependence of the stability margin has been evidenced experimentally, a result not in agreement with the simulations. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering