Four Nb3Sn conductor lengths were prepared according to the ITER TF conductor design and assembled into two SULTAN samples. The four lengths are not fully identical, with variations of the strand supplier, void fraction and twist pitch. Lower void fractions improve the strand support and increased twist pitches also lower the strand contact pressure but both tend to increase the AC loss and the lower void fraction also increases the pressure drop so that the mass flow rate in the strand bundle area of the cable is reduced. The assembly procedure of the two samples is described including the destructive investigation on a short conductor section to assess a possible perturbation of the cable-to-jacket slippage during the termination preparation. Based on the DC performance and AC loss results from the test in SULTAN, the impact of the void fraction and twist pitch variations is discussed in view of freezing the ITER conductor design and large series manufacture. A comparison with the former generation of conductors, using similar strands but based on the ITER Model Coil layout, is also carried out. The ITER specifications, in terms of current sharing temperature, are fulfilled by both samples, with outstanding results for the conductor with longer twist pitches. © 2008 IEEE.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Bruzzone, P., Bagnasco, M., Calvi, M., Cau, F., Ciazynski, D., Delia Corte, A., ... Zanino, R. (2008). Test results of two European ITER TF conductor samples in SULTAN. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 18(2), 1088 - 1091. . https://doi.org/10.1109/TASC.2008.922268