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Evaluation of strain applied to strands in a 13T-46kA Nb$$_{3}$$Al cable-in-conduit conductor

Koizumi, Norikiyo; Nunoya, Yoshihiko; Matsui, Kunihiro; Nakajima, Hideo; Ando, Toshinari*; Okuno, Kiyoshi

A 13T-46kA Nb$$_{3}$$Al insert (ALI) has been developed in the ITER-EDA to demonstrate the applicability of react-and-wind technique to TF coil fabrication. Since it is estimated that a conductor is subjected to 0.4% bending strain after heat treatment when the react-and-wind method is applied, 0.4% bending strain was artificially applied to the ALI conductor. Thus, the conductor is subjected to the thermal and bending strains. The strains due to thermal stress and conductor bending are estimated from the critical current test results of the ALI to be 0.4% and 0%, respectively. The thermal strain showed good agreement with the prediction but the axial strain was not applied to the strand by the 0.4% bending. In addition, the evaluated strain of the Nb$$_{3}$$Al conductor is compared with those of Nb$$_{3}$$Sn conductors. There was an unexpected strain in the Nb$$_{3}$$Sn conductors but the one was not observed in the Nb$$_{3}$$Al conductor. One of the explanations is higher rigidity of the Nb$$_{3}$$Al strand. This shows that an Nb$$_{3}$$Al conductor is suitable to the application to large magnets.

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