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Evaluation of the critical current performance of a Nb$$_{3}$$Al insert

Koizumi, Norikiyo; Nunoya, Yoshihiko; Takayasu, Makoto*; Sugimoto, Makoto; Nabara, Yoshihiro; Oshikiri, Masayuki*; CS Model Coil Test Group

A Nb$$_{3}$$Al insert was developed to demonstrate the applicability of a Nb$$_{3}$$Al conductor and wind-and-react method to a TF coil of a fusion reactor by artificially applying 0.4% bending strain to the conductor after its heat treatment. The critical current test results show that the effective strains applied to the strands is almost zero. Then, the validity of the react-and-wind method was demonstrated. In addition, while an unexpected strain, which was proportional to electromagnetic force, was observed in the same scale Nb$$_{3}$$Sn conductor, such strain did not exist in the Nb$$_{3}$$Al conductor. This shows a Nb$$_{3}$$Al conductor is suitable to the application to large magnets, such as the TF coil. Furthermore, the effect of the current transfer among the strands on the critical current evaluation is studied by developing a numerical analysis code, KORO. The results figure out that the critical current of a large cable-in-conduit conductor can be easily evaluated assuming the uniform current distribution if the conductance among the strands is 10E5 S/m or less.



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