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Pressure drop characteristic of the ITER cable-in-conduit conductor

Hamada, Kazuya; Kawano, Katsumi; Ebisawa, Noboru; Nakajima, Hideo; Yano, Yoshitaka*; Yamaguchi, Takanori*

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has the responsibility to procure 25% of the ITER Toroidal Field Coil conductors and 100% of Central Solenoid Conductor as the Japanese Domestic Agency (JADA) in the ITER project. The TF conductor is composed of 900 Nb$$_{3}$$Sn superconducting strands and 522 Cu strands protected by a circular sheath tube (jacket) with an outer diameter of 43.7 mm. The TF conductor has a central spiral cooling tube and a coolant flows into the cable space and the central channel in parallel. JAEA has measured a pressure drop characteristic of more than 20 TF conductors having different length using nitrogen gas at room temperature as a part of acceptance test. The measurement results are normalized to friction factor as a function of Reynolds number to check the difference of each other. The results show the normalized pressure drop characteristic is same among conductors. This is one of evidences that TF conductor is manufactured uniformly.



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