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Test result of a full-size Nb$$_{3}$$Sn conductor developed for the ITER TF coils

Nunoya, Yoshihiko; Nabara, Yoshihiro; Yoshikawa, Masatoshi*; Matsui, Kunihiro; Hemmi, Tsutomu; Takahashi, Yoshikazu; Isono, Takaaki; Koizumi, Norikiyo; Nakajima, Hideo; Stephanov, B.*; et al.

IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 21(3), p.1982 - 1986, 2011/06

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:72.32(Engineering, Electrical & Electronic)

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has developed ITER TF Nb$$_{3}$$Sn conductors that fulfill ITER requirements and then commenced fabricating conductors to be used for ITER TF coils. As a qualification of conductor fabrication, two full-size conductor samples named as JATF4 were prepared and tested by the SULTAN facility at CRPP in Switzerland. The length of the samples was about 3 m, and temperature sensors and voltage taps were attached on conductors to measure the current sharing temperature (Tcs). The measurement was performed at the beginning of the test campaign, during cyclic test, and at the end of the campaign that corresponded to after once warm up and cool down. The Tcs values electrically assessed by the agreed procedure at outer magnetic fields of 10.78 T were 6.5 K and 6.2 K at the beginning and 6.1 K and 6.0 K at the end of the campaign for each conductor, respectively. These values concluded that the conductors have enough Tcs margin to satisfy the criterion of 5.7 K as ITER TF conductor, and conductor fabrication is qualified. Detail of the test results will be presented and discussed.

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Test results of the third Japanese SULTAN sample

Matsui, Kunihiro; Isono, Takaaki; Nunoya, Yoshihiko; Hemmi, Tsutomu; Okui, Yoshio*; Oshikiri, Masayuki; Koizumi, Norikiyo; Takahashi, Yoshikazu; Okuno, Kiyoshi; Stepanov, B.*; et al.

IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 19(3), p.1470 - 1473, 2009/06

 Times Cited Count:20 Percentile:70.21(Engineering, Electrical & Electronic)

Conductor procurement for ITER Toroidal Field (TF) coils in Japan has just stated in the spring of 2008 under agreement with ITER organization. Before the activity, each Nb$$_{3}$$Sn conductor must be tested at SULTAN facility in Switzerland for qualification of the conductor. The TF conductor is cable-in-conduit type with about 40 mm outer diameter and is composed of 900 Nb$$_{3}$$Sn strands, 522 Cu strands, a central spiral and a 316LN tube. Required performance of the conductor is Tcs of 5.7 K at 68 kA and 11.3 T, which is operating condition of TF coils. Japan has four Nb$$_{3}$$Sn strand suppliers for ITER and two of them were already tested as Japanese 1st and 2nd SULTAN samples. This paper shows test results of 3rd Japanese SULTAN sample using Nb$$_{3}$$Sn strands fabricated by resting two suppliers.

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