Effect of conduit material on CiCC performance under high cycling loads
Recent International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Model Coils and tests on Nb-3 So Cable in Conduit Conductors (CICC) showed a significant and unexpected increase in the broadness of the transition to the normal state, resulting in degradation of superconducting properties. To investigate these phenomena, two CICC samples were built with identical 144 strand cables but different conduit materials. One sample had titanium conduit with low coefficient of thermal expansion, the other had stainless steel conduit. The purpose of this experiment was to study changes in strand properties in the cable (critical current, current sharing temperature, n-value), the effects of cycling and high electromagnetic load, and the effect of the conduit on the CICC performance.