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Results of the TFEU6 Sample Tested in SULTAN

This paper presents the results of the latest European Conductor Performance Qualification Sample for the ITER toroidal field coils. The standard qualification test was performed in the SULTAN facility at CRPP. The sample consisted of two 3.5-m lengths of cable in conduit conductor (CICC), which utilized bronze route Nb3Sn strands from Bruker-EAS. The sample was prepared at CRPP with the conductor terminations and the bottom joint fabricated by the solder filling method. In order to prevent slippage between the jacket and cable, SULTAN samples systematically have crimping rings added to the extremity of each leg. In this case, one leg also had additional crimping rings on both sides of the high field region, which experiences a greater electromagnetic load during the test. As per a standard SULTAN sample, temperature sensors and voltage taps were installed along each conductor. In order to monitor the strain effects of the electromagnetic load cycles on the sample, strain gauges were bonded to each leg both in the high and low field regions. Pickup coils were wound on the high field region of each leg for critical temperature measurements via the magnetization method. The results of the SULTAN test are described in this paper and the effect of the additional crimping rings in the high field region discussed. Additional investigative work into residual jacket strain of CICCs is also presented.


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