Preliminary Performance Test Results of First CICC From Korea Destined for an ITER TF Magnet
The Republic of Korea is participating in the ITER project to construct and operate the ITER tokamak for the purpose of demonstrating the feasibility of fusion power. ITER Korea, the implementing agency for the Republic of Korea that is procuring items for the ITER project on behalf of the Korean government, has established domestic and international contracts for the procurement of cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC) that will be used in the ITER toroidal field (TF) magnets. The CICC for the ITER TF magnets is made of superconducting Nb3Sn and copper strand cable inside a cylindrical stainless steel jacket, and is designed to operate at a nominal peak field of 11.8 T at 4.5 K with 68 kA of nominal operating current. Recently, the first CICC from Korea, which will be installed in an ITER TF magnet, has been manufactured and tested including testing performed on a 4 m sample near ITER operating conditions at the CRPP-EPFL SULTAN facility in Villigen, Switzerland under the coordination of the ITER International Organization. This paper provides a brief description of the CICC along with preliminary results of the tests and the conductor performance characteristics derived from the results.