Characterization of Mechanical Properties of MgB2 Conductor for the Superconducting Link Project at CERN
In the framework of high luminosity upgrade of Large Hadron Collider at CERN, superconducting links are being developed. MgB2 wire is a candidate conductor for use in high- current cables. Mechanical properties of this material are of key importance for the definition of the cable design and operating conditions. In this study, we evaluated the Young’s modulus of MgB2 filaments extracted from ex situ processed composite wires. The wires were produced in unit lengths of about 1 km and used in high-current cables. Single fiber tensile test was carried out on fil- aments composed of MgB2, Nb barrier, and Nb–Ni reaction layer. From the unloading modulus of filament specimens measured with different gauge lengths, the Young’s modulus of composite filaments extracted from two different strands was determined to be 114 and 122 GPa at room temperature, respectively. By using the rule-of-mixture, the Young’s modulus of MgB2 was estimated to be lower than that reported for highly dense MgB2 bulks. The reason for such difference is discussed from the viewpoint of void fraction.