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Ternary Nb-Ti-Ta Alloys for High Field 2 K Applications--Alloy Selection and Process Optimization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER83970
Agency Tracking Number: 76065S04-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 4
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
110 E. Canal Street
Troy, OH 45373
United States
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Florin Buta
 (937) 332-0348
Business Contact
 Michael Tomsic
Title: Mr.
Phone: (937) 332-0348
Research Institution

76065-Even before Nb3Sn dipole magnets are ready to come on line, particle accelerators for high energy physics will require higher performance NbTi alloy superconductors for operation above 8 tesla. Although yielding excellent 5 T properties, the composition of contemporary NbTi, as well as their associated precipitation heat treatments (PHT), actually are optimal for high-field operation. Furthermore, for high fields, even better performance is obtainable with the Ta-substituted ternary alloy NbTiTa. This project will demonstrate the exceptional high field properties of some NbTiTa compositions. In Phase I, NbTiTa alloys will be selected and melted, and monofilamentary NbTiTa/Cu composite strands will be produced and heat treated (prior to the final cold deformations stages) so as to optimize ?-phase precipitation (for flux pinning, hence Jc) and ?-matrix composition (for Hc2). In order to administer to the strand the usual ¿commercial¿ overall strain during the overall diameter reduction, a cycle of Equal Channel Angle Extrusion (strain without area reduction) will be inserted into the small-scale process. Finally, the superconducting properties will be verified. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: High Energy Physics will be the primary beneficiary of this program. The technology should lead to the production of higher performance NbTi-base alloy superconductors for operation above 8 tesla, and to the manufacture of superconducting cables for use in improved focusing quadrupoles and the ¿low field¿ graded windings of higher field dipoles.

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