HIGH STRENGTH, HIGH CONDUCTIVITY PLATES FOR APPLICATION IN THE COMPACT IGNITION TOKAMAK

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,973.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10866
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Supercon Inc
830 Boston Trnpk, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mr Charles Renaud
Principal Investigator
(508) 842-0174
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ONE OF THE PRIORITIES IN THE U.S. FUSION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IS THE DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN OF HIGH STRENGTH, HIGH FIELD MAGNETS (COPPER ALLOYED) THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED IN IGNITION DEVICES FOR BURNING PLASMA EXPERIMENTS, SUCH AS THE COMPACT IGNITION TOKAMAK (CIT). RELIABLE OPERATION WILL REQUIRE A MATERIAL POSSESSING HIGH STRENGTH, AS WELL AS HIGH ELECTRICAL AND THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY AND EXCELLENT FATIGUE CHARACTERISTICS. THE MATERIAL CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS APPLICATION IS AN EXPLOSIVELY BONDED LAMINATE OF COPPER BETWEEN TWO SHEETS OF STEEL. HOWEVER, FATIGUE TESTS HAVE SHOWN THAT THIS MATERIAL IS INCAPABLE OF ATTAINING THE FATIGUE SPECIFICATION OF 30,000 CYCLES AT A STRESS OF 443 MEGA PASCALS (MPA). AN ALTERNATIVE MATERIAL FOR THIS APPLICATION IS A CUNB MICROCOMPOSITE THAT DISPLAYS HIGH STRENGTH (1,020 TO 1,360 MPA), HIGH ELECTRICAL (65 TO 75% INTERNATIONAL ANNEALED COPPER STANDARD) AND THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY, AND EXCELLENT FATIGUE CHARACTERISTICS (190,000CYCLES AT 500 MPA). THUS FAR, THESE PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN ATTAINED ONLY IN SHEETS OF 0.05 CM THICKNESS. TO MEET THE CIT FULL SCALE THICKNESS OF 1.6 CM, CONSIDERABLE SCALE-UP OF THIS STRAIN DEPENDENT MATERIAL MUST OCCUR. THE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF THESE PLATES IN PHASE I WOULD BE ASIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARD REALIZATION OF CIT AND ITS OBJECTIVES.

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