Plasma Torch Synthesis of Homogeneous C-alloyed MgB2 for High-Field Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER84908
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
83269
Solicitation Topic Code:
33
Small Business Information
Accelerator Technology Corporation
9701 Valley View Drive, College Station, TX, 77845
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
799008727
Principal Investigator
 Satyanarayanan Seshadri
 Mr
 (979) 255-5531
 acctec@suddenlink.net
Business Contact
 Peter McIntyre
Title: Dr
Phone: (979) 255-5531
Email: acctec@suddenlink.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
MgB2 is proving to be a very promising superconductor. Until recently, the low critical field of pure MgB2 had inhibited its use for higher-field applications, such as for high energy physics experiments. Yet, recent advances have demonstrated a dramatic enhancement of the upper critical field (Hc2) when MgB2 is doped with C or SiC. However, in all cases, the resulting material typically has demonstrated poor control of stoichiometry, homogeneity, and porosity. This project will develop a plasma reactor for preparing micron-scale particles of C-doped MgB2 on seed cores of B4C. Plume conditions will be controlled, so that C-doped MgB2 is formed with uniform stoichiometry and small grain size. Phase I will build an aerosol dispersion system and modify a commercial radio frequency (RF) plasma gun to support the aerosol powder flow and extended exit plume. In Phase II, the system will be used to synthesize C-doped MgB2, and a systematic optimization of process parameters will be conducted. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: A C-alloyed MgB2, with less porosity and better homogeneity, should result in a superconductor with dramatically better performance. It should be possible to manufacture wire with a cost that is less than NbTi, improving the cost-effectiveness of superconductivity for a wide variety of applications.

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