Thin Robust Electrical Insulator for High Field HTS Magnets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 94803
Amount: $99,895.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 62 d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
5315 Peachtree Boulevard, Atlanta, GA, 30341
DUNS: 806337762
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marvis White
 (687) 287-3936
Business Contact
 Andrew Hunt
Title: Dr.
Phone: (678) 287-2402
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University
 Justin Schwartz
 Campus Box 7907/3010 EB I
911 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC, 27695
 (919) 515-0493
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project is proposed to address high temperature superconductor insulation to help improve stability and quench protection. Most importantly stability will be increased so that the power level at which quench occurs is greatly increased. Quench is the rapid, unintended transition from superconducting to normal conducting. It is a consequence of a fault condition in a superconducting magnet and usually begins when a relatively small normal zone is created somewhere in the superconductor due to some form of heat input that raises the local temperature above the current sharing temperature. Current is then locally transferred to the stabilizing layer, which is resistive, and results in additional heating. During a quench most of the stored electromagnetic energy within the magnet is converted to some other form of energy. This project proposes to improve magnet stability and quench propagation velocity in high temperature superconductor magnets by engineering turn-to-turn insulation. The insulation is intended to ensure the desired current path within the magnet and to provide a flow path for epoxy into the space between turns of the magnet. It will be composed of a nanoceramic-based electrically insulating and thermally conducting intimate coating on the conductor strand. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: High field superconducting magnets are likely to play a critical role in whatever high energy physics device follows the Large Hadron Collider, whether they be used in dipoles, quadrupoles, or solenoids. High temperature superconductors are the only path to the generation of magnetic fields greater than about 20 T, so developing key technologies that enable HTS magnets will have enormous impact and could be used to >40T. Furthermore, even within more conventional accelerators, there are advantages to having quench-resistant magnets for the interaction region. A clear need exists in the nuclear magnetic resonance community for solenoids that generate higher magnetic fields to support scientific research.

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