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Critical current of multifilamentary Nb3Sn wire in high magnetic field

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4 Author(s)
Zhou Lian ; Centre de Recherches sur les Très Basses Températures, CNRS, Grenoble, France ; Tang Xiande ; J. Marty ; O. Laborde

The critical current of copper-stabilized multifilamentary Nb3Sn wire was measured in magnetic fields up to 18 T at 4.2 K, 2.85 K and 2.18 K. The conductor investigated in the experiment was fabricated by a "bronze" process. Its external diameter is 0.53 mm and it consists of 2886 filaments (5 μm dia.) in a bronze (13 wt%Sn) matrix. The measurements show that the conductor has excellent superconducting properties. For instance, Jc(Nb+ bronze) of the sample heat treated for 100 hours at 700°C is as follows : at 4.2 K, 8 × 104A cm-2at 10 T , 6 × 103A cm-2at 18 T ; at 2.18 K, 1 × 105A cm-2at 10 T and 1.5 × 104A cm-2at 18 T. The extrapolated values of Bc2, according to the scaling law for flux pinning, are 22 T and 23.8 T, at 4.2 K and 2.18 K respectively. Transition temperature results are also discussed.

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 5 )