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Liquid helium cooling of the MFTF superconducting magnets

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2 Author(s)
VanSant, J. ; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA ; Zbasnik, J.P.

During acceptance testing of the Mirror Fusion Test Facility (MFTF), we measured these tests: liquid helium heat loads and flow rates in selected magnets. We used the data from these tests to estimate helium vapor quality in the magnets so that we could determine if adequate conductor cooling conditions had occurred. We compared the measured quality and flow with estimates from a theoretical model developed for the MFTF magnets. The comparison is reasonably good, considering influences that can greatly affect these values. This paper describes the methods employed in making the measurements and developing the theoretical estimates. It also describes the helium system that maintained the magnets at required operating conditions.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 2 )