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The Conceptual Design of a 20 Tesla Pulsed Solenoid for a Laser Solenoid Fusion Reactor

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2 Author(s)
Nolan, J.J. ; Magnetic Engineering Associates, Inc. Cambridge, Mass. ; Averill, R.J.

Design considerations are described for a strip wound solenoid which is pulsed to 20 tesla while immersed in a 20 tesla bias field so as to achieve within the bore of the pulsed solenoid a net field sequence starting at 20 tesla and going first down to zero, then up to 40 tesla, and finally back to 20 tesla in a period of about 5 × 10-3 seconds. The important parameters of the solenoid, e. g. aperture, build, turns, stored and dissipated energy, field intensity and powering circuit, are given. A numerical example for a specific design is presented. Mechanical stresses in the solenoid and the subsequent choice of materials for coil construction are discussed. Although several possible design difficulties are not discussed in this preliminary report of a conceptual magnet design, such as uniformity of field, long-term stability of insulation under neutron bombardment and choice of structural materials of appropriate tensile strength and elasticity to withstand magnetic forces developed, these questions are addressed in detail in the complete design report and in part in reference one. Furthermore, the authors feel that the problems encountered in this conceptual design are surmountable and are not a hindrance to the construction of such a magnet system.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

March 1977

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