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In the development of large scale superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, the problem of mechanical stresses induced in the windings by Lorentz force becomes more critical as dimensions of system and magnetic field increase. In this paper, an optimal design process of a 600 kJ SMES magnet combined with mechanical stress analysis is presented. A stress analysis method based on electromagnetic finite element analysis (FEA) is explained in detail. The results of the analysis led to the development of an optimum design, electro-magnetically and mechanically, of a single-pole double pancake coil (DPC) type 600 kJ SMES magnet. The stress in each DPC are described along with recommendations for winding tension in the manufacturing process to minimize radial and hoop stress in each DPC.
Date of Publication: June 2008