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Progress in Design and Construction of the {\hbox {R}}^{3}{\hbox {B}} -GLAD Large Acceptance Superconducting Dipole Spectrometer for GSI-FAIR

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20 Author(s)
B. Gastineau ; CEA, Irfu, SACM-Centre de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France ; C. Mayri ; B. Baudouy ; C. Berriaud
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The R3B-Glad superconducting Magnet is a large acceptance dipole, dedicated to the analysis of Reactions with Relativistic Radioactive ions Beams. It takes part in the FAIR Project at GSI. As the superconducting NbTi Rutherford cable was under production, detailed studies of the mechanical structure (with both simulation and experiment on a half-scale mock-up) led to revise the magnet design and to abandon the grading of the coils in three stages. Due to the large magnetic forces (up to 400 tons/m), the maximum shear stress level of 20 MPa was impossible to meet in the coils. The main reasons consist in the orthotropic thermo-mechanical behavior of the coils together with the large differential thermal shrinkage between the Cu stabilized coils and their Al alloy casings. Indeed after several studies of different mechanical designs, we decided to simplify the magnet in order to cope with these difficulties. One innovative point is that the coils are not blocked at room temperature, but only at 4.5 K. This paper presents the magnetic calculations of this active shielded magnet, and shows how the new design features meet the specifications. Currently, the 22 tons magnet cold mass, i.e. the 6 coils and their integration in the casings, is ordered and under construction. Meanwhile, the design of the magnet cryostat has evolved into a shape of elliptical cylinder with a lateral satellite. The total weight is expected to be around 50 tons.

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 3 )