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DC measurement of electrical contacts between strands in superconducting cables for the LHC main magnets

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In the LHC main magnets, using Rutherford type cable, the eddy current loss and dynamic magnetic field error depend largely on the electrical resistance between crossing (Rc) and adjacent (Ra) strands. Cables made of strands with pre-selected coatings have been studied at low temperature using a DC electrical method. The significance of the inter-strand contact is explained. The properties of resistive barriers, the DC method used for the resistance measurement on the cable, and sample preparation are described. Finally the resistances are presented under various conditions, and the effect is discussed that the cable treatment has on the contact resistance.

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Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 2 )