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Currently, when calculating the magnetic field generated by the solenoid coil of the superconducting wire wound, we assume that the coil cross section with a uniform current density, but actual current in superconducting wires (NbTi) in the form of a wire in channel is not evenly distributed, the current distribution only in the superconducting core, i.e., there is no current in copper, insulation, and filler, and this method of calculation will result in errors. In this paper, we model the superconducting cores of the 1.5-T superconducting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet to calculate accurate magnetic field intensity and inhomogeneity by helicoidal method in the diameter of spherical volume and find that inhomogeneity is eight times bigger than that calculated by spherical harmonic expansions, which cannot be accepted in design. Hence, in order to design a high-homogeneity MRI magnet, we amend the 1.5-T MRI magnet's original parameters by an optimization algorithm through an original interface between OPERA-3D and MATLAB according to the accurate results.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2012