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Intermediate scale industrially processed Nb3Sn(Ti) by powder metallurgy

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3 Author(s)
Pourrahimi, S. ; MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Thieme, C.L.H. ; Foner, S.

Powder metallurgy processing of Nb3Sn(Ti) wire was scaled up to 75-mm-diameter billets, each containing 4 kg of pressed powder composite. Prealloyed Nb-1.5-wt.% Ti powder was used for optimum high-field properties. An initial hot extrusion step provided complete consolidation and excellent integrity of the powder composite. Using the extruded bars, various single and multiple tin core billets were prepared and hydrostatically extruded to 12-mm-diameter bars. Long lengths of internal tin core wire were drawn without any breakage to less than 1 mm diameter. To evaluate the performance of long-length wires, small magnets were fabricated from these wires and tested in background fields of water-cooled Bitter magnets up to 20 T. The processing, performance, and microstructure of these small magnets are discussed. This intermediate-scale process used conventional metal-forming techniques that can be scaled to larger scale industrial processing

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 2 )