Jul 21 – 25, 2019
Connecticut Convention Center, Level 6
US/Eastern timezone

M2Po2C-03 [39]: Trial Manufactures of Jelly-Rolled Nb/Al Single Wire with Very Small Diameter below 50 microns

Jul 23, 2019, 1:30 PM
Level 6, Cryo Expo Exhibit Hall

Level 6, Cryo Expo Exhibit Hall


Dr Akihiro Kikuchi (National Institute for Materials Science)


In general, practical metallic superconducting wires, such as NbTi, Nb3Sn and V3Ga, have a fine multifilamentary configuration. Its predominant reason would be pointed as the reduction of electromagnetic losses, the improvement of intrinsic and thermal stabilities, and the reduction of mechanical strain. In particular on the A15 compounds, the promotion of the chemical reaction through the shortening of the diffusion distance would be added to above reason. According to these understandings, so far we have been developing the Nb3Al monolith wires having multifilament configuration. However, several R&D issues, such as the wire-breakage of multifilamentary precursors, costly Cu stabilizer fabrication, low mechanical irreversible strain, still remains. On the other hand, we are considering dramatically different approach to fabricate Nb3Al superconducting wires of which have low electromagnetic losses, enough intrinsic and thermal stabilities, excellent flexibility for the coil winding through the React & Wind method, and low fabrication cost. It is the braided conductor that a multiplicity very fine single strands are braided into a cylindrical pattern. Especially, the flat dimensionally transposed braided conductor was called “BNL Braid”. In this paper, as a first step of new approach, we tried manufactures of Jelly-Rolled Nb/Al single precursor wires having a diameter of less than 50 microns. The drawing workability, microstructure changes, and then superconducting properties after heat treatment of very fine Nb3Al single wires were investigated.

Primary authors

Dr Akihiro Kikuchi (National Institute for Materials Science) Mr Yasuo Iijima (National Institute for Materials Science) Mr Masayuki Chikatsu (National Institute for Materials Science) Mr Kyohei Yamada (National Institute for Materials Science) Dr Kazuto Hirata (National Institute for Materials Science) Dr Shigeki Nimori (Natinonal Institute for Materials Scence) Dr Kiyosumi Tsuchiya (KEK) Dr Ataru Ichinose (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry) Mr Masatoshi Kawano (Meiko Futaba Co., Ltd.) Mr Masaru Yamamoto (Meiko Futaba Co., Ltd.) Mr Jun Nagamatsu (YUKI Precision Co., Ltd.) Mr Motoyoshi Kimura (Meiko Futaba Co., Ltd.) Mr Masato Otsubo (YUKI Precision Co., Ltd.)

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