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Critical current of a rapid-quenched Nb3Al conductor under transverse compressive and axial tensile stress

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Published in Superconductor Science and Technology. 2011, vol. 24, no. 3, p. 035011
Abstract The electromechanical behavior of a Nb3Al wire manufactured according to the RHQT process (rapid-heating, quenching and transformation) has been investigated at magnetic fields between 15 and 19 T at 4.2 K. Of particular interest was the critical current, Ic, as a function of transverse pressure up to 300 MPa and as a function of axial tensile stress. The studied wires are pieces of a 870 m long copper stabilized Nb3Al wire with a rectangular cross section of 1.81 mm × 0.80 mm. It was observed that the critical current at 300 MPa transverse pressure, applied to the narrow side, is reduced to 93%, 90% and 88% of its stress free value at 15 T, 17 T and 19 T, respectively. After unloading from 300 MPa Ic recovers to 94% and 97% at 19 T and 15 T, respectively. A field dependence of the effect is visible above 200 MPa. For completeness, the critical current was also measured under axial tensile strain. The maximum of Ic is at 0.15% applied strain and irreversibility has been observed above 0.26%. Finally a stress versus strain measurement at 4.2 K has been carried out allowing the conversion from axial strain to stress.
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SEEBER, Bernd et al. Critical current of a rapid-quenched Nb3Al conductor under transverse compressive and axial tensile stress. In: Superconductor Science and Technology, 2011, vol. 24, n° 3, p. 035011. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:36181

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