Luca Bottura

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The interconnections between Large Hadron Collider (LHC) main dipole and quadrupole magnets are made of soldered joints of two superconducting cables stabilized by a copper bus bar. The 2008 incident revealed the possible presence of defects in the interconnections of the 13 kA circuits that could lead to unprotected resistive transitions. Since then(More)
In this paper we report the main test results obtained on the Poloidal Field Conductor Insert coil (PFI) for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), built jointly by the EU and RF ITER parties, recently installed and tested in the CS Model Coil facility, at JAEA-Naka. During the test we (a) verified the DC and AC operating margin of the(More)
The cable in conduit conductors for the various ITER coils are required to function under pulse conditions and fields up to 13 T. A parametric study, restricted to a limited variation of the reference cable lay out, is carried out to clarify the quantitative impact of various cable parameters on the coupling loss and to find realistic values for the(More)
Fast cycled superconducting magnets (FCM’s) are an option of interest for the long-term consolidation and upgrade plan of the LHC accelerator complex. In the past two years we have conducted an R&D targeted at investigating the feasibility, operational issues and economical advantage of FCM’s in the range of 2 T bore field, continuously cycled at 1 Hz. In(More)
The LHC magnet R&D program has shown that the limit of NbTi technology at 1.9 K was in the 10-to-10.5-T range. Hence, to go beyond the 10-T threshold, it is necessary to change the superconducting material. Given the state of the art in HTS, the only serious candidate is Nb3Sn. A series of dipole magnet models built at Twente University and LBNL as well as(More)
The commissioning and the exploitation of the LHC require a good knowledge of the stability margins of the superconducting magnets with respect to beam induced heat depositions. Previous studies showed that simple numerical models are suitable to carry out stability calculations of multi-strands cables, and highlighted the relevance of the heat transfer(More)
The electromechanical properties of different cuprate high temperature superconductors, notably two ReBCO tapes, a reinforced and a non-reinforced Bi-2223 tape and a Bi-2212 wire have been studied. The axial tensile stress and strain, as well as the transverse compressive stress limits at which an irreversible critical current degradation occurs are(More)
The luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) requires the development of new type of superconducting cables based on advanced Nb3Sn strands. In the framework of the FP7 European project EUCARD the cables foreseen for the HL-LHC project have been tested recently in a simplified racetrack coil configuration, the so-called Short Model Coil(More)
A fully digital system, improving measurements flexibility, integrator drift, and current control of superconducting transformers for cable test, is proposed. The system is based on a high-performance integration of Rogowski coil signal and a flexible direct control of the current into the secondary windings. This allows state-of-the-art performance to be(More)