Theoretical and experimental study on the magnetomechanical behavior of superconducting helical coils for a fusion reactor

Tohru Takaghi, Kenzo Miya, Hiroshi Yamada, Toshiyuki Takagi

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Abstract

The magnetomechanical behavior of superconducting helical coils for a magnetic fusion reactor was investigated experimentally and theoretically. Deformations of straight and torus type helical coils were caused due to static electromagnetic forces in the liquid helium cryostat and were analysed with the finite element computer code made here. Despite of a large scatter of experimental data due to a non-uniform friction force between the helical coil and the torus of stainless steel, the numerical results are very close to the mean value of the data. Numerical analysis of the force distribution acting on the helical coils was also performed for a Heliotron's coil system to characterize its nature. The force could be categorized conveniently as an extensional force, a tangential force and a toroidal force which correspond respectively to the kind of forces acting on toroidal field coils. Additionally, the effect of mechanical constraint on the magnetomechanical behavior is discussed and shows that the location of the constraint significantly affects the stress distributions in the coils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-71
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Engineering and Design. Fusion
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1984

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  • Engineering(all)

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