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Title: Controlling Cu–Sn mixing so as to enable higher critical current densities in RRP® Nb3Sn wires

Abstract

Dipole magnets for the proposed Future Circular Collider (FCC) demand specifications significantly beyond the limits of all existing Nb3Sn wires, in particular a critical current density (Jc) of more than 1500 A mm-2 at 16 T and 4.2 K with an effective filament diameter (Deff) of less than 20 μm. The restacked-rod-process (RRP®) is the technology closest to meeting these demands, with a Jc(16 T) of up to 1400 A mm-2, residual resistivity ratio > 100, for a sub-element size Ds of 58 μm (which in RRP® wires is essentially the same as Deff). An important present limitation of RRP® is that reducing the sub-element size degrades Jc to as low as 900 A mm-2 at 16 T for Ds= 35 μm. To gain an understanding of the sources of this Jc degradation, we have made a detailed study of the phase evolution during the Cu-Sn 'mixing' stages of the wire heat treatment that occur prior to Nb3Sn formation. Using extensive microstructural quantification, we have identified the critical role that the Sn-Nb-Cu ternary phase (Nausite) can play. The Nausite forms as a well-defined ring between the Sn source and the Cu/Nb filament pack, and acts as an osmotic membrane inmore » the 300 °C-400 °C range—greatly inhibiting Sn diffusion into the Cu/Nb filament pack while supporting a strong Cu counter-diffusion from the filament pack into the Sn core. This converts the Sn core into a mixture of the low melting point (408 °C) η phase (Cu6Sn5) and the more desirable ϵ phase (Cu3Sn), which decomposes at 676 °C. After the mixing stages, when heated above 408 °C towards the Nb3Sn reaction, any residual η liquefies to form additional irregular Nausite on the inside of the membrane. All Nausite decomposes into NbSn2 on further heating, and ultimately transforms into coarse-grain (and often disconnected) Nb3Sn which has little contribution to current transport. Understanding this critical Nausite reaction pathway has allowed us to simplify the mixing heat treatment to only one stage at 350 °C for 400 h which minimizes Nausite formation while encouraging the formation of the higher melting point ϵ phase through better Cu-Sn mixing. At a Ds of 41 μm, the Nausite control heat treatment increases the Jc at 16 T by 36%, reaching 1300 A mm-2 (i.e. 2980 A mm-2 at 12 T), and moving RRP® closer to the FCC targets.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [2];  [1]
  1. Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States). Applied Superconductivity Center. National High Magnetic Field Lab. (MagLab)
  2. Bruker OST, Carteret, NJ (United States)
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Research Org.:
Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1436690
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1485092
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012083; AC02-05CH11231; DMR-1157490
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Superconductor Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0953-2048
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; RRP wire heat treatment; Nb3Sn wire heat treatment; critical current improvement; Nausite; accelerator magnets; Future Circular Collider; Hi-lumi upgrade

Citation Formats

Sanabria, Charlie, Field, Michael, Lee, Peter J., Miao, Hanping, Parrell, Jeff, and Larbalestier, David C. Controlling Cu–Sn mixing so as to enable higher critical current densities in RRP® Nb3Sn wires. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1088/1361-6668/aab8dd.
Sanabria, Charlie, Field, Michael, Lee, Peter J., Miao, Hanping, Parrell, Jeff, & Larbalestier, David C. Controlling Cu–Sn mixing so as to enable higher critical current densities in RRP® Nb3Sn wires. United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6668/aab8dd
Sanabria, Charlie, Field, Michael, Lee, Peter J., Miao, Hanping, Parrell, Jeff, and Larbalestier, David C. Thu . "Controlling Cu–Sn mixing so as to enable higher critical current densities in RRP® Nb3Sn wires". United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6668/aab8dd. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1436690.
@article{osti_1436690,
title = {Controlling Cu–Sn mixing so as to enable higher critical current densities in RRP® Nb3Sn wires},
author = {Sanabria, Charlie and Field, Michael and Lee, Peter J. and Miao, Hanping and Parrell, Jeff and Larbalestier, David C.},
abstractNote = {Dipole magnets for the proposed Future Circular Collider (FCC) demand specifications significantly beyond the limits of all existing Nb3Sn wires, in particular a critical current density (Jc) of more than 1500 A mm-2 at 16 T and 4.2 K with an effective filament diameter (Deff) of less than 20 μm. The restacked-rod-process (RRP®) is the technology closest to meeting these demands, with a Jc(16 T) of up to 1400 A mm-2, residual resistivity ratio > 100, for a sub-element size Ds of 58 μm (which in RRP® wires is essentially the same as Deff). An important present limitation of RRP® is that reducing the sub-element size degrades Jc to as low as 900 A mm-2 at 16 T for Ds= 35 μm. To gain an understanding of the sources of this Jc degradation, we have made a detailed study of the phase evolution during the Cu-Sn 'mixing' stages of the wire heat treatment that occur prior to Nb3Sn formation. Using extensive microstructural quantification, we have identified the critical role that the Sn-Nb-Cu ternary phase (Nausite) can play. The Nausite forms as a well-defined ring between the Sn source and the Cu/Nb filament pack, and acts as an osmotic membrane in the 300 °C-400 °C range—greatly inhibiting Sn diffusion into the Cu/Nb filament pack while supporting a strong Cu counter-diffusion from the filament pack into the Sn core. This converts the Sn core into a mixture of the low melting point (408 °C) η phase (Cu6Sn5) and the more desirable ϵ phase (Cu3Sn), which decomposes at 676 °C. After the mixing stages, when heated above 408 °C towards the Nb3Sn reaction, any residual η liquefies to form additional irregular Nausite on the inside of the membrane. All Nausite decomposes into NbSn2 on further heating, and ultimately transforms into coarse-grain (and often disconnected) Nb3Sn which has little contribution to current transport. Understanding this critical Nausite reaction pathway has allowed us to simplify the mixing heat treatment to only one stage at 350 °C for 400 h which minimizes Nausite formation while encouraging the formation of the higher melting point ϵ phase through better Cu-Sn mixing. At a Ds of 41 μm, the Nausite control heat treatment increases the Jc at 16 T by 36%, reaching 1300 A mm-2 (i.e. 2980 A mm-2 at 12 T), and moving RRP® closer to the FCC targets.},
doi = {10.1088/1361-6668/aab8dd},
journal = {Superconductor Science and Technology},
number = 6,
volume = 31,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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