Publication Details

Patel, D., Kim, S., Qiu, W., Maeda, M., Matsumoto, A., Nishijima, G., Kumakura, H., Choi, S. & Kim, J. Ho. (2019). Niobium-titanium (Nb-Ti) superconducting joints for persistent-mode operation. Scientific Reports, 9 (1), 14287-1-14287-7.


Superconducting joints are essential for persistent-mode operation in a superconducting magnet system to produce an ultra-stable magnetic field. Herein, we report rationally designed niobium-titanium (Nb-Ti) superconducting joints and their evaluation results in detail. For practical applications, superconducting joints were fabricated by using a solder matrix replacement method with two types of lead-bismuth (Pb-Bi) solder, including Pb42Bi58 as a new composition. All the joints attained a critical current of >200 A below 1.43 T at 4.2 K. Our optimized superconducting joining method was tested in a closed-loop coil, obtaining a total circuit resistance of 3.25 x 10-14 Ω at 4.2 K in self-field. Finally, persistent-mode operation was demonstrated in an Nb-Ti solenoid coil with a persistent-current switch. This work will pave the way to developing high-performance Nb-Ti superconducting joints for practical applications.

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