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The JOSEFA (JOint Subsize Experiment FAcility) experimental test facility, installed at CEA Cadarache is devoted to perform tests at cryogenic temperature on subsize superconducting condustor and joint samples under parallel or transverse magnetic field. This facility was built in 1993 to investigate the performances of joints of cable-in-conduit conductors at subsize level and further upgraded in the framework of European tasks. The samples of hairpin type using subsize ITER conductors are cooled by a circulation of supercritical helium in a temperature range from 5 to 15 K and tested at a maximum current up to 10 kA. Two different helium bath cooled magnets allow to apply DC or AC transverse magnetic field up to 3.5 T or longitudinal magnetic field up to 7,5 T. A sliding system with a 240 mm stroke on the sample cryostat allows to test separately in the same sample either the conductor or the joint performances. The paper reports on how, through the conductor and joint development tasks, the facility performances were successfully increased and tested. The ITER TFMC joints using Nb3Sn conductors were first developed on this facility. The last developments, performed on ITER PF NbTi conductors and joints proved this facility to be a versatile and useful tool for superconducting magnet developments and showed the interest of possible upgrading to finalise conductor design.

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Authors: DECOOL P ET AL, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral paper given at: 18th International Conference on Magnet Technology Organised by: National Institute for Materials Science Held at: Morioka, Japan, 20-24 October 2003
Availability: Available from Association EURATOM-CEA, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, CEA Cadarache, 13108 St Paul-Lez-Durance, France Tel:+33-4-42257001; Fax:+33-4-42256421 E-mail:
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