Brookhaven program to develop a helium-cooled power transmission system

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The particular system under design consists of flexible cables installed in a cryogenic enclosure at room temperature and cooled to the range 6 to 9$sup 0$K by supercritical helium, contraction of the cable is accommodated by proper choice of helix angles of the components of the cable. The superconductor is Nb$sub 3$Sn and at the present time the dielectric insulation is still the subject of intensive development. Two good choices appear to be forms of polyethylene and polycarbonate. Sample cables incorporating various dielectrics have been manufactured commercially in lengths of 1500 ft and tested in laboratory cryostats in shorter sections ... continued below

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Forsyth, E.B. January 1, 1975.

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The particular system under design consists of flexible cables installed in a cryogenic enclosure at room temperature and cooled to the range 6 to 9$sup 0$K by supercritical helium, contraction of the cable is accommodated by proper choice of helix angles of the components of the cable. The superconductor is Nb$sub 3$Sn and at the present time the dielectric insulation is still the subject of intensive development. Two good choices appear to be forms of polyethylene and polycarbonate. Sample cables incorporating various dielectrics have been manufactured commercially in lengths of 1500 ft and tested in laboratory cryostats in shorter sections of about 70 ft. A test facility is under construction to evaluate cables and cryogenic components for this type of service, the first refrigerator uses a 350 H.P. screw compressor and three turbo- expander stages. It is hoped to achieve reliability of a very high order. The first three-phase tests will be conducted at 69 kV, although it appears that 230 to 345 kV is the most likely voltage range for future applications. (auth)

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  • Conference on technical applications of superconductivity, Alushta, USSR, 16 Sep 1975

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  • Report No.: BNL--20444
  • Report No.: CONF-750950--1
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 4169952
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc867344

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Forsyth, E.B. Brookhaven program to develop a helium-cooled power transmission system, article, January 1, 1975; Upton, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc867344/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.