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Calibration Procedures for Direct-Current Resistance Apparatus

Description: From Object and Scope of This Paper: "This paper describes the apparatus and procedures used at the National Bureau of Standards for the measurement of d-c resistance when an accuracy of a few parts in a million is required. The object will be to explain procedures in detail and as simply as possible, with a minimum reference to theory."
Date: March 1, 1962
Creator: Brooks, Paul P. B.
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Series fault limiting resistors for Atlas Marx modules

Description: The proposed Atlas design provides a current pulse to the experiment chamber from a set of 20, 3-Marx-unit-wide modules radially positioned around a retangular disk transmission-line system (total of 60 Marxes in parallel){sup 1}. The Atlas circuit is designed to be near-critically-damped network with a total erected capacitance of 200 {mu}F at 600 KV. The justification for the necessary circuit resistance in this approach is based on reliability, fault tolerance and operational maintenance{sup 1}. Also the use of high energy- density capacitors that have lower tolerance to voltage reversal is a primary reason for the damping provided by significant series resistance. To obtain the damping there are two system resistors in the Atlas design. One resistor is a shunt element designed to damp the resonance caused by the relatively high-Q disk transmission-line capacitance and the Marx bank inductance. The second, more significant resistor is a series, fault-current limiting element that also performs the necessary damping for voltage reversal at the bank capacitors. The Series resistor is the subject of this paper.
Date: September 1, 1995
Creator: Thompson, C.; Bowman, D.; Gribble, R.F.; Griego, J.; Hinckley, W.B.; Kasik, R.J. et al.
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Power Supply and Quench Protection for the MICE ChannelMagnets

Description: This report discusses the power supply and quench protection system selected for the MICE superconducting coupling and focusing magnets. First, the MICE focusing and coupling magnet parameters are presented. Second, the report describes passive quench protection systems for these focusing and coupling magnets. Thermal quench-back from the magnet mandrel, which is a key to the MICE magnet quench protection system, is also discussed. A system of diodes and resistors is used to control the voltage to ground as the magnet quenches. Third, the report presents the magnet power supply parameters for MICE magnets.
Date: September 7, 2005
Creator: Green, Michael A. & Witte, Holger
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The Design of a RapidDischarge Varistor System for the MICE Magnet Circuits

Description: The need for a magnet circuit discharge system, in order to protect the magnet HTS leads during a power failure, has been discussed in recent MICE reports [1], [2]. In order to rapidly discharge a magnet, one has to put enough resistance across the lead. The resistance in this case is varistor that is put across the magnet in the event of a power outage. The resistance consists of several diodes, which act as constant voltage resistors and the resistance of the cables connecting the magnets in the circuit to each other and to the power supply. In order for the rapid discharge system to work without quenching the magnets, the voltage across the magnets must be low enough so that the diodes in the quench protection circuit don't fire and cause the magnet current to bypass the superconducting coils. It is proposed that six rapid discharge varistors be installed across the three magnet circuits the power the tracker solenoids, which are connected in series. The focusing magnets, which are also connected in series would have three varistors (one for each magnet). The coupling magnets would have a varistor for each magnet. The peak voltage that is allowed per varistor depends on the number of quench protection diodes that make up the quench protection circuit for each magnet coil circuit. It is proposed that the varistors be water cooled as the magnet circuits are being discharged through them. The water cooling circuit can be supplied with tap water. The tap water flows only when the varistor temperature reaches a temperature of 45 C.
Date: July 23, 2008
Creator: Green, Michael A.
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Description: High resolution electron microscopy of a commercial ZnO based varistor reveals that the Bi-rich intergranular phase is found at all three and four grain junctions and that the majority of ZnO grains are not surrounded by an oxide barrier film as hitherto believed.
Date: December 1, 1977
Creator: Clarke, D. E
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TPX Sb3SN Conductor Testing at LBL

Description: Two wire lengths (one from Supercon and one from IGC) were delivered for testing at the LBL Short-Sample Test Facility. Several samples of each wire-type were wound onto forms and reacted according to the requested prescriptions. Leads and voltage-tap wires were carefully attached after reaction according to standard LBL short-sample test procedures. Testing of some of the samples has been completed. Liquid helium immersion (4.2K) data was gathered over a limited range of magnetic fields (5-10T). Additional gas-cooled data was collected over a range of temperatures (1.8-14 K). Testing was interrupted when the test-magnet's persistent-switch-heater failed. Good sample-to-sample and retest repeatability was observed for the 4.2K data when it was checked. Temperature measruements on the Supercon samples used CGR's and revealed a disappointing, non-repeatable (pressure-dependent) temperature offset for the gas-cooled measurements. They also observed a systematic dependence upon magnetic-field strength. Changing to a second CGR did not help. The IGC sample used a Cernox-type resistor which showed negligible magnetic and pressure dependencies. Testing is expected to resume when the magnet is repaired.
Date: July 1, 1995
Creator: Lietzke, A.F. & Scanlan, R.
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Direct-Write Precision Resistors for Ceramic Packages

Description: A direct-write approach to f abricate high precision resistors is reported. Special attention is paid to the effect of print thickrw;s on the resistance value of buried resistors after a low temperature co-firing process. The results show that the direct-write approach provides a superior line definition and thickness control over a traditional screen printing process. Microstructural analysis indicates that there is an interdiffused layer developed between the resistor material and the low temperature co-fired ceramic substrate. These observations are consistent with electrical IIH.SUKHIlentS which show that resistance increases as the effective cross-sectional area is reduced. Th: resistance data show that the standard deviations for resistors printed on a 6" x 6" area are 59Z0 and 15$Z0 for the direct-write and the screen-printed patterns, respectively.
Date: November 30, 1998
Creator: Dai, S.; Dimos, D.; Huang, R.F.; Rodriguez, M.A.; Wilcox, D. & Yang, P.
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SSPX simulation model

Description: An analytical approximation to an R-L-C circuit representing SSPX is shown to reproduce the observed capacitor bank efficiency and gun optimization data. As in the SPICE code, the spheromak gun is represented by a fixed resistance chosen to balance energy transfer to the gun. A revised estimate of the magnetic decay time in SSPX Shot 1822 then brings our estimate of the gun efficiency itself in line with the observed spheromak magnetic field for this shot. Prompted by these successes, we present a turbulence-based theoretical model for the spheromak resistance that can be implemented in the SPICE code, of the form: R{sub s} = {kappa}I (1-I{sub 0}/I){sup 2} where I is the gun current, I{sub 0} = ({Lambda}{sub 0}/{mu}{sub 0}){Phi} with bias flux and Taylor eigenvalue {lambda}{sub 0}, and {kappa} is a coefficient based on the magnetic turbulence model employed in Dan Hua's spheromak simulation code. The value of {kappa} giving a good energy balance (around 0.1 m{Omega}/KA) implies substantial turbulence levels. Implementing our model in SPICE would provide a calibration for theoretical calculations of the turbulence. Our analytic approximation to the SPICE code provides guidance to optimize future performance in SSPX, the greatest benefit appearing to come from reducing or eliminating the protective resistor to increase bank efficiency. Eliminating the resistor altogether doubles the bank efficiency and the spheromak magnetic energy.
Date: September 20, 1999
Creator: Fowler, T K
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Time domain response of electrical ceramics -- Micro to megaseconds

Description: The electrical properties of ceramics can be measured in either the time domain or in the frequency domain. But for electrically nonlinear ceramics such as varistors, time-domain measurements provide insights that are different and more relevant to material performance as well as being more physically incisive. This article focuses specifically on the electrical properties of ZnO varistors, but much of it is of relevance for other materials, in particular those materials with grain-boundary barriers and disordered ceramics or glasses. The interpretation of electrical measurements in the time domain is profoundly influenced by such practical matters as source impedance and waveform characteristics. Experimental results are presented for both high and low source impedance relative to that of a test varistor, and the different in experimental difficulty and ease of interpretation is described. Time-domain measurements of capacitance and of the inductive response of varistors to large, fast electrical pulses are presented and their implications for varistor theory are given. Experimental evidence is given of short- and long-term memory in varistors. These memory phenomena are ascribed respectively to the life time of holes that become trapped in barriers and to polarization currents originating from deep electron traps. Polarization current measurements are presented for a wide range of time and temperature. The power-law time dependence and universal behavior of these currents is discussed. The exponent that describes the power law behavior is seen to change with temperature, and the change is interpreted as a double transition from diffusive to dispersive transport that originates with current from two different electron traps.
Date: November 1997
Creator: Modine, F. A.
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New resistor voltage grading system at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory 25URC tandem accelerator; installation and first experience

Description: On June 27,1994, installation work was completed on a new resistor-based voltage grading system for the Holifield facility tandem accelerator. This new system replaces the original point-plane corona-discharge system which had inherent disadvantages. Perhaps the worst disadvantages of corona-discharge systems are poor gap-to-gap voltage homogeneity and very low grading currents. It is believed that the resistor-based system will reduce or eliminate these disadvantages as well as some others.
Date: December 31, 1994
Creator: Meigs, M.J.; Haynes, D.L.; Jones, C.M. & Juras, R.C.
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Description: Eight 900-amp, 36-kw direct current welding generators driven by eight 60-hp induction motors were operated in parallel to supply up to 7200 amp to resistance loads for heat transfer studies. A description and circuit designs of this installation, which provides safety interlocks and permits sectionalized operation for separate leads, are given. (auth)
Date: June 1, 1960
Creator: Butler, B.H.
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Description: The electrical resistivities of polycrystalline samples of La, Pr, Nd, and Sm are reported in the temperature range 1.3 to 300 deg K. La exhibits a superconducting transition at 5.8 deg K. The curve for Pr has slope changes at 61 and 95 deg K. The Nd curve shows small jumps at 5 and 20 deg K. Sm shows slope changes at 14 and 106 deg K. (auth)
Date: March 15, 1961
Creator: Alstad, J.K.; Colvin, R.V.; Legvold, S. & Spedding, F.H.
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Quench Protection for the MICE Cooling Channel Coupling Magnet

Description: This paper describes the passive quench protection system selected for the muon ionization cooling experiment (MICE) cooling channel coupling magnet. The MICE coupling magnet will employ two methods of quench protection simultaneously. The most important method of quench protection in the coupling magnet is the subdivision of the coil. Cold diodes and resistors are put across the subdivisions to reduce both the voltage to ground and the hot-spot temperature. The second method of quench protection is quench-back from the mandrel, which speeds up the spread of the normal region within the coils. Combining quench back with coil subdivision will reduce the hot spot temperature further. This paper explores the effect on the quench process of the number of coil sub-divisions, the quench propagation velocity within the magnet, and the shunt resistance.
Date: August 2, 2008
Creator: Guo, Xing Long; Xu, Feng Yu; Wang, Li; Green, Michael A.; Pan, Heng; Wu, Hong et al.
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Experimental and Analytic Studies of an RF Load Resistor

Description: The pulsed output of an 850-MHz klystron was directed into a load assembly containing a water-cooled, 50-ohm resistor. The load was systematically subjected to high peak-power pulses from the klystron. Several thin-film resistors were tested and exhibited various damage patterns for different combinations of peak microwave power (33 kW - 500 kW) and heat input. In order to better understand the phenomena observed, the electromagnetic field distribution inside the resistor housing was studied with WaveSim, a two-dimensional, finite-element scattering code. The conformal mesh of the program allowed accurate representations of the complex assembly geometry.
Date: March 29, 1999
Creator: Borovina, D.L.; Humphries, S.; Gahl, J.M. & Rees, D.
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Quadrupole shunt experiments at SPEAR

Description: As part of a program to align and stabilize the SPEAR storage ring, a switchable shunt resistor was installed on each quadrupole to bypass a small percentage of the magnet current. The impact of a quadrupole shunt is to move the electron beam orbit in proportion to the off-axis beam position at the quadrupole, and to shift the betatron tune. Initially, quadrupole shunts in SPEAR were used to position the electron beam in the center of the quadrupoles. This provided readback offsets for nearby beam position monitors, and helped to steer the photon beams with low-amplitude corrector currents. The shunt-induced tune shift measurements were then processed in MAD to derive a lattice model.
Date: May 1, 1996
Creator: Corbett, W.J.; Hettel, R.O. & Nuhn, H.-D.
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