EuCARD — FP7 (2009-2013)

EuCARD stands for European coordination for accelerator research and development.
It is an FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES program starting on 1st Apr. 2009 and ending on 31st march 2013

Contact at Institut Néel : Pascal Tixador

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Objective : Particle physics stands at the threshold of a new era of discovery and insight. Results from the much awaited LHC are expected to shed light on the origin of mass, supersymmetry, new space dimensions and forces. In July 2006 the European Strategy Group for Particle Physics defined accelerator priorities for the next 15 years in order to consolidate the potential for discovery and conduct the required precision physics. These include an LHC upgrade, R&D on TeV linear colliders and studies on neutrino facilities. These ambitious goals require the mobilization of all European resources to face scientific and technological challenges well beyond the current state-of-the-art and the capabilities of any single laboratory or country. EuCARD will contribute to the formation of a European Research Area in accelerator science, effectively creating a distributed accelerator laboratory across Europe. It will address the new priorities by upgrading European accelerator infrastructures while continuing to strengthen the collaboration between its participants and developing synergies with industrial partners. R&D will be conducted on high field superconducting magnets, superconducting RF cavities which are particularly relevant for FLASH, XFEL and SC proton linacs, two-beam acceleration, high efficiency collimation and new accelerator concepts. EuCARD will include networks to monitor the performance and risks of innovative solutions and to disseminate results. Trans-national access will be granted to users of beams and advanced test facilities. Strong joint research activities will support priority R&D themes. As an essential complement to national and CERN programmes, the EuCARD proposal will strengthen the European Research Area by ensuring that European accelerator infrastructures further improve their performance and remain at the forefront of global research, serving a community of well over 10,000 physicists from all over the world.

Grenoble (Neel Institute, G2Elab and LNCMI) is involved in WP7 - Task 4 "Very high field magnet". Recent progress has shown outstanding performance on the intrinsic current transport properties of HTS Bi-2212 round wires, well adapted to magnets (Je=450 MA/m2 and Jc=1800 MA/m2 at 4 K under 25 T). This should open the road to higher magnetic fields. This work package is a very first step to prospect for this possibility. The dipole model constructed in task 3 of this WP will serve the role of the outer layer. The development will pass in three steps. The first studies will deal with the specification of several HTS conductors. This will be completed by modelling work focused on stability and quench. The quench of HTS coils with their very often degradation is an identified issue. Due to the difficulty of making in one go a dipole insert coil of HTS conductor, several HTS solenoid insert coils will be made and tested in existing high field solenoid magnets at the partner’s labs. The experience, which will be gained, will be used to construct a dipole insert coil. These sub-tasks are fully interdependent with strong interactions.

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