A component to generate a magnetic field and a method of designing windings, comprised of a plurality of strands, within each slot of the component, are described. The component includes a plurality of slots. The component also includes sets of a plurality of strands that form windings, each set of the plurality of strands being enclosed in a respective one of the plurality of slots, each set of the plurality of strands being divided into a plurality of a collection of strands configured to be twisted over a portion of a length of the respective one of the plurality of slots. Each of the collection of strands changes cross sectional shape over the portion.
STATEMENT OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
 This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AR0000308 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.