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Superconducting cable-in-conduit low resistance splice

United States Patent

June 24, 2003
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A low resistance splice connects two cable-in-conduit superconductors to each other. Dividing collars for arranging sub-cable units from each conduit are provided, along with clamping collars for mating each sub-cable wire assembly to form mated assemblies. The mated assemblies ideally can be accomplished by way of splicing collar. The mated assemblies are cooled by way of a flow of coolant, preferably helium. A method for implementing such a splicing is also described.
Artman; Thomas A. (Forest, VA)
BWX Technologies, Inc. (Lynchburg, VA)
10/ 045,813
January 11, 2002
The subject matter of the present invention was developed under a research contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Contract No. DE-FC36-94G01001. The governments of the U.S. and Virginia have certain rights in the invention.