Design and Testing of Electrical Insulation for Superconducting Coils

  • S. W. Schwenterly
Part of the A Cryogenic Engineering Conference Publication book series (ACRE, volume 33)


This paper reviews and summarizes the dielectric properties of liquid and gaseous helium and nitrogen, vacuum, and solid insulation materials for practical insulation design for superconducting coils. The influence of electrode geometry on breakdown voltage is discussed, and features that require special care are pointed out. Appropriate room-temperature high-voltage testing is considered. Finally, the paper examines the implications for coil insulation design of a new class of superconductors that can operate at temperatures approaching 77 K.


Safety Factor Breakdown Voltage Electrical Insulation Breakdown Strength Dielectric Strength 
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  • S. W. Schwenterly
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  1. 1.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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