Thermal Optimization of the Helium-Cooled Power Leads for the SSC

  • J. A. Demko
  • W. E. Schiesser
  • R. Carcagno
  • M. McAshan
  • R. McConeghy


The optimum thermal design of the power leads for the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) will minimize the amount of Carnot work (which is a combination of refrigeration and liquefaction work) required. This optimization can be accomplished by the judicious selection of lead length and diameter. Even though an optimum set of dimensions is found, the final design must satisfy other physical constraints such as maximum allowable heat leak and helium vapor mass flow rate. A set of corresponding lengths and diameters has been determined that meets these requirements for the helium vapor-cooled, spiral-fin power lead design of the SSC.


Titanium Convection Enthalpy Helium Liquefaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Demko
    • 1
  • W. E. Schiesser
    • 1
  • R. Carcagno
    • 1
  • M. McAshan
    • 1
  • R. McConeghy
    • 1
  1. 1.Superconducting Super Collider LaboratoryDallasUSA

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