Programs on Large Scale Applications of Superconductivity in the United States
A brief overview is given of U.S. programs on large-scale applications of superconductivity. For each of the projects that was separable, we have given the organization, the manager or key contact man, a brief description of the device and its application, comments on the type of program, the source and amount of funding whenever possible, the current status of the project, and projected plans for the next few months to a year. For convenience, the programs have been divided into seven categories based upon their intended application 1) generators for electric power systems, 2) electric power transmission, 3) machinery for propulsion systems and auxiliary power supplies, 4) magnets for energy storage, MHD, and CTR systems, 5) magnets and cavities for high energy physics experiments, 6) magnets for industrial and medical applications, and 7) land transportation systems. For each category there are summary tables and a brief interpretive and descriptive text. Programs on basic superconductivity science and general background materials studies have not been included unless they are directly supported as part of an applied project. The total level of funding for the programs reviewed here is about $26 M per year, with most of that coming from the federal government, especially the Atomic Energy Commission. The main non-government support in the field comes from the Electric Power Research Institute, though a significant amount also comes from manufacturers.
KeywordsConceptual Design Propulsion System Electric Power Research Institute Magnet Design Electric Propulsion System
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