Quantity and Quality of the Nb3Sn Intermetallics Formed by the Internal Tin Process
This paper considers rather usual methods for investigating the microstructure of the Nb3Sn superconducting phase. These techniques deal with the quality and volume fraction of the Al 5 compound. Microhardness testing show very suitable in order to monotor a fabrication process. The metallurgical effects of each step of a conventional HT schedule are also studied with various designs of composites in an attempt of optimization.
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