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Structural Health Monitoring of Superconducting Magnets at CERN Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors

Abstract : The use of Fiber Bragg Grating sensors is becoming particularly challenging for monitoring different parameters in extreme operative conditions such as ultra-low temperatures, high electromagnetic fields and strong mechanical stresses. This work reports the use of the FBG for a new generation of accelerator magnets with the goal to develop an adequate sensing technology able to provide complementary or alternative information to the conventional strain gauges through the whole service life of the magnet. The study is focused on the mechanical performances of the magnet structure, which has to preserve the sensitive coils from any damage during the entire magnet fabrication process preventing even microscopic movements of the winding that can eventually initiate a transition from superconducting to normal conducting state of the material used (called in the specific literature as Òquenchî). The FBGs have been glued on the aluminium structure of two magnets prototypes by using an adhesive suitable for cryogenic temperature. The feasibility of the bonding procedure for bare sensors at 4.2 K leads to the validation of the final integration of the FBGs for the structural monitoring of the magnet during the assembly and cool down at 77 K.
Keywords : Optic fiber Sensors
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Antonella Chiuchiolo, Marta Bajko, Juan Carlos Perez, Hugues Bajas, Michael Guinchard, et al.. Structural Health Monitoring of Superconducting Magnets at CERN Using Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors. EWSHM - 7th European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, IFFSTTAR, Inria, Université de Nantes, Jul 2014, Nantes, France. ⟨hal-01021214⟩



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