The Florida State University awarded Linde for delivery of the Helium refrigerator for Series Connected High Field Magnet SCH.

The first SCH with a field strength of 25 Tesla and horizontal bore is designed for the Helmholtz Centre Berlin (HZB) in Germany, and will be used for neutron scattering experiments. The second SCH with a field strength of 35 Tesla and vertical bore is designed for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) itself. Both SCH Magnets combine a set of resistive Bitter coils with a superconducting outset coil constructed of cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC). The two SCH magnets are designed for various operating scenarios including those with multiple ramp cycles at various rates.

Both of the superconducting magnets are forced flow cooled using supercritical helium at 4.5 K. A Linde refrigerator with a capacity of about 150 – 200 W at 4.5 K will be used to supply the cooling power and the forced mass flow rate. The cryogenic system of the SCH magnet consists of a helium refrigerator, a valve box with sub-cooler, a magnet cryostat and cryo-lines.

The new cryogenic system will also be used to produce and distribute liquid helium (LHe) to other magnet systems and users at the NHMFL. The cryogenic system will replace an existing piston expander refrigerator which has been in operation for more than 15 years.