Present design of large laminated magnets are based on effective modulus of elasticity for the plate stack that is invariant with interplate compression. Experimental results indicates this is not a valid assumption. This analysis considers the specific design used for compact electron storage ring dipole magnet at the Center for Advanced Micro Devices (CAMD) at Louisiana State University. An iterative technique, using FEM is developed to approximate the effective modulus throughout the magnet structure. This particular magnet is constructed from 1424 steel plates (1.5mm × 610mm × 780mm) by first compressing a 45° 2.93m raduis curvilinear stack to a specified preload and then welding straight and curved straps to the exterior of the stack. Release of the preload allowsexpansion of the stack and forces stretch of the straps, the resultant interplate compression is considerably different from the initial preload and varies throughout the magnet.

The analysis technique introduced in this paper is a simplified approach to the interplate compression modeling and consists of the supeposition of two simple analysis; one with straps attached, one without straps attached. An iterative approach is used to incorporate the dependence of effective compressive modulus on the interplate compression. An estimate of the average modulus is assumed for the entire stack and residual compression is calculated. From this residual compression and from experimental data, a distribution of compressive modulus throughout the magnet is computed. From this computed distribution, a new estimate for the compressive modulus is made for each element of the model and the analysis iterated. The net results are the compressive modulus distribution throughout the magnet ia a form suitable in subsequent dynamic analysis.

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