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INTERMAGNETICS GENERAL AND THE OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY ESTABLISH JOINT R&D PROGRAMS ON HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTORS

INTERMAGNETICS GENERAL AND THE OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY ESTABLISH
    JOINT R&D PROGRAMS ON HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTORS
    GUILDERLAND, N.Y., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Intermagnetics General Corporation (NASDAQ: INMA) announced today that it has entered into two joint research agreements with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) located in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to develop viable high temperature superconducting wire/tape and motor coils.
    A total of $875,000 will be provided over three years, with most of the expenditure directed toward the development of bismuth-based "2223" powder-in-tube higher-temperature superconductor (HTS) and pre-prototype coils.  The second, smaller program is centered around "pinning" methods for improving critical currents and new methods for making practical conductors in both the bismuth- and yttrium-based systems.  DOE's Office of Energy Management will provide $325,000 to support work at ORNL and $225,000 to support work at Intermagnetics General Corporation (IGC). An additional $325,000 in matching effort will be provided by IGC.
    IGC has worked with DOE for many years on research and development programs to improve the technical characteristics and cost-effectiveness of low temperature superconductors (LTS) and is now the major commercial source of LTS superconductors in the United States.  IGC has also successfully conducted extensive research and development on the newer high temperature superconductors (HTS), including design and production. Recent tests at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on an IGC sample HTS tape showed the highest current density recorded for any BSCCO-2223 HTS conductor produced in the United States to date.
    In these collaborative agreements, IGC is teamed with ORNL, who has been a leader in development of high-quality HTS superconducting powders and in processing routines to produce high current wires made from the powders.  ORNL has also developed a novel axial field superconducting motor test bed for evaluating coil performance in a variable speed motor environment.  The primary goals of this collaboration are:  to achieve practical levels of current density at 20 degrees Kelvin in 100 meter lengths of HTS wire/tape using a bismuth-based "2223" superconductor powder processed within silver tubes; and to develop and demonstrate the coil technology for use of these superconductors in motor applications.
    Carl H. Rosner, president of IGC, noted, "One of our strengths is volume production of high-quality superconductors and their application to commercially useful devices.  The opportunity to work with ORNL in the processing of long-lengths of HTS materials and developing the coil technology for their use in motors, is exactly the type of program we look for to accelerate introduction of new commercial products and to maintain IGC's commercial leadership position in applied superconductor technologies."
    Robert A. Hawsey, ORNL's manager, Superconducting Technology Program, commented, "This joint program to develop HTS coils for electric power applications is important if energy-efficient electric machines are to be manufactured with U.S. technology.  We intend to work jointly to scale up the fabrication of long lengths of multifilament conductors and to address issues important to the use of the wire in coil forms for electric motors."
    ORNL is one of five energy-related facilities managed by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., for the Department of Energy.
    Intermagnetics General, as a leading manufacturer of superconducting magnets, wire and associated ultra-low temperature refrigeration equipment, the combination of which is especially useful in medical diagnostic imaging (MRI) systems, is dedicated to the development and commercialization of applied superconducting systems.  The company also produces permanent magnet systems and materials separation equipment.
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    CONTACT:  Carl H. Rosner, president of Intermagnetics General, 518-456-5456
    (INMA) CO:  INTERMAGNETICS GENERAL CORP. ST:  NY -- NY026 -- X475  06/15/92
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