U.S. Particle Accelerator School
U.S. Particle Accelerator School
Education in Beam Physics and Accelerator Technology

Design of Room Temperature Magnets course

Sponsoring University:

University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Design of Room Temperature Magnets


Mauricio Lopes, Fermilab

Purpose and Audience
This course will focus on the theory and design of room temperature accelerator magnets. The class will be structured to give a good understanding of the underlying electromagnetics as well as the practical demands of magnet design. While this class is not intended to be a software tutorial, modeling software will be used extensively to give students hands-on experience with the process of designing these components. This course would be suitable for graduate students beginning their career in accelerator physics or a related field. This course could also be appropriate for technicians and engineers working in accelerator physics. 

It is strongly recommended that students applying for this course have been exposed to electromagnetism at the graduate level. While this class will not require extensive derivation, students who do not have this background may find following the material quite challenging because of the more open-ended nature of the tutorials, homework, and final project.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they meet the course prerequisites or have equivalent experience.

The objective of this course is to provide students with both theoretical and practical knowledge of room temperature magnet design. Upon completing this course, students will have been exposed to the mathematical underpinnings and the process of designing these components with the goal of preparing them for similar work in their future careers.

Instructional Method
This class will consist of a series of classroom lectures during the mornings with most afternoons reserved for computer work. The computer tutorials will introduce students to basic design simulation tools and methods. Problem sets will be assigned during the week, due the following morning. The students will have a magnet project to develop which will be presented on the final day of class. The instructor will be available during the evenings to assist students with homework and projects. 

Course Content
This class will apply basic electromagnetism theory to real world component design using modern simulations programs. Magnet theory will be presented to provide a rigorous foundation for this work. Component choice based on application will be discussed at length, as well as scaling and optimization schemes for design refinement and optimization. Geometry creation and simulation theory will be presented and put to use in a series of guided simulation assignments to expose all students to a variety of design processes. Each student will additionally complete and present a major design project selected from a provided list of examples. Example projects include design of dipoles, quadrupole, sextupoles and combined function magnets.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by USPAS) “Iron Dominated Electromagnets: Design, Fabrication, Assembly and Measurements” by Jack Tanabe, World Scientific Pub Co Inc (2005) ISBN: 981256327X

Additional suggestions for further reading will be discussed in class.

Credit Requirements
The course grade will be based on the graded homework sets and in-class labs (40%) and the final design project and presentation (60%).

IU/USPAS course number P671