At the heart of the Alpha magnetic spectrometer is a powerful superconducting magnet, designed and manufactured in the U.K. by Scientific Magnetics.
The magnet system was required to meet some very exacting specifications, some of which resulted directly from its intended installation on the International Space Station. Two important considerations were the control of net dipole moment, required to minimise torques arising from interaction with the Earth’s field, and low mass, clearly important for any space application.
Best Solution supported Scientific Magnetics in the analysis of dipole moment and the contributions of coil interconnections and manufacturing tolerances. Best Solution also helped in the mechanical design of the coil supporting structure, by supplying predictions of the force distribution resulting from a magnet quench.