US Patent No. 11,032,935

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR A FLEXIBLE INTERCONNECT OF A SUPERCONDUCTOR


Patent No. 11,032,935
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Support Structure For A Flexible Interconnect Of A Superconductor
Inventorship Martin Brokner Christiansen, Laurel, MD (US)
Katharine Kramer Ferster, Baltimore, MD (US)
Jonathan Francis Van Dyke, Baltimore, MD (US)
Assignee NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION, Falls Church, VA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,032,935

20. A system comprising:a first superconducting system, the first superconducting system comprising:
a plurality of blades; and
a plurality of superconducting circuits, wherein each superconducting circuit is mounted on a respective blade of the first superconducting system, and each of the plurality of superconducting circuits in the first superconducting system includes low temperature superconducting materials;
a second superconducting system, the second superconducting system comprising:
a plurality of blades; and
a plurality of superconducting circuits, wherein each superconducting circuit in the second superconducting system is mounted on a respective blade of the second superconducting system, and each of the plurality of superconducting circuits in the second superconducting system includes high temperature superconducting materials;
a support structure comprising:
a support member that is formed of thermally conductive material, the support member comprising:
a plurality of parallel slots, wherein each slot extends from a first surface of a base of the support member to a second surface of the base, wherein the first and second surfaces are positioned on parallel planes; and
a wall extending transverse from the first surface of the base, the wall comprising a plurality of through-holes extending from a first surface of the wall to a second surface of the wall;
a plurality of connector assemblies, wherein each connector assembly comprises:
a connector support rod that is affixed to the base of the support structure via a respective slot; and
a connector affixed to the respective connector support rod and the connector provides mechanical support for a flexible interconnect between at least two superconducting circuits mounted on respective blades of the first superconducting system; and
an extender arm comprising:
a base that extends in a direction parallel to a surface of the wall of the support member; and
a column extending in a direction transverse to the base; and
a plurality of alignment connectors affixed to the column of the extender arm, wherein each alignment connector mechanically couples a given blade of the first superconducting system to a corresponding blade of the second superconducting system.