It is imperative that the method for evaluating and expressing uncertainty in measurement should be uniform among scientists and engineers so that measurements performed in different scientific and technological fields can be easily compared. This article attempts to familiarize scientists and engineers with general concepts of uncertainty in measurement that are based on the ISO Guide of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM). This uncertainty consists of several components that may be grouped into two categories, A and B. These categories do not correspond simply to “random” and “systematic” uncertainties that have been used previously. The article explains what category A is and what category B is and how to classify the several components into theses categories. The importance of the uncertainty budget table is also emphasized.
Quench propagation velocity is one of the most important parameters for the quench protection of superconducting magnets. We examined the relations between the current redistribution and the quench propagation velocity in a Rutherford cable made of noninsulated strands. Measurements were performed in the cables with three contact conditions between strands, and it was found that the quench propagation velocity and the current redistribution depended on the contact conditions between strands. A numerical simulation of current redistribution using a simple model was performed. We made comparisons between the test and the numerical results, and there was good agreement. We analyzed the numerical results in detail and found that the current redistribution caused by the magnetic field distribution in the cable cross-section around the boundary of the normal zone, normal front, enhanced the quench propagation velocity.