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Advanced Dielectric Insulation Techniques for High Voltage Pulsed Power Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
97098
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-014-1270
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-014
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Physical Electronics, L.C.
PO Box 341149 Austin, TX 78734-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced Dielectric Insulation Techniques for High Voltage Pulsed Power Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9451-10-M-0094
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Directed energy has emerged as a prime military technology for attack and for defense. A major problem with presently available directed energy systems is the size, weight and volume of the power systems which is a function of the high-voltage, dielectric insulation techniques employed. Advancing insulation techniques, either by increasing dielectric strength of materials, by applying sophisticated design methodologies to create laminated dielectrics, or by using innovative manufacturing techniques to implement grading rings, all act to reduce system volume by maximizing insulation performance. APELC proposes to investigate innovative solid-dielectric insulation approaches and assess their effectiveness under transient conditions. The first proposed approach would employ a laminated insulator created by alternating coaxial layers of insulating materials. The second proposed approach would consist of grading rings comprised of the same moderately conducting compounds used in the previous method; however, the alignment of the rings would be in the axial direction. A combination of these two methods should help mitigate bulk breakdown through the insulator and surface flashover along the length of the insulator, two problems that are prevalent in compact Marx generators. BENEFIT: Power Industry, Automotive Industry, Consumer Electronics

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Holt
Principal Investigator
5122641804
tholt@apelc.com

Business Contact:

Jon Mayes
CEO
5122641804
mayes@apelc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Physical Electronics, L.C.
PO Box 341149 Austin, TX 78734

EIN/Tax ID: 752756093
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No