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An Improved Plasma Opening Switch for DECADE

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Award ID:
19777
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
19777
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NumerEx
2309 Renard Place SE Suite 220 Albuquerque, NM -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: An Improved Plasma Opening Switch for DECADE
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $377,147.00
 

Abstract:

CURRENT ATTEMPTS TO USE THE PLASMA OPENING SWITCH (POS) FOR DECADE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ENTIRELY SUCCESSFUL DUE TO THE APPARENT INABILITY OF THE SWITCH TO OPEN EFFICIENTLY TO A HIGH-IMPEDENCE LOAD. RESEARCH DIRECTED TOWARD IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE POS IN THE LONG-CONDUCTION TIME REGIME HAS BEEN FRUSTRATED BY THE INABILITY OF COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS TO OPERATE IN THE PARAMETER REGIMES OF INTEREST TO THE EXPERIMENTALISTS. THE DESIGN OF AN IMPROVED OPENING SWITCH FOR DECADE REQUIRES THE USE OF A COMPUTATIONAL TOOL THAT CAN OPERATE IN THESE HIGH-DENSITY AND LONG TIMESCALE REGIMES. THE ONLY TOOL CURRENTLY AVAILABLE WHICH NOT ONLY CAN OPERATE IN THESE REGIMES EFFICIENTLY, BUT WHICH ALSO CAN EXPLORE NONTRIVIAL GEOMETRIES, IS THE 2D MHD CODE MACH2. WE WILL USE MACH2 TO ANALYZE LONG-CONDUCTION TIME POS EXPERIMENTS, STARTING WITH THE TAPERED CATHODE EXPERIMENTS CONDUCTED ON THE HAWK FACILITY AT THE NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY. WE WILL STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF USING AND EXTENDING MACH2'S HAII-MHD MODEL FOR TREATING VACUUM ELECTRON FLOW. THESE PHASE I EFFORTS WILL LEAD TO A PHASE II RESEARCH PROGRAM WHOSE GOAL IS TO PRODUCE AN IMPROVED PLASMA OPENING SWITCH FOR DECADE.

Principal Investigator:

John J. Watrous
5058420074

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Numerex
1400 Central Ave Se, Suite 2000 Albuquerque, NM 87106

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