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Novel Thermal Management Solutions for Advanced Power Converter Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0431
Agency Tracking Number: N21A-T012-0129
Amount: $239,767.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N21A-T012
Solicitation Number: 21.A
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-06-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-10-31
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Brovont
 (765) 464-8997
Business Contact
 Teresa Arens
Phone: (317) 245-1122
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Justin Weibel
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2050
United States

 (765) 494-4762
 Nonprofit College or University

Advancements in electronic warfare driven by sophisticated sensors and weapons are pushing shipboard power distribution systems to higher voltage, more power dense solutions. Reduced cost and increased flexibility necessitate solutions that are rapidly scalable and are characterized by longer life and lower maintenance. These objectives are in conflict, as increased power density reduces life and increases maintenance due to thermal stress on the components. PCKA, teamed with Purdue University, is proposing a novel thermal management solution to address these challenges in order to achieve the Navy’s long-term objectives. The primary objective of the Phase I will be to design and demonstrate through analytical modeling a novel concept for cooling of high voltage, wide band gap power electronic topologies. PCKA and Purdue will leverage combined expertise in power electronic and thermal management system design to develop the proof-of-concept using advanced modeling and simulation tools. The design will be verified using these high confidence predictive models providing justification for hardware procurement and prototype build in the Phase II. An optimized package at the completion of the Phase II will ensure a successful transition to numerous hardware applications in both military and commercial space in Phase III.

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