Capacitor thermal management for mobile power electronics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-10-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number: A093-139-0208
Amount: $69,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-139
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, 21401
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Greg Slavik
 Research Scientist / Engineer
 (410) 987-8988
 gslavik@techassess.com
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Email: ford.cook@mechsim.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA&T) proposes a complete thermal management solution for high power capacitors in military vehicle converters/inverters and similar devices that addresses not only self-heating but also high temperature ambient conditions. The Army’s recent push to utilize the primary internal combustion engine coolant loop in hybrid vehicles to transport heat away from these drive electronics eliminates the cost, weight, and volume of dedicated secondary cooling loops. Current capacitor arrays in these converters rely on convective cooling and therefore occupy large volumes. Increased coolant temperatures have heated ambient air near levels to the already limited maximum temperature of the high power capacitors. TA&T proposes an actively cooled solution that is isolated from the ambient and interfaces to the existing system coldplate, while allowing higher power density in the capacitor array.

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