A PORTABLE, PULSED MHD POWER SUPPLY FOR GEOPHYSICAL MAPPING

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14485
Amount: $49,856.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Po Box 154, Merion Station, PA, 19066
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Bert Zauderer
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Business Contact
Phone: (215) 667-0442
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO APPLY TO GEOPHYSICAL MAPPING A NOVEL POWER SOURCE CONSISTING OF A MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC (MHD) GENERATOR DRIVEN BY A CHEMICALLY HEATED, NONEQUILIBRIUM GAS PLASMA. THIS APPLICATION REQUIRES 1 TO 3 MWE POWER PULSES OF 10- TO 30-SEC DURATION REPEATED SEVERAL TIMES PER HOUR. A COMBUSTOR DIRECTLY HEATSTHE MHD WORKING GAS TO CONDITIONS AT WHICH VERY HIGH POWER DENSITIES ARE ACHIEVED. AS A RESULT, A COMPLETE 1 TO 3 MWE POWER SYSTEM FITS ON A SMALL TRUCK, WHILE A COMPARABLE DIESEL-DRIVEN GENERATOR SYSTEM REQUIRES A FLATBED TRUCK TRAILER. IN PREVIOUS RESEARCH, TESTS ESTABLISHED THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS CONCEPT USING CHEMICAL FUEL FORMULATIONSSUITABLE FOR USE FOR ONLY A FRACTION OF A SECOND. IN THE PHASE I EFFORT, AN ELECTRICAL HEATER IS BEING USED TO ACHIEVE BETWEEN 0.5 TO MORE THAN 1 MWE OF NONEQUILIBRIUM MHD POWER GENERATION IN AN EXISTING MHD SYSTEM FOR PERIODS OF SEVERAL TENTHS OF A SECOND. THE MHD GENERATOR CHANNEL ISONLY 1 FT LONG. IN ADDITION, A PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF A 1 TO3 MWE PULSED POWER SYSTEM CAPABLE OF MULTISECOND OPERATION IS BEING MADE. IN PHASE II, THIS SYSTEM IS TO BE TESTED USING A CHEMICAL FUEL SUITABLE FOR MULTISECOND OPERATION.

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