A PORTABLE, PULSED MHD POWER SUPPLY FOR GEOPHYSICAL MAPPING

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,856.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
14485
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Coal Tech Corpon
Po Box 154, Merion Station, PA, 19066
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Bert Zauderer
() -
Business Contact:
(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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