Power Factor Correction

Power Factor Correction

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0363
Agency Tracking Number: N181-005-0273
Amount: $124,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-005
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Small Business Information
35 Wiggins Ave., Bedford, MA, 01730
DUNS: 602959579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Cope
 (781) 275-9444
 cope@divtecs.com
Business Contact
 Michael Kempkes
Phone: (781) 275-9444
Email: kempkes@divtecs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DTI is proposing a simple reliable passive solution to power factor correction for the F/A-18 Hornet Super Hornet versions C/D/E/F and G. We propose to design a two-tap, common-core, passive, 3-phase inductor comprised of innovative tri-cores. We will compare ferromagnetic materials, conductive materials, inductor configurations, and switch types and perform a trade study of total weight vs total losses. Initial studies indicate the corrector supplies excellent power factor performance across the full load range: 20 kVA to 65 kVA remaining between 0.88 and 0.97 lagging. The inductor will be designed for all relevant environment and interface specifications.
In Phase I, we will fabricate and demonstrate a form-fit-function breadboard power factor corrector at full rated power capable of correcting leading power factor to a target of 0.93 lagging in compliance with military standards. In the Option effort, we will optimize the mechanical, thermal and packaging aspects of the unit. In Phase II DTI will work with the Navy to ruggedize the system, and to integrate the mechanical and electrical interfaces into the target air frame. Finally in Phase III, DTI and partners will work to transition the technology to the Navy directly and to any potential commercial customers.

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