Investigate and Develop an Analytical Approach to Automatically Mitigate Electrical Faults Caused by Battle Damage

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,986.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-07-M-0098
Award Id:
82434
Agency Tracking Number:
N063-174-0275
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2763 Culver Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45429
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
053184776
Principal Investigator:
Antonios Challita
Principle Research Engine
(937) 296-1806
Tony.Challita@iap.com
Business Contact:
John Barber
President
(937) 296-1806
John.Barber@iap.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Electrical faults in the shipboard power system can result in the loss of power to critical loads of the system because today's electrical systems protection devices cannot clear faults in less than a cycle or two. The result is that very high current flow in the system. In this Phase I SBIR, we propose to develop an initial concept to limit the fault current magnitude by interrupting the current in less than 100 s from onset of fault. To accomplish this we propose to use a fast opening mechanical contactor with solid-state switches in parallel. The fast opening mechanical contactor is actuated by magnetic forces and can interrupt fault current in 100 s. This concept was proven at the 440 V system level, and we are proposing to extend it to the medium voltage level. The successful development of this technology will provide revolutionary new capability in system protection and load survivability.

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