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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0098
Agency Tracking Number: N063-174-0275
Amount: $69,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-174
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
IAP RESEARCH, INC.
2763 Culver Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45429
DUNS: 053184776
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Antonios Challita
 Principle Research Engine
 (937) 296-1806
 Tony.Challita@iap.com
Business Contact
 John Barber
Title: President
Phone: (937) 296-1806
Email: 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 µs 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 µs. 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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