A SUPERCONDUCTING CURRENT LIMITER FOR POWER CONDITIONING IN PLASMA CONFINEMENT SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
17511
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Illinois Superconductor Corp
1840 Oak Ave, Evanston, IL, 60201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROJECT INVOLVES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CURRENT-LIMITING DEVICE DESIGNED TO OPERATE AS A COMPONENT IN HIGH ENERGY FUSION PLASMA POWER CONDITIONING SUBSYSTEMS. THE ACTIVE ELEMENT IN THE PLANNED CURRENT LIMITER IS BASED ON THE HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTING MATERIAL YBA2CU3O7-X. RECENT ADVANCES IN THE PROCESSING OF THIS MATERIAL GREATLY IMPROVE ITS ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS; DEVICES THAT WILL OPERATE IN THE TENS OF KILOAMPS RANGE WITH VOLTAGES UP TO HUNDREDS OF KILOVOLTS CAN NOW BE ASSEMBLED. SWITCHING SPEEDS ON THE ORDER OF 2 MICROSECONDS WILL ALSO BE DEMONSTRATED. PROBABLE APPLICATIONS INCLUDE USE AS A SAFETY DEVICE THAT PROTECTS POWER SUPPLY THYRISTORS AND AS ULTRAFAST CIRCUIT-BREAKING SWITCHES. IN PHASE I, THESE ADVANCED SUPERCONDUCTOR MATERIALS ARE BEING FABRICATED AND CHARACTERIZED TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR VIABILITY IN FULL-SCALE PLASMA CONFINEMENT SYSTEMS. THIS COULD LEAD TO THE DESIGN, ASSEMBLY, AND TESTING OF A PROTOTYPE FULL SCALE CURRENT-LIMITING DEVICE DURING PHASE II.

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