Megawatt Digital Generator Control Unit (MDGCU) for Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-2432
Agency Tracking Number: F041-188-2725
Amount: $99,739.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-188
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
22 Meridian Road, Suite 7, Eatontown, NJ, 07724
DUNS: 095344755
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lev Sorkin
 Chief Electrical Engineer
 (732) 544-1075
 lsorkin@ips-llc.com
Business Contact
 William Schatzow
Title: Operations Manager
Phone: (732) 544-1075
Email: bschatzow@ips-llc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) laser or microwave-based systems are being developed for both ground and airborne applications. These applications require significant amount of power, which ranges from several hundred kilowatts to Megawatts. The laser DEW requires that the full, tightly regulated, power is available intermittently, typically 5 seconds on followed by 10 seconds off. The control of a generator, which delivers Megawatt of the intermittent power greatly differs from the of normal steady state generator control. It poses significant challenges, and needs to be explored. Application/removal of such amount (1MW) of power is a transient phenomenon that takes time and effects whole power system (engine, generator and regulator). It is imperative that the full power is available for the required duration (including the transients) with no degradation in quality (level, ripple and stability). There are three sources that affect the performance of the control system:  The regulator control loop  The generator electromagnetic and mechanical properties  The Engine/JEDEC transient performance characteristics Innovative Power Solutions is proposing to explore the interaction between these systems and provide an optimal solution for controlling this class of Megawatt generators. PC Krause will perform system modeling so that realistic results will be attained.

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