Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power Processing Unit (PPU) for Hall Effect Thrusters

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,939.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX10CD08P
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
095060
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3.04
Small Business Information
Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc.
535 W. Research Center Blvd., Suite 209, Fayetteville, AR, 72701-7175
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
121539790
Principal Investigator
 Roberto Schupbach
 Principal Investigator
 (479) 443-5759
 mschupb@apei.net
Business Contact
 Sharmila Mounce
Title: Business Official
Phone: (479) 443-5759
Email: smounce@apei.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this SBIR project, APEI, Inc. is proposing to develop a high efficiency, rad-hard 3.8 kW silicon carbide (SiC) Power Processing Unit (PPU) for Hall Effect thrusters. In Phase I of the project, APEI, Inc. will focus on investigating various circuit topologies, developing and applying performance metrics (i.e., optimizing magnetics, passives, frequencies, power density, efficiency, etc.), and developing a complete electric circuit design. By the conclusion of Phase I, APEI, Inc. will build and test a hardware "proof of concept" 1.3 kW power converter demonstrating the feasibility of the concepts proposed in this program. In Phase II of the project, APEI, Inc. will transition the "proof of concept" converter of Phase I into a higher power 3.8 kW interleaved system (paralleling three 1.3 kW converters), will modify the basic circuit design demonstrated in Phase I to include full control functionality and feedback / protection circuitry, and will integrate space qualified control and feedback components for a complete rad-hard system.

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