Affordable Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Power System Architecture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0330
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-015-0564
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T015
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
PC Krause and Associates, Inc.
3016 Covington Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Wells
 Mgr, Engineering Serv and Sr Engr
 (765) 464-8997
 wells@pcka.com
Business Contact
 Eric Walters
Title: Vice President
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Email: walters@pcka.com
Research Institution
 University of Illinois at Urbana-Ch
 Carol Stickrod
 1901 South First Street
Champaign, IL, 61820-6242
 (217) 333-2187
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The primary objective of the proposed work is to develop an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) power system architecture that is simultaneously scalable to multiple UUV sizes, light weight, affordable, and adaptable. This will be accomplished through the development of “smart” power units (SPU’s) that can be readily interconnected to provide distributed and coordinated power management for the UUV while providing battery cell balancing and charge monitoring. The SPU’s will contain integrated power converter/controllers capable of providing for the vehicle hotel and propulsion loads, and compatible with multiple battery chemistries through the use of an automatic identification scheme. The SPU’s will facilitate universal charging through a standard interface port, be modular enough to be deployed in a wide range of UUV sizes and dimensions, and be capable of communicating both with other SPU’s and with the user using standard communication protocols. Deployment of the proposed SPU’s will be greatly enhanced by accompanying software capable of rapidly sizing and configuring the modules for a given UUV size while minimizing size and weight.

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