Power Dense Quiet (PDQ) Electric Drive for Underwater Propulsion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$486,733.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-08-C-0650
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-026-0380
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-T026
Small Business Information
SATCON APPLIED TECHNOLOGY, INC.
27 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
187659425
Principal Investigator
 Ed Lovelace
 Manager of Mechatronics
 (617) 897-2447
 ed.lovelace@satcon.com
Business Contact
 Dennis Mahoney
Title: Dir of Business Development
Phone: (617) 897-2448
Email: dennis.mahoney@satcon.com
Research Institution
 PURDUE UNIV.
 Scott Sudhoff
 Purdue University
West Lafeyette, IN, 47907
 (765) 494-3246
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
SatCon proposes to fabricate and test an advanced technology electric drive for improved power density and quiet operation for underwater propulsion systems with an initial focus on torpedo applications. We will leverage our experience in SiC applications, NUWC propulsors, and active ONR podded propulsor program as a baseline design, and couple this with the design analysis and modeling expertise of Energy Systems Analysis Consortium at Purdue University. Key attributes of the drive development effort are a multilevel PWM bridge architecture, implementation of SiC switching devices into the power stage, and coupled thermal/loss/performance modeling and simulation for enhanced drive optimization from both a power dense design and quiet operation standpoint. In Phase II a representative drive system will be fabricated and performance demonstrated in the laboratory and then in a relevant environment in the Option phases.

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