Power Dense Quiet (PDQ) Electric Drive for Underwater Propulsion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$486,733.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-08-C-0650
Award Id:
83457
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-026-0380
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
27 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
187659425
Principal Investigator:
Ed Lovelace
Manager of Mechatronics
(617) 897-2447
ed.lovelace@satcon.com
Business Contact:
Dennis Mahoney
Dir of Business Development
(617) 897-2448
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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