MICROSTACK INSULATOR FOR HIGH VOLTAGE PULSED SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$479,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
6570
Agency Tracking Number:
6570
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Tetra Corp. (Currently Tetra Corp)
4905 Hawkins St Ne, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr E W Gray
(505) 345-8623
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
POLYMERIC OR CERAMIC INSULATORS CONVENTIONALLY ARE BEING USED IN HIGH VOLTAGE PULSED SYSTEMS. NEW APPROACHES ARE NEEDED THAT WOULD REDUCE INSULATORS RING THICKNESSES AND INCREASE CORRESPONDING GRADING RINGS FLASHOVER VOLTAGE. SUCH AN APPROACH WOULD POSSESS IN COMPARISON TO CONVENTIONAL INSULATORS: HIGHER SURFACE FLASHOVER FIELD STRENGTH; SMALLER PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS FOR EQUIVALENT VOLTAGE HOLDOFF; LESS WEIGHT; AND LESS INDUCTANCE SO THAT MORE POWER CAN BE TRANSMITTED. A HIGH VOLTAGE INSULATOR PROTOTYPE IS BEING DESIGNED BASED ON THIS APPROACH. A MARX GENERATOR (1MV, 200KA, 150NS) IS BEING CONSTRUCTED TO ENABLE A PRELIMINARY TEST OF THE PROTOTYPE INSULATOR STACK. SHOULDTHIS CONCEPT PROVE VIABLE FOR INSULATOR TECHNOLOGY, INSULATORS THAT CAN WITHSTAND FIELD GRADIENTS OF APPROXIMATELY 100 MV/M COULD BE PRODUCED AND EFFECTIVELY REDUCE THE DIMENSIONS OF ELECTRON (AND ION) ACCELERATOR TECHNOLOGY.

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