Ultra Compact Energy Efficient High Voltage Switches for Switching Very Small Energy Stores

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$515,804.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-11-C-0031
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4382
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-118
Solicitation Number:
2009.2
Small Business Information
350 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
031994218
Principal Investigator:
FrankRose
Principal Investigator
(256) 489-3642
frank.rose@radiancetech.com
Business Contact:
JeffPearson
Contract Administrator
(256) 489-8543
jpearson@radiancetech.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The work described herein is designed to take the two unique switch technologies invented in Phase I to the technology level necessary for manufacturing to customer"s specifications. The single-shot explosive driven dielectric puncture switch employs a unique electrically initiated explosive primer developed for applications in firearms and through modification uses the gases generated on detonation for driving an anvil into a switch consisting of metallic shim and dielectric film. The switch is capable of high voltage, high current, high energy applications. The second switch is a miniature sealed gas spark gap consisting of Elkonite electrodes and a ceramic body. In phase I, it was shown that Elkonite electrodes could be bonded to the ceramic switch body and sustain internal gas pressures in excess of 1500 PISG. Switches were pressurized both with Argon and Hydrogen. Prototype sealed gas switches have retained pressure for about 4 months with no loss of performance. In phase II, we propose to fully characterize the performance of each switch, develop life statistics, discover failure mechanisms and from the investigation establish a methodology to design a low cost switch to a customer"s specifications.

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