Flux Compression Generators

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$382,382.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-11-C-0041
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4502
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-029
Solicitation Number:
2010.1
Small Business Information
1300 Eubank Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
061270682
Principal Investigator:
BruceFreeman
Program Manager and Engin
(505) 938-4192
bfreeman@ktech.com
Business Contact:
MaryRice
Contracts Manager
(505) 998-6020
maryrice@ktech.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The US Army has programs that require very compact explosive drive power supplies. One such power supply is the Flux Compression Generator (FCG). Flux compression generators convert the chemical energy of explosives into electrical energy by compressing an initial magnetic field. A major advantage of FCGs is that they can be relatively small and can fit into platforms of interest, unlike conventional power supplies such as battery powered Marx generators. Unfortunately, as the size of FCGs decrease, they have higher losses due, in part, to size and tolerance scaling. However, it may be possible to take advantage of this characteristic for higher losses to couple part of the energy that would have been lost out of the flux-trapped region into Radio Frequency (RF) energy. For Army platforms of interest, the geometries of interest are 1.5 inches (40 mm) in diameter and 1 inch (25 mm) in length. We propose to explore innovative ways to convert energy typically lost due to mechanisms such as stator clocking and flux pocketing.

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