Pulse Power and Energy Sources for High Power Microwave and High Power Laser

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,962.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W9113M-12-C-0049
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A121-066-0903
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-066
Small Business Information
Radiance Technologies Inc.
350 Wynn Drive, Hu, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
031994218
Principal Investigator
 Zac Shotts
 Principal Investigator
 (334) 887-0806
 zshotts@radiancetech.com
Business Contact
 Jeff Pearson
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (256) 489-8543
Email: jpearson@radiancetech.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
This work describes an innovative approach to developing a pulsed electrical system that can function over a wide range of environmental conditions. Techniques are developed for system scaling over a wide range of sizes. The power systems are self-contained, with long shelf life and designed to function over a wide range of peak and average power levels. Output voltages of 100-1000 kV are achievable with pulse repetition rates greater than 100 Hz. A literature search will identify relevant technologies for major components such as energy source, input voltage control through DC-DC conversion, high voltage transformation, and switching technology to control the flow of energy from the source to a load. A system assessment identifies possible combinations of components that meet requirements and identifies best practice and changes that must be made when scaling to larger sizes. Potting compounds and insulating techniques necessary to withstand both environmental stresses and electric fields are researched and evaluated within the context of compact geometry and environmental constraints. A bench top proof of principle power system will be built and characterized. It will serve as guidance for phase II efforts to produce pulsed power systems for non-conventional warheads with full form, fit, and function.

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