High-Temperature Superconducting Tape Connection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-P-4052
Agency Tracking Number: N121-049-0745
Amount: $79,895.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-049
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Dietz
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
A method is needed to rapidly and reliably make low-resistance connections between high-temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes. These tapes are used in cables for Navy degaussing and power distribution systems. Superconducting cables are smaller, lighter, and more efficient than the copper cables used in legacy systems. However, there is no simple method for making tape connections in the field, and current installations rely on expensive factory-fitted connectors that fix the length of the delivered cable and provide no opportunity for adjusting the cable length during installation. Furthermore, if damaged, the cables must be replaced rather than repaired on-site. Creare proposes a tape connection system (TCS) that can be used to quickly and easily make connections between HTS tapes by operators with minimal training. Our goal is to be able to complete a connection between two tapes in less than two minutes, with a connection resistance of less than 0.2 micro-ohms. In Phase I, we will demonstrate the feasibility of our concept by optimizing critical aspects of our connection system and by fabricating and testing a prototype. In Phase II, we will complete further design, build, and test iterations resulting in a production-ready system.

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