SiC Based Electrical Distribution for High Voltage Vehicle Power Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-13-C-0118
Agency Tracking Number: A123-118-0149
Amount: $98,921.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A123-118
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
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
 Bruce Pilvelait
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 brp@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Power system upgrades for next-generation ground combat vehicles require technology advances such as higher operating temperature, greater power density, and increased functionality. Silicon Carbide (SiC) based power electronic devices offer advantages over silicon devices, especially for high voltage buses, and Creare proposes to develop a SiC-based 12 channel, 600 VDC Solid State Electrical Distribution Unit (SSEDU) which operates at ambient temperatures up to 100 deg C. Our design uses innovative thermal management to enable operation at very high ambient temperature while maintaining adequately low semiconductor junction temperatures. This approach minimizes size and maximizes lifetime and reliability. During Phase I we will develop our proposed design further and demonstrate feasibility through analysis and prototype test. During Phase II we will demonstrate a prototype in TARDEC"s VEA System Integration Lab at TRL5. Creare"s SSEDU offers the benefits of higher power density, higher operating temperature, and increased control intelligence when compared to existing designs.

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