High Input Voltage Hall Thruster Discharge Converter

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CC14C
Agency Tracking Number: 124936
Amount: $199,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: E1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MA, Natick, MA, 01760-1023
DUNS: 185739591
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Jaquish
 Senior Electrical Engineer
 (508) 655-5565
Business Contact
 Judy Budny
Title: Business Official
Phone: (508) 655-5565
Email: judy@busek.com
Research Institution
The overall scope of this Phase I/II effort is the development of a high efficiency 15kW (nominal) Hall thruster discharge converter. In Phase I, Busek Co. Inc. will design, fabricate and test a nominal 7.5kW breadboard discharge converter module. Busek proposes a converter topolgy called the Leading Edge Auxiliary Phase Shifted (LEAPS) Bridge, which is a modification of the standard phase shifted bridge that uses an energy-recovering auxiliary circuit to force the transition from output inductor freewheel to power flowing through the main transformer. Based on preliminary measurements with this topology the converter module demonstrated>97% efficiency at reduced power.A 300V line input and 300-400V output range are the benchmark for the discharge converter in Phase 1. The most reasonable path with higher input voltage for higher power converters involves the use Wide Band Gap FETs. MOSFETS represent the greatest payoff in terms of efficiency improvements and are a primary focus for a discharge converter to achieve an efficiency of 98% or greater. With the design maturity gained from the Phase I breadboard, the Phase II objective will be the production of a 15kW brassboard PPU in a flight-like form factor that incorporates conductive cooling.

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