A High-Efficiency Compact SiC-based Power Converter System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,993.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC06CA70C
Award Id:
77665
Agency Tracking Number:
055307
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3300 Westminister Ave., Santa Ana, CA, 92703
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112614594
Principal Investigator:
Bob Liu
Principal Investigator
(714) 265-1238
bobliu@aegistech.net
Business Contact:
Bob Liu
Business Official
(714) 265-1238
bobliu@aegistech.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Wide bandgap SiC power devices have the potential for reliable operations at higher junction temperatures, higher voltages, higher frequencies and thus higher power densities than what can be achieved with Si devices. These advantages enable the SiC technology-based power conversion systems (PCM) to be made smaller, lightweight, more efficient and robust. Recent studies predicted that the volume of a power converter system could be reduced five times through the utilization of SiC power devices. Despite this potential promise and encouraging results, more studies are needed to address the design and fabrication of SiC-based PCMs before their full potential can be realized. This project will develop an ultrahigh-efficiency, light and compact power converter system based on emerging SiC semiconductor technologies, quantifying the system benefits and addressing the related technical issues. The Phase I work include: (1) Circuit design of an SiC-based converter and modeling to evaluate the converter performance (power loss, efficiency, temperature rise, and weight/size heatsink etc.), and (2) High temperature packaging and high power density thermal management to support the SiC converter.

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