Compact Integrated Hub Traction Motor and Inverter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,965.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8501-05-M-0162
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-283-0482
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-283
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
825 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA, 91016
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
058024456
Principal Investigator:
Zaher Daboussi
Principal Electrical Engineer
(626) 357-9983
daboussi@aerovironment.com
Business Contact:
Jerry Cleveland
Director, Contracts & Legal Affairs
(626) 357-9983
cleveland@aerovironment.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Conversion of conventional powered and non-powered Ground Support Equipment (GSE) to electric and hybrid electric power requires careful consideration of safety, efficiency, weight and volume of the new electric components, while also enabling operation in demanding conditions. This is especially true of the traction motors and motor drives, which favor in-wheel (hub) technology to maximize cargo space and minimize drive train complexity. Recent advances in traction motors and power electronics technology facilitate major increases in torque density, power density, and efficiency. GSE come in all shapes, sizes, and functions. Thus, a universal, integrated hub motor/controller, that is also scalable, would allow easier conversion of existing combustion-powered and non-powered vehicles to electric-powered units. For flight line applications, the proposed motor controller is air-cooled, scalable and modular in power, and flexible in packaging. The proposed in-hub motors require especially rugged design, and are scalable in power and torque. The proposed effort will develop and demonstrate a 5kW in-hub motor/controller design for electric and hybrid GSE applications. We expect the proposed motor/controller to significantly exceed the SBIR torque density requirement of 20-30 N-m/l.

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