High Specific Power, Rapid Start-up 95 GHz Source Technology

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9451-06-M-0075
Agency Tracking Number:
O053-D02-1132
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD05-D02
Solicitation Number:
2005.3
Small Business Information
AMERICAN SUPERCONDUCTOR
121 Flanders Road, Westborough, MA, 01581
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
185904497
Principal Investigator
 John Voccio
 Senior Technical Staff
 (508) 621-4243
 jvoccio@amsuper.com
Business Contact
 Tom Rosa
Title: V.P., Finance and Accounting
Phone: (508) 621-4265
Email: trosa@amsuper.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In summary, the proposed Phase I work furthers our understanding of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coils for gyrotron applications. A system trade study will be performed to minimize the overall weight of the system, while also maximizing the operating temperature, in order to minimize the cooldown time. Coupled thermal and mechanical finite element analysis will be performed to determine the imposed thermal cooldown stresses. These stresses will be compared to the known measured strength of the HTS coils, in order to determine the minimum allowable cooldown time. Then, a representative thermal mass will be designed, fabricated and tested under Phase I to validate the analytical model. The objective is technology-readiness for high power density rotating electric machines and magnet applications, such as gyrotrons. Under the ensuing Phase II program, a sub-scale 2G HTS magnet will be designed, fabricated and tested.

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