High Power Density, High Efficiency, Fast Transient Response Silicon Carbide (SiC)-Based Power Supplies For the Next-Generation of Radars

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,928.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-09-M-0011
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-169-1047
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-169
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
ARKANSAS POWER ELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL
535 W. Research Center Blvd., Suite 209, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121539790
Principal Investigator:
Roberto Marcelo Schupbach
Senior Engineering Manager
(479) 443-5759
mschupb@apei.net
Business Contact:
Sharmila Mounce
Business Operations Manager
(479) 443-5759
smounce@apei.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Advances in radar systems are pushing the limits of present radar power supply technology. To enable new concepts, such as active array radar systems, significant improvements (i.e., power densities >200 W/in3, efficiency > 90%, transient response < 10 µs, etc.) in radar power supply technology is required. To achieve these goals, the volume of present state-of-the-art silicon-based power electronics systems must be cut in half, while maintaining (and in most cases improving) the efficiency of those systems. Such high power density systems will face tremendous thermal challenges since more power per unit of volume under similar efficiency requirements and electronics packaging technology means higher temperature rise. Present high power density Si-based systems are severely limited by the thermal performance of active and passive components as well as electronics packaging technology, and therefore, the achievement of the target radar power supply goals cannot be attained without a revolutionary change in radar power supply technology. This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project seeks to develop highly efficient (>94%) and compact (>250 W/in3) next-generation radar power supplies utilizing the now emerging silicon-carbide (SiC) power devices.

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