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Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power Processing Unit (PPU) for Hall Effect Thrusters

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95368
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095060
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Arkansas Power Electronics International
535 W. Research Center Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power Processing Unit (PPU) for Hall Effect Thrusters
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CD08P
Award Amount: $99,939.00
 

Abstract:

In this SBIR project, APEI, Inc. is proposing to develop a high efficiency, rad-hard 3.8 kW silicon carbide (SiC) Power Processing Unit (PPU) for Hall Effect thrusters. In Phase I of the project, APEI, Inc. will focus on investigating various circuit topologies, developing and applying performance metrics (i.e., optimizing magnetics, passives, frequencies, power density, efficiency, etc.), and developing a complete electric circuit design. By the conclusion of Phase I, APEI, Inc. will build and test a hardware "proof of concept" 1.3 kW power converter demonstrating the feasibility of the concepts proposed in this program. In Phase II of the project, APEI, Inc. will transition the "proof of concept" converter of Phase I into a higher power 3.8 kW interleaved system (paralleling three 1.3 kW converters), will modify the basic circuit design demonstrated in Phase I to include full control functionality and feedback / protection circuitry, and will integrate space qualified control and feedback components for a complete rad-hard system.

Principal Investigator:

Roberto M. Schupbach
Principal Investigator
4794435759
mschupb@apei.net

Business Contact:

Sharmila Mounce
Business Official
4794435759
smounce@apei.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc.
535 W. Research Center Blvd., Suite 209 Fayetteville, AR 72701

EIN/Tax ID: 710810115
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No