Affordable Point of Use Conversion (PUC) Module for 400Hz Power System Applications

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

$1000K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

IAP Research, Inc.
2763 Culver Avenue Array
Dayton, OH 45429
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The objective of this SBIR topic is to develop an affordable and compact Point of Use Conversion (PUC) module for 60 Hz to 400 Hz and 270 VDC power converters for shipboard applications. In phase I we demonstrated that our approach of using SiC solid state switches to increase the switching frequency in order to reduce the size, weight and cost is feasible. The feasibility was demonstrated via analysis and bench top testing. The concept design developed in Phase I showed that the size and weight of a PUC module is one third of the size and weight of current state of the art power processing modules. It also showed that the cost of a SiC based module is about one half the cost of Si Based module. The goal of the Phase II effort is to develop a prototype of a compact Point of Use Conversion (PUC) module for 60 Hz to 400 Hz power converters and a design of a compact PUC module for 60 Hz to 270 VDC power converters for naval shipboard applications with acceptable efficiency, power density and cost while eliminating the need for a separate 400 Hz distribution system.