High Energy Density, Low Cost Polymer/Ceramic Film Capacitors for Plasma Sparkers

Period of Performance: 12/15/2003 - 06/15/2004

$70K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Sigma Technologies Intl, Inc.
10960 N Stallard Place
Tucson, AZ 85737
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Sigma Technologies proposes a unique patented process for the fabrication of high energy density (>10 J/cc) film capacitors for high efficiency plasma sparker application. Capacitor banks based on the proposed capacitors will have several attractive features s that include high energy density, light weight, low volume, and low costs. The proposed process is an improvement over a technology that was developed at Sigma, and which produced parts with energy densities of the order of 7J/cc. In Phase I, Sigma will design, fabricate, and test the highly efficient capacitor. In Phase II, Sigma will design and build a sparker module that is energized by the Phase I capacitors