Accession Number:

ADA052750

Title:

Inductor Network Development for Aircraft High Power Supplies.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan 74-Feb 77,

Corporate Author:

MAXWELL LABS INC WOBURN MA UTILITY PRODUCTS DIV

Report Date:

1977-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

250.0

Abstract:

This report presents the results of a study program undertaken to perform a comparative analysis of several approaches to the generation of high electrical power by storing tens to hundreds of kilojoules of energy in a compact, superconducting inductive system with efficient extraction in short bursts at high repetition rates. The critical factors for the comparison were the weight, volume, dissipation and reliability of the system and components for various operating regimes characterized by pulse power, repetition rate and pulse shape. Research and development work hitherto undertaken in the U.S. and abroad indicate the engineering feasibility of operating inductive storage systems storing ten to perhaps one hundred kilojoules of energy with extraction rates of tens of pulses per second at pulse durations of the order of a few hundred microseconds with state-of-the-art technology. The major effort of this study was directed towards developing analytical tools to predict the performance of superconducting coils at repetition rates of 100 - 1000 pps with pulse discharge times of 20 - 40 microseconds and to evaluate the relative merits of different circuit configurations for storage and extraction of energy at high average power 3 - 10 MW. At frequencies of a few hundred pulses per second, it appears that inductive storage has a distinct advantage over capacitive storage at power levels of the order 1 - 10 MW.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE