Basic Research Leading to Compact, Portable Pulsed Power
Final technical rept., Jun 2001-30 Nov 2006
NEW MEXICO UNIV ALBUQUERQUE
Pagination or Media Count:
Pulsed power is a technology that is suited to drive electrical loads requiring very large power pulses in short bursts high-peak power. Certain applications require technology that can be deployed in small spaces under stressful environments, e.g., on a ship, vehicle, or aircraft. In 2001, the U.S. Department of Defense DoD launched a long-range five-year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative MURI to study fundamental issues for compact pulsed power. This research program endeavored to 1 introduce new materials for use in pulsed power systems 2 examine alternative topologies for compact pulse generation 3 study pulsed power switches, including pseudospark switches and 4 investigate the basic physics related to the generation of pulsed power, such as the behavior of liquid dielectrics under intense electric field conditions. This final technical report reviews the advances put forth by the researchers in this consortium and will assess the potential impact for future development of compact pulsed power systems. The progress made over the final 18 months of the program is emphasized.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution