Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) Fault Detection, Localization, and Isolation
Award last edited on: 10/29/2018

Sponsored Program
Awarding Agency
DOD : Navy
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Principal Investigator
Antonios Challita

Company Information

IAP Research Inc (AKA: Iap)

2763 Culver Avenue
Dayton, OH 45429
   (937) 296-1806

Research Institution

Florida State University

Phase I

Contract Number: N00253-16-P-0247
Start Date: 6/8/2016    Completed: 12/5/2016
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In this phase I we propose to extend our work on MVDC isolation device to include fault detection, and fault localization circuitry. We have previously developed under an SBIR a 6 kVDC, 2000A isolation device that was built and tested in MVDC ship distribution system laboratory at FSU CAPS. In this phase I we propose to use rogowski coils and hall effect probes to detect faults and we propose to announce the presence of faults to a central control system to command the rectifier modules to limit then interrupt current as appropriate for the isolation device open and isolate the faulted circuit. In this phase I we propose to conduct simulation and analysis to understand the effect of limiting and interrupting current from the rectifier on the ship distribution system. We plan to conduct this effort in collaboration with FSU-CAPS where they will be responsible for the analysis and simulations and IAP will be responsible for developing the fault detection and localization circuitry (hardware and software). If this effort is successful it will lead to a product that will enable MVDC ship distribution system that is less costly and higher power density than current systems.

if this effort is successful, the result of this program will be a product that will enable MVDC ship distribution. The product will be about a third of the size and half the cost of current AC breakers. If successful, the same product can be used in commercial DC distributions such as large industries that uses MVDC distribution such as smelt houses and data storage facilities.

faulty detection, faulty detection, MVDC, Isolation Device, breakerless architecture, ultra fast opening contacts

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