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  1. Bi-directional Current-fed Medium Frequency Transformer Isolated AC-DC Converter 

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    Essakiappan, Somasundaram

    2011-08-08

    demand for power converters with bi-directional capabilities. The objective of this thesis is to develop a high power quality, bi-directional AC-DC power converter that is a solution to the aforementioned problems. This thesis studies an existing topology...

  2. A Generalized Class of Stationary Frame-Current Controllers for Grid-Connected AC–DC Converters

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    Hwang, J. George

    Within power systems, high-power pulsewidth-modulated ac-dc converters are used in flexible ac transmission systems controllers and for interfacing renewable energy sources to the grid. These converters traditionally ...

  3. Aalborg Universitet Power flow analysis for droop controlled LV hybrid AC-DC microgrids with virtual

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    Vasquez, Juan Carlos

    Aalborg Universitet Power flow analysis for droop controlled LV hybrid AC-DC microgrids controlled LV hybrid AC-DC microgrids with virtual impedance. In Proceedings of the IEEE Power & Energy Interlinking converter PV WT IBS DC microgrid DC microgrid AC microgrid AC Load Figure 1. Structure

  4. 1620 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER DELIVERY, VOL. 27, NO. 3, JULY 2012 Hybrid AC/DC Transmission Expansion Planning

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    Fu, Yong

    1620 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER DELIVERY, VOL. 27, NO. 3, JULY 2012 Hybrid AC/DC Transmission--This paper proposes a hybrid algorithm for the ac/dc transmission expansion planning (TEP). The stochastic simulation method would consider random outages of generating units and ac/dc transmission lines as well

  5. New AC-DC Power Factor Correction Architecture Suitable for High Frequency Operation

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    Lim, Seungbum

    This paper presents a novel ac-dc power factor correction (PFC) power conversion architecture for single-phase grid interface. The proposed architecture has significant advantages for achieving high efficiency, good power ...

  6. A nonlinear robust HVDC control for a parallel AC/DC power system

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    Qu, Zhihua

    recognized that, through an HVDC transmission line, fast electronic control can be applied on the DC power, controlling DC line transmission power can improve stability of the AC system after a major disturbanceA nonlinear robust HVDC control for a parallel AC/DC power system Hongzhi Cai a , Zhihua Qu b

  7. 1. PMU Based RAS for a Hybrid AC/DC System 1.1. Project Team

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    Li, Husheng

    1. PMU Based RAS for a Hybrid AC/DC System 1.1. Project Team Primary Thrust: Modeling Secondary to be detected more quickly allowing less severe action. This effort focuses on PMU driven response-based RAS from PMU units. The project goals break down into three efforts: · Investigating the possibility

  8. Application of direct pulsewidth modulation scheme to AC-DC converters: - a way to reduce ripple 

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    Zhang, Yuemin

    1993-01-01

    the wanted output voltage. Reference [14] proposed three schemes: Sr(~t) is 9 pulses per half cycle, Ss(~t) is 7 pulses per half cycle, and Ss(wt) is just I pulse per half cycle. Then author reached the conclusion that Sr(ut) is the best choice. Reference... in Figure 4. B. ) is given as r t's Sr = J V~sin~tdt &a 1. 17 V (cos wt~ ? cos cdts) According to the principle of DPWM, Sr should be equal to Sr. Then Vm VELDT = ? (cos at~ ? cos its) 1. 18 Since we only have one equation(Eq. 1. 18) and two unknowns...

  9. Aalborg Universitet Control of parallel-connected bidirectional AC-DC converters in stationary frame for

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    Kerekes, Tamas

    frame for microgrid application Lu, Xiaonan; Guerrero, Josep M.; Teodorescu, Remus; Kerekes, Tamas; Sun, Kai; Huang , Lipei Published in: Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition for published version (APA): Lu, X., Guerrero, J. M., Teodorescu, R., Kerekes, T., Sun, K., & Huang , L. (2011

  10. 27.5 A Single-Inductor ACDC Piezoelectric Energy-Harvester/Battery-Charger IC Converting (0.35 to 1.2V) to (2.7 to 4.5V)

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    1 27.5 A Single-Inductor AC­DC Piezoelectric Energy-Harvester/Battery- Charger IC Converting ±(0, GA Microscale integration constrains energy and the lifetime microsystems like wireless sensors and quiescent current nonetheless limit the input voltage range of the system and dissipate power. The harvester-charger

  11. Halting_Title_XVII_Nuclear_Loan_Guarantees.pdf

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    Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC 20585 NRC Reveals AP1000 Nuclear Reactor Design Problems, DOE Must Halt Issuance of Conditional Loan Guarantees to...

  12. How to Compute Halting Eric C.R. Hehner

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    Hehner, Eric C.R.

    function, neither directly nor indirectly. Here is its header, specification, and a start on its string input parameter } { that does not refer to halts (neither directly nor indirectly) } { and whose input parameter } { that does not refer to halts (neither directly nor indirectly) } { and whose

  13. DOE Requires Manufacturers to Halt Sales of Heat Pumps and Air...

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    Requires Manufacturers to Halt Sales of Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners Violating Minimum Appliance Standards DOE Requires Manufacturers to Halt Sales of Heat Pumps and Air...

  14. DOE Orders AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner...

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    Orders AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models DOE Orders AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models...

  15. Beam converter

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    Poulsen, Peter

    2003-05-06

    A converter and method for converting electron energy to irradiative energy comprising foam and/or foil. Foam and foil optionally comprise a high-Z material, such as, but not limited to, tantalum.

  16. New leading/trailing edge modulation strategies for two-stage AC/DC PFC adapters to reduce DC-link capacitor ripple current 

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    Sun, Jing

    2007-09-17

    PFC stage and trailing edge modulation for the second DC/DC converter stage can significantly reduce the ripple current and ripple voltage of the DC-link capacitor. Thus, a smaller DC-link capacitance can be used, lowering the cost and size of the AC...

  17. Thermionic converter

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    Fitzpatrick, G.O.

    1987-05-19

    A thermionic converter is set forth which includes an envelope having an electron collector structure attached adjacent to a wall. An electron emitter structure is positioned adjacent the collector structure and spaced apart from opposite wall. The emitter and collector structures are in a common chamber. The emitter structure is heated substantially only by thermal radiation. Very small interelectrode gaps can be maintained utilizing the thermionic converter whereby increased efficiency results. 10 figs.

  18. High frequency AC power converter for low voltage circuits

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    Salazar, Nathaniel Jay Tobias

    2012-01-01

    This thesis presents a novel AC power delivery architecture that is suitable for VHF frequency (50-100MHz) polyphase AC/DC power conversion in low voltage integrated circuits. A complete AC power delivery architecture was ...

  19. A Bidirectional High-Power-Quality Grid Interface With a Novel Bidirectional Noninverted Buck Boost Converter for PHEVs

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    Onar, Omer C

    2012-01-01

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will play a vital role in future sustainable transportation systems due to their potential in terms of energy security, decreased environmental impact, improved fuel economy, and better performance. Moreover, new regulations have been established to improve the collective gas mileage, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. This paper primarily focuses on two major thrust areas of PHEVs. First, it introduces a grid-friendly bidirectional alternating current/direct current ac/dc dc/ac rectifier/inverter for facilitating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration of PHEVs. Second, it presents an integrated bidirectional noninverted buck boost converter that interfaces the energy storage device of the PHEV to the dc link in both grid-connected and driving modes. The proposed bidirectional converter has minimal grid-level disruptions in terms of power factor and total harmonic distortion, with less switching noise. The integrated bidirectional dc/dc converter assists the grid interface converter to track the charge/discharge power of the PHEV battery. In addition, while driving, the dc/dc converter provides a regulated dc link voltage to the motor drive and captures the braking energy during regenerative braking.

  20. MasterProof Functional Halt Positions of Rotary F0F1-ATPase Correlated with

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    Junge, Wolfgang

    . coli) translocates ions. Both portions are stepping rotary engines. The eight different subunitsMasterProof Functional Halt Positions of Rotary F0F1-ATPase Correlated with Crystal Structures½AQ1, University of Osnabru¨ck, D-49069 Osnabru¨ck, Germany ABSTRACT The F0F1-ATPase is a rotary molecular motor

  1. Belt-parallel mantle flow beneath a halted continental collision: The Western Alps Guilhem Barruol a,

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    Demouchy, Sylvie

    Belt-parallel mantle flow beneath a halted continental collision: The Western Alps Guilhem Barruol belts, is a particularly important objective of "mantle tectonics" that may bring a depth extent a coherent picture of upper mantle anisotropy beneath the belt. The large-scale anisotropy pattern

  2. A Near State PWM Method With Reduced Switching Frequency And Reduced Common Mode Voltage

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    Hava, Ahmet

    operation in AC-DC power converter applications, and supply high quality power in uninterruptible power supply AC-DC-AC power converter units. Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is the standard approach to operate

  3. Performance Analysis and Comparison of Reduced Common Mode Voltage PWM and Standard PWM

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    Hava, Ahmet

    operation in AC-DC power converter applications, and to supply high quality AC power in uninterruptible power supply systems as AC-DC-AC power converter units. Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is the standard

  4. Power Converters for Accelerators

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    Visintini, R

    2015-01-01

    Particle accelerators use a great variety of power converters for energizing their sub-systems; while the total number of power converters usually depends on the size of the accelerator or combination of accelerators (including the experimental setup), the characteristics of power converters depend on their loads and on the particle physics requirements: this paper aims to provide an overview of the magnet power converters in use in several facilities worldwide.

  5. Switching Power Converter A/D Converters

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    to make intelligent decisions on load and system management prior to system faults. With the increased use of the converter [1]. Traditionally, system monitoring and control is performed by a central power management

  6. Interleaved power converter

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    Zhu, Lizhi (Canton, MI)

    2007-11-13

    A power converter architecture interleaves full bridge converters to alleviate thermal management problems in high current applications, and may, for example, double the output power capability while reducing parts count and costs. For example, one phase of a three phase inverter is shared between two transformers, which provide power to a rectifier such as a current doubler rectifier to provide two full bridge DC/DC converters with three rather than four high voltage inverter legs.

  7. Universal thermochemical energy converter

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    Labinov, Solomon Davidovich (Oak Ridge, TN); Sand, James R. (Oak Ridge, TN); Conklin, James C. (Knoxville, TN); VanCoevering, James (Oak Ridge, TN); Courville, George E. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    2001-01-01

    Disclosed are methods and apparatus for a thermochemical closed cycle employing a polyatomic, chemically active working fluid for converting heat energy into useful work.

  8. Microminiature thermionic converters

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    King, Donald B. (Albuquerque, NM); Sadwick, Laurence P. (Salt Lake City, UT); Wernsman, Bernard R. (Clairton, PA)

    2001-09-25

    Microminiature thermionic converts (MTCs) having high energy-conversion efficiencies and variable operating temperatures. Methods of manufacturing those converters using semiconductor integrated circuit fabrication and micromachine manufacturing techniques are also disclosed. The MTCs of the invention incorporate cathode to anode spacing of about 1 micron or less and use cathode and anode materials having work functions ranging from about 1 eV to about 3 eV. Existing prior art thermionic converter technology has energy conversion efficiencies ranging from 5-15%. The MTCs of the present invention have maximum efficiencies of just under 30%, and thousands of the devices can be fabricated at modest costs.

  9. Voltage Converter TYPICAL APPLICATION

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    Berns, Hans-Gerd

    1 LTC660 100mA CMOS Voltage Converter TYPICAL APPLICATION U s Simple Conversion of 5V to ­5V Supply s Output Drive: 100mA s ROUT: 6.5 (0.65V Loss at 100mA) s BOOST Pin (Pin 1) for Higher Switching Frequency-capacitor voltage converter. It performs supply voltage conversion from positive to negative from an input range

  10. Vector generator scan converter

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    Moore, James M. (Livermore, CA); Leighton, James F. (Livermore, CA)

    1990-01-01

    High printing speeds for graphics data are achieved with a laser printer by transmitting compressed graphics data from a main processor over an I/O (input/output) channel to a vector generator scan converter which reconstructs a full graphics image for input to the laser printer through a raster data input port. The vector generator scan converter includes a microprocessor with associated microcode memory containing a microcode instruction set, a working memory for storing compressed data, vector generator hardward for drawing a full graphic image from vector parameters calculated by the microprocessor, image buffer memory for storing the reconstructed graphics image and an output scanner for reading the graphics image data and inputting the data to the printer. The vector generator scan converter eliminates the bottleneck created by the I/O channel for transmitting graphics data from the main processor to the laser printer, and increases printer speed up to thirty fold.

  11. Vector generator scan converter

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    Moore, J.M.; Leighton, J.F.

    1988-02-05

    High printing speeds for graphics data are achieved with a laser printer by transmitting compressed graphics data from a main processor over an I/O channel to a vector generator scan converter which reconstructs a full graphics image for input to the laser printer through a raster data input port. The vector generator scan converter includes a microprocessor with associated microcode memory containing a microcode instruction set, a working memory for storing compressed data, vector generator hardware for drawing a full graphic image from vector parameters calculated by the microprocessor, image buffer memory for storing the reconstructed graphics image and an output scanner for reading the graphics image data and inputting the data to the printer. The vector generator scan converter eliminates the bottleneck created by the I/O channel for transmitting graphics data from the main processor to the laser printer, and increases printer speed up to thirty fold. 7 figs.

  12. Liquid metal thermal electric converter

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    Abbin, Joseph P. (Albuquerque, NM); Andraka, Charles E. (Albuquerque, NM); Lukens, Laurance L. (Albuquerque, NM); Moreno, James B. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1989-01-01

    A liquid metal thermal electric converter which converts heat energy to electrical energy. The design of the liquid metal thermal electric converter incorporates a unique configuration which directs the metal fluid pressure to the outside of the tube which results in the structural loads in the tube to be compressive. A liquid metal thermal electric converter refluxing boiler with series connection of tubes and a multiple cell liquid metal thermal electric converter are also provided.

  13. Definition of Power Converters

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    Bordry, F

    2015-01-01

    The paper is intended to introduce power conversion principles and to define common terms in the domain. The concept s of sources and switches are defined and classified. From the basic laws of source interconnections, a generic method of power converter synthesis is presented. Some examples illustrate this systematic method. Finally, the commutation cell and soft commuta tion are introduced and discussedd.

  14. The Geography of European Convertible Bonds: Why Firms Issue Convertibles?

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    Saskatchewan, University of

    1 The Geography of European Convertible Bonds: Why Firms Issue Convertibles? Franck Bancel Usha R at the geography of CB issuance. The size and development of the CB market varies widely across countries and over

  15. Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter

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    Stefan G. Siegel, Ph.D.

    2012-11-30

    This program allowed further advancing the development of a novel type of wave energy converter, a Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter or CycWEC. A CycWEC consists of one or more hydrofoils rotating around a central shaft, and operates fully submerged beneath the water surface. It operates under feedback control sensing the incoming waves, and converts wave power to shaft power directly without any intermediate power take off system. Previous research consisting of numerical simulations and two dimensional small 1:300 scale wave flume experiments had indicated wave cancellation efficiencies beyond 95%. The present work was centered on construction and testing of a 1:10 scale model and conducting two testing campaigns in a three dimensional wave basin. These experiments allowed for the first time for direct measurement of electrical power generated as well as the interaction of the CycWEC in a three dimensional environment. The Atargis team successfully conducted two testing campaigns at the Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research Center and was able to demonstrate electricity generation. In addition, three dimensional wave diffraction results show the ability to achieve wave focusing, thus increasing the amount of wave power that can be extracted beyond what was expected from earlier two dimensional investigations. Numerical results showed wave cancellation efficiencies for irregular waves to be on par with results for regular waves over a wide range of wave lengths. Using the results from previous simulations and experiments a full scale prototype was designed and its performance in a North Atlantic wave climate of average 30kW/m of wave crest was estimated. A full scale WEC with a blade span of 150m will deliver a design power of 5MW at an estimated levelized cost of energy (LCOE) in the range of 10-17 US cents per kWh. Based on the new results achieved in the 1:10 scale experiments these estimates appear conservative and the likely performance at full scale will exceed this initial performance estimates. In advancing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of this type of wave energy converter from 3 to 4, we find the CycWEC to exceed our initial estimates in terms of hydrodynamic performance. Once fully developed and optimized, it has the potential to not just outperform all other WEC technologies, but to also deliver power at a lower LCOE than competing conventional renewables like wind and solar. Given the large wave power resource both domestically and internationally, this technology has the potential to lead to a large improvement in our ability to produce clean electricity at affordable cost.

  16. Bidirectional buck boost converter

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    Esser, A.A.M.

    1998-03-31

    A bidirectional buck boost converter and method of operating the same allows regulation of power flow between first and second voltage sources in which the voltage level at each source is subject to change and power flow is independent of relative voltage levels. In one embodiment, the converter is designed for hard switching while another embodiment implements soft switching of the switching devices. In both embodiments, first and second switching devices are serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a first voltage source with third and fourth switching devices serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a second voltage source. A free-wheeling diode is coupled, respectively, in parallel opposition with respective ones of the switching devices. An inductor is coupled between a junction of the first and second switching devices and a junction of the third and fourth switching devices. Gating pulses supplied by a gating circuit selectively enable operation of the switching devices for transferring power between the voltage sources. In the second embodiment, each switching device is shunted by a capacitor and the switching devices are operated when voltage across the device is substantially zero. 20 figs.

  17. Bidirectional buck boost converter

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    Esser, Albert Andreas Maria (Niskayuna, NY)

    1998-03-31

    A bidirectional buck boost converter and method of operating the same allows regulation of power flow between first and second voltage sources in which the voltage level at each source is subject to change and power flow is independent of relative voltage levels. In one embodiment, the converter is designed for hard switching while another embodiment implements soft switching of the switching devices. In both embodiments, first and second switching devices are serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a first voltage source with third and fourth switching devices serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a second voltage source. A free-wheeling diode is coupled, respectively, in parallel opposition with respective ones of the switching devices. An inductor is coupled between a junction of the first and second switching devices and a junction of the third and fourth switching devices. Gating pulses supplied by a gating circuit selectively enable operation of the switching devices for transferring power between the voltage sources. In the second embodiment, each switching device is shunted by a capacitor and the switching devices are operated when voltage across the device is substantially zero.

  18. FLUXCAP: A flux-coupled ac/dc magnetizing device

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    Gopman, Daniel B; Kent, Andrew D

    2012-01-01

    We report on an instrument for applying ac and dc magnetic fields by capturing the flux from a rotating permanent magnet and projecting it between two adjustable pole pieces. This can be an alternative to standard electromagnets for experiments with small samples or in probe stations in which an applied magnetic field is needed locally, with advantages that include a compact form-factor, very low power requirements and dissipation as well as fast field sweep rates. This flux capture instrument (FLUXCAP) can produce fields from -400 to +400 mT, with field resolution less than 1 mT. It generates static magnetic fields as well as ramped fields, with ramping rates as high as 10 T/s. We demonstrate the use of this apparatus for studying the magnetotransport properties of spin-valve nanopillars, a nanoscale device that exhibits giant magnetoresistance.

  19. Current Obsession: AC/DC | Department of Energy

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergy A plug-in electric vehicle (PEV)Day-June2012environment 3D31, 2015 |Energy,

  20. Electromagnetic Compatibility of Power Converters

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    Charoy, A

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the main challenges related to power converters in a scientific environment. It proposes some methods of EMC analysis, design, meas urement, and EMC troubleshooting.

  1. Self-powered microthermionic converter

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    Marshall, Albert C.; King, Donald B.; Zavadil, Kevin R.; Kravitz, Stanley H.; Tigges, Chris P.; Vawter, Gregory A.

    2004-08-10

    A self-powered microthermionic converter having an internal thermal power source integrated into the microthermionic converter. These converters can have high energy-conversion efficiencies over a range of operating temperatures. Microengineering techniques are used to manufacture the converter. The utilization of an internal thermal power source increases potential for mobility and incorporation into small devices. High energy efficiency is obtained by utilization of micron-scale interelectrode gap spacing. Alpha-particle emitting radioisotopes can be used for the internal thermal power source, such as curium and polonium isotopes.

  2. CHIC - Converting Hamburgers Into Cows

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    Townsend, Joseph A

    components and convert them into SciXML. This is sectioned into text-rich and data-rich streams and stand-off annotation (SAF) is created for each. Embedded domain specific objects can be converted into XML (Chemical Markup Language). The different workflow...

  3. Power Converters for Cycling Machines

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    Bouteille, J F

    2015-01-01

    Cycling accelerators require power converters that are capable of storing the energy that oscillates between lattice magnets and the converter during the acceleration process. This paper presents the basic requirements for such systems and reviews the various electrical circuits that have been used for a variety of differing applications. The designs currently used for fast-, medium- and slow-cycling accelerators are presented.

  4. On the Road to Climate Stability: The Parable of the Secretary A-Team Report on Prospects for Halting the Growth of CO2 Emissions

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    Hansen, James E.

    for Halting the Growth of CO2 Emissions James Hansen1,2, Darnell Cain3, Robert Schmunk3 After President Bush) reducing non-CO2 climate forcings, and (2) getting CO2 emissions to level out in the near-term and decline for a path in which the United States achieves an energy and CO2 emissions pathway consistent

  5. Switched-Mode Power Converter Programmable

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    Switched-Mode Power Converter Programmable compensator Identification & design Vref DPWM vout digital controller design for switching power converters. Starting from an experimentally identified Digital Controller Design for Switching Converters Abstract--This paper presents an approach to automated

  6. Converting Biomass to High-Value Feedstocks

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    Converting Biomass to High-Value Feedstocks Advanced feedstocks play an important role in economically and efficiently converting biomass into bioenergy products. Advanced...

  7. Charge-pump voltage converter

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    Brainard, John P. (Albuquerque, NM); Christenson, Todd R. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2009-11-03

    A charge-pump voltage converter for converting a low voltage provided by a low-voltage source to a higher voltage. Charge is inductively generated on a transfer rotor electrode during its transit past an inductor stator electrode and subsequently transferred by the rotating rotor to a collector stator electrode for storage or use. Repetition of the charge transfer process leads to a build-up of voltage on a charge-receiving device. Connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in series can generate higher voltages, and connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in parallel can generate higher currents. Microelectromechanical (MEMS) embodiments of this invention provide a small and compact high-voltage (several hundred V) voltage source starting with a few-V initial voltage source. The microscale size of many embodiments of this invention make it ideally suited for MEMS- and other micro-applications where integration of the voltage or charge source in a small package is highly desirable.

  8. Portable convertible blast effects shield

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    Pastrnak, John W. (Livermore, CA); Hollaway, Rocky (Modesto, CA); Henning, Carl D. (Livermore, CA); Deteresa, Steve (Livermore, CA); Grundler, Walter (Hayward, CA); Hagler, Lisle B. (Berkeley, CA); Kokko, Edwin (Dublin, CA); Switzer, Vernon A. (Livermore, CA)

    2011-03-15

    A rapidly deployable portable convertible blast effects shield/ballistic shield includes a set two or more frusto-conically-tapered telescoping rings operably connected to each other to convert between a telescopically-collapsed configuration for storage and transport, and a telescopically-extended upright configuration forming an expanded inner volume. In a first embodiment, the upright configuration provides blast effects shielding, such as against blast pressures, shrapnel, and/or fire balls. And in a second embodiment, the upright configuration provides ballistic shielding, such as against incoming weapons fire, shrapnel, etc. Each ring has a high-strength material construction, such as a composite fiber and matrix material, capable of substantially inhibiting blast effects and impinging projectiles from passing through the shield. And the set of rings are releasably securable to each other in the telescopically-extended upright configuration by the friction fit of adjacent pairs of frusto-conically-tapered rings to each other.

  9. Portable convertible blast effects shield

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    Pastrnak, John W. (Livermore, CA); Hollaway, Rocky (Modesto, CA); Henning, Carl D. (Livermore, CA); Deteresa, Steve (Livermore, CA); Grundler, Walter (Hayward, CA); Hagler,; Lisle B. (Berkeley, CA); Kokko, Edwin (Dublin, CA); Switzer, Vernon A (Livermore, CA)

    2010-10-26

    A rapidly deployable portable convertible blast effects shield/ballistic shield includes a set two or more telescoping cylindrical rings operably connected to each other to convert between a telescopically-collapsed configuration for storage and transport, and a telescopically-extended upright configuration forming an expanded inner volume. In a first embodiment, the upright configuration provides blast effects shielding, such as against blast pressures, shrapnel, and/or fire balls. And in a second embodiment, the upright configuration provides ballistic shielding, such as against incoming weapons fire, shrapnel, etc. Each ring has a high-strength material construction, such as a composite fiber and matrix material, capable of substantially inhibiting blast effects and impinging projectiles from passing through the shield. And the set of rings are releasably securable to each other in the telescopically-extended upright configuration, such as by click locks.

  10. Portable convertible blast effects shield

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Pastrnak, John W. (Livermore, CA); Hollaway, Rocky (Modesto, CA); Henning, Carl D. (Livermore, CA); Deteresa, Steve (Livermore, CA); Grundler, Walter (Hayward, CA); Hagler, Lisle B. (Berkeley, CA); Kokko, Edwin (Dublin, CA); Switzer, Vernon A (Livermore, CA)

    2007-05-22

    A rapidly deployable portable convertible blast effects shield/ballistic shield includes a set two or more telescoping cylindrical rings operably connected to each other to convert between a telescopically-collapsed configuration for storage and transport, and a telescopically-extended upright configuration forming an expanded inner volume. In a first embodiment, the upright configuration provides blast effects shielding, such as against blast pressures, shrapnel, and/or fire balls. And in a second embodiment, the upright configuration provides ballistic shielding, such as against incoming weapons fire, shrapnel, etc. Each ring has a high-strength material construction, such as a composite fiber and matrix material, capable of substantially inhibiting blast effects and impinging projectiles from passing through the shield. And the set of rings are releasably securable to each other in the telescopically-extended upright configuration, such as by click locks.

  11. General Impedance Synthesis Using Simple Switching Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    -frequency storage element and a pair of switches, such as the buck, buck-boost and boost converters, as shown in FigGeneral Impedance Synthesis Using Simple Switching Converters Joe C. P. Liu, Chi K. Tse, Franki N converters is studied in this paper. We begin with showing that any impedance can be synthesized by a circuit

  12. Complex Behavior in Switching Power Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    Complex Behavior in Switching Power Converters CHI K. TSE, SENIOR MEMBER, IEEE, AND MARIO DI--Bifurcation, chaos, dc­dc converters, nonlinear dy- namics, power electronics, switching power converters. I power devices, control methods, circuit design, computer-aided analysis, passive components, packaging

  13. Auxiliary resonant DC tank converter

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    Peng, Fang Z. (Knoxville, TN)

    2000-01-01

    An auxiliary resonant dc tank (ARDCT) converter is provided for achieving soft-switching in a power converter. An ARDCT circuit is coupled directly across a dc bus to the inverter to generate a resonant dc bus voltage, including upper and lower resonant capacitors connected in series as a resonant leg, first and second dc tank capacitors connected in series as a tank leg, and an auxiliary resonant circuit comprising a series combination of a resonant inductor and a pair of auxiliary switching devices. The ARDCT circuit further includes first clamping means for holding the resonant dc bus voltage to the dc tank voltage of the tank leg, and second clamping means for clamping the resonant dc bus voltage to zero during a resonant period. The ARDCT circuit resonantly brings the dc bus voltage to zero in order to provide a zero-voltage switching opportunity for the inverter, then quickly rebounds the dc bus voltage back to the dc tank voltage after the inverter changes state. The auxiliary switching devices are turned on and off under zero-current conditions. The ARDCT circuit only absorbs ripples of the inverter dc bus current, thus having less current stress. In addition, since the ARDCT circuit is coupled in parallel with the dc power supply and the inverter for merely assisting soft-switching of the inverter without participating in real dc power transmission and power conversion, malfunction and failure of the tank circuit will not affect the functional operation of the inverter; thus a highly reliable converter system is expected.

  14. Enterprise converting buses to biodiesel

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Rental car customers may be able to breathe a little easier during their next trip to the airport. Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and National Car Rental, all brands operated by the subsidiaries of Enterprise Holdings, are converting their airport shuttle buses to run on biodiesel fuel. The move is a good one for the environment, and will ultimately reduce the company’s carbon emissions. “We are saving 420,000 gallons of petroleum diesel,”  says Lee Broughton, director of corporate identity and sustainability for Enterprise Holdings.    

  15. Converting Energy to Medical Progress

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration would like submit the followingConcentratingPortal ControllingConvection feedbacksConverting

  16. Sandia Energy - WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator)

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    WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) Home Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Water Power WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter...

  17. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, VOL. 25, NO. 1, FEBRUARY 2010 531 Security-Constrained Unit Commitment

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    Fu, Yong

    Commitment With AC/DC Transmission Systems Azim Lotfjou, Member, IEEE, Mohammad Shahidehpour, Fellow, IEEE direct current (DC) transmission system with current source converters (CSCs). The SCUC problem is de that minimizes AC bus mismatches subject to AC/DC transmission constraints. The final SCUC solution prescribes

  18. Ocean floor mounting of wave energy converters

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    Siegel, Stefan G

    2015-01-20

    A system for mounting a set of wave energy converters in the ocean includes a pole attached to a floor of an ocean and a slider mounted on the pole in a manner that permits the slider to move vertically along the pole and rotate about the pole. The wave energy converters can then be mounted on the slider to allow adjustment of the depth and orientation of the wave energy converters.

  19. Vacuum-insulated catalytic converter

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    Benson, David K. (Golden, CO)

    2001-01-01

    A catalytic converter has an inner canister that contains catalyst-coated substrates and an outer canister that encloses an annular, variable vacuum insulation chamber surrounding the inner canister. An annular tank containing phase-change material for heat storage and release is positioned in the variable vacuum insulation chamber a distance spaced part from the inner canister. A reversible hydrogen getter in the variable vacuum insulation chamber, preferably on a surface of the heat storage tank, releases hydrogen into the variable vacuum insulation chamber to conduct heat when the phase-change material is hot and absorbs the hydrogen to limit heat transfer to radiation when the phase-change material is cool. A porous zeolite trap in the inner canister absorbs and retains hydrocarbons from the exhaust gases when the catalyst-coated substrates and zeolite trap are cold and releases the hydrocarbons for reaction on the catalyst-coated substrate when the zeolite trap and catalyst-coated substrate get hot.

  20. Controller for a wave energy converter

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    Wilson, David G.; Bull, Diana L.; Robinett, III, Rush D.

    2015-09-22

    A wave energy converter (WEC) is described, the WEC including a power take off (PTO) that converts relative motion of bodies of the WEC into electrical energy. A controller controls operation of the PTO, causing the PTO to act as a motor to widen a wave frequency spectrum that is usable to generate electrical energy.

  1. RF digital-to-analog converter

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    Conway, Patrick H. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA); Yu, David U. L. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A digital-to analogue converter for producing an RF output signal proportional to a digital input word of N bits from an RF reference input, N being an integer greater or equal to 2. The converter comprises a plurality of power splitters, power combiners and a plurality of mixers or RF switches connected in a predetermined configuration.

  2. RF digital-to-analog converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Conway, P.H.; Yu, D.U.L.

    1995-02-28

    A digital-to-analog converter is disclosed for producing an RF output signal proportional to a digital input word of N bits from an RF reference input, N being an integer greater or equal to 2. The converter comprises a plurality of power splitters, power combiners and a plurality of mixers or RF switches connected in a predetermined configuration. 18 figs.

  3. Time interleaved counter analog to digital converters 

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    Danesh, Seyed Amir Ali

    2011-11-22

    The work explores extending time interleaving in A/D converters, by applying a high-level of parallelism to one of the slowest and simplest types of data-converters, the counter ADC. The motivation for the work is to ...

  4. Switched Mode Four-Quadrant Converters

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    Thurel, Y

    2015-01-01

    This paper was originally presented at CAS-2004, and was slightly modified for CAS-2014. It presents a review of the key parameters that impact the design choices for a true four-quadrant power converter, in the range 1-10 kW, mainly based on switching mode converter topology. This paper will first describe the state-of-the-art for this power converter family, giving the drawbacks and advantages of different possible solutions. It will also present practical results obtained from the CERN-designed converter. It will finally give some important tips regarding critical phases like test one, when conducting a project dealing with this type of power converter.

  5. Converting a Motorcycle to Electric Power

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    Simcoe, Christopher M.

    2009-12-18

    Research was conducted to determine how simple and practical it would be to convert a standard gasoline powered motorcycle to electric power. The research involved background investigation of useful concepts in electric powered motorcycles...

  6. Transformer Synthesis for VHF Converters I. INTRODUCTION

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    Perreault, Dave

    , such as a series resonance to replace the tank and transformer in a resonant converter [8], [9]. Such integrated increased loss due to flux shielding as compared to spiral designs. !"#$%&'"()'*%')$""% +,)+%-"./%011

  7. New Perspectives on Wave Energy Converter Control 

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    Price, Alexandra A E

    2009-01-01

    This work examines some of the fundamental problems behind the control of wave energy converters (WECs). Several new perspectives are presented to aid the understanding of the problem and the interpretation of the ...

  8. Bi-directional dc-dc Converter | Department of Energy

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    Maryland. merit08goodarzi.pdf More Documents & Publications WBG Converters and Chargers Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Review 2014: WBG Converters and Chargers Vehicle...

  9. Isolated and soft-switched power converter

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    Peng, Fang Zheng (Knoxville, TN); Adams, Donald Joe (Knoxville, TN)

    2002-01-01

    An isolated and soft-switched power converter is used for DC/DC and DC/DC/AC power conversion. The power converter includes two resonant tank circuits coupled back-to-back through an isolation transformer. Each resonant tank circuit includes a pair of resonant capacitors connected in series as a resonant leg, a pair of tank capacitors connected in series as a tank leg, and a pair of switching devices with anti-parallel clamping diodes coupled in series as resonant switches and clamping devices for the resonant leg. The power converter is well suited for DC/DC and DC/DC/AC power conversion applications in which high-voltage isolation, DC to DC voltage boost, bidirectional power flow, and a minimal number of conventional switching components are important design objectives. For example, the power converter is especially well suited to electric vehicle applications and load-side electric generation and storage systems, and other applications in which these objectives are important. The power converter may be used for many different applications, including electric vehicles, hybrid combustion/electric vehicles, fuel-cell powered vehicles with low-voltage starting, remote power sources utilizing low-voltage DC power sources, such as photovoltaics and others, electric power backup systems, and load-side electric storage and generation systems.

  10. Power system applications for PASC converter systems

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    Donnelly, M.K.; Johnson, R.M.

    1994-04-01

    This paper shows, using computer EMTP simulations, some preliminary results of applying pulse amplitude synthesis and control (PASC) technology to single-source level voltage converter system. The method can be applied to any single terminal pair source with appropriate modifications in power extraction interface and computer control program to match source and load impedance characteristics. The PASC realization as discussed here employs banks of transformers, one bank per phase, in which the primaries are connected in parallel through a switch matrix to the dc source. Two opposite polarity primaries per transformer are pulsed alternatively in time to produce an oscillatory sinusoidal output waveform. PASC conversion system capabilities to produce both leading and lagging power factor power output in single-phase and three-phase {Delta} or Y configurations are illustrated. EMTP simulations are used to demonstrate the converter capabilities. Also included are discussions regarding harmonics and potential control strategies to adapt the converter to an application or to minimize harmonics.

  11. Power conversion architecture for grid interface at high switching frequency

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    Lim, Seungbum

    This paper presents a new power conversion architecture for single-phase grid interface. The proposed architecture is suitable for realizing miniaturized ac-dc converters operating at high frequencies (HF, above 3 MHz) and ...

  12. Study of Stability Regions in Parallel Connected Boost Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    Study of Stability Regions in Parallel Connected Boost Converters Yuehui Huang and Chi K. Tse attractors of parallel connected boost switching converters under a master- slave current sharing scheme. We boost converters. Under the master- slave scheme, one of the converters is the master and the other

  13. High-frequency matrix converter with square wave input

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    Carr, Joseph Alexander; Balda, Juan Carlos

    2015-03-31

    A device for producing an alternating current output voltage from a high-frequency, square-wave input voltage comprising, high-frequency, square-wave input a matrix converter and a control system. The matrix converter comprises a plurality of electrical switches. The high-frequency input and the matrix converter are electrically connected to each other. The control system is connected to each switch of the matrix converter. The control system is electrically connected to the input of the matrix converter. The control system is configured to operate each electrical switch of the matrix converter converting a high-frequency, square-wave input voltage across the first input port of the matrix converter and the second input port of the matrix converter to an alternating current output voltage at the output of the matrix converter.

  14. Converting Centrifugal Chillers to HCFC-123 

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    Siebert, B.

    1994-01-01

    of large water chillers in addressing the CFC issue. These owners, for a variety of reasons, chose to address the issue through the conversion of the existing equipment to an HCFC refrigerant. For each of the three owners, the option of converting...

  15. Hybrid switch for resonant power converters

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    Lai, Jih-Sheng; Yu, Wensong

    2014-09-09

    A hybrid switch comprising two semiconductor switches connected in parallel but having different voltage drop characteristics as a function of current facilitates attainment of zero voltage switching and reduces conduction losses to complement reduction of switching losses achieved through zero voltage switching in power converters such as high-current inverters.

  16. MULTILEVEL CONVERTERS - A NEW BREED OF POWER CONVERTERS Jih-Sheng...

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    has been a well-known method and has been implemented in 18- and 48-pulse converters for battery energy storage and static condenser (STATCON) applications, respectively 15,161....

  17. Optical analog-to-digital converter

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    Vawter, G. Allen (Corrales, NM); Raring, James (Goleta, CA); Skogen, Erik J. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2009-07-21

    An optical analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is disclosed which converts an input optical analog signal to an output optical digital signal at a sampling rate defined by a sampling optical signal. Each bit of the digital representation is separately determined using an optical waveguide interferometer and an optical thresholding element. The interferometer uses the optical analog signal and the sampling optical signal to generate a sinusoidally-varying output signal using cross-phase-modulation (XPM) or a photocurrent generated from the optical analog signal. The sinusoidally-varying output signal is then digitized by the thresholding element, which includes a saturable absorber or at least one semiconductor optical amplifier, to form the optical digital signal which can be output either in parallel or serially.

  18. Converting DYNAMO simulations to Powersim Studio simulations

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    Walker, La Tonya Nicole; Malczynski, Leonard A.

    2014-02-01

    DYNAMO is a computer program for building and running 'continuous' simulation models. It was developed by the Industrial Dynamics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for simulating dynamic feedback models of business, economic, and social systems. The history of the system dynamics method since 1957 includes many classic models built in DYANMO. It was not until the late 1980s that software was built to take advantage of the rise of personal computers and graphical user interfaces that DYNAMO was supplanted. There is much learning and insight to be gained from examining the DYANMO models and their accompanying research papers. We believe that it is a worthwhile exercise to convert DYNAMO models to more recent software packages. We have made an attempt to make it easier to turn these models into a more current system dynamics software language, Powersim © Studio produced by Powersim AS2 of Bergen, Norway. This guide shows how to convert DYNAMO syntax into Studio syntax.

  19. Component technology for Stirling power converters

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    Thieme, L.G.

    1994-09-01

    NASA Lewis Research Center has organized a component technology program as part of the efforts to develop Stirling converter technology for space power applications. The Stirling space power program is part of the NASA High Capacity Power Project of the Civil Space Technology Initiative (CSTI). NASA Lewis is also providing technical management for a DOE/Sandia program to develop Stirling converters for solar terrestrial power producing electricity for the utility grid. The primary contractors for the space power and solar terrestrial programs develop component technologies directly related to their program goals. This Lewis component technology effort, while coordinated with the main programs, aims at longer term issues, advanced technologies, and independent assessments. This paper will present an overview of work on linear alternators, engine/alternator/load interactions and controls, heat exchangers, materials, life and reliability, and bearings.

  20. Heat Pump Water Heater using Solid-State Energy Converters |...

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    Heat Pump Water Heater using Solid-State Energy Converters Heat Pump Water Heater using Solid-State Energy Converters Sheetak will work on developing a full scale prototype of its...

  1. An economical single to three phase converter for induction motors 

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    Di Zerega, Philp Van Uytandaele

    1994-01-01

    There are several different types of single to three phase converters for induction motors available today. However, many of the presently available phase converters suffer from disadvantages such as high cost or low performance. An economical...

  2. DOE Announces Webinars on the Wave Energy Converter Prize, the...

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    the Wave Energy Converter Prize, the Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources, and More DOE Announces Webinars on the Wave Energy Converter Prize, the Best of the Clean Cities...

  3. Digital radix converters for high accuracy data conversion 

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    Ghanta, Venkataratnam Chowdary

    1993-01-01

    A sub-binary radix Digital to Analog converter(DAC) which achieves high effective resolution is demonstrated. The converter does not have any built-in-self calibration mechanisms, but achieves high resolution and accuracy through the sub...

  4. Aalborg Universitet Single stage grid converters for battery energy storage

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    Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    Aalborg Universitet Single stage grid converters for battery energy storage Trintis, Ionut; Munk). Single stage grid converters for battery energy storage. In 5th IET International Conference on Power from vbn.aau.dk on: juli 04, 2015 #12;SINGLE STAGE GRID CONVERTERS FOR BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE I

  5. Optimizing Ballast Design of Wave Energy Converters Using Evolutionary Algorithms

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    Tumer, Kagan

    Optimizing Ballast Design of Wave Energy Converters Using Evolutionary Algorithms Mitch Colby, 97331 kagan.tumer@oregonstate.edu ABSTRACT Wave energy converters promise to be a viable alternative% improvement in power output over a ballast-free wave energy converter. General Terms Algorithms; Applications

  6. General Impedance Synthesizer Using Minimal Configuration of Switching Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    converter may contain a storage element and a pair of switches, such as the buck, buck-boost and boostGeneral Impedance Synthesizer Using Minimal Configuration of Switching Converters Joe C.P. Liu Chi a minimum number of switching converters is stud- ied in this paper. We begin with showing that any

  7. Design Methodology for a Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converter

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    Perreault, Dave

    Design Methodology for a Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converter Justin M. Burkhart , Roman@ti.com Abstract--This document introduces a design methodology for a resonant boost converter topology demonstrated for boost conversion at frequencies up to 110MHz using a resonant boost converter topology in [5

  8. Coupled Dual Interleaved Flyback Converter for High Input Voltage Application

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    Lehman, Brad

    proposed integrated boost converters [7] that are beginning to see applications in automotive power buck-boost (Flyback) power converter [9,10] that utilizes one magnetic core to integrate two FlybackCoupled Dual Interleaved Flyback Converter for High Input Voltage Application Ting Qian, Brad

  9. Modelling and geometry optimisation of wave energy converters

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    Nørvåg, Kjetil

    Modelling and geometry optimisation of wave energy converters Adi Kurniawan Supervisors: Prof;Research questions Modelling How to develop more realistic wave energy converter (WEC) models while wave energy converter (WEC) models while at the same time reduce their simulation time? Optimisation

  10. Resource convertibility and ordered commutative monoids

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    Tobias Fritz

    2015-07-02

    Resources and their use and consumption form a central part of our life. Many branches of science and engineering are concerned with the question of which given resource objects can be converted into which target resource objects. For example, information theory studies the conversion of a noisy communication channel instance into an exchange of information. Inspired by work in quantum information theory, we develop a general mathematical toolbox for this type of question. The convertibility of resources into other ones and the possibility of combining resources is accurately captured by the mathematics of ordered commutative monoids. As an intuitive example, we consider chemistry, where chemical reaction equations such as \\[ \\mathrm{2H_2 + O_2} \\to \\mathrm{2H_2O} \\] are concerned both with a convertibility relation "$\\to$" and a combination operation "$+$". We study ordered commutative monoids from an algebraic and functional-analytic perspective and derive a wealth of results which should have applications to concrete resource theories, such as a formula for rates of conversion. As a running example showing that ordered commutative monoids are also of purely mathematical interest, we exemplify our results with the ordered commutative monoid of graphs. While closely related to both Girard's linear logic and to Deutsch's constructor theory, our framework also produces results very reminiscent of the utility theorem of von Neumann and Morgenstern in decision theory and of a theorem of Lieb and Yngvason on thermodynamics. Concerning pure algebra, our observation is that some pieces of algebra can be developed in a context in which equality is not necessarily symmetric, i.e. in which the equality relation is replaced by an ordering relation. For example, notions like cancellativity or torsion-freeness are still sensible and very natural concepts in our ordered setting.

  11. Voltage balanced multilevel voltage source converter system

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    Peng, F.Z.; Lai, J.S.

    1997-07-01

    Disclosed is a voltage balanced multilevel converter for high power AC applications such as adjustable speed motor drives and back-to-back DC intertie of adjacent power systems. This converter provides a multilevel rectifier, a multilevel inverter, and a DC link between the rectifier and the inverter allowing voltage balancing between each of the voltage levels within the multilevel converter. The rectifier is equipped with at least one phase leg and a source input node for each of the phases. The rectifier is further equipped with a plurality of rectifier DC output nodes. The inverter is equipped with at least one phase leg and a load output node for each of the phases. The inverter is further equipped with a plurality of inverter DC input nodes. The DC link is equipped with a plurality of rectifier charging means and a plurality of inverter discharging means. The plurality of rectifier charging means are connected in series with one of the rectifier charging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of rectifier DC output nodes. The plurality of inverter discharging means are connected in series with one of the inverter discharging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of inverter DC input nodes. Each of said rectifier DC output nodes are individually electrically connected to the respective inverter DC input nodes. By this means, each of the rectifier DC output nodes and each of the inverter DC input nodes are voltage balanced by the respective charging and discharging of the rectifier charging means and the inverter discharging means. 15 figs.

  12. Converting urban tree maintenance residue to energy

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    Murphey, W.K.; Massey, J.G.; Sumrall, A.

    1980-01-01

    Three methods of utilizing urban wood waste collected by a tree maintenance firm in Houston, Texas (handling 30,000 ton waste/year) are examined: (a) hauling to a remote landfill; (b) chipping and hauling to a (local) power plant and converting to electricity; and (c) chipping and selling to an outside firm for use as boiler fuel. Breakdown of costs are given for each method in monetary and energy terms. Method (b) was the cheapest, producing a net energy gain (870 million Btu/day), but the firm chose method (c), since it realized a direct monetary return.

  13. Solid state transport-based thermoelectric converter

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    Hu, Zhiyu

    2010-04-13

    A solid state thermoelectric converter includes a thermally insulating separator layer, a semiconducting collector and an electron emitter. The electron emitter comprises a metal nanoparticle layer or plurality of metal nanocatalyst particles disposed on one side of said separator layer. A first electrically conductive lead is electrically coupled to the electron emitter. The collector layer is disposed on the other side of the separator layer, wherein the thickness of the separator layer is less than 1 .mu.m. A second conductive lead is electrically coupled to the collector layer.

  14. Power Conversion Architecture for Grid Interface at High Switching Frequency

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    Perreault, Dave

    voltage from the voltage of energy buffer capacitor. The boost converter is often selected for PFC circuit output powers). Instead of a boost converter, one alternative for the PFC circuit is a buck converter is suitable for realizing miniaturized ac-dc converters operating at high frequencies (HF, above 3 MHz

  15. CCLIBS: The CERN Power Converter Control Libraries

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    King, Quentin; Magrans De Abril, Marc; Martino, Michele; Murillo Garcia, Raul; Nicoletti, Achille

    2015-01-01

    Accurate control of power converters is a vital activity in large physics projects. Several different control scenarios may coexist, including regulation of a circuit’s voltage, current, or field strength within a magnet. Depending on the type of facility, a circuit’s reference value may be changed asynchronously or synchronously with other circuits. Synchronous changes may be on demand or under the control of a cyclic timing system. In other cases, the reference may be calculated in real-time by an outer regulation loop of some other quantity, such as the tune of the beam in a synchrotron. The power stage may be unipolar or bipolar in voltage and current. If it is unipolar in current, it may be used with a polarity switch. Depending on the design, the power stage may be controlled by a firing angle or PWM duty-cycle reference, or a voltage or current reference. All these cases are supported by the CERN Converter Control Libraries (CCLIBS). These open-source C libraries include advanced reference generati...

  16. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled-design optimization of wave energy converters con- sistingN. Sahinkaya. A review of wave energy converter technology.

  17. Converting energy from fusion into useful forms

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    Kovari, M; Jenkins, I; Kiely, C

    2014-01-01

    If fusion power reactors are to be feasible, it will still be necessary to convert the energy of the nuclear reaction into usable form. The heat produced will be removed from the reactor core by a primary coolant, which might be water, helium, molten lithium-lead, molten lithium-containing salt, or CO2. The heat could then be transferred to a conventional Rankine cycle or Brayton (gas turbine) cycle. Alternatively it could be used for thermochemical processes such as producing hydrogen or other transport fuels. Fusion presents new problems because of the high energy neutrons released. These affect the selection of materials and the operating temperature, ultimately determining the choice of coolant and working cycle. The limited temperature ranges allowed by present day irradiated structural materials, combined with the large internal power demand of the plant, will limit the overall thermal efficiency. The operating conditions of the fusion power source, the materials, coolant, and energy conversion system w...

  18. Mechanical vibration to electrical energy converter

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    Kellogg, Rick Allen (Tijeras, NM); Brotz, Jay Kristoffer (Albuquerque, NM)

    2009-03-03

    Electromechanical devices that generate an electrical signal in response to an external source of mechanical vibrations can operate as a sensor of vibrations and as an energy harvester for converting mechanical vibration to electrical energy. The devices incorporate a magnet that is movable through a gap in a ferromagnetic circuit, wherein a coil is wound around a portion of the ferromagnetic circuit. A flexible coupling is used to attach the magnet to a frame for providing alignment of the magnet as it moves or oscillates through the gap in the ferromagnetic circuit. The motion of the magnet can be constrained to occur within a substantially linear range of magnetostatic force that develops due to the motion of the magnet. The devices can have ferromagnetic circuits with multiple arms, an array of magnets having alternating polarity and, encompass micro-electromechanical (MEM) devices.

  19. Modular Power Converters for PV Applications

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    Ozpineci, Burak; Tolbert, Leon M

    2012-05-01

    This report describes technical opportunities to serve as parts of a technological roadmap for Shoals Technologies Group in power electronics for PV applications. There are many different power converter circuits that can be used for solar inverter applications. The present applications do not take advantage of the potential for using common modules. We envision that the development of a power electronics module could enable higher reliability by being durable and flexible. Modules would have fault current limiting features and detection circuits such that they can limit the current through the module from external faults and can identify and isolate internal faults such that the remaining modules can continue to operate with only minimal disturbance to the utility or customer. Development of a reliable, efficient, low-cost, power electronics module will be a key enabling technology for harnessing more power from solar panels and enable plug and play operation. Power electronics for computer power supplies, communication equipment, and transportation have all targeted reliability and modularity as key requirements and have begun concerted efforts to replace monolithic components with collections of common smart modules. This is happening on several levels including (1) device level with intelligent control, (2) functional module level, and (3) system module. This same effort is needed in power electronics for solar applications. Development of modular units will result in standard power electronic converters that will have a lower installed and operating cost for the overall system. These units will lead to increased adaptability and flexibility of solar inverters. Incorporating autonomous fault current limiting and reconfiguration capabilities into the modules and having redundant modules will lead to a durable converter that can withstand the rigors of solar power generation for more than 30 years. Our vision for the technology roadmap is that there is no need for detailed design of new power converters for each new application or installation. One set of modules and controllers can be pre-developed and the only design question would be how many modules need to be in series or parallel for the specific power requirement. Then, a designer can put the modules together and add the intelligent reconfigurable controller. The controller determines how many modules are connected, but it might also ask for user input for the specific application during setup. The modules include protection against faults and can reset it, if necessary. In case of a power device failure, the controller reconfigures itself to continue limited operation until repair which might be as simple as taking the faulty module out and inserting a new module. The result is cost savings in design, maintenance, repair, and a grid that is more reliable and available. This concept would be a perfect fit for the recently announced funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000653) on Plug and Play Photovoltaics.

  20. Integrated Solar Power Converters: Wafer-Level Sub-Module Integrated DC/DC Converter

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    2012-02-09

    Solar ADEPT Project: CU-Boulder is developing advanced power conversion components that can be integrated into individual solar panels to improve energy yields. The solar energy that is absorbed and collected by a solar panel is converted into useable energy for the grid through an electronic component called an inverter. Many large, conventional solar energy systems use one, central inverter to convert energy. CU-Boulder is integrating smaller, microinverters into individual solar panels to improve the efficiency of energy collection. The University’s microinverters rely on electrical components that direct energy at high speeds and ensure that minimal energy is lost during the conversion process—improving the overall efficiency of the power conversion process. CU-Boulder is designing its power conversion devices for use on any type of solar panel.

  1. SEP Success Story: State Energy Program Helping Arkansans Convert...

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    to purchase andor convert their Arkansas-licensed vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG). | All Rights Reserved. The Arkansas Energy Office recently launched a Compressed...

  2. Sandia Energy - Advanced Controls of Wave Energy Converters May...

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    Advanced Controls of Wave Energy Converters May Increase Power Capture Up to 330% Home Renewable Energy Energy Water Power Partnership News News & Events Computational Modeling &...

  3. NREL Refines Method to Convert Lignin to Nylon Precursor - News...

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    to Convert Lignin to Nylon Precursor Recent Findings Published in Energy & Environmental Science February 26, 2015 A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable...

  4. Secretary Chu Announces Six Projects to Convert Captured CO2...

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    that Americans can use. "These innovative projects convert carbon pollution from a climate threat to an economic resource," said Secretary Chu. "This is part of our broad...

  5. Wave Energy Converter Effects on Nearshore Wave Propagation

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    Energy Converter Effects on Nearshore Wave Propagation Jesse Roberts 1 , Grace Chang *2 , Craig Jones *3 Sandia National Laboratories 1515 Eubank SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123 USA 1...

  6. Sandia Energy - Sandia, NREL Release Wave Energy Converter Modeling...

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    Release Wave Energy Converter Modeling and Simulation Code: WEC-Sim Home Renewable Energy Energy Water Power Partnership News News & Events Computational Modeling & Simulation...

  7. Improved Low-Temperature Performance of Catalytic Converters...

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    National Laboratory. Toxic vehicle emissions, such as carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons, are chemically converted to benign compounds, like carbon dioxide (CO2) and water,...

  8. Switching power converter Figure 1(a): Switching DC-DC converter with analog voltage-mode control

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    + ­ RC L Vg 1 2 i + v _ Vref + _ Gc(s) VM = 1 PWM u c Switching power converter H v dTs H = 1 design of digital compensators. I. INTRODUCTION Discrete-time modeling of dc-dc switching converters has IEEE. #12;+ ­ R C L Vg 1 2 i + v _ Vref + _ Gc(z) VM = 1 DPWM u c Switching power converter H v dTs H

  9. Harmonic Elimination for Multilevel Converter with Programmed PWM Method

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    Harmonic Elimination for Multilevel Converter with Programmed PWM Method Zhong Du, Leon M. Tolbert presents a programmed PWM method to eliminate specific higher order harmonics of multilevel converters. First, resultant theory is applied to transcendental equations to eliminate low order harmonics

  10. IEEE INFOCOM 2002 1 Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for

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    Turner, Jonathan S.

    IEEE INFOCOM 2002 1 Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Switching Jeyashankher Ramamirtham, Jonathan Turner Abstract-- Optical Burst Switching (OBS) is an experi- mental network- tronic control. In this paper, we study two designs for wave- length converting switches

  11. Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Switching

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    Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Switching Jeyashankher Ramamirtham, Jonathan Turner Abstract-- Optical Burst Switching (OBS) is an experi- mental network technology. In this paper, we study two designs for wavelength converting switches that are suitable for use in optical

  12. Semiconductors 8-bit multiplying D/A converter

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    Gustafsson, Torgny

    Philips Semiconductors MC1408-8 8-bit multiplying D/A converter Product data Supersedes data of 1994 Aug 31 File under Integrated Circuits, IC11 Handbook 2001 Aug 03 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS #12;Philips Semiconductors Product data MC1408-88-bit multiplying D/A converter 22001 Aug 03 853-0935 26835 DESCRIPTION

  13. Minimum Phase Response in Digitally Controlled Boost and Flyback Converters

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    -frequency switching power converters has been related to point-of-load synchronous buck converters, while fewer, Mariko Shirazi and Dragan Maksimovic Colorado Power Electronics Center ECE Department, University-phase responses, thus simplifying compensator design in wide bandwidth closed-loop voltage regulators based

  14. Practical On-Line Identification of Power Converter Dynamic Responses

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    parameters to maintain stability at the .. 1 4Switched-Mode Power Converter 1-b I 1 PIIdenfgcation& design-frequency switching power converters has been shown to provide many possible benefits, including improved immunity power convertcrs. These findings provide the first step towards automating the control loop design

  15. Design Considerations for Very High Frequency dc-dc Converters

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    Perreault, Dave

    the gating power while ensuring fast on- off transitions of the semiconductor switch. The rectifier of switching power converters operating at greatly increased switching frequencies. Greatly increasedDesign Considerations for Very High Frequency dc-dc Converters Juan M. Rivas, David Jackson, Olivia

  16. MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS OF A WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER ARNAUD ROUGIREL

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS OF A WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER MODEL ARNAUD ROUGIREL Abstract. In a context where for buoy-type ocean wave energy converter. The simplest model for this scheme is a non autonomous piecewise and periodic solutions, and compare the energy performance of this novel WEC with respect to the one of wave

  17. Multiple Input Converters for Fuel Cells Burak Ozpineci1

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    Multiple Input Converters for Fuel Cells Burak Ozpineci1 burak@ieee.org Leon M. Tolbert1,2 tolbert-2100 Abstract-- Multilevel converters have been used previously to integrate several fuel cell modules for higher power applications. Some previous publications have also shown improvements in fuel cell

  18. The New Modular Control System for Power Converters at CERN

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    Di Cosmo, Matteo

    2015-01-01

    The CERN accelerator complex consists of several generations of particle accelerators, with around 5000 power converters supplying regulated current and voltage to normal and superconducting magnet circuits. Today around 12 generations of converter control platforms can be found in the accelerator complex, ranging in age and technology. The diversity of these platforms has a significant impact on operability, maintenance and support of power converters. Over the past few years a new generation of modular controls called RegFGC3 has been developed by CERN’s power conversion group, with a goal to provide a standardised control platform, supporting a wide variety of converter topologies. The aim of this project is to reduce maintenance costs by decreasing the variety and diversity of control systems whilst simultaneously improving the operability and reliability of power converters and their controls. This paper describes the state of the on-going design and realization of the RegFGC3 platform, focusing on fun...

  19. Magnet Technology for Power Converters: Nanocomposite Magnet Technology for High Frequency MW-Scale Power Converters

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    2012-02-27

    Solar ADEPT Project: CMU is developing a new nanoscale magnetic material that will reduce the size, weight, and cost of utility-scale PV solar power conversion systems that connect directly to the grid. Power converters are required to turn the energy that solar power systems create into useable energy for the grid. The power conversion systems made with CMU’s nanoscale magnetic material have the potential to be 150 times lighter and significantly smaller than conventional power conversion systems that produce similar amounts of power.

  20. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in moving air into rotational energy, which in turn is converted

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    Massachusetts at Amherst, University of

    Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in moving air into rotational energy, which in turn is converted to electricity. Since wind speeds vary from month to month and second to second, the amount of electricity wind can make varies constantly. Sometimes a wind turbine will make no power at all

  1. Generating Isolated Outputs in a Multilevel Modular Capacitor Clamped DC-DC Converter

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    -dc converters based on inductive energy transfer method (IETM) such as buck, boost, and buck-boost converter967 Generating Isolated Outputs in a Multilevel Modular Capacitor Clamped DC-DC Converter (MMCCC clamped dc-dc converter. The multilevel modular capacitor clamped converter (MMCCC) has several key

  2. Bifurcation in a System of Coupled Buck Converters Herbert H. C. Iu

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    electronic regulators (e.g. buck converter, boost converter and buck-boost converter) have been thoroughlyBifurcation in a System of Coupled Buck Converters Herbert H. C. Iu , Chi K. Tse and Octavian the bifurcation behaviour of a system of coupled buck converters under current-mode control. The effects due

  3. Modeling and Analysis of Hybrid Converters Michael Evzelman Shmuel (Sam) Ben-Yaakov

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    by simulation and experimentally. The experimental converter included a Boost converter followed by x3 switched. This can be conveniently done by hybrid converters with multiple Figure 1. Hybrid Boost SCCx3 converterModeling and Analysis of Hybrid Converters Michael Evzelman Shmuel (Sam) Ben-Yaakov Power

  4. Bifurcation in Parallel-Connected Buck Converters under Current-Mode Control

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    converter, boost converter and buck-boost converter) have been thoroughly studied in the past decade [1], [2Bifurcation in Parallel-Connected Buck Converters under Current-Mode Control H. H. C. Iu School a system of parallel-connected dc/dc buck converters under current-mode control. The effects of variations

  5. Protocols for the Equitable Assessment of Marine Energy Converters 

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    Ingram, David; Smith, George; Bittencourt-Ferreira, Claudio; Smith, Helen

    This book contains the suite of protocols for the equitable evaluation of marine energy converters (based on either tidal or wave energy) produced by the EquiMar consortium led by the University of Edinburgh. These protocols ...

  6. Oversampled pipline A/D converters with mismatch shaping

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    Shabra, Ayman U. (Ayman Umar)

    2001-01-01

    This thesis introduces a technique to improve the linearity of pipeline analog to digital converters (ADC). Through a combination of oversampling and mismatch shaping, the distortion introduced by component mismatch is ...

  7. Design Methodology for a Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converter

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    Burkhart, Justin M.

    This paper introduces a design methodology for a resonant boost converter topology that is suitable for operation at very high frequencies. The topology we examine features a low parts count and fast transient response, ...

  8. Design methodology for a very high frequency resonant boost converter

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    Burkhart, Justin M.

    This document introduces a design methodology for a resonant boost converter topology that is suitable for operation at very high frequencies. The topology we examine features a low parts count and fast transient response ...

  9. Development, evaluation, and design applications of an AMTEC converter model 

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    Spence, Cliff Alan

    2002-01-01

    An AMTEC converter model was developed and its effectiveness as a design tool was evaluated. To develop the model, requirements of the model were defined, modeling equations were selected, and a methodology for model development was established...

  10. Soft switched high frequency ac-link converter 

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    Balakrishnan, Anand Kumar

    2009-05-15

    Variable frequency drives typically have employed dc voltage or current links for power distribution between the input and output converters and as a means to temporarily store energy. The dc link based power conversion systems have several inherent...

  11. Method for converting uranium oxides to uranium metal

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    Duerksen, Walter K. (Norris, TN)

    1988-01-01

    A process is described for converting scrap and waste uranium oxide to uranium metal. The uranium oxide is sequentially reduced with a suitable reducing agent to a mixture of uranium metal and oxide products. The uranium metal is then converted to uranium hydride and the uranium hydride-containing mixture is then cooled to a temperature less than -100.degree. C. in an inert liquid which renders the uranium hydride ferromagnetic. The uranium hydride is then magnetically separated from the cooled mixture. The separated uranium hydride is readily converted to uranium metal by heating in an inert atmosphere. This process is environmentally acceptable and eliminates the use of hydrogen fluoride as well as the explosive conditions encountered in the previously employed bomb-reduction processes utilized for converting uranium oxides to uranium metal.

  12. Converting normal insulators into topological insulators via tuning orbital levels

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    Shi, Wu-Jun

    Tuning the spin-orbit coupling strength via foreign element doping and modifying bonding strength via strain engineering are the major routes to convert normal insulators to topological insulators. We here propose an ...

  13. Non-synchronous control of self-oscillating resonant converters

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    Glaser, John Stanley (Niskayuna, NY); Zane, Regan Andrew (Scotia, NY)

    2002-01-01

    A self-oscillating switching power converter has a controllable reactance including an active device connected to a reactive element, wherein the effective reactance of the reactance and the active device is controlled such that the control waveform for the active device is binary digital and is not synchronized with the switching converter output frequency. The active device is turned completely on and off at a frequency that is substantially greater than the maximum frequency imposed on the output terminals of the active device. The effect is to vary the average resistance across the active device output terminals, and thus the effective output reactance, thereby providing converter output control, while maintaining the response speed of the converter.

  14. A Dual Supply Buck Converter with Improved Light Load Efficiency 

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    Chen, Hui

    2013-05-02

    Power consumption is the primary concern in battery-operated portable applications. Buck converters have gained popularity in powering portable devices due to their compact size, good current delivery capability and high efficiency. However...

  15. Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Review 2014: WBG Converters and Chargers

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    Presentation given by Oak Ridge National Laboratory at 2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting about WBG converters...

  16. Bi-directional power control system for voltage converter

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    Garrigan, N.R.; King, R.D.; Schwartz, J.E.

    1999-05-11

    A control system for a voltage converter includes: a power comparator for comparing a power signal on input terminals of the converter with a commanded power signal and producing a power comparison signal; a power regulator for transforming the power comparison signal to a commanded current signal; a current comparator for comparing the commanded current signal with a measured current signal on output terminals of the converter and producing a current comparison signal; a current regulator for transforming the current comparison signal to a pulse width modulator (PWM) duty cycle command signal; and a PWM for using the PWM duty cycle command signal to control electrical switches of the converter. The control system may further include: a command multiplier for converting a voltage signal across the output terminals of the converter to a gain signal having a value between zero (0) and unity (1), and a power multiplier for multiplying the commanded power signal by the gain signal to provide a limited commanded power signal, wherein power comparator compares the limited commanded power signal with the power signal on the input terminals. 10 figs.

  17. Bi-directional power control system for voltage converter

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    Garrigan, Neil Richard (Niskayuna, NY); King, Robert Dean (Schenectady, NY); Schwartz, James Edward (Slingerlands, NY)

    1999-01-01

    A control system for a voltage converter includes: a power comparator for comparing a power signal on input terminals of the converter with a commanded power signal and producing a power comparison signal; a power regulator for transforming the power comparison signal to a commanded current signal; a current comparator for comparing the commanded current signal with a measured current signal on output terminals of the converter and producing a current comparison signal; a current regulator for transforming the current comparison signal to a pulse width modulator (PWM) duty cycle command signal; and a PWM for using the PWM duty cycle command signal to control electrical switches of the converter. The control system may further include: a command multiplier for converting a voltage signal across the output terminals of the converter to a gain signal having a value between zero (0) and unity (1), and a power multiplier for multiplying the commanded power signal by the gain signal to provide a limited commanded power signal, wherein power comparator compares the limited commanded power signal with the power signal on the input terminals.

  18. An evaluation of a parallel-resonant current-source converter for an electrothermal thruster 

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    Tchamdjou, Aristide-Marie

    1996-01-01

    The Parallel-Resonant Current-Source Converter promises highly efficient DCDC power conversion. It uses zero-voltage switching to reduce the losses and improve the converter efficiency. The Parallel-Resonant Current-Source Converter has been...

  19. Mass-modulation schemes for a class of wave energy converters: Experiments, models, and efficacy

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    Diamond, CA; Judge, CQ; Orazov, B; Sava?, Ö; O'Reilly, OM

    2015-01-01

    dynamics of a novel ocean wave energy converter. Journal of5565. Dick, W. , 2005. Wave energy converter. U.S. Patentof the IPS buoy wave energy converter including the effect

  20. A New Methodology for Frequency Domain Analysis of Wave Energy Converters with Periodically Varying Physical Parameters

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    Victoria, University of

    A New Methodology for Frequency Domain Analysis of Wave Energy Converters with Periodically Varying Methodology for Frequency Domain Analysis of Wave Energy Converters with Periodically Varying Physical of Mechanical Engineering) ABSTRACT Within a wave energy converter's operational bandwidth, device operation

  1. DOE-TSPP-8-2013, Converting DOE Technical Standards to Voluntary...

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    8-2013, Converting DOE Technical Standards to Voluntary Consensus Standards DOE-TSPP-8-2013, Converting DOE Technical Standards to Voluntary Consensus Standards Technical Standards...

  2. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    A review of wave energy converter technology. Proceedings ofdecades. With the technology of wave-energy convert- ers(Wave energy utilization: A review of the technologies. Re-

  3. Probing CP Violation in $h\\rightarrow\\gamma\\gamma$ with Converted...

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    CP Violation in hrightarrowgammagamma with Converted Photons Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Probing CP Violation in hrightarrowgammagamma with Converted...

  4. Sub-picosecond Resolution Time-to-Digital Converter

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    Ph D, Vladimir Bratov; Ph D, Vladimir Katzman; MS EE, Jeb Binkley

    2006-03-30

    Time-to-digital converters with sub-picosecond resolutions are needed to satisfy the requirements of time-on-flight measurements of the next generation of high energy and nuclear physics experiments. The converters must be highly integrated, power effective, low cost, and feature plug-and-play capabilities to handle the increasing number of channels (up to hundreds of millions) in future Department of Energy experiments. Current state-off-the-art time-to-digital converter integrated circuits do not have the sufficient degree of integration and flexibility to fulfill all the described requirements. During Phase I, the Advanced Science and Novel Technology Company in cooperation with the nuclear physics division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed the architecture of a novel time-to-digital converter with multiple channels connected to an external processor through a special interfacing block and synchronized by clock signals generated by an internal phase-locked loop. The critical blocks of the system including signal delay lines and delay-locked loops with proprietary differential delay cells, as well as the required digital code converter and the clock period counter have been designed and simulated using the advanced SiGe120 BiCMOS technological process. The results of investigations demonstrate a possibility to achieve the digitization accuracy within 1ps. ADSANTEC has demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed concept in computer simulations. The proposed system will be a critical component for the next generation of NEP experiments.

  5. Methods for degrading or converting plant cell wall polysaccharides

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    Berka, Randy (Davis, CA); Cherry, Joel (Davis, CA)

    2008-08-19

    The present invention relates to methods for converting plant cell wall polysaccharides into one or more products, comprising: treating the plant cell wall polysaccharides with an effective amount of a spent whole fermentation broth of a recombinant microorganism, wherein the recombinant microorganism expresses one or more heterologous genes encoding enzymes which degrade or convert the plant cell wall polysaccharides into the one or more products. The present invention also relates to methods for producing an organic substance, comprising: (a) saccharifying plant cell wall polysaccharides with an effective amount of a spent whole fermentation broth of a recombinant microorganism, wherein the recombinant microorganism expresses one or more heterologous genes encoding enzymes which degrade or convert the plant cell wall polysaccharides into saccharified material; (b) fermenting the saccharified material of step (a) with one or more fermenting microoganisms; and (c) recovering the organic substance from the fermentation.

  6. Power line carrier interference from HVDC converter terminals

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    Tatro, P.J.; Adamson, K.A. (New England Power Service Co., Westborough, MA (United States)); Eitzmann, M.A.; Smead, M. (GE Industrial and Power Systems, Schenectady, NY (United States). Power Systems Engineering Dept.)

    1993-07-01

    Power line carrier (PLC) equipment typically operates in the frequency range from 25 kHz to 300 kHz. Interference studies for HVDC converters usually concentrate on interference from noise sources within this frequency range. However, operating experience at the Sandy Pond converter terminal has indicated that PLC equipment is also susceptible to interference from sources of power system harmonics below the PLC frequency range. Extensive field testing and analytical studies have shown that each PLC circuit has a resonant frequency below the operating frequency. If excited at this resonant frequency, high voltages may exist within the PLC circuit. The resulting saturation of PLC components leads to local generation of radio frequency (RF) noise that interferes with proper operation of PLC circuits. Sources of power system harmonics in the 3-10 kHz range, such as line commutated dc converters, are potential sources of this type of interference.

  7. Auxiliary quasi-resonant dc tank electrical power converter

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    Peng, Fang Z.

    2006-10-24

    An auxiliary quasi-resonant dc tank (AQRDCT) power converter with fast current charging, voltage balancing (or charging), and voltage clamping circuits is provided for achieving soft-switched power conversion. The present invention is an improvement of the invention taught in U.S. Pat. No. 6,111,770, herein incorporated by reference. The present invention provides faster current charging to the resonant inductor, thus minimizing delay time of the pulse width modulation (PWM) due to the soft-switching process. The new AQRDCT converter includes three tank capacitors or power supplies to achieve the faster current charging and minimize the soft-switching time delay. The new AQRDCT converter further includes a voltage balancing circuit to charge and discharge the three tank capacitors so that additional isolated power supplies from the utility line are not needed. A voltage clamping circuit is also included for clamping voltage surge due to the reverse recovery of diodes.

  8. Page 1 of 2 Power Management Consortium (PMC)

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    Ha, Dong S.

    architectures, EMI/EMC, power quality, high-frequency/high-density AC/DC and DC/DC converters, voltage regulator, server, networking products, telecom equipment, solid state lighting, battery system, PV system and other to magnetic integration and high density 3D integrated converter development, as well as the control design

  9. Marine High Voltage Power Conditioning and Transmission System with Integrated Storage DE-EE0003640 Final Report

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    Frank Hoffmann, PhD; Aspinall, Rik

    2012-12-10

    Design, Development, and test of the three-port power converter for marine hydrokinetic power transmission. Converter provides ports for AC/DC conversion of hydrokinetic power, battery storage, and a low voltage to high voltage DC port for HVDC transmission to shore. The report covers the design, development, implementation, and testing of a prototype built by PPS.

  10. Process for converting cellulosic materials into fuels and chemicals

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    Scott, Charles D. (Oak Ridge, TN); Faison, Brendlyn D. (Knoxville, TN); Davison, Brian H. (Knoxville, TN); Woodward, Jonathan (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1994-01-01

    A process for converting cellulosic materials, such as waste paper, into fuels and chemicals utilizing enzymatic hydrolysis of the major constituent of paper, cellulose. A waste paper slurry is contacted by cellulase in an agitated hydrolyzer. The cellulase is produced from a continuous, columnar, fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing immobilized microorganisms. An attritor and a cellobiase reactor are coupled to the agitated hydrolyzer to improve reaction efficiency. The cellulase is recycled by an adsorption process. The resulting crude sugars are converted to dilute product in a fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing microorganisms. The dilute product is concentrated and purified by utilizing distillation and/or a biparticle fluidized-bed bioreactor system.

  11. Method for converting sucrose to .beta.-D-glucose

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    Simmons, Blake A. (San Francisco, CA); Volponi, Joanne V. (Livermore, CA); Ingersoll, David (Albuquerque, NM); Walker, Andrew (Woodinville, WA)

    2009-07-07

    Disclosed is an apparatus and method for continuously converting sucrose to .beta.-D-glucose. The method comprises a three-stage enzymatic reactor in which an aqueous solution of sucrose is first converted into a solution of fructose and .alpha.-D-glucose by passing it through a porous, packed column containing an inert media on which invertase is immobilized. This solution is then sent through a second packed column containing glucose isomerase and finally a third packed column containing mutarotase. Solution temperature and pH are adjusted to maximize glucose output.

  12. Northwest Energy Innovations (TRL 5 6 System)- WETNZ MtiMode Wave Energy Converter Advancement Project

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    Northwest Energy Innovations (TRL 5 6 System) - WETNZ MtiMode Wave Energy Converter Advancement Project

  13. Analysis and Optimization of Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converters

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    Sanders, Seth

    on conduction loss) of a ladder-type converter is found to be superior to that of a conventional boost converterAnalysis and Optimization of Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converters Michael D. Seeman, Seth R. Sanders­ Analysis methods are developed that fully determine a switched-capacitor (SC) dc-dc converter's steady

  14. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS 1 Singular Perturbation Theory for DCDC Converters

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    model. Similar results hold for boost, buck, and buck­boost converters. Experimental boost convertersIEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS 1 Singular Perturbation Theory for DC­DC Converters and Application to PFC Converters Jonathan W. Kimball, Senior Member, IEEE, and Philip T. Krein, Fellow, IEEE

  15. 17.March.2005 C. A. Martins, CERN AB/PO 1 Power converter

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    McDonald, Kirk

    , 1000Vdc Converter topology 18 kV cell Power transformers (in an oil tank) 2x4 Rectifier bridges Passive Passive filter self Passive filter capacitors self capacitors DC output #12;17.March.2005 C. A. Martins Converters location: · At building 193 (AD) like ALICE/LHCb converter 2nd choice target Power converter (193

  16. Sigma-Delta Modulation of Multi-Phase High Frequency Converters

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    Sigma-Delta Modulation of Multi-Phase High Frequency Converters Jonathan W. Kimball, Senior Member control architecture is proposed that merges advanced digital modulation techniques, high frequency resonant converters, and multi-phase converters. If a converter's switching frequency is high enough

  17. Hardware model of a shipboard zonal electrical distribution system (ZEDS) : alternating current/direct current (AC/DC)

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    Tidd, Chad N. (Chad Norman)

    2010-01-01

    A hardware model of a shipboard electrical distribution system based on aspects of the DDG 51 Flight IIA, Arleigh Burke class, 60Hz Alternating Current (AC) and the future direct current (DC), zonal electrical distribution ...

  18. EC417 --Electric Energy, Adapting to Renewable Resources Brief History of Power Systems (the great AC-DC battle)

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    (generation, transmission, distribution -- electric motors and other loads) · Power Plants with emphasis to the introduction of renewables (Photovoltaics, wind, etc.) · Development of the "Smart Grid" · Electric Vehicles - An Introduction (Third Edition) , CRC Press, 2012 Grading Policy: Midterm 30% Final 45% Homework / Short Papers 20

  19. Comparison of architectures for two-step flash analog-to-digital converters 

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    Reese, Robert Bryan

    1982-01-01

    A/D converters have been designed and fabricated in the last three to five ?om a survey of the literature it was discovered that the majority of these converters were of the successive approximation (SAP) type (Table I, page 4). This is because... the SAP converter offers a fast conversion time, a low complexity level and a small area requirement. Only one comparator, the design critical subcircuit of most converters, is needed in a SAP converter. Area requirements increase only moderately...

  20. Converting chemical energy of hydrogenated fuels into electricity

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    - 1 - Fuel Cells Converting chemical energy of hydrogenated fuels into electricity Project Description Invented in 1839, fuels cells powered the Gemini and Apollo space missions, as well as the space shuttle. Although fuel cells have been successfully used in such applications, they have proven difficult

  1. Pre-converted nitric oxide gas in catalytic reduction system

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    Hsiao, M.C.; Merritt, B.T.; Penetrante, B.M.; Vogtlin, G.E.

    1999-04-06

    A two-stage catalyst comprises an oxidative first stage and a reductive second stage. The first stage is intended to convert NO to NO{sub 2} in the presence of O{sub 2}. The second stage serves to convert NO{sub 2} to environmentally benign gases that include N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}O. By preconverting NO to NO{sub 2} in the first stage, the efficiency of the second stage for NO{sub x} reduction is enhanced. For example, an internal combustion engine exhaust is connected by a pipe to a first chamber. An oxidizing first catalyst converts NO to NO{sub 2} in the presence of O{sub 2} and includes platinum/alumina, e.g., Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. A flow of hydrocarbons (C{sub x}H{sub y}) is input from a pipe into a second chamber. For example, propene can be used as a source of hydrocarbons. The NO{sub 2} from the first catalyst mixes with the hydrocarbons in the second chamber. The mixture proceeds to a second reduction catalyst that converts NO{sub 2} to N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}O, and includes a {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The hydrocarbons and NO{sub x} are simultaneously reduced while passing through the second catalyst. 9 figs.

  2. Pre-converted nitric oxide gas in catalytic reduction system

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Hsiao, Mark C. (Livermore, CA); Merritt, Bernard T. (Livermore, CA); Penetrante, Bernardino M. (San Ramon, CA); Vogtlin, George E. (Fremont, CA)

    1999-01-01

    A two-stage catalyst comprises an oxidative first stage and a reductive second stage. The first stage is intended to convert NO to NO.sub.2 in the presence of O.sub.2. The second stage serves to convert NO.sub.2 to environmentally benign gases that include N2, CO2, and H.sub.2 O. By preconverting NO to NO.sub.2 in the first stage, the efficiency of the second stage for NO.sub.x reduction is enhanced. For example, an internal combustion engine exhaust is connected by a pipe to a first chamber. An oxidizing first catalyst converts NO to NO.sub.2 in the presence of O.sub.2 and includes platinum/alumina, e.g., Pt/Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 catalyst. A flow of hydrocarbons (C.sub.x H.sub.y) is input from a pipe into a second chamber. For example, propene can be used as a source of hydrocarbons. The NO.sub.2 from the first catalyst mixes with the hydrocarbons in the second chamber. The mixture proceeds to a second reduction catalyst that converts NO.sub.2 to N2, CO2, and H.sub.2 O, and includes a gamma-alumina .gamma.-Al.sub.2 O.sub.3. The hydrocarbons and NO.sub.x are simultaneously reduced while passing through the second catalyst.

  3. Multi-level converters for three-phase photovoltaic applications

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    Lehman, Brad

    Multi-level converters for three-phase photovoltaic applications Renato M. Nakagomi, Ye Zhao, Brad a switching matrix device and photovoltaic (PV) panels. The approach is based on the dynamic reconfiguration photovoltaic PV panels. The number of PV panels that are connected to the load can be altered using dynamic

  4. Apparatus for converting biomass to a pumpable slurry

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    Ergun, Sabri (Hillsborough, CA); Schaleger, Larry L. (Oakland, CA); Wrathall, James A. (Berkeley, CA); Yaghoubzadeh, Nasser (El Cerrito, CA)

    1986-01-01

    An apparatus used in the pretreatment of wood chips in a process for converting biomass to a liquid hydrocarbonaceous fuel. The apparatus functions to break down the wood chips to a size distribution that can be readily handled in a slurry form. Low maintenance operation is obtained by hydrolyzing the chips in a pressure vessel having no moving parts.

  5. Ability of Catalytic Converters to Reduce Air Pollution

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    Nizkorodov, Sergey

    NOx - 1 Ability of Catalytic Converters to Reduce Air Pollution MEASUREMENT OF SELECTED AIR Air Pollution MEASUREMENT OF SELECTED AIR POLLUTANTS IN CAR EXHAUST INTRODUCTION Automobile engines of gasoline (hydrocarbons, CxHy) in air: CxHy + O2 CO2 + H2O + heat (1) When there is the correct balance

  6. Energy Savings Assessment for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes

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    Cheung, Hoi Ying Iris; Meier, Alan; Brown, Richard

    2011-01-18

    The Digital Television (DTV) Converter Box Coupon Program was administered by the U.S. government to subsidize purchases of digital-to-analog converter boxes, with up to two $40 coupons for each eligible household. In order to qualify as Coupon Eligible Converter Boxes (CECBs), these devices had to meet a number of minimum performance specifications, including energy efficiency standards. The Energy Star Program also established voluntary energy efficiency specifications that are more stringent than the CECB requirements. In this study, we measured the power and energy consumptions for a sample of 12 CECBs (including 6 Energy Star labeled models) in-use in homes and estimated aggregate energy savings produced by the energy efficiency policies. Based on the 35 million coupons redeemed through the end of the program, our analysis indicates that between 2500 and 3700 GWh per year are saved as a result of the energy efficiency policies implemented on digital-to-analog converter boxes. The energy savings generated are equivalent to the annual electricity use of 280,000 average US homes.

  7. Everything Digital: Converting the world in 2 Exabytes

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    Lesk, Michael

    2003-11-05

    Nearly everything created today is in digital format: music is on digital CDs, documents come from word processing, still photography is switching to digital cameras and even movies are now edited digitally. What about the past? We have projects like the Million Book Project scanning one million books, and we know technically how to convert everything: the problems are legal, economic and organizational.

  8. REGULAR ARTICLE A comparison of methods for converting rhizotron root

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    provide valuable information about plant root production, but measurements are usually made in units of root length per unit surface area of observation window surface. These measure- ment units developed to convert rhizotron measurement units into root mass production per unit ground area

  9. Multiport Converter Topologies for Distributed Energy System Applications 

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    Hawke, Joshua

    2014-07-28

    . Next, three system designs are discussed: single-zone, dual-zone, and multi-zone. Each implements PSC technology and high-frequency isolated full-bridge converters to interface multiple fuel cell sources to a medium voltage grid via a single multilevel...

  10. Cycling firing method for bypass operation of bridge converters

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    Zabar, Zivan (99-72 66th Rd., Apt. 9N, Forest Hills, NY 11375)

    1982-01-01

    The bridge converter comprises a number of switching elements and an electronic logic system which regulated the electric power levels by controlling the firing, i.e., the initiation of the conduction period of the switching elements. Cyclic firing of said elements allows the direct current to bypass the alternating current system with high power factor and negligible losses.

  11. Performance Assessment of the Wave Dragon Wave Energy Converter

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    Hansen, René Rydhof

    Performance Assessment of the Wave Dragon Wave Energy Converter Based on the EquiMar Methodology S of the wave energy sector, device developers are called to provide reliable estimates on power performanceMar, Nissum Bredning, Hanstholm, North Sea, Ekofisk, Wave-to-wire, Wave energy. I. INTRODUCTION The wave

  12. Has Driving Come to a Halt?

    Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (EIA)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustments (Billion Cubic Feet) Wyoming Dry NaturalPrices1Markets See full Genealogy ofFederalHas Driving

  13. Discharging a DC bus capacitor of an electrical converter system

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    Kajouke, Lateef A; Perisic, Milun; Ransom, Ray M

    2014-10-14

    A system and method of discharging a bus capacitor of a bidirectional matrix converter of a vehicle are presented here. The method begins by electrically shorting the AC interface of the converter after an AC energy source is disconnected from the AC interface. The method continues by arranging a plurality of switching elements of a second energy conversion module into a discharge configuration to establish an electrical current path from a first terminal of an isolation module, through an inductive element, and to a second terminal of the isolation module. The method also modulates a plurality of switching elements of a first energy conversion module, while maintaining the discharge configuration of the second energy conversion module, to at least partially discharge a DC bus capacitor.

  14. Process for converting cellulosic materials into fuels and chemicals

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    Scott, C.D.; Faison, B.D.; Davison, B.H.; Woodward, J.

    1994-09-20

    A process is described for converting cellulosic materials, such as waste paper, into fuels and chemicals utilizing enzymatic hydrolysis of the major constituent of paper, cellulose. A waste paper slurry is contacted by cellulase in an agitated hydrolyzer. The cellulase is produced from a continuous, columnar, fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing immobilized microorganisms. An attrition mill and a cellobiase reactor are coupled to the agitated hydrolyzer to improve reaction efficiency. The cellulase is recycled by an adsorption process. The resulting crude sugars are converted to dilute product in a fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing microorganisms. The dilute product is concentrated and purified by utilizing distillation and/or a biparticle fluidized-bed bioreactor system. 1 fig.

  15. Low work function material development for the microminiature thermionic converter.

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    Zavadil, Kevin Robert; Battaile, Corbett Chandler; Marshall, Albert Christian; King, Donald Bryan; Jennison, Dwight Richard

    2004-03-01

    Thermionic energy conversion in a miniature format shows potential as a viable, high efficiency, micro to macro-scale power source. A microminiature thermionic converter (MTC) with inter-electrode spacings on the order of microns has been prototyped and evaluated at Sandia. The remaining enabling technology is the development of low work function materials and processes that can be integrated into these converters to increase power production at modest temperatures (800 - 1300 K). The electrode materials are not well understood and the electrode thermionic properties are highly sensitive to manufacturing processes. Advanced theoretical, modeling, and fabrication capabilities are required to achieve optimum performance for MTC diodes. This report describes the modeling and fabrication efforts performed to develop micro dispenser cathodes for use in the MTC.

  16. An aid to convert spreadsheets to higher quality presentations 

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    Olajide, Wasiu Olaniyi

    2005-08-29

    with CALC. CALC is available on all common operating systems and has a well documented and easily accessible Java Application Programming Interface. 6 CHAPTER III QUALITY PRESENTATIONS A. Spreadsheets as Information Conveyors Tables are a good way to show...Office using the Java Application Programming Interface. The contents of the spreadsheet are extracted passed on to the Data Storage module. 2. Canonical Data Storage The converted data is stored in XML [16] format using the Document Object Model [17]. XML...

  17. Low current plasmatron fuel converter having enlarged volume discharges

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    Rabinovich, Alexander (Swampscott, MA); Alexeev, Nikolai (Moscow, RU); Bromberg, Leslie (Sharon, MA); Cohn, Daniel R. (Chestnut Hill, MA); Samokhin, Andrei (Moscow, RU)

    2009-10-06

    A novel apparatus and method is disclosed for a plasmatron fuel converter ("plasmatron") that efficiently uses electrical energy to produce hydrogen rich gas. The volume and shape of the plasma discharge is controlled by a fluid flow established in a plasma discharge volume. A plasmatron according to this invention produces a substantially large effective plasma discharge volume allowing for substantially greater volumetric efficiency in the initiation of chemical reactions within a volume of bulk fluid reactant flowing through the plasmatron.

  18. Catalyst for converting synthesis gas to liquid motor fuels

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    Coughlin, Peter K. (Yorktown Heights, NY)

    1986-01-01

    The addition of an inert metal component, such as gold, silver or copper, to a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst comprising cobalt enables said catalyst to convert synthesis gas to liquid motor fuels at about 240.degree.-370.degree. C. with advantageously reduced selectivity of said cobalt for methane in said conversion. The catalyst composition can advantageously include a support component, such as a molecular sieve, co-catalyst/support component or a combination of such support components.

  19. Intensive neutrino source on the base of lithium converter

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    V. I. Lyashuk; Yu. S Lutostansky

    2015-04-13

    An intensive antineutrino source with a hard spectrum (with energy up to 13 MeV, average energy 6.5 MeV) can be realized on the base of beta-decay of short living isotope 8Li (0.84 s). The 8Li isotope (generated in activation of 7Li isotope) is a prime perspective antineutrino source owing to the hard antineutrino spectrum and square dependence of cross section on the energy. Up today nuclear reactors are the most intensive neutrino sources. Antineutrino reactor spectra have large uncertainties in the summary antineutrino spectrum at energy E>6 MeV. Use of 8Li isotope allows to decrease sharply the uncertainties or to exclude it completely. An intensive neutron fluxes are requested for rapid generation of 8Li isotope. The installations on the base of nuclear reactors can be an alternative for nuclear reactors as traditional neutron sources. It is possible creation of neutrino sources another in principle: on the base of tandem of accelerators, neutron generating targets and lithium converter. An intensive neutron flux (i.e., powerful neutron source) is requested for realization of considered neutrino sources (neutrino factories). Different realizations of lithium antineutrino sources (lithium converter on the base of high purified 7Li isotope) are discussed: static regime (i.e., without transport of 8Li isotope to the neutrino detector); dynamic regime (transport of 8Li isotope to the remote detector in a closed cycle); an operation of lithium converter in tandem of accelerator with a neutron-producing target on the base of tungsten, lead or bismuth. Different chemical compounds of lithium (as the substance of the converter) are considered. Heavy water solution of LiOD is proposed as a serious alternative to high-pure 7Li in a metallic state.

  20. Low current plasmatron fuel converter having enlarged volume discharges

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Rabinovich, Alexander; Alexeev, Nikolai; Bromberg, Leslie; Cohn, Daniel R.; Samokhin, Andrei

    2005-04-19

    A novel apparatus and method is disclosed for a plasmatron fuel converter (""plasmatron"") that efficiently uses electrical energy to produce hydrogen rich gas. The volume and shape of the plasma discharge is controlled by a fluid flow established in a plasma discharge volume. A plasmatron according to this invention produces a substantially large effective plasma discharge volume allowing for substantially greater volumetric efficiency in the initiation of chemical reactions within a volume of bulk fluid reactant flowing through the plasmatron.

  1. Design and characterization of a radio-frequency dc/dc power converter

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    Jackson, David A. (David Alexander)

    2005-01-01

    The use of radio-frequency (RF) amplifier topologies in dc/dc power converters allows the operating frequency to be increased by more than two orders of magnitude over the frequency of conventional converters. This enables ...

  2. GUIDELINES FOR CONVERTING FTN4 PROGRAMS TO FTN5 AND THE NEW FORTRAN-77 STANDARD

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    Friedman, R.

    2012-01-01

    1st Edition GUIDELINES FOR CONVERTING FTN4 PROGRAMS TO FTN5Edition (August 79) Guidelines for Converting FTN4 Programsprogram F45 are described in each instance. lst Edition (

  3. Design techniques for low noise and high speed A/D converters 

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    Gupta, Amit Kumar

    2009-05-15

    subscriber line (ADSL) modems, cellular systems, high accuracy instrumentation, and medical imaging systems. This thesis suggests some design techniques for such high resolution and high sampling rate A/D converters. As the A/D converter performance keeps...

  4. Wide input range DC-DC converter with digital control scheme 

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    Harfman Todorovic, Maja

    2006-04-12

    :1 voltage variation as well as a slow transient response. The proposed approach consists of two stages: a primary three-level boost converter stage cascaded with a high frequency, isolated boost converter topology, which provides a higher voltage gain...

  5. High-Frequency Resonant SEPIC Converter With Wide Input and Output Voltage Ranges

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    Hu, Jingying

    This paper presents a resonant single-ended-primary-inductor-converter (SEPIC) converter and control method suitable for high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) dc-dc power conversion. The proposed design provides ...

  6. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    A review of wave energy converter technology. Proceedings ofWave energy utilization: A review of the technologies. Re-decades. With the technology of wave-energy convert- ers(

  7. The impulsive effects of momentum transfer on the dynamics of a novel ocean wave energy converter

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    Diamond, CA; O'Reilly, OM; Sava?, O

    2013-01-01

    7] J. Falnes, A review of wave-energy extraction, MarineOrazov, O. M. O’Reilly, O. wave energy converter, Journal ofsimple model for a novel wave energy converter: non-resonant

  8. Computer-aided optimization of DC/DC converters for automotive applications

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    Neugebauer, Timothy C.

    This paper investigates computer-aided optimization of DC/DC converters, with a focus on converters for dual-voltage automotive electrical systems. A new CAD optimization approach based on Monte Carlo search methods is ...

  9. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    design optimization of wave energy converters con- sistingN. Sahinkaya. A review of wave energy converter technology.2009. [6] A.F.O. Falc˜ao. Wave energy utilization: A review

  10. Outphasing Control of Gallium Nitride based Very High Frequency Resonant Converters

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    Madsen, Mickey P.

    In this paper an outphasing modulation control method suitable for line regulation of very high frequency resonant converters is described.

  11. A Predictive power control of Doubly Fed Induction Generator for Wave Energy Converter

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    Brest, Université de

    Switchgear Wave converter control Gear hal-01023509,version1-13Jul2014 Author manuscript, published in "IEEE

  12. Aalborg Universitet Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs

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    Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    Aalborg Universitet Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs Beczkowski. (2011). Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs. In Proceedings of the 14th #12;Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs Szymon Bczkowski, Stig Munk

  13. 111-f:l.~A PfC, qs: Hoo control of boost converters

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    ,I-.; ... 111- f:l.~A PfC, qs: f'EEEin !f Hoo control of boost converters Rami NAIM, George WEISS at low frequencies). In a case study, for a typical low power boost converter, we obtain significantly\\vitching frequency. Boost and buck-boost converters (in continuous conduction mode) have a zero in the right half

  14. Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converters Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski

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    Perreault, Dave

    Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converters Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski , Anthony D. Sagneri introduces a resonant boost converter topology and control method suitable for designs at very high frequency of the new resonant boost dc- dc converter topology. The design is optimized for low device stress and very

  15. PWM CONVERTERS WITH RESISTIVE INPUT Sam Ben-Yaakov and llya Zeltser

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    and small signal responses of a Boost converter applied in APFC application. To make the input resistive be described by a simple intuitive reasoning in relation to the Boost converter (Fig. la). It is assumedthat (b) Fig. I. The Boost converter (a) and its behavioral average model (b) (after [7,8]). #12;ill

  16. MODELING OF HIGH-POWER-FACTOR RECTIFIERS BASED ON SWITCHING CONVERTERS

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    boost [l]and up/down (flyback, kuk, Sepic, etc.) converters [a]. The purpose of this paper is to present. Specific results are discussed in detail for boost and up/down converters, which are most frequently usedMODELING OF HIGH-POWER-FACTOR RECTIFIERS BASED ON SWITCHING CONVERTERS WITH NONLINEAR

  17. FPGA based digital controller for switch-mode converter P-2013-025 Student: Yaron Huber

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    control scheme for DC-DC converters such as: boost or buck-boost. The control scheme is designed of minimal deviation control scheme on Boost converter using PSIM #12;2. Realization: Minimaldeviationcontroller-FPGA DC Buck - Boost converter Vin Inductor Load CapacitorSwitch Vout IL PCM main computational

  18. Design of a Boost Power Factor Correction Converter Using Optimization Techniques Sergio Busquets-Monge1

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    Lindner, Douglas K.

    Design of a Boost Power Factor Correction Converter Using Optimization Techniques Sergio Busquets Foundation under Award Number EEC-9731677. #12;Design of a Boost Power Factor Correction Converter Using of a boost power factor correction front-end converter with an input electromagnetic interference filter

  19. I-A Modulated Digitally Controlled Non-Inverting Buck-Boost Converter for

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    I-A Modulated Digitally Controlled Non-Inverting Buck-Boost Converter for WCDMA RF Power Amplifiers.edu Abstract- This paper focuses on the non-inverting buck- boost converter supplying an adjustable DC voltage the WCDMA RFPA settling time requirements. 1. INTRODUCTION Non-inverting buck-boost DC-DC power converter

  20. Designing an Accurate and Robust LC-Compliant Asynchronous Boost DCDC Converter

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    Designing an Accurate and Robust LC-Compliant Asynchronous Boost DC­DC Converter Neeraj Keskar in buck converters, little has been done in boosting applications. This paper presents an asynchronous boost converter and describes how LC variations affect stability, steady-state error, and switching

  1. Synthesis of Impedance Using Switching Converters Joe C.P. Liu

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    and a pair of switches, such as the buck, buck-boost and boost converters. The switches are switched Synthesis of Impedance Using Switching Converters Joe C.P. Liu Chi K. Tse Franki N.K. Poon M converters is stud- ied in this paper. We begin with showing that any impedance can be synthesized

  2. A CHAOS MODEL OF SUBHARMONIC OSCILLATIONS IN CURRENT MODE PWM BOOST CONVERTERS

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    A CHAOS MODEL OF SUBHARMONIC OSCILLATIONS IN CURRENT MODE PWM BOOST CONVERTERS Isaac Zafrany in a current mode PWM Boost converter under open and closed outer- loop conditions. A simple expression and explain by a Chaos model the behavior of a CM Boost converter under open and closed outer loop situations

  3. Controlling Chaos in DC/DC Converters Using Optimal Resonant Parametric Perturbation

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    perturba- tion method for controlling chaos in a current-mode con- trolled buck-boost converter of control. Specifically we make a chaotic buck-boost converter operate in an unstable period-1 orbit by a more complicated feedback chaos control method. II. CURRENT-MODE CONTROLLED BUCK-BOOST CONVERTER A

  4. BIFURCATION ANALYSIS OF A POWER-FACTOR-CORRECTION BOOST CONVERTER: UNCOVERING FAST-SCALE INSTABILITY

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    BIFURCATION ANALYSIS OF A POWER-FACTOR-CORRECTION BOOST CONVERTER: UNCOVERING FAST to a power-factor-correc- tion (PFC) boost converter to examine the fast-scale insta- bility problem to a current-programmed boost converter. In this paper, we study the onset of period-doubling (fast-scale) in

  5. Generalized Steady-state Analysis of Multiphase Interleaved Boost Converter with Coupled Inductors

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    Lipo, Thomas

    2005-38 Generalized Steady-state Analysis of Multiphase Interleaved Boost Converter with Coupled interleaved boost converter with coupled inductors H.-B. Shin, J.-G. Park, S.-K. Chung, H.-W. Lee and T.A. Lipo Abstract: The generalised steady-state analysis of the multi-phase interleaved boost converter

  6. General Control for Boost PFC Converter from a Sliding Mode Viewpoint

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    4452 General Control for Boost PFC Converter from a Sliding Mode Viewpoint Grace Chu, Siew control methodology for the boost PFC converter based on sliding mode control theory. The resulting rule is derived for the boost PFC converter. The aim is to provide input current tracking under all

  7. Design Optimization of Power Electronics Circuits using Genetic Algorithms A Boost PFC Converter Example

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    Lindner, Douglas K.

    Design Optimization of Power Electronics Circuits using Genetic Algorithms ­ A Boost PFC Converter with a developed software tool for designing a low-cost boost power factor correction (PFC) front-end converter presents an approach to discrete design optimization of a complete power electronics converter

  8. Development of a 55 kW 3X DC-DC Converter for HEV Systems

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    efficiency provide the great potential for the very high temperature operation. The circuit parameter design converter and a traction motor to drive the vehicle. In most commercial HEV systems, the power converter, 37996 Abstract--The design of a 55 kW 3X dc-dc converter is presented for hybrid electric vehicle (HEV

  9. CHARACTERIZING DANGEROUS WAVES FOR OCEAN WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER SURVIVABILITY Justin Hovland

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    Haller, Merrick

    gradient technologies. This paper is focused on Ocean Wave Energy Converters (OWECs) and the needCHARACTERIZING DANGEROUS WAVES FOR OCEAN WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER SURVIVABILITY Justin Hovland ABSTRACT Ocean Wave Energy Converters (OWECs) operating on the water surface are subject to storms

  10. Analysis and design of matrix converters for adjustable speed drives and distributed power sources 

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    Cha, Han Ju

    2004-11-15

    -link. The new converter provides flexible voltage transfer ratio and galvanic isolation between input and output ac sources. Finally, the matrix converter concept is extended to dc/ac conversion from ac/ac conversion. The new dc/ac direct converter consists...

  11. Aalborg Universitet SiC heat pump converters with support for voltage unbalance in distribution grids

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    Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    Aalborg Universitet SiC heat pump converters with support for voltage unbalance in distribution (APA): Trintis, I., Douglass, P., Maheshwari, R., & Munk-Nielsen, S. (2015). SiC heat pump converters.aau.dk on: november 29, 2015 #12;SiC heat pump converters with support for voltage unbalance in distribution

  12. Method for designing modulo {2n Binary-to-RNS converters

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    Sousa, Leonel

    Method for designing modulo {2n ± k} Binary-to-RNS converters Hector Pettenghi1, Ricardo Chaves1-based modulo {2n ± k} Binary-to-RNS converters is pro- posed. Efficient modulo {2n ± k} converters can be used to support well balanced RNS moduli sets with large dynamic ranges. Moreover, a novel selection method

  13. Real-Time Model-Based Fault Diagnosis for Switching Power Converters

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    Sanders, Seth

    demonstration for a 1.2 kW rack-level uninterruptable power supply (UPS) dc-dc converter for data center for a 1.2 kW rack- level uninterruptable power supply (UPS) dc-dc converter for data center applicationsReal-Time Model-Based Fault Diagnosis for Switching Power Converters Jason Poon, Ioannis C

  14. An Improved MPPT Interleaved Boost Converter for Solar Electric Vehicle Application

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    Boyer, Edmond

    . The converter is connected between the photovoltaic power generation and dc bus in a multisource energy storage dc-dc converter; Solar electric vehicle; MPPT; Energy storage system. I. INTRODUCTION Photovoltaic energy storage system of a SEV Furthermore, for high-power applications, interleaved converters have been

  15. An Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to Java Interface For Creating and Managing Projects

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    Gray, Jeffrey G.

    An Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to Java Interface For Creating and Managing of Computer Science Graphical Environment For Creating Layouts MIT App Inventor An Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to JavaAn Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to JavaAn Automated

  16. Light-weight DC to very high voltage DC converter

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    Druce, R.L.; Kirbie, H.C.; Newton, M.A.

    1998-06-30

    A DC-DC converter capable of generating outputs of 100 KV without a transformer comprises a silicon opening switch (SOS) diode connected to allow a charging current from a capacitor to flow into an inductor. When a specified amount of charge has flowed through the SOS diode, it opens up abruptly; and the consequential collapsing field of the inductor causes a voltage and current reversal that is steered into a load capacitor by an output diode. A switch across the series combination of the capacitor, inductor, and SOS diode closes to periodically reset the SOS diode by inducing a forward-biased current. 1 fig.

  17. Processes for converting lignocellulosics to reduced acid pyrolysis oil

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    Kocal, Joseph Anthony; Brandvold, Timothy A

    2015-01-06

    Processes for producing reduced acid lignocellulosic-derived pyrolysis oil are provided. In a process, lignocellulosic material is fed to a heating zone. A basic solid catalyst is delivered to the heating zone. The lignocellulosic material is pyrolyzed in the presence of the basic solid catalyst in the heating zone to create pyrolysis gases. The oxygen in the pyrolysis gases is catalytically converted to separable species in the heating zone. The pyrolysis gases are removed from the heating zone and are liquefied to form the reduced acid lignocellulosic-derived pyrolysis oil.

  18. Bi-Directional DC-DC Converter for PHEV Applications

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    Abas Goodarzi

    2011-01-31

    Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) require high power density energy storage system (ESS) for hybrid operation and high energy density ESS for Electric Vehicle (EV) mode range. However, ESS technologies to maximize power density and energy density simultaneously are not commercially feasible. The use of bi-directional DC-DC converter allows use of multiple energy storage, and the flexible DC-link voltages can enhance the system efficiency and reduce component sizing. This will improve fuel consumption, increase the EV mode range, reduce the total weight, reduce battery initial and life cycle cost, and provide flexibility in system design.

  19. A single-inductor switching DC-DC converter with five outputs and ordered power-distributive control

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    Le, Hanh-Phuc; Chae, Chang-Seok; Lee, Kwang-Chan; Wang, Se-Won; Cho, Gyu-Ha; Cho, Gyu-Hyeong

    2007-01-01

    integrated current mode boost converter in standard 3.3=5-Vef?ciency CMOS DC-DC boost converter with current sensingdeveloping reset ICs, boost converters for PM OLED, and SIMO

  20. EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS USING HYDROGEN FROM PLASMATRON FUEL CONVERTERS

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    Bromberg, L

    2000-08-20

    Substantial progress in engine emission control is needed in order to meet present and proposed regulations for both spark ignition and diesel engines. Tightening regulations throughout the world reflect the ongoing concern with vehicle emissions. Recently developed compact plasmatron fuel converters have features that are suitable for onboard production of hydrogen for both fuel pretreatment and for exhaust aftertreatment applications. Systems that make use of these devices in conjunction with aftertreatment catalysts have the potential to improve significantly prospects for reduction of diesel engine emissions. Plasmatron fuel converters can provide a rapid response compact means to transform efficiently a wide range of hydrocarbon fuels into hydrogen rich gas. They have been used to reform natural gas [Bromberg1], gasoline [Green], diesel [Bromberg2] and hard-to-reform biofuels [Cohn1] into hydrogen rich gas (H2 + CO). The development of these devices has been pursued for the purpose of reducing engine exhaust pollutants by providing hydrogen rich gas for combustion in spark ignition and possibly diesel engines, as shown in Figure 1 [Cohn2]. Recent developments in compact plasmatron reformer design at MIT have resulted in substantial decreases in electrical power requirements. These new developments also increase the lifetime of the electrodes.

  1. Converting Maturing Nuclear Sites to Integrated Power Production Islands

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    Solbrig, Charles W.

    2011-01-01

    Nuclear islands, which are integrated power production sites, could effectively sequester and safeguard the US stockpile of plutonium. A nuclear island, an evolution of the integral fast reactor, utilizes all the Transuranics (Pu plus minor actinides) produced in power production, and it eliminates all spent fuel shipments to and from the site. This latter attribute requires that fuel reprocessing occur on each site and that fast reactors be built on-site to utilize the TRU. All commercial spent fuel shipments could be eliminated by converting all LWR nuclear power sites to nuclear islands. Existing LWR sites have the added advantage ofmore »already possessing a license to produce nuclear power. Each could contribute to an increase in the nuclear power production by adding one or more fast reactors. Both the TRU and the depleted uranium obtained in reprocessing would be used on-site for fast fuel manufacture. Only fission products would be shipped to a repository for storage. The nuclear island concept could be used to alleviate the strain of LWR plant sites currently approaching or exceeding their spent fuel pool storage capacity. Fast reactor breeding ratio could be designed to convert existing sites to all fast reactors, or keep the majority thermal.« less

  2. Triple voltage dc-to-dc converter and method

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    Su, Gui-Jia (Knoxville, TN)

    2008-08-05

    A circuit and method of providing three dc voltage buses and transforming power between a low voltage dc converter and a high voltage dc converter, by coupling a primary dc power circuit and a secondary dc power circuit through an isolation transformer; providing the gating signals to power semiconductor switches in the primary and secondary circuits to control power flow between the primary and secondary circuits and by controlling a phase shift between the primary voltage and the secondary voltage. The primary dc power circuit and the secondary dc power circuit each further comprising at least two tank capacitances arranged in series as a tank leg, at least two resonant switching devices arranged in series with each other and arranged in parallel with the tank leg, and at least one voltage source arranged in parallel with the tank leg and the resonant switching devices, said resonant switching devices including power semiconductor switches that are operated by gating signals. Additional embodiments having a center-tapped battery on the low voltage side and a plurality of modules on both the low voltage side and the high voltage side are also disclosed for the purpose of reducing ripple current and for reducing the size of the components.

  3. Enhanced thermal and gas flow performance in a three-way catalytic converter through use of insulation within the ceramic monolith

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    Emissions performance comparison of conventional catalytic converter with multi-channel catalytic converter (ceramic fiber insulation layers introduced into ceramic monolith of three-way catalytic converter)

  4. ITER Project Status Fusion Energy Sciences

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    Convertor Systems Prototype of the AC/DC power converter for the ITER vertical stabilization coils% of Port-based Diagnostics ORNL 100% Ion Cyclotron Transmission Lines ORNL 100% Electron Cyclotron Transmission Lines ORNL Blanket/Shield (design support) ORNL 100% Roughing Pumps, Vacuum Auxiliary System SRNL

  5. Introduction What is power electronics?

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    Knobloch,Jürgen

    in Pressman, Billings and Morey [3]. Our design example ­ a switch mode power supply We look at the basic [4]. Switching power supplies, and isolated converters in particular, are extensively explained structure of a switching single phase AC/DC power supply, shown in Figure 1. A rectified AC voltage

  6. Apparatuses and method for converting electromagnetic radiation to direct current

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    Kotter, Dale K; Novack, Steven D

    2014-09-30

    An energy conversion device may include a first antenna and a second antenna configured to generate an AC current responsive to incident radiation, at least one stripline, and a rectifier coupled with the at least one stripline along a length of the at least one stripline. An energy conversion device may also include an array of nanoantennas configured to generate an AC current in response to receiving incident radiation. Each nanoantenna of the array includes a pair of resonant elements, and a shared rectifier operably coupled to the pair of resonant elements, the shared rectifier configured to convert the AC current to a DC current. The energy conversion device may further include a bus structure operably coupled with the array of nanoantennas and configured to receive the DC current from the array of nanoantennas and transmit the DC current away from the array of nanoantennas.

  7. Low Head, Vortex Induced Vibrations River Energy Converter

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    Bernitsas, Michael B.; Dritz, Tad

    2006-06-30

    Vortex Induced Vibrations Aquatic Clean Energy (VIVACE) is a novel, demonstrated approach to extracting energy from water currents. This invention is based on a phenomenon called Vortex Induced Vibrations (VIV), which was first observed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1504AD. He called it ‘Aeolian Tones.’ For decades, engineers have attempted to prevent this type of vibration from damaging structures, such as offshore platforms, nuclear fuel rods, cables, buildings, and bridges. The underlying concept of the VIVACE Converter is the following: Strengthen rather than spoil vortex shedding; enhance rather than suppress VIV; harness rather than mitigate VIV energy. By maximizing and utilizing this unique phenomenon, VIVACE takes this “problem” and successfully transforms it into a valuable resource for mankind.

  8. A Study of Radiative Bottomonium Transitions using Converted Photons

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    Lees, J.P.; Poireau, V.; Prencipe, E.; Tisserand, V.; /Annecy, LAPP; Garra Tico, J.; Grauges, E.; /Barcelona U., ECM; Martinelli, M.; /INFN, Bari /Bari U.; Milanes, D.A.; /INFN, Bari; Palano, A.; Pappagallo, M.; /INFN, Bari /Bari U.; Eigen, G.; Stugu, B.; Sun, L.; /Bergen U.; Brown, D.N.; Kerth, L.T.; Kolomensky, Yu.G.; Lynch, G.; /UC, Berkeley; Koch, H.; Schroeder, T.; /Ruhr U., Bochum; Asgeirsson, D.J.; Hearty, C.; /British Columbia U. /Brunel U. /Novosibirsk, IYF /UC, Irvine /UC, Riverside /UC, Santa Barbara /UC, Santa Cruz /Caltech /Cincinnati U. /Colorado U. /Colorado State U. /Dortmund U. /Dresden, Tech. U. /Ecole Polytechnique /Edinburgh U. /INFN, Ferrara /INFN, Ferrara /Ferrara U. /INFN, Ferrara /Frascati /INFN, Genoa /Genoa U. /INFN, Genoa /INFN, Genoa /Genoa U. /INFN, Genoa /Indian Inst. Tech., Guwahati /Harvard U. /Harvey Mudd Coll. /Heidelberg U. /Humboldt U., Berlin /Imperial Coll., London /Iowa State U. /Iowa State U. /Johns Hopkins U. /Paris U., VI-VII /LLNL, Livermore /Liverpool U. /Queen Mary, U. of London /Royal Holloway, U. of London /Royal Holloway, U. of London /Louisville U. /Mainz U., Inst. Kernphys. /Manchester U. /Maryland U. /Massachusetts U., Amherst /MIT /McGill U. /INFN, Milan /Milan U. /INFN, Milan /INFN, Milan /Milan U. /Mississippi U. /Montreal U. /INFN, Naples /Naples U. /NIKHEF, Amsterdam /NIKHEF, Amsterdam /Notre Dame U. /Ohio State U. /Oregon U. /INFN, Padua /Padua U. /INFN, Padua /INFN, Padua /Padua U. /Paris U., VI-VII /INFN, Perugia /Perugia U. /INFN, Pisa /Pisa U. /INFN, Pisa /Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore /INFN, Pisa /Pisa U. /INFN, Pisa /INFN, Pisa /Pisa U. /INFN, Pisa /Princeton U. /INFN, Rome /INFN, Rome /Rome U. /INFN, Rome /INFN, Rome /Rome U. /INFN, Rome /Rostock U. /Rutherford /DAPNIA, Saclay /SLAC /South Carolina U. /Southern Methodist U. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SUNY, Albany /Tel Aviv U. /Tennessee U. /Texas Nuclear Corp., Austin /Texas U., Dallas /INFN, Turin /Turin U. /INFN, Trieste /Trieste U. /Valencia U. /Victoria U. /Warwick U. /Wisconsin U., Madison

    2011-08-15

    The authors use (111 {+-} 1) million {Upsilon}(3S) and (89 {+-} 1) million {Upsilon}(2S) events recorded by the BABAR detector at the PEP-II B-factory at SLAC to perform a study of radiative transitions betwen bottomonium states using photons that have been converted to e{sup +}e{sup -} pairs by the detector material. They observe {Upsilon}(3S) {yields} {gamma}{chi}{sub b0,2}(1P) decay, make precise measurements of the branching fractions for {chi}{sub b1,2}(1P, 2P) {yields} {gamma}{Upsilon}(1S) and {chi}{sub b1,2}(2P) {yields} {gamma}{Upsilon}(2S) decays, and search for radiative decay to the {eta}{sub b}(1S) and {eta}{sub b}(2S) states.

  9. Utilizing zero-sequence switchings for reversible converters

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    Hsu, John S.; Su, Gui-Jia; Adams, Donald J.; Nagashima, James M.; Stancu, Constantin; Carlson, Douglas S.; Smith, Gregory S.

    2004-12-14

    A method for providing additional dc inputs or outputs (49, 59) from a dc-to-ac inverter (10) for controlling motor loads (60) comprises deriving zero-sequence components (V.sub.ao, V.sub.bo, and V.sub.co) from the inverter (10) through additional circuit branches with power switching devices (23, 44, 46), transforming the voltage between a high voltage and a low voltage using a transformer or motor (42, 50), converting the low voltage between ac and dc using a rectifier (41, 51) or an H-bridge (61), and providing at least one low voltage dc input or output (49, 59). The transformation of the ac voltage may be either single phase or three phase. Where less than a 100% duty cycle is acceptable, a two-phase modulation of the switching signals controlling the inverter (10) reduces switching losses in the inverter (10). A plurality of circuits for carrying out the invention are also disclosed.

  10. The Force of a Tsunami on a Wave Energy Converter

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    O'Brien, Laura; Renzi, Emiliano; Dutykh, Denys; Dias, Frédéric

    2012-01-01

    With an increasing emphasis on renewable energy resources, wave power technology is fast becoming a realistic solution. However, the recent tsunami in Japan was a harsh reminder of the ferocity of the ocean. It is known that tsunamis are nearly undetectable in the open ocean but as the wave approaches the shore its energy is compressed creating large destructive waves. The question posed here is whether a nearshore wave energy converter (WEC) could withstand the force of an incoming tsunami. The analytical 3D model of Renzi & Dias (2012) developed within the framework of a linear theory and applied to an array of fixed plates is used. The time derivative of the velocity potential allows the hydrodynamic force to be calculated.

  11. Performance of Mismatched PV Systems With Submodule Integrated Converters

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    Olalla, C; Deline, C; Maksimovic, D

    2014-01-01

    Mismatch power losses in photovoltaic (PV) systems can be reduced by the use of distributed power electronics at the module or submodule level. This paper presents an experimentally validated numerical model that can be used to predict power production with distributed maximum power point tracking (DMPPT) down to the cell level. The model allows the investigations of different DMPPT architectures, as well as the impact of conversion efficiencies and power constraints. Results are presented for annual simulations of three representative partial shading scenarios and two scenarios where mismatches are due to aging over a period of 25 years. It is shown that DMPPT solutions that are based on submodule integrated converters offer 6.9-11.1% improvements in annual energy yield relative to a baseline centralized MPPT scenario.

  12. NREL Research on Converting Biomass to Liquid Fuels

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    None

    2013-05-29

    Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into liquid fuels, called "biofuels," to help meet transportation fuel needs. The two most common types of biofuels are ethanol and biodiesel. Today, ethanol is made from starches and sugars, but at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists are developing technology to allow it to be made from cellulose and hemicellulose, the fibrous material that makes up the bulk of most plant matter. Biodiesel is made by combining alcohol (usually methanol) with vegetable oil, animal fat, or recycled cooking grease. It can be used as an additive (typically 20%) to reduce vehicle emissions or in its pure form as a renewable alternative fuel for diesel engines. For a text version of this video visit http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_biofuels.html

  13. Reference Model 6 (RM6): Oscillating Wave Energy Converter.

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    Bull, Diana L; Smith, Chris; Jenne, Dale Scott; Jacob, Paul; Copping, Andrea; Willits, Steve; Fontaine, Arnold; Brefort, Dorian; Gordon, Margaret Ellen; Copeland, Robert; Jepsen, Richard A.

    2014-10-01

    This report is an addendum to SAND2013-9040: Methodology for Design and Economic Analysis of Marine Energy Conversion (MEC) Technologies. This report describes an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter reference model design in a complementary manner to Reference Models 1-4 contained in the above report. In this report, a conceptual design for an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter (WEC) device appropriate for the modeled reference resource site was identified, and a detailed backward bent duct buoy (BBDB) device design was developed using a combination of numerical modeling tools and scaled physical models. Our team used the methodology in SAND2013-9040 for the economic analysis that included costs for designing, manufacturing, deploying, and operating commercial-scale MEC arrays, up to 100 devices. The methodology was applied to identify key cost drivers and to estimate levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for this RM6 Oscillating Water Column device in dollars per kilowatt-hour (%24/kWh). Although many costs were difficult to estimate at this time due to the lack of operational experience, the main contribution of this work was to disseminate a detailed set of methodologies and models that allow for an initial cost analysis of this emerging technology. This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Program Office (WWPTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). Sandia National Laboratories, the lead in this effort, collaborated with partners from National Laboratories, industry, and universities to design and test this reference model.

  14. Reference Model 5 (RM5): Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter

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    Yu, Y. H.; Jenne, D. S.; Thresher, R.; Copping, A.; Geerlofs, S.; Hanna, L. A.

    2015-01-01

    This report is an addendum to SAND2013-9040: Methodology for Design and Economic Analysis of Marine Energy Conversion (MEC) Technologies. This report describes an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter (OSWEC) reference model design in a complementary manner to Reference Models 1-4 contained in the above report. A conceptual design for a taut moored oscillating surge wave energy converter was developed. The design had an annual electrical power of 108 kilowatts (kW), rated power of 360 kW, and intended deployment at water depths between 50 m and 100 m. The study includes structural analysis, power output estimation, a hydraulic power conversion chain system, and mooring designs. The results were used to estimate device capital cost and annual operation and maintenance costs. The device performance and costs were used for the economic analysis, following the methodology presented in SAND2013-9040 that included costs for designing, manufacturing, deploying, and operating commercial-scale MEC arrays up to 100 devices. The levelized cost of energy estimated for the Reference Model 5 OSWEC, presented in this report, was for a single device and arrays of 10, 50, and 100 units, and it enabled the economic analysis to account for cost reductions associated with economies of scale. The baseline commercial levelized cost of energy estimate for the Reference Model 5 device in an array comprised of 10 units is $1.44/kilowatt-hour (kWh), and the value drops to approximately $0.69/kWh for an array of 100 units.

  15. 1654 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 24, NO. 6, JUNE 2009 Very-High-Frequency Resonant Boost Converters

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    Perreault, Dave

    Boost Converters Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski, Student Member, IEEE, Anthony D. Sagneri, Student Member amplifier, class- inverter, harmonic peaking, resonant boost converter, resonant dc­ dc converter, resonant.2016098 Fig. 1. Schematic of the proposed resonant boost converter topology. [6]­[8], and [10], it is often

  16. A Virtual DSP System for Design Instruction of Power Converters AA.. KKeeyyhhaannii aanndd MM.. NN.. MMaarrwwaallii GGeerraalldd BBaauummggaarrttnneerr

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    Baumgartner, Gerald

    1 A Virtual DSP System for Design Instruction of Power Converters AA.. KKeeyyhhaannii aanndd MM the development of an object oriented DSP based for design and control of power converters. The testbed `hard' switching power converters, a resonant converter utilizes a controlled series or parallel LC

  17. An Integrated Onboard Charger and Accessary Power Converter for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

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    Su, Gui-Jia; Tang, Lixin

    2013-01-01

    Abstract: In this paper, an integrated onboard battery charger and accessary dc-dc converter for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) is presented. The idea is to utilize the already available traction drive inverters and motors of a PEV as the frond converter of the charger circuit and the transformer of the 14 V accessary dc-dc converter to provide galvanic isolation. The topology was verified by modeling and experimental results on a 5 kW charger prototype

  18. Characterization of U.S. Wave Energy Converter Test Sites: A...

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    data and wave energy characteristics at three U.S. wave energy converter (WEC) test and potential deployment sites. Its purpose is to enable the comparison of wave...

  19. Intensive neutrino source on the base of lithium converter

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    Lyashuk, V I

    2015-01-01

    An intensive antineutrino source with a hard spectrum (with energy up to 13 MeV, average energy 6.5 MeV) can be realized on the base of beta-decay of short living isotope 8Li (0.84 s). The 8Li isotope (generated in activation of 7Li isotope) is a prime perspective antineutrino source owing to the hard antineutrino spectrum and square dependence of cross section on the energy. Up today nuclear reactors are the most intensive neutrino sources. Antineutrino reactor spectra have large uncertainties in the summary antineutrino spectrum at energy E>6 MeV. Use of 8Li isotope allows to decrease sharply the uncertainties or to exclude it completely. An intensive neutron fluxes are requested for rapid generation of 8Li isotope. The installations on the base of nuclear reactors can be an alternative for nuclear reactors as traditional neutron sources. It is possible creation of neutrino sources another in principle: on the base of tandem of accelerators, neutron generating targets and lithium converter. An intensive neu...

  20. How to convert gradually to oil-refinery hydrocracking

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    Basta, N.

    1986-01-06

    Over the past ten years, demand for refined petroleum products has been relatively constant, primarily because of worldwide conservation efforts. In fact, the demand for residual fuels has actually declined, while the market for gasoline has risen just slightly. Only middle distillates, which have seen a moderate increase since 1975, will continue to rise slowly over the next several years, says UOP Inc., a Des Plaines, Illinois, division of Allied-Signal Inc. This rise, coupled with the decline in resid demand, dictates the need for conversion capacity that will be capable of selectively producing distillate products. Traditionally, this need has been filled by hydrocracking gas oils to distillates. However, full conversion to hydrocracking requires high capital investment, which may not be possible in today's competitive refining industry. As a solution to this problem, UOP has developed a staged approach to distillate production, which allows the refiner both to phase in capital costs and to increase production over a number of years, says Mark Reno, manager of hydrocracking process development. The staged approach involves (1) constructing a mild-hydrocracking (MHC) unit that would produce less distillate, but at a lower cost; (2) upgrading to full conversion at a later date. The aldready-installed MHC equipment would be used with only minor modifications. UOP offers its own mild/full hydrocracking technology, called unibon; the firm says it can also convert a customer's existing hydrotreating equipment.

  1. Converting acoustic energy into useful other energy forms

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    Putterman, Seth J. (Sherman Oaks, CA); Barber, Bradley Paul (Northridge, CA); Hiller, Robert Anthony (Los Angeles, CA); Lofstedt, Ritva Maire Johanna (Los Angeles, CA)

    1997-01-01

    Sonoluminescence is an off-equilibrium phenomenon in which the energy of a resonant sound wave in a liquid is highly concentrated so as to generate flashes of light. The conversion of sound to light represents an energy amplification of eleven orders of magnitude. The flashes which occur once per cycle of the audible or ultrasonic sound fields can be comprised of over one million photons and last for less 100 picoseconds. The emission displays a clocklike synchronicity; the jitter in time between consecutive flashes is less than fifty picoseconds. The emission is blue to the eye and has a broadband spectrum increasing from 700 nanometers to 200 nanometers. The peak power is about 100 milliWatts. The initial stage of the energy focusing is effected by the nonlinear oscillations of a gas bubble trapped in the liquid. For sufficiently high drive pressures an imploding shock wave is launched into the gas by the collapsing bubble. The reflection of the shock from its focal point results in high temperatures and pressures. The sonoluminescence light emission can be sustained by sensing a characteristic of the emission and feeding back changes into the driving mechanism. The liquid is in a sealed container and the seeding of the gas bubble is effected by locally heating the liquid after sealing the container. Different energy forms than light can be obtained from the converted acoustic energy. When the gas contains deuterium and tritium there is the feasibility of the other energy form being fusion, namely including the generation of neutrons.

  2. Aalborg Universitet Review on Multi-Level Voltage Source Converter Based HVDC Technologies for Grid

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    Bak, Claus Leth

    Connection of Large Offshore Wind Farms Glasdam, Jakob ; Hjerrild, Jesper; Kocewiak, Lukasz Hubert; Bak-Level Voltage Source Converter Based HVDC Technologies for Grid Connection of Large Offshore Wind Farms. I IEEE of large offshore wind farms (OWFs) employing current state-of- the-art voltage source converter based high

  3. A hybrid switched-capacitor/inductor converter for small conversion ratios

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    Nakibuuka, Norah Elena

    2013-01-01

    A hybrid three-switch DC-DC step-up power converter for on chip applications is proposed. It is shown that the hybrid-three switch step-up converter can offer advantages such as reduced size of magnetic components, reduced ...

  4. Design of high speed low voltage data converters for UWB communication systems 

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    Lee, Choong Hoon

    2006-08-16

    For A/D converters in ultra-wideband (UWB) communication systems, the flash A/D type is commonly used because of its fast speed and simple architecture. However, the number of comparators in a flash A/D converter exponentially ...

  5. Aalborg Universitet An assessment of converter modelling needs for offshore wind power plants

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    Bak, Claus Leth

    Aalborg Universitet An assessment of converter modelling needs for offshore wind power plants). An assessment of converter modelling needs for offshore wind power plants connected via VSC-HVDC networks Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Plants. Energynautics

  6. Aalborg Universitet Harmonic Analysis of Offshore Wind Farms with Full Converter Wind Turbines

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    Bak, Claus Leth

    Aalborg Universitet Harmonic Analysis of Offshore Wind Farms with Full Converter Wind Turbines Analysis of Offshore Wind Farms with Full Converter Wind Turbines. In Proceeding of the 8th International.aau.dk on: juli 06, 2015 #12; Abstract--This paper presents the harmonic analysis of offshore wind farm (OWF

  7. Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel : Renewable Energy News

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    Lovley, Derek

    Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel : Renewable Energy News TUESDAY 25 MAY, 2010 | | Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel by Energy Matters Microbiologist Derek Lovley of energy, the solar panels, can also harvest energy 100 times more effectively than plants. Other

  8. Regulation and Compensation of Source Harmonics for the Boost ConverterBased Power Factor

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    Perreault, Dave

    Regulation and Compensation of Source Harmonics for the Boost Converter­Based Power Factor of a diode bridge and associated boost converter. This circuit is the most widely employed of the fam- ily for the boost­ based power factor precompensator which guarantees fast regulation of the output voltage towards

  9. Single Comparator Based A/D Converter for Output Voltage Sensing in

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    Single Comparator Based A/D Converter for Output Voltage Sensing in Power Factor Correction frequency (2fline) without the use of a traditional analog to digital converter (A/D). The proposed method/D or a traditional A/D in a digitally controlled 300W boost PFC. I. INTRODUCTION Many implementations of digital

  10. Digital Control Strategy for Multi-Phase Interleaved Boundary Mode and DCM Boost PFC Converters

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    Noé, Reinhold

    Digital Control Strategy for Multi-Phase Interleaved Boundary Mode and DCM Boost PFC Converters T switching frequency, DCM boost PFC converter can be operated with constant as well as with variable.schafmeister@delta-es.com Abstract-- A digital control strategy which provides optimal interleaving of multi-phase boost power factor

  11. Time domain design of digital compensators for PWM DC-DC converters

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    transformation and discretization. Digital PID controllers for a Buck and Boost type converters were implemented (via the various transformation algorithms), a digital compensator operates, in reality, in the sampledTime domain design of digital compensators for PWM DC-DC converters Mor Mordechai Peretz and Sam

  12. Sensorless Current Sharing in Digitally Controlled Two-Phase Buck DC-DC Converters

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    is discussed. Experimental results are shown for a two-phase synchronous buck converter with 6V input voltage synchronous buck converter shown in Fig.1 has been built to test the proposed sensorless current sharing the digital command d. A sensorless current sharing block generates two command duty cycles d1 and d2 in order

  13. A New Approach to Solving the Harmonic Elimination Equations for a Multilevel Converter

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    is required. A multilevel inverter is ideal for connecting such distributed dc energy sources (solar cellsA New Approach to Solving the Harmonic Elimination Equations for a Multilevel Converter John N that the transcendental equations characterizing the har- monic content can be converted to polynomial equations which

  14. Fault-tolerant Partial-resonant High-frequency AC-link Converters and Their Applications 

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    Keyhani, Hamidreza

    2014-01-08

    in the converter shutdown, and thus system availability is improved. The high-frequency ac link of the introduced converters is composed of an ac inductor and small ac capacitor. The link inductor is responsible for transferring power, while the link capacitor...

  15. ROM-less RNS-to-binary converter moduli Pedro Miguens Matutino

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    Sousa, Leonel

    ROM-less RNS-to-binary converter moduli {22 - 1, 22 + 1, 2 - 3, 2 + 3} Pedro Miguens Matutino ISEL--In this paper, a novel ROM-less RNS-to-binary converter is proposed, using a new balanced moduli set {22 - 1, 22 metric can be achieved for the full RNS architecture using the proposed moduli set. Keywords

  16. ASIC and FPGA Implementations of Modern 4-Moduli RNS Reverse Converters

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    Sousa, Leonel

    ASIC and FPGA Implementations of Modern 4-Moduli RNS Reverse Converters Using Distinct complex and essential part of residue number system (RNS), and has a significant role in the general performance of RNS. Recently, it is showed that the reverse converter performance could be significantly

  17. Memoryless RNS-to-Binary Converters for the {2n+1 -1} Moduli Set

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    Cotofana, Sorin

    Memoryless RNS-to-Binary Converters for the {2n+1 - 1, 2n , 2n - 1} Moduli Set Kazeem Alagbe, Memoryless Converter. I.. Introduction The Residue Number System (RNS) is a non-weighted number system that utilizes remainders to represent num- bers. RNS has received considerable attention in arithmetic

  18. Accelerated lifetime testing of energy storage capacitors used in particle accelerators power converters

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    Boattini, Fulvio

    2015-01-01

    Energy storage capacitors are used in large quantities in high power converters for particle accelerators. In this application capacitors see neither a DC nor an AC voltage but a combination of the two. The paper presents a new power converter explicitly designed to perform accelerated testing on these capacitors and the results of the tests.

  19. Application of wave generator theory to the development of a Wave Energy Converter

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    Wood, Stephen L.

    Application of wave generator theory to the development of a Wave Energy Converter by Maila Sepri approve the attached thesis Application of wave generator theory to the development of a Wave Energy Application of wave generator theory to the development of a Wave Energy Converter by Maila Sepri Principal

  20. Development of SNL-SWAN, a Validated Wave Energy Converter Array Modeling Tool

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    Siefert, Chris

    Development of SNL-SWAN, a Validated Wave Energy Converter Array Modeling Tool Kelley Ruehl#1 energy will lead to the necessary deployment of Wave Energy Converters (WECs) in arrays, or wave farms state dependent wave energy conversion of WECs. Keywords-- wave energy, wave farm, WEC array, SWAN

  1. Influence of control strategy on the global efficiency of a Direct Wave Energy Converter with

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Influence of control strategy on the global efficiency of a Direct Wave Energy Converter, France Abstract--The choice of control strategy for Direct Wave Energy Converters (DWEC) is often a simple loss model in order to design a better control strategy. Keywords--Wave energy conversion; Point

  2. Control influence on the electromagnetic generator pre-design for a wave energy converter

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    461 1 Control influence on the electromagnetic generator pre-design for a wave energy converter M of an electromagnetic generator for wave energy recovery. We will start by describing the wave energy converter (WEC of the study problem. Keywords: optimization, control, design methodology, direct drive generator, wave energy

  3. Study of Power Converter Topologies with Energy Recovery and grid power flow control Part B: boost converter with energy storage

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    Rogelio, Garcia Retegui; Gustavo, Uicich; Mario, Benedetti; Gilles, Le Godec; Konstantinos, Papastergiou

    2015-01-01

    In the framework of a Transfer line (TT2) Consolidation Programme, a number of studies on Energy cycling have been commissioned. Part of this work involves the study of dierent power electronic system topologies for magnet energy recovery. In this report, the use of a boost front-end converter supplying DC link of a 4-quadrant magnet supply is analysed. The key objective of the study is to find control strategies that result in the control of the peak power required from the power network as well as to recover the magnet energy into capacitor banks with controlled voltage fluctuation. The study comprises the modelling of the system by means of the method of state averaging and the development of regulation strategies to energy management. The proposed control strategies can be divided in two groups: in the first group, the magnet current is used to define the reference for the control system, while in the second group this current is unknown and some strategies are devised to limit the power drawn from the el...

  4. Switching coordination of distributed dc-dc converters for highly efficient photovoltaic power plants

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    Agamy, Mohammed; Elasser, Ahmed; Sabate, Juan Antonio; Galbraith, Anthony William; Harfman Todorovic, Maja

    2014-09-09

    A distributed photovoltaic (PV) power plant includes a plurality of distributed dc-dc converters. The dc-dc converters are configured to switch in coordination with one another such that at least one dc-dc converter transfers power to a common dc-bus based upon the total system power available from one or more corresponding strings of PV modules. Due to the coordinated switching of the dc-dc converters, each dc-dc converter transferring power to the common dc-bus continues to operate within its optimal efficiency range as well as to optimize the maximum power point tracking in order to increase the energy yield of the PV power plant.

  5. Utility-Scale Power Router: Dynamic Control of Grid Assets Using Direct AC Converter Cells

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    2010-09-01

    ADEPT Project: Georgia Tech is developing a cost-effective, utility-scale power router that uses an enhanced transformer to more efficiently direct power on the grid. Existing power routing technologies are too expensive for widespread use, but the ability to route grid power to match real-time demand and power outages would significantly reduce energy costs for utilities, municipalities, and consumers. Georgia Tech is adding a power converter to an existing grid transformer to better control power flows at about 1/10th the cost of existing power routing solutions. Transformers convert the high-voltage electricity that is transmitted through the grid into the low-voltage electricity that is used by homes and businesses. The added converter uses fewer steps to convert some types of power and eliminates unnecessary power storage, among other improvements. The enhanced transformer is more efficient, and it would still work even if the converter fails, ensuring grid reliability.

  6. Effective switching frequency multiplier inverter

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    Su, Gui-Jia (Oak Ridge, TN); Peng, Fang Z. (Okemos, MI)

    2007-08-07

    A switching frequency multiplier inverter for low inductance machines that uses parallel connection of switches and each switch is independently controlled according to a pulse width modulation scheme. The effective switching frequency is multiplied by the number of switches connected in parallel while each individual switch operates within its limit of switching frequency. This technique can also be used for other power converters such as DC/DC, AC/DC converters.

  7. A High Efficiency DC-DC Converter Topology Suitable for Distributed Large Commercial and Utility Scale PV Systems

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    Mohammed S. Agamy; Maja Harfman-Todorovic; Ahmed Elasser; Robert L. Steigerwald; Juan A. Sabate; Song Chi; Adam J. McCann; Li Zhang; Frank Mueller

    2012-09-01

    In this paper a DC-DC power converter for distributed photovoltaic plant architectures is presented. The proposed converter has the advantages of simplicity, high efficiency, and low cost. High efficiency is achieved by having a portion of the input PV power directly fed forward to the output without being processed by the converter. The operation of this converter also allows for a simplified maximum power point tracker design using fewer measurements

  8. Interaction of Fast-Scale and Slow-Scale Bifurcations in Current-Mode Controlled DC/DC Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    of fast-scale and slow-scale bifurcations in the boost converter under current- mode control operating, and it manifests as period-doubling in the time scale, as reported in Iu et al. [7] for parallel boost converters, Wong et al. [8] for noise-coupled boost converters, and Wu et al. [9] for power

  9. Abstract Many control schemes for dc-dc converters begin with the assertion that inductor currents are "fast" states and

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    work, singular perturbation theory is applied to boost converters to provide rigorous justification derives from an analysis of an approximate model. Similar results hold for buck and buck-boost converters. An experimental boost converter and a simulated PFC boost support the derived requirement. Keywords

  10. Experimental Evaluation of a Cascade Sliding Mode-PI Controller for a Coupled-Inductor Boost Converter

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    Batlle, Carles

    the experimental results ob- tained for a cascade sliding mode PI control in a coupled-inductor Boost converter) operations. A piece- wise complementarity model of the coupled-inductor boost converter was proposed in [6 control for a coupled-inductor boost converter was proposed. The control strategy was developed using

  11. Fig.1: Digital Controller with modified buck-boost converter LOAD-INTERACTIVE STEERED-INDUCTOR DC-DC

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    Prodiæ, Aleksandar

    Fig.1: Digital Controller with modified buck-boost converter LOAD-INTERACTIVE STEERED-INDUCTOR DC-inverting buck- boost. Transient response results show that, compared to standard converters with near-inverting buck-boost converter, i.e. steered-inductor buck-boost, a digital controller, and a communication block

  12. Phase-Shifted Full Bridge DC-DC Converter with Energy Recovery Clamp and Reduced Circulating Current

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    Phase-Shifted Full Bridge DC-DC Converter with Energy Recovery Clamp and Reduced Circulating@aei.com Abstract - This paper introduces a full bridge converter with reduced circulating current and a reduction bridge converter operating at 32 kHz switching frequency. Losses and efficiency of the experimental

  13. A Fully Integrated Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converter with Dual Output for Low Power Application

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    Ayers, Joseph

    . The entire converter system uses two 2-to-1 converter blocks. The upper output voltage (3.2V) is generated from the 2-to-1_up converter by means of averaging the 5V input and the generated lower output voltage is designed using high-voltage 0.35m BCDMOS technology. Both output voltages are regulated by means of pulse

  14. Computer-Aided Optimization of dc/dc Converters for Automotive Applications Timothy C. Neugebauer David J. Perreault

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    Perreault, Dave

    Computer-Aided Optimization of dc/dc Converters for Automotive Applications Timothy C. Neugebauer/dc converters, with a focus on converters for dual-voltage automotive electrical systems. A new CAD optimization is the next evolutionary step for automotive electrical systems. High-power loads will be moved to a new high

  15. Methodology for determining feasibility and cost for converting dredged material to topsoil 

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    Graalum, Sara Jo Ann

    1997-01-01

    ). The purpose of this thesis is to discuss the applicability of converting dredged material to topsoil as a beneficial use of dredged material. The site selection in terms of location, material, and marketing are paramount in determining the most economically...

  16. Design of ultra low power analog-to-digital converter for ambulatory EEG recording

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    El-Damak, Dina Reda

    2012-01-01

    Portable acquisition of biopotential signals requires the design of compact, energy efficient circuits and systems. Such systems typically include analog-to-digital converter for digitizing signals from AFE and feeding it ...

  17. Wavelength tunable polarization mode converter utilizing static strain effects in lithium niobate 

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    Kwon, Ojin

    1999-01-01

    Electro-optically tunable polarization mode converters have been produced in LiNbO? substrate using all static strain optic effects. Maximum conversion efficiency of 98.3% was achieved at 66414m wavelength in TE to TM ...

  18. A 3-phase AC to AC matrix converter using the Venturini method 

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    Dabbousi, Rami M. Osama

    2002-01-01

    flow, as well as sinusoidal currents and voltages in both input and output, with a reduction in the harmonics usually associated with converters. Therefore, this report discusses and analyzes all of the above characteristics, as well...

  19. Quantification of the influence of directional sea state parameters over the performances of wave energy converters 

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    Pascal, Remy Claude Rene

    2012-11-29

    Accurate predictions of the annual energy yield from wave energy converters are essential to the development of the wave industry. The current method based on power matrices uses only a small part of the data available ...

  20. t is 2030, and a fleet of ten Gulfstream business jets have been converted to a

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    Chen, Yiling

    I t is 2030, and a fleet of ten Gulfstream business jets have been converted to a new purpose concept of cooling the world by deflecting sunlight.UnlikejournalistEliKintisch's2010 book Hack the Planet

  1. Reliability Assessment of Fault-Tolerant Dc-Dc Converters for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Liberzon, Daniel

    Reliability Assessment of Fault-Tolerant Dc-Dc Converters for Photovoltaic Applications Sairaj V in photovoltaic energy processing applications is presented. The proposed approach acknowledges the influence through several case studies. Index Terms-- Markov reliability modeling, photovoltaic systems, power

  2. Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Jeyashankher Ramamirtham and Jonathan Turner

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    Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Switching Jeyashankher Ramamirtham Switches for Optical Burst Switching£ Jeyashankher Ramamirtham, Jonathan TurnerÝ Abstract Optical Burst Switching (OBS) is an experimental network technology that enables the construction of very high capacity

  3. Request for Information Regarding a Proposed Funding Opportunity for Administration of the Wave Energy Converter Prize

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This announcement is intended to serve as a Notice of Intent of the upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding Administration of the Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Prize and Request for Information to solicit information regarding pote

  4. Request for Information Regarding a Proposed Funding Opportunity for Administration of the Wave Energy Converter Prize

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This announcement is intended to serve as a Notice of Intent of the upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) regarding Administration of the Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Prize and Request for Information.

  5. Design of a very high frequency resonant boost DC-DC converter

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    Burkhart, Justin (Justin Michael)

    2010-01-01

    THIS thesis explores the development of a very high frequency DC-DC resonant boost converter. The topology examined features low parts count and fast transient response but suffers from higher device stresses compared to ...

  6. Improving the control strategy for a four-switch buck-boost converter

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    Whitaker, Michael Peter

    2007-01-01

    The four-switch buck-boost converter, such as implemented with the Linear Technology LTC3440 integrated circuit, is useful in many applications. While this topology can be highly efficient, new strategies for controlling ...

  7. Design of a Very High Frequency dc-dc boost converter

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    Sagneri, Anthony (Anthony David)

    2007-01-01

    Passive component volume is a perennial concern in power conversion. With new circuit architectures operating at extreme high frequencies it becomes possible to miniaturize the passive components needed for a power converter, ...

  8. Design and evaluation of a very high frequency dc/dc converter

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    Pilawa-Podgurski, Robert C. N

    2007-01-01

    This thesis presents a resonant boost topology suitable for very high frequency (VHF, 30-300 MHz) dc-dc power conversion. The proposed design is a fixed frequency, fixed duty ratio resonant converter featuring low device ...

  9. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    with controlled motion. Power from sea waves, pages 381–399,SAN DIEGO Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Usingfor wave energy con- verters with limited power takeoff

  10. Effect of a nonlinear power take off on a wave energy converter 

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    Bailey, Helen Louise

    2011-11-22

    This thesis is titled The influence of a nonlinear Power Take Off on a Wave Energy Converter. It looks at the effect that having a nonlinear Power Take Off (PTO) has on an inertial referenced, slack moored, point absorber, ...

  11. Energy harvesting in silicon wavelength converters Kevin K. Tsia, Sasan Fathpour, and Bahram Jalali

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    Jalali. Bahram

    ://www.ee.ucla.edu/~oecs/ Abstract: Nonlinear loss is the central problem in silicon devices that operate using nonlinear optical report the first demonstration of nonlinear photovoltaic effect in silicon wavelength converters

  12. Process for Converting Waste Glass Fiber into Value-Added Products

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Solid wastes are generated at glass fiber manufacturing facilities. With the help of a grant from DOE’s Inventions and Innovation Program, Albacem, LLC, developed a new process that converts these...

  13. The Utilization and Recovery of Energy from Blast Furnaces and Converters 

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    Hegemann, K. R.; Niess, T.; Baare, R. D.

    1979-01-01

    comprising a gas cleaning unit for dust removal and a turbine for converting the recoverable thermal energy into mechanical and electrical energy. The adjustable annular gap scrubber for separating fine dust also serves as an element for regulating the gas...

  14. Converting Hybrid Wire-frames to B-rep Models Jie-Hui Gong

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Converting Hybrid Wire-frames to B-rep Models Jie-Hui Gong Dept. of Comp. Sci. and Technol of curved surfaces [Liu et al. 2001; Gong et al. 2006b]. The CSG oriented approach, however, is generally

  15. Design and Control of a Floating Wave-Energy Converter Utilizing a Permanent Magnet Linear Generator

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    Tom, Nathan Michael

    2013-01-01

    electrical generator technology for wave energy converters,”seen, clean technologies, such as ocean wave energy, presentwave energy point absorber,” Proceedings of the IFAC Conference on Control Methodologies and Technology

  16. Radio frequency dc-dc converters : device characterization, topology evaluation, and design

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    Leitermann, Olivia

    2008-01-01

    High frequency power conversion is attractive for the opportunities it affords for improved performance. Dc-dc converters operating at high frequencies use smaller-valued energy storage elements, which tend to be physically ...

  17. Impedance Control Network Resonant dc-dc Converter for Wide-Range High-Efficiency Operation

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    Lu, Jie

    This paper introduces a new resonant converter architecture that utilizes multiple inverters and a lossless impedance control network (ICN) to maintain zero voltage switching (ZVS) and near zero current switching (ZCS) ...

  18. Development of an isolated flyback converter employing boundary-mode operation and magnetic flux sensing feedback

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    Kenia, Mayur V. (Mayur Vasant), 1981-

    2004-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the marriage of magnetic-flux-sensing feedback and boundary-mode operation in a flyback converter to create a simple, small, low-cost, isolated, and tightly regulated power supply. Although each ...

  19. Soft-Switching High-Frequency AC-Link Universal Power Converters with Galvanic Isolation 

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    Amirabadi, Mahshid

    2013-08-07

    be used in a variety of applications, including photovoltaic power generation, wind power generation, and electric vehicles. In these converters the link current and voltage are both alternating and their frequency can be high, which leads...

  20. A Dual-Supply Buck Converter with Improved Light-Load Efficiency 

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    Zhang, Chao

    2012-07-16

    Power consumption and device size have been placed at the primary concerns for battery-operated portable applications. Switching converters gain popularity in powering portable devices due to their high efficiency, compact sizes and high current...

  1. Design and analysis of multiphase DC-DC converters with coupled inductors 

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    Shi, Meng

    2007-09-17

    , directly coupled inductors have the benefit of low sensitivity to input variation at high frequencies. In addition, the proposed new structure for multiphase DC-DC converters has excellent current sharing performance and reduced current ripple. Computer...

  2. High Gain Transformerless DC-DC Converters for Renewable Energy Sources 

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    Denniston, Nicholas Aaron

    2011-08-08

    Renewable energy sources including photovoltaic cells, fuel cells, and wind turbines require converters with high voltage gain in order to interface with power transmission and distribution networks. These conversions are conventionally made using...

  3. Nyquist-Rate Switched-Capacitor Analog-to-Digital Converters 

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    Larsson, Andreas 1978-

    2012-11-28

    The miniaturization and digitization of modern microelectronic systems have made Analog-to-Digital converters (ADC) key building components in many applications. Internet and entertainment technologies demand higher and ...

  4. Frequency-based current-sharing techniques for paralleled power converters

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    Perreault, David J.

    A new current-sharing technique for paralleled power converters, which is based on frequency encoding of the current-sharing information, is introduced. The approach has significant advantages over existing methods, including ...

  5. Predictive Power Control of Doubly-Fed Induction Generator for Wave Energy Converters

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Energy Converter Control Main Circuit Breaker Medium Voltage Switchgear Line Coupling Transformer Gear Medium Voltage Switchgear Line Coupling Transformer Fig. 1. An illustrative example of DFIG-based WEC

  6. Frequency selective analog to digital converter design : optimality, fundamental limitations, and performance bounds

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    Osqui, Mitra M., 1980-

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis, the problem of analysis and design of Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs) is studied within an optimal feedback control framework. A general ADC is modeled as a causal, discrete-time dynamical system with ...

  7. Behavioral modeling and digital calibration of pipeline analog to digital converters 

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    Bilhan, Erkan

    2001-01-01

    This research focuses on digital calibration of pipeline analog to digital converters (ADCs) and also modeling of error sources and design parameters of pipeline ADCs. Modern applications such as communications systems require high resolution ADCs...

  8. Zero-Crossing-Based Ultra-Low-Power A/D Converters

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    Lee, Hae-Seung

    Since the first demonstration of a comparator-based switched-capacitor circuit, analog-to-digital (A/D) converters based on virtual ground detection have made steady and significant progress. Comparators have been replaced ...

  9. A New Integrated Onboard Charger and Accessory Power Converter for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

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    Su, Gui-Jia [ORNL; Tang, Lixin [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a new approach is presented for integrating the function of onboard battery charging into the traction drive system and accessory dc-dc converter of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV). The idea is to utilize the segmented traction drive system of a PEV as the frond converter of the charging circuit and the transformer and high voltage converter of the 14 V accessory dc-dc converter to form a galvanically isolated onboard charger. Moreover, a control method is presented for suppressing the battery current ripple component of twice the grid frequency with the reduced dc bus capacitor in the segmented inverter. The resultant integrated charger has lower cost, weight, and volume than a standalone charger due to a substantially reduced component count. The proposed integrated charger topology was verified by modeling and experimental results on a 5.8 kW charger prototype.

  10. Two U.S. University Research Reactors to be Converted From Highly...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    of Energy (DOE) has begun to convert research reactors from using highly-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium fuel (LEU) at the University of Florida and Texas A&M...

  11. Design and Control of a Floating Wave-Energy Converter Utilizing a Permanent Magnet Linear Generator

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    Tom, Nathan Michael

    2013-01-01

    electrical generator technology for wave energy converters,”wave energy point absorber,” Proceedings of the IFAC Conference on Control Methodologies and Technologyseen, clean technologies, such as ocean wave energy, present

  12. Area Efficient D/A Converters For Accurate DC Operation Brandon Royce Greenley

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    Moon, Un-Ku

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 6.2 Mismatch Modeling For Area Optimization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 6Area Efficient D/A Converters For Accurate DC Operation by Brandon Royce Greenley A THESIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 5.1 Measurement Setup

  13. Compact self-contained electrical-to-optical converter/transmitter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Seligmann, D.A.; Moss, W.C.; Valk, T.C.; Conder, A.D.

    1995-11-21

    A first optical receiver and a second optical receiver are provided for receiving a calibrate command and a power switching signal, respectively, from a remote processor. A third receiver is provided for receiving an analog electrical signal from a transducer. A calibrator generates a reference signal in response to the calibrate command. A combiner mixes the electrical signal with the reference signal to form a calibrated signal. A converter converts the calibrated signal to an optical signal. A transmitter transmits the optical signal to the remote processor. A primary battery supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter. An optically-activated switch supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter in response to the power switching signal. An auxiliary battery supplies power continuously to the switch. 13 figs.

  14. Compact self-contained electrical-to-optical converter/transmitter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Seligmann, Daniel A. (Manteca, CA); Moss, William C. (San Mateo, CA); Valk, Theodore C. (Livermore, CA); Conder, Alan D. (Tracy, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A first optical receiver and a second optical receiver are provided for receiving a calibrate command and a power switching signal, respectively, from a remote processor. A third receiver is provided for receiving an analog electrical signal from a transducer. A calibrator generates a reference signal in response to the calibrate command. A combiner mixes the electrical signal with the reference signal to form a calibrated signal. A converter converts the calibrated signal to an optical signal. A transmitter transmits the optical signal to the remote processor. A primary battery supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter. An optically-activated switch supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter in response to the power switching signal. An auxiliary battery supplies power continuously to the switch.

  15. An 8-bit current mode ripple folding analog to digital converter 

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    Dinc, Huseyin

    2002-01-01

    Design of an 8-bit current mode, ripple-folding analog to digital (A/D) converter is discussed. The ripple folding technique and the possible implementations in different process technologies are summarized. To have an A/D ...

  16. Design of high speed folding and interpolating analog-to-digital converter 

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    Li, Yunchu

    2004-09-30

    High-speed and low resolution analog-to-digital converters (ADC) are key elements in the read channel of optical and magnetic data storage systems. The required resolution is about 6-7 bits while the sampling rate and ...

  17. A zero-crossing based pipelined analog-to-digital converter with supply voltage scalibility

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    Lee, Sunghyuk

    2010-01-01

    A zero-crossing based pipelined analog-to-digital converter (ADC) has been designed and is fabricated in a 65nm CMOS process. The highly digital implementation characteristic of the zero-crossing detection technique enables ...

  18. The capacitively coupled converter (C³) for high power DC-DC conversion 

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    Khan, Shahriar

    1992-01-01

    THE CAPACITIVELY COUPLED CONVERTER (C3) FOR HIGH POWER DC-DC CONVERSION A Thesis by SHAHRIAR KHAN Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER... OF SCIENCE May 1992 Major Subject: Electrical Engineering THE CAPACITIVELY COUPLED CONVERTER (Cs) FOR HIGH POWER DC-DC CONVERSION A Thesis by SHAHRIAR KHAN Approved as to style and content by: Mehrdad Ehsani (Chair of Committee) Prasad Enjeti...

  19. 100kW Energy Transfer Multiplexer Power Converter Prototype Development Project

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    S. Merrill Skeist; Richard H. (Dick) Baker; Anthony G.P. Marini; DOE Project Officer - Keith Bennett

    2006-03-21

    Project Final Report for "100kW Energy Transfer Multiplexer Power Converter Prototype Development Project" prepared under DOE grant number DE-FG36-03GO13138. This project relates to the further development and prototype construction/evaluation for the Energy Transfer Multiplexer (ETM) power converter topology concept. The ETM uses a series resonant link to transfer energy from any phase of a multiphase input to any phase of a multiphase output, converting any input voltage and frequency to any output voltage and frequency. The basic form of the ETM converter consists of an eight (8)-switch matrix (six phase power switches and two ground power switches) and a series L-C resonant circuit. Electronic control of the switches allows energy to be transferred in the proper amount from any phase to any other phase. Depending upon the final circuit application, the switches may be either SCRs or IGBTs. The inherent characteristics of the ETM converter include the following: Power processing in either direction (bidirectional); Large voltage gain without the need of low frequency magnetics; High efficiency independent of output load and frequency; Wide bandwidth with fast transient response and; Operation as a current source. The ETM is able to synthesize true sinusoidal waveforms with low harmonic distortions. For a low power PM wind generation system, the ETM has the following characteristics and advantages: It provides voltage gain without the need of low frequency magnetics (DC inductors) and; It has constant high efficiency independent of the load. The ETM converter can be implemented into a PM wind power system with smaller size, reduced weight and lower cost. As a result of our analyses, the ETM offers wind power generation technology for the reduction of the cost and size as well as the increase in performance of low power, low wind speed power generation. This project is the further theoretical/analytical exploration of the ETM converter concept in relationship to PM wind power generator applications in the 100kW and under power range. The theoretical/analytical and bench scale work focuses on simplifying the basic ETM converter topology (in terms of parts count and complexity) for the specific application of the low power PM system. The project goals and objectives were for Spellman HV will develop a 100kW prototype ETM power converter based on paralleled lower ratings converters. The proposed configuration of this prototype is a 100kW rated converter comprised of four (4) 34kW rated modules connected in parallel (the fourth converter is included to demonstrate N+1 fault tolerance). This approach is more viable as there is lower technological risk involved in developing a 34kW-rated converter than a single 100kW unit. The modular system approach should have a lower deployment and service cost over a single unit system, because of the economics of scale (smaller units at a higher volume means lower manufacturing cost) and because of improved serviceability (a non-redundant power system with one failed module will still operate at a lower power level). There is also the added benefit that greater commercial application and acceptance should be achieved by having a modular system available in which fault tolerance (N+1 or 2N) is a feature. This modular approach would allow the output power to be increased by adding more paralleled converters. Thus, the maximum output power of the overall power system is a function of the interconnection medium (the hot swap connection subsystem), rather than the ratings of a single module. The project was implemented with Spellman HV acting as the program management and production assembly and test facility; The Baker Company acting as a technical consultant and resource when required; and dtm Associates acting as the design/development resource for the hardware development of the 100kW ETM converter prototype.

  20. Compact, Low-Profile Power Converters: Highly-Laminated, High-Saturation-Flux-Density, Magnetic Cores for On-Chip Inductors in Power Converter Applications

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    None

    2010-09-01

    ADEPT Project: Georgia Tech is creating compact, low-profile power adapters and power bricks using materials and tools adapted from other industries and from grid-scale power applications. Adapters and bricks convert electrical energy into useable power for many types of electronic devices, including laptop computers and mobile phones. These converters are often called wall warts because they are big, bulky, and sometimes cover up an adjacent wall socket that could be used to power another electronic device. The magnetic components traditionally used to make adapters and bricks have reached their limits; they can't be made any smaller without sacrificing performance. Georgia Tech is taking a cue from grid-scale power converters that use iron alloys as magnetic cores. These low-cost alloys can handle more power than other materials, but the iron must be stacked in insulated plates to maximize energy efficiency. In order to create compact, low-profile power adapters and bricks, these stacked iron plates must be extremely thin-only hundreds of nanometers in thickness, in fact. To make plates this thin, Georgia Tech is using manufacturing tools used in microelectromechanics and other small-scale industries.

  1. SUBCONTRACT REPORT: DC-DC Converter for Fuel Cell and Hybrid Vehicles

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    Marlino, Laura D; Zhu, Lizhi

    2007-07-01

    The goal of this project is to develop and fabricate a 5kW dc-dc converter with a baseline 14V output capability for fuel cell and hybrid vehicles. The major objectives for this dc-dc converter technology are to meet: Higher efficiency (92%); High coolant temperature,e capability (105 C); High reliability (15 Years/150,000miles); Smaller volume (5L); Lower weight (6kg); and Lower cost ($75/kW). The key technical challenge for these converters is the 105 C coolant temperatures. The power switches and magnetics must be designed to sustain these operating temperatures reliably, without a large cost/mass/volume penalty.

  2. DC to DC power converters and methods of controlling the same

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    Steigerwald, Robert Louis; Elasser, Ahmed; Sabate, Juan Antonio; Todorovic, Maja Harfman; Agamy, Mohammed

    2012-12-11

    A power generation system configured to provide direct current (DC) power to a DC link is described. The system includes a first power generation unit configured to output DC power. The system also includes a first DC to DC converter comprising an input section and an output section. The output section of the first DC to DC converter is coupled in series with the first power generation unit. The first DC to DC converter is configured to process a first portion of the DC power output by the first power generation unit and to provide an unprocessed second portion of the DC power output of the first power generation unit to the output section.

  3. Chemical reactor and method for chemically converting a first material into a second material

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Kong, Peter C. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2008-04-08

    A chemical reactor and method for converting a first material into a second material is disclosed and wherein the chemical reactor is provided with a feed stream of a first material which is to be converted into a second material; and wherein the first material is combusted in the chemical reactor to produce a combustion flame, and a resulting gas; and an electrical arc is provided which is passed through or superimposed upon the combustion flame and the resulting gas to facilitate the production of the second material.

  4. Chemical reactor for converting a first material into a second material

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Kong, Peter C

    2012-10-16

    A chemical reactor and method for converting a first material into a second material is disclosed and wherein the chemical reactor is provided with a feed stream of a first material which is to be converted into a second material; and wherein the first material is combusted in the chemical reactor to produce a combustion flame, and a resulting gas; and an electrical arc is provided which is passed through or superimposed upon the combustion flame and the resulting gas to facilitate the production of the second material.

  5. Dual Current-Mode Control for Single-Switch Two-Output Switching Power Converters S. C. Wong, C. K. Tse and K. C. Tang

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    a single-switch two-output boost converter, in which a continuous-mode converter and a discontinuous boost converters, one operating in contin- uous conduction mode (CCM) and the other in discontinuous. We shall make reference to a single-switch two-output boost converter later in the paper. Suppose

  6. Abstract-This paper addresses boost converter circuits that are built for very low input voltages, i.e. less than 1 V. Such circuits

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    Abstract- This paper addresses boost converter circuits that are built for very low input voltages-VOLTAGE BOOST CONVERTER EFFICIENCY Efficiency of the basic power converter circuits such as buck, boost, etc input voltages. I. INTRODUCTION Power converters driven from low input voltage (

  7. Electro-mechanical energy conversion system having a permanent magnet machine with stator, resonant transfer link and energy converter controls

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Skeist, S. Merrill; Baker, Richard H.

    2006-01-10

    An electro-mechanical energy conversion system coupled between an energy source and an energy load comprising an energy converter device including a permanent magnet induction machine coupled between the energy source and the energy load to convert the energy from the energy source and to transfer the converted energy to the energy load and an energy transfer multiplexer to control the flow of power or energy through the permanent magnetic induction machine.

  8. Converting Commodity Head-Mounted Displays for Optical See-Through Augmented Reality

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    Pollefeys, Marc

    head-mounted display. Project achieves wide field of view and low latency augmented reality displayConverting Commodity Head-Mounted Displays for Optical See-Through Augmented Reality The Challenge The current market for fully immersive virtual reality head- mounted displays is rapidly expanding, however

  9. Sliding Mode Control of Boost Converter: Application to energy storage system via supercapacitors

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Sliding Mode Control of Boost Converter: Application to energy storage system via supercapacitors the contract Hysbus through the competitive pole (Lyon Urban Truck and Bus 2015). Keywords «Energy storage of an energy storage system based on supercapacitors technology in order to regulate the output voltage. Given

  10. A DC-DC Converter-Based PEM Fuel Cell System Emulator

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    Boyer, Edmond

    A DC-DC Converter-Based PEM Fuel Cell System Emulator Daoud Rezzak, Farid Khoucha, Mohamed Benbouzid, Abdelaziz Kheloui and Abdeslam Mamoune Abstract--The Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC power supplies. Fuel cell systems are characterized by high costs and complex auxiliary devices

  11. TAS-2013-0043 1 Abstract--Fuel cells are electrochemical energy converters

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    Boyer, Edmond

    TAS-2013-0043 1 Abstract--Fuel cells are electrochemical energy converters which allow generation. Fuel cells are then by essence low voltage sources , so that for most practical applications of the perfectly direct current relies upon a fuel cell fed by hydrogen. The main advantages to be taken from fuel

  12. Aalborg Universitet Ancillary Frequency Control of Direct Drive Full-Scale Converter Based Wind Power

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    Hu, Weihao

    , integration of such a lot of wind energy into power grids presents a major challenge to power system operators more attentions all over the world. Large-scale wind power plants are increasingly integrated). Ancillary Frequency Control of Direct Drive Full-Scale Converter Based Wind Power Plants. In Proceedings

  13. Direct Power Control of Doubly-Fed Generator Based Wind Turbine Converters to Improve Low Voltage

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    by an Industrial Power Corruptor (IPC) in the laboratory. I. INTRODUCTION The new grid code requirements for windDirect Power Control of Doubly-Fed Generator Based Wind Turbine Converters to Improve Low Voltage power integration state that doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) controllers should be capable

  14. One-way wave-equation migration of compressional and converted waves in a VTI medium

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    Ursin, Bjørn

    One-way wave-equation migration of compressional and converted waves in a VTI medium Ørjan Pedersen- sure and shear-wave reflections, one can increase the amount of information obtained about the subsur- face than by recording pressure waves alone. Geo- logic structures which are not visible by using con

  15. A Universal Level Converter Towards the Realization of Energy Efficient Implantable Drug Delivery

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    Mohanty, Saraju P.

    A Universal Level Converter Towards the Realization of Energy Efficient Implantable Drug Delivery VLSI Design and CAD Laboratory (VDCL), University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA. 2 Electrical many side effects, such as reduction in battery life time, increase in operating tempera- ture

  16. Harmonic Elimination in Multilevel Converters John Chiasson, Leon Tolbert, Keith McKenzie and Zhong Du

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Tolbert, Leon M.

    Converters, Harmonic Elimination, Resultants, Symmetric Polynomials I. Introduction Electric power production and information infrastructure. A shift will take place from a relatively few large, concentrated generation be obtained from solar cells, fuel cells, or ul- tracapacitors. Figure 1 shows a single-phase structure

  17. A Generalized Formula for Converting Chi-Square Tests to Effect Sizes for Meta-Analysis

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    Rosenberg, Michael S.

    A Generalized Formula for Converting Chi-Square Tests to Effect Sizes for Meta-Analysis Michael S Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States of America Abstract The common formula of the effect size. A corrected formula is provided. Citation: Rosenberg MS (2010) A Generalized Formula

  18. Low Switching Frequency Active Harmonic Elimination in Multilevel Converters with Unequal DC Voltages

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    The multilevel converter is a promising technology for renewable/distributed energy applications of power electronics because of its easy connection with renewable/distributed energy modules such as fuel cells, solar panels, and wind turbines. Other benefits also include its low electromagnetic interference (EMI

  19. The Effects of Wave Energy Converters on a Monochromatic Wave Climate

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    Fox-Kemper, Baylor

    in wave energy converters as a possible means of providing renewable energy, the effects of a wave energy The interest in renewable energies is currently increasing due to the reported rise in global temperature and mean wave period of wave energy fields. There is tremendous energy potential in the ocean. Solar energy

  20. Multilevel Converters as a Utility Interface for Renewable Energy Systems Leon M. Tolbert Fang Z. Peng

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Tolbert, Leon M.

    interface, power quality I. INTRODUCTION Electric power production in the 21st Century will see dramatic suitable for flexible ac transmission systems (FACTS) and custom power applications [6, 7]. The useMultilevel Converters as a Utility Interface for Renewable Energy Systems Leon M. Tolbert Fang Z

  1. High Speed CMOS Output Stage for Integrated DC-DC Converters Wai Tung Ng*, Marian Changl

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    Ng, Wai Tung

    to attain maximum channel width per unit area for low on-resistance. A typical MF layout and its equivalent DC/DC converters is characterized by power conversion efficiency, transient response, size and cost is introduced to enhance the switching speed and power conversion efficiency of low voltage integrated DC

  2. A short and simple explanation of how oil is converted into gasoline and then brought to

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    A short and simple explanation of how oil is converted into gasoline and then brought to you Blending [Step 5] DiSTRibuTiON [Step 6] CONSumER uSE #12;3 SOuRCES 1 The most common method of obtaining the products produced from this petroleum, gasoline represents about half of the total product volume

  3. Using Pyrolysis to Convert Unused Urban Biotic Material into Bioenergy and Biochar

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    Wolberg, George

    Using Pyrolysis to Convert Unused Urban Biotic Material into Bioenergy and Biochar Objective of pyrolysis (low-temperature anaerobic burning) that will generate bio-energy as well as biochar for enriching-explored technology is pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is a low temperature, anaerobic process that avoids incineration

  4. Regenerative Braking for an Electric Vehicle Using Ultracapacitors and a Buck-Boost Converter

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    Catholic University of Chile (Universidad Católica de Chile)

    Regenerative Braking for an Electric Vehicle Using Ultracapacitors and a Buck-Boost Converter Juan situation (regenerative braking), the battery voltage goes up, and then the control needs to activate regenerative braking can be avoided #12;with the help of ultracapacitors. Besides, ultracapacitors allow

  5. Efficiency analysis of a pneu-mechanical Wave Energy Converter : model of the device losses,

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    Psaltis, Demetri

    ENAC/ Efficiency analysis of a pneu-mechanical Wave Energy Converter : model of the device losses. Van Herle 1 Mots Clés: Efficiency Analysis, Power Take Off, Renewable Energy, WEC, Wave Energy. 1 have been focused on the efficiency of the different technologies on a test rig and building

  6. A 3-Bit Current Mode Quantizer for Continuous Time Delta Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters 

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    Sundar, Arun

    2012-02-14

    The summing amplifier and the quantizer form two of the most critical blocks in a continuous time delta sigma (CT ??) analog-to-digital converter (ADC). Most of the conventional CT ?? ADC designs incorporate a voltage summing amplifier and a voltage...

  7. Elimination of Harmonics in a Multilevel Converter using the Theory of Symmetric

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    of dc voltages. For example, the output of solar cells are dc voltages, and if this energy is to be fed for connecting such distributed dc energy sources (solar cells, fuel cells, the rectified output of wind turbines that the transcendental equations characterizing the har- monic content can be converted to polynomial equations which

  8. Dexpler: Converting Android Dalvik Bytecode to Jimple for Static Analysis with Soot

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    Bartel, Alexandre; Monperrus, Martin; Traon, Yves Le

    2012-01-01

    This paper introduces Dexpler, a software package which converts Dalvik bytecode to Jimple. Dexpler is built on top of Dedexer and Soot. As Jimple is Soot's main internal rep- resentation of code, the Dalvik bytecode can be manipu- lated with any Jimple based tool, for instance for performing point-to or flow analysis.

  9. Method to Design General RNS Reverse Converters for Extended Moduli Sets

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    Sousa, Leonel

    1 Method to Design General RNS Reverse Converters for Extended Moduli Sets Hector Pettenghi, Member, research on residue number systems (RNS) has targeted larger dynamic ranges in order to further explore-of-the-art, resulting in an improvement of the overall RNS performance at the cost of a slower reverse conversion

  10. Multiplier-based Binary-to-RNS Converter Modulo {2n +-k} Pedro Miguens Matutino

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    Sousa, Leonel

    125 Multiplier-based Binary-to-RNS Converter Modulo {2n +- k} Pedro Miguens Matutino ISEL for binary- to-RNS conversion modulo {2n ± k} is proposed. The proposed structure is based on adders know to date. I. INTRODUCTION The modular characteristics of Residue Number System (RNS) offers

  11. RNS Reverse Converters based on the New Chinese Remainder Theorem I

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    Sousa, Leonel

    RNS Reverse Converters based on the New Chinese Remainder Theorem I Hector Pettenghi Departamento number systems (RNS) has targeted larger dynamic ranges in order to further explore the inherent parallelism of these systems. In this paper, a performance analysis is presented for RNS

  12. MO. RIY. MO. : ;. ' ~ . Dual A /D Converter Reliability Prediction ATM 905

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    the Reliability Prediction and Failure Modes Effects & Criticality Analysis of the Bendix designed Dual A/D Converter. The analysis reflects the final flight configuration for the Array D ALSEP System. Prepared simultaneously by the counter control (Block I, digital board). When the ramp voltage equals the analog input

  13. Fault Sensitivity Analysis and Reliability Enhancement of Analog-to-Digital Converters

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    Koren, Israel

    1 Fault Sensitivity Analysis and Reliability Enhancement of Analog-to-Digital Converters Mandeep. The latter also enables an early analysis in the design phase thus eliminating costly redesign. Two types. This type of faults has been known to account for 85% or more failures in digital systems [1], [2]. Since

  14. Comparative Study of Power Factor Correction Converters For Single Phase Half-Bridge Inverters

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    of input current harmonic distortion and en- ergy efficiency. I. INTRODUCTION Uninterruptible power supplyComparative Study of Power Factor Correction Converters For Single Phase Half-Bridge Inverters Gui an isolation transformer, and sinu- soidal input currents if a power factor correction (PFC) con- verter

  15. Video Article Continuously-Stirred Anaerobic Digester to Convert Organic Wastes into

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    Angenent, Lars T.

    Video Article Continuously-Stirred Anaerobic Digester to Convert Organic Wastes into Biogas: System, Bioenergy, Biogas, Methane, Organic Waste, Methanogenesis, Energy Crops, Date Published: // Citation: Usack Wastes into Biogas: System Setup and Basic Operation. J. Vis. Exp. (), e3978, DOI : 10

  16. High-Power Converters and AC Drives IEEE PESC2005 Tutorial

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    Wu, Bin

    Overview · MV Drive Applications Industry Application Examples Petrochemical Pipeline pumps, gas Introduction Main Topics · Medium Voltage (MV) Drive Overview · High Power Converter Topologies · MV Industrial Topic 1 Introduction MV Drive Overview · MV Drive Market Survey Main purpose for high-power fan/pump

  17. Integrated Power Adapter: Isolated Converter with Integrated Passives and Low Material Stress

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    None

    2010-09-01

    ADEPT Project: CPES at Virginia Tech is developing an extremely efficient power converter that could be used in power adapters for small, lightweight laptops and other types of mobile electronic devices. Power adapters convert electrical energy into useable power for an electronic device, and they currently waste a lot of energy when they are plugged into an outlet to power up. CPES at Virginia Tech is integrating high-density capacitors, new magnetic materials, high-frequency integrated circuits, and a constant-flux transformer to create its efficient power converter. The high-density capacitors enable the power adapter to store more energy. The new magnetic materials also increase energy storage, and they can be precisely dispensed using a low-cost ink-jet printer which keeps costs down. The high-frequency integrated circuits can handle more power, and they can handle it more efficiently. And, the constant-flux transformer processes a consistent flow of electrical current, which makes the converter more efficient.

  18. Coordination of Converter and Fuel Cell Controllers Kyung-Won Suh and Anna G. Stefanopoulou

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    Stefanopoulou, Anna

    Coordination of Converter and Fuel Cell Controllers Kyung-Won Suh and Anna G. Stefanopoulou following fuel cell systems depend on control of reactant flow and regulation of DC bus voltage during load (current) drawn from them. To this end, we model and analyze the dynamics of a fuel cell system equipped

  19. LABORATORY OBSERVATIONS AND NUMERICAL MODELING OF THE EFFECTS OF AN ARRAY OF WAVE ENERGY CONVERTERS

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    Haller, Merrick

    1 LABORATORY OBSERVATIONS AND NUMERICAL MODELING OF THE EFFECTS OF AN ARRAY OF WAVE ENERGY of wave energy converters (WECs) on water waves through the analysis of extensive laboratory experiments absorption is a reasonable predictor of the effect of WECs on the far field. Keywords: wave- energy; spectral

  20. Wave Energy Converter Design Tool for Point Absorbers with Arbitrary Device Geometry Kelley Ruehl

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    Siefert, Chris

    Wave Energy Converter Design Tool for Point Absorbers with Arbitrary Device Geometry Kelley Ruehl University Corvallis, OR, USA ABSTRACT In order to promote and support the wave energy industry, a Wave strategies. KEY WORDS: wave energy; point absorber; time-domain; design tool. INTRODUCTION Wave Energy

  1. Impedance Control Network Resonant dc-dc Converter for Wide-Range High-Efficiency Operation

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    Perreault, Dave

    voltages and output power. The ICN converter architecture enables increase in switching frequency (hence to maintain desirable circuit waveforms (e.g., ZVS/ZCS switching and minimum conduction current) as power some widely-used design and control techniques. One common means of controlling resonant soft-switched

  2. Control development for an 18 MW pulsed power converter using a real-time simulation platform

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    Genton, Charles-Mathieu; Boattini, Fulvio

    2015-01-01

    In the frame of the LHC Injectors Upgrade (LIU) project, a new main power supply (MPS) for the PSBooster accelerator is required. The largest element of the new MPS is the 18 MW main power converter (MPC). The paper presents the design of the MPC control software, using Rapid Control Prototyping.

  3. 5 kW Multilevel DC-DC Converter for Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Automotive

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    5 kW Multilevel DC-DC Converter for Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Automotive Applications Faisal H) for future hybrid electric vehicle and fuel cell automotive applications will be presented in this paper will impact if the 42V/14V dual bus system will be a successful and cost effective solution for future

  4. Integration of planar transformer and/or planar inductor with power switches in power converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Chen, Kanghua (Canton, MI); Ahmed, Sayeed (Canton, MI); Zhu, Lizhi (Canton, MI)

    2007-10-30

    A power converter integrates at least one planar transformer comprising a multi-layer transformer substrate and/or at least one planar inductor comprising a multi-layer inductor substrate with a number of power semiconductor switches physically and thermally coupled to a heat sink via one or more multi-layer switch substrates.

  5. Converted wave imaging in anisotropic media using sea-floor seismic data 

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    Mancini, Fabio

    velocity ratio is derived conventionally by event matching in the P-wave and converted wave stacks. I present an attempt to use well-log derived velocity ratios to avoid this interpretative step. The velocity ratio derived from 4C seismic data is about 30...

  6. Instrumentation for Monitoring around Marine Renewable Energy Converters: Workshop Final Report

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Polagye, B. L.; Copping, A. E.; Brown-Saracino, J.; Suryan, R.; Kramer, S.; Smith, C.

    2014-01-14

    To better understand the state of instrumentation and capabilities for monitoring around marine energy converters, the U.S. Department of Energy directed Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at the University of Washington to convene an invitation-only workshop of experts from around the world to address instrumentation needs.

  7. Converting PETAL, the 25m solar collector, into an astronomical research facility

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    Ribak, Erez

    1 Converting PETAL, the 25m solar collector, into an astronomical research facility Erez N. Ribak and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Israel ABSTRACT We propose to modify the solar collector PETAL (Photon, and using fibre optics to combine the light at a common focus. Keywords: Solar collectors, Large telescopes

  8. Optical antennas are devices designed to efficiently convert optical radiation into local-

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Novotny, Lukas

    Optical antennas are devices designed to efficiently convert optical radiation into local- ized the potential to boost the effi- ciency of optoelectronic devices ranging from light-emitting diodes to solar- ing data describe the spatial­spectral evolu- tion of characteristic antenna resonances

  9. High Efficiency Thermionics (HET-IV) and Converter Advancement (CAP) programs. Final reports

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Geller, C.B.; Murray, C.S.; Riley, D.R. [Bettis Atomic Power Lab., West Mifflin, PA (United States); Desplat, J.L.; Hansen, L.K.; Hatch, G.L.; McVey, J.B.; Rasor, N.S. [Rasor Associates, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (United States)

    1996-04-01

    This report contains the final report of the High Efficiency Thermionics (HET-IV) Program, Attachment A, performed at Rasor Associates, Inc. (RAI); and the final report of the Converter Advancement Program (CAP), performed at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, Attachment B. The phenomenology of cesium-oxygen thermionic converters was elucidated in these programs, and the factors that had prevented the achievement of stable, enhanced cesium-oxygen converter performance for the previous thirty years were identified. Based on these discoveries, cesium-oxygen vapor sources were developed that achieved stable performance with factor-of-two improvements in power density and thermal efficiency, relative to conventional, cesium-only ignited mode thermionic converters. Key achievements of the HET-IV/CAP programs are as follows: a new technique for measuring minute traces of oxygen in cesium atmospheres; the determination of the proper range of oxygen partial pressures for optimum converter performance--10{sup {minus}7} to 10{sup {minus}9} torr; the discovery, and analysis of the cesium-oxygen liquid migration and compositional segregation phenomena; the successful use of capillary forces to contain the migration phenomenon; the use of differential heating to control compositional segregation, and induce vapor circulation; the development of mechanically and chemically stable, porous reservoir structures; the development of precise, in situ oxygen charging methods; stable improvements in emitter performance, up to effective emitter bare work functions of 5.4 eV; stable improvements in barrier index, to value below 1.8 Volts; the development of detailed microscopic models for cesium-oxygen reservoir dynamics and collector work function behavior; and the discovery of new relationships between electrode geometry and Schock Instability.

  10. Interested Parties - Memo on Halting Title XVII Nuclear Loan...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    More Documents & Publications EIS-0476: Record of Decision July 2010, Status and Outlook for Nuclear Energy In the United States Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard -...

  11. Institutional Arrangements for Effective Groundwater Management to Halt Land Subsidence 

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    Brah, W. L.; Jones, L. L.

    1978-01-01

    low cost freshwater supplies has contributed to the building of a strong and dynamic economic base. However use of these common water supplies in excess of natural replenishment has resulted in a gradual but accelerated and irreversible subsidence...

  12. Brush Busters: How to Put a Halt to Saltcedar 

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    McGinty, Allan; Hart, Charles R.

    2002-01-07

    reduce the quantity of spray applied by 80 percent over standard nozzles. Mix Herbicide with Diesel A mixture of the herbicide Remedy ? and diesel fuel is very effective for this application method. Diesel fuel ensures good coverage and herbicide... absorption through the saltcedar bark. The recommended concentration of Remedy ? is 25 percent (see mixing table below). To mix, pour the required quantity of herbicide into a 1-gallon con- tainer, then bring to total volume with diesel fuel. Agitate...

  13. Subsea pipeline gets welded branch without halting flow

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    West, A.; Hutt, G.; Starsmore, R.

    1995-12-11

    In October 1994, a 16 in. welded branch was installed without interruption to production onto Wintershall Noordzee BV`s 36-in. gas pipeline from the K13-A platform in the Dutch sector of the North Sea to Den helder, The Netherlands. The procedure is the first successfully to combine hyperbaric welding and subsea hot tapping without interruption to production. Developers of new fields can now consider exporting product without interrupting existing production and through existing infrastructure even if no convenient tie-in locations exist. Unocal evaluated export options and established that the most attractive alternative was to export gas into the Wintershall 36-in. K13-A to Den Helder pipeline. Various options for installing a branch included the following: flooding the pipeline and installing a conventional tee; stopping production and installing a welded branch followed by hot tapping; and continuing production and installing a welded branch followed by hot tapping. The chosen scheme was to retrofit a subsea side-tap assembly. This was achieved by installation of a welded branch followed by hot tapping into the 36-in. pipeline. The paper describes location determination, schedules, onshore preparation, and offshore work.

  14. Interested Parties - Memo on Halting Title XVII Nuclear Loan...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    itleXVIINuclearLoanGuarantees.pdf More Documents & Publications July 2010, Status and Outlook for Nuclear Energy In the United States Quarterly Nuclear Deployment Scorecard -...

  15. Discovering a previously unknown mechanism that halts solar eruptions

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  1. Efficiency Analysis of a High Frequency Buck Converter for On-Chip Integration with a Dual-VDD Microprocessor

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    Friedman, Eby G.

    Efficiency Analysis of a High Frequency Buck Converter for On-Chip Integration with a Dual that simultaneously permits monolithic integration and high efficiency. A parasitic model of the buck converter devices on the same die for a target technology. An efficiency of 88.4% at a switching frequency of 477

  2. 36 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, VOL. 35, NO. 1, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1999 Multilevel Converters for Large Electric Drives

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    . Multilevel converters: 1) can generate near- sinusoidal voltages with only fundamental frequency switching; 2 Converters for Large Electric Drives Leon M. Tolbert, Senior Member, IEEE, Fang Zheng Peng, Senior Member multilevel con- verters as an application for high-power and/or high-voltage electric motor drives

  3. Aalborg Universitet Harmonic models of a back-to-back converter in large offshore wind farms compared

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    Bak, Claus Leth

    Aalborg Universitet Harmonic models of a back-to-back converter in large offshore wind farms-to-back converter in large offshore wind farms compared with measurement data. In Proceedings of Nordic Wind Power from vbn.aau.dk on: juli 04, 2015 #12; Abstract--The offshore wind farm with installed back-to- back

  4. Merged Two-Stage Power Converter With Soft Charging Switched-Capacitor Stage in 180 nm CMOS

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    Pilawa-Podgurski, Robert C. N.

    In this paper, we introduce a merged two-stage dc-dc power converter for low-voltage power delivery. By separating the transformation and regulation function of a dc-dc power converter into two stages, both large voltage ...

  5. Hybrid Control Method for Optimal Transient Response and Output Filter Minimization for Buck-Boost type Converters

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    transfer systems, such as a boost, buck-boost, or flyback converters, this is not the case. Here, the timeHybrid Control Method for Optimal Transient Response and Output Filter Minimization for Buck-Boost type Converters Mor Mordechai Peretz Power Electronics Laboratory Dept. of Electrical and Computer

  6. Abstract--A design method for digital controller of PWM DC-DC converters was developed, tested by simulations and

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    domain transformation and discretization. A digital PID controller for a Buck type converter domain and the sampled data domain (via the various transformation algorithms), a digital compensatorAbstract-- A design method for digital controller of PWM DC-DC converters was developed, tested

  7. A three-level buck converter to regulate a high-voltage DC-to-AC inverter

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    Schrock, Kenneth C

    2008-01-01

    A three-level buck converter is designed and analyzed, and shown to be suitable as a high-voltage down converter as a pre-regulation stage for a 600 watt DC-to-AC power inverter. Topology selection for the inverter is ...

  8. GOCEXML2ASCII an XML to ASCII converter for GOCE level EGG_NOM and SST_PSO data

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    Stuttgart, Universität

    GOCEXML2ASCII ­ an XML to ASCII converter for GOCE level EGG_NOM and SST_PSO data Ma hias Roth SST_PSO_2 file (a typical SST_PSO_2 file has a size of ~ MB). The advantage of this parser Institute (Arsov, ) is implemented in C++. According to Arsov, the GOCEPARSER needs ~ min to convert a SST_PSO

  9. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 63, NO. 4, MAY 2014 1581 Design Methodology of LLC Resonant Converters

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    Mi, Chunting "Chris"

    Resonant Converters for Electric Vehicle Battery Chargers Junjun Deng, Student Member, IEEE, Siqi Li-ion battery charger of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is presented. Unlike traditional resistive of 250­450 V at 3.3 kW with a peak efficiency of 98.2%. Index Terms--Battery charger, DC­DC converter

  10. Abstract Designers of advanced power converters may choose from a variety of switching device models for simulation. Some

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    Abstract ­ Designers of advanced power converters may choose from a variety of switching device to the design of a typical power converter than voltage transients. Averaging is used in [7] to create a power dissipation model. The present work instead inserts power dissipating elements at each switching edge

  11. THE FORCE OF A TSUNAMI ON A WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER LAURA O'BRIEN, PAUL CHRISTODOULIDES, EMILIANO RENZI, DENYS DUTYKH,

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    THE FORCE OF A TSUNAMI ON A WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER LAURA O'BRIEN, PAUL CHRISTODOULIDES, EMILIANO waves. The question posed here is whether a nearshore wave energy converter (WEC) could withstand Acknowledgements 10 References 10 1. Introduction Wave energy devices are slowly becoming a reality. Various

  12. A Transformer-less Partial Power Boost Converter for PV Applications Using a Three-Level Switching Cell

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    Mohammed Agamy; Maja Harfman-Todorovic; Ahmed Elasser; Somasundaram Essakiappan

    2013-03-01

    Photovoltaic architectures with distributed power electronics provide many advantages in terms of energy yield as well as system level optimization. As the power level of the solar farm increases it becomes more beneficial to increase the dc collection network voltage, which requires the use of power devices with higher voltage ratings, and thus making the design of efficient, low cost, distributed power converters more challenging. In this paper a simple partial power converter topology is proposed. The topology is implemented using a three-level switching cell, which allows the use of semiconductor devices with lower voltage rating; thus improving design and performance and reducing converter cost. This makes the converters suitable for use for medium to high power applications where dc-link voltages of 600V~1kV may be needed without the need for high voltage devices. Converter operation and experimental results are presented for two partial power circuit variants using three-level switching cells.

  13. Boost Converters for Gas Electric and Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicles

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    McKeever, JW

    2005-06-16

    Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are driven by at least two prime energy sources, such as an internal combustion engine (ICE) and propulsion battery. For a series HEV configuration, the ICE drives only a generator, which maintains the state-of-charge (SOC) of propulsion and accessory batteries and drives the electric traction motor. For a parallel HEV configuration, the ICE is mechanically connected to directly drive the wheels as well as the generator, which likewise maintains the SOC of propulsion and accessory batteries and drives the electric traction motor. Today the prime energy source is an ICE; tomorrow it will very likely be a fuel cell (FC). Use of the FC eliminates a direct drive capability accentuating the importance of the battery charge and discharge systems. In both systems, the electric traction motor may use the voltage directly from the batteries or from a boost converter that raises the voltage. If low battery voltage is used directly, some special control circuitry, such as dual mode inverter control (DMIC) which adds a small cost, is necessary to drive the electric motor above base speed. If high voltage is chosen for more efficient motor operation or for high speed operation, the propulsion battery voltage must be raised, which would require some type of two-quadrant bidirectional chopper with an additional cost. Two common direct current (dc)-to-dc converters are: (1) the transformer-based boost or buck converter, which inverts a dc voltage, feeds the resulting alternating current (ac) into a transformer to raise or lower the voltage, and rectifies it to complete the conversion; and (2) the inductor-based switch mode boost or buck converter [1]. The switch-mode boost and buck features are discussed in this report as they operate in a bi-directional chopper. A benefit of the transformer-based boost converter is that it isolates the high voltage from the low voltage. Usually the transformer is large, further increasing the cost. A useful feature of the switch mode boost converter is its simplicity. Its inductor must handle the entire current, which is responsible for its main cost. The new Z-source inverter technology [2,3] boosts voltage directly by actively using the zero state time to boost the voltage. In the traditional pulse width modulated (PWM) inverter, this time is used only to control the average voltage by disconnecting the supply voltage from the motor. The purpose of this study is to examine the Z-source's potential for reducing the cost and improving the reliability of HEVs.

  14. Interconnected High-Voltage Pulsed-Power Converters System Design for H? Ion Sources

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    Aguglia, D

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the design and experimental validations of a system of three new high-voltage (HV) pulsedpower converters for the H? sources. The system requires three pulsed voltages (50, 40, and 25 kV to ground) at 2-Hz repetition rate, for 700 ?s of usable flat-top. The solution presents ripplefree output voltages and minimal stored energy to protect the ion source from the consequences of arc events. Experimental results on the final full-scale prototype are presented. In case of short-circuit events, the maximal energy delivered to the source is in the Joule range. HV flat-top stability of 1% is experimentally achieved with a simple Proportional-Integral- Derivative regulation and preliminary tuned H? source (e.g., radio frequency control, gas injection, and so forth). The system is running since more than a year with no power converter failures and damage to the source.

  15. Design of a High Power Continuous Source of Broadband Down-Converted Light

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    Avi Pe'er; Yaron Silberberg; Barak Dayan; Asher A. Friesem

    2006-08-29

    We present the design and experimental proof of principle of a low threshold optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that continuously oscillates over a large bandwidth allowed by phase matching. The large oscillation bandwidth is achieved with a selective two-photon loss that suppresses the inherent mode competition, which tends to narrow the bandwidth in conventional OPOs. Our design performs pairwise mode-locking of many frequency pairs, in direct equivalence to passive mode-locking of ultrashort pulsed lasers. The ability to obtain high powers of continuous \\textit{and} broadband down-converted light enables the optimal exploitation of the correlations within the down-converted spectrum, thereby strongly affecting two-photon interactions even at classically high power levels, and opening new venues for applications such as two-photon spectroscopy and microscopy and optical spread spectrum communication.

  16. Efficient Power Converters for PV Arrays : Scalable Submodule Power Conversion for Utility-Scale Photovoltaics

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    2012-02-23

    Solar ADEPT Project: SolarBridge is developing a new power conversion technique to improve the energy output of PV power plants. This new technique is specifically aimed at large plants where many solar panels are connected together. SolarBridge is correcting for the inefficiencies that occur when two solar panels that encounter different amounts of sun are connected together. In most conventional PV system, the weakest panel limits the energy production of the entire system. That’s because all of the energy collected by the PV system feeds into a single collection point where a central inverter then converts it into useable energy for the grid. SolarBridge has found a more efficient and cost-effective way to convert solar energy, correcting these power differences before they reach the grid.

  17. Design of a high efficiency 30 kW boost composite converter

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    Kim, Hyeokjin; Chen, Hua; Maksimovic, Dragan; Erickson, Robert W.

    2015-09-20

    An experimental 30 kW boost composite converter is described in this paper. The composite converter architecture, which consists of a buck module, a boost module, and a dual active bridge module that operates as a DC transformer (DCX), leads to substantial reductions in losses at partial power points, and to significant improvements in weighted efficiency in applications that require wide variations in power and conversion ratio. A comprehensive loss model is developed, accounting for semiconductor conduction and switching losses, capacitor losses, as well as dc and ac losses in magnetic components. Based on the developed loss model, the module and system designs are optimized to maximize efficiency at a 50% power point. Experimental results for the 30 kW prototype demonstrate 98.5%peak efficiency, very high efficiency over wide ranges of power and voltage conversion ratios, as well as excellent agreements between model predictions and measured efficiency curves.

  18. FISSION TARGET DESIGN AND INTEGRATION OF NEUTRON CONVERTER FOR EURISOL-DS PROJECT

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    J. Bermudez, O. Alyakrinskiy, M. Barbui, F. Negoita, L. Serbina, L.B. Tecchio, E. Udup

    A study of a new fission target for EURISOL-DS is presented with a detailed description of the target. Calculations of several configurations were done using Monte Carlo code FLUKA aimed to obtaining 1015 fissions/s on single target. In Eurisol, neutrons inducing the fission reactions are produced by a proton beam 1GeV-4mA interacting with a mercury converter. The target configuration was customized to gain fission yield from the large amount of low energy neutrons produced by the Hg converter. To this purpose, the fissile material is composed by discs of 238-Uranium carbide enriched with 15 g of 235-U. Studies of several geometries were done in order to define the shape and composition of uranium target, taking into account the mechanical and space constraints

  19. Analysis and Control of Period-Doubling Bifurcation in Buck Converters Using Harmonic Balance

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    Chung-Chieh Fang; Eyad H. Abed

    2012-10-27

    Period doubling bifurcation in buck converters is studied by using the harmonic balance method. A simple dynamic model of a buck converter in continuous conduction mode under voltage mode or current mode control is derived. This model consists of the feedback connection of a linear system and a nonlinear one. An exact harmonic balance analysis is used to obtain a necessary and sufficient condition for a period doubling bifurcation to occur. If such a bifurcation occurs, the analysis also provides information on its exact location. Using the condition for bifurcation, a feedforward control is designed to eliminate the period doubling bifurcation. This results in a wider range of allowed source voltage, and also in improved line regulation.

  20. Propulsion system for a motor vehicle using a bidirectional energy converter

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    Tamor, Michael Alan (Toledo, OH); Gale, Allan Roy (Livonia, MI)

    1999-01-01

    A motor vehicle propulsion system includes an electrical energy source and a traction motor coupled to receive electrical energy from the electrical energy source. The system also has a first bus provided electrical energy by the electrical energy source and a second bus of relatively lower voltage than the first bus. In addition, the system includes an electrically-driven source of reaction gas for the electrical energy source, the source of reaction gas coupled to receive electrical energy from the first bus. Also, the system has an electrical storage device coupled to the second bus for storing electrical energy at the lower voltage. The system also includes a bidirectional energy converter coupled to convert electrical energy from the first bus to the second bus and from the second bus to the first bus.

  1. Resonant behaviour of an oscillating wave energy converter in a channel

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    E. Renzi; F. Dias

    2012-04-10

    A mathematical model is developed to study the behaviour of an oscillating wave energy converter in a channel. During recent laboratory tests in a wave tank, peaks in the hydrodynamic actions on the converter occurred at certain frequencies of the incident waves. This resonant mechanism is known to be generated by the transverse sloshing modes of the channel. Here the influence of the channel sloshing modes on the performance of the device is further investigated. Within the framework of a linear inviscid potential-flow theory, application of the Green theorem yields a hypersingular integral equation for the velocity potential in the fluid domain. The solution is found in terms of a fast-converging series of Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind. The physical behaviour of the system is then analysed, showing sensitivity of the resonant sloshing modes to the geometry of the device, that concurs in increasing the maximum efficiency. Analytical results are validated with available numerical and experimental data.

  2. Resonant behaviour of an oscillating wave energy converter in a channel

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    Renzi, E

    2012-01-01

    A mathematical model is developed to study the behaviour of an oscillating wave energy converter in a channel. During recent laboratory tests in a wave tank, peaks in the hydrodynamic actions on the converter occurred at certain frequencies of the incident waves. This resonant mechanism is known to be generated by the transverse sloshing modes of the channel. Here the influence of the channel sloshing modes on the performance of the device is further investigated. Within the framework of a linear inviscid potential-flow theory, application of the Green theorem yields a hypersingular integral equation for the velocity potential in the fluid domain. The solution is found in terms of a fast-converging series of Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind. The physical behaviour of the system is then analysed, showing sensitivity of the resonant sloshing modes to the geometry of the device, that concurs in increasing the maximum efficiency. Analytical results are validated with available numerical and experimental d...

  3. Relations for a periodic array of flap-type wave energy converters

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    Renzi, Emiliano

    2012-01-01

    This paper investigates the interaction of plane incident waves with a wave farm in the open ocean. The farm consists of a periodic array of large flap-type wave energy converters. A linear inviscid potential-flow model, already developed by the authors for a single flap in a channel, is considered. Asymptotic analysis of the wave field allows to obtain new expressions of the reflection, transmission and radiation coefficients of the system. It is shown that, unlike a line of heaving buoys, an array of flap-type converters is able to exploit resonance of the system transverse modes in order to attain high capture factor levels. Relations between the hydrodynamic coefficients are derived and applied for optimising the power output of the wave farm.

  4. High-efficiency, monolithic, multi-bandgap, tandem, photovoltaic energy converters

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    Wanlass, Mark W

    2014-05-27

    A monolithic, multi-bandgap, tandem solar photovoltaic converter has at least one, and preferably at least two, subcells grown lattice-matched on a substrate with a bandgap in medium to high energy portions of the solar spectrum and at least one subcell grown lattice-mismatched to the substrate with a bandgap in the low energy portion of the solar spectrum, for example, about 1 eV.

  5. Processes for converting methane to higher molecular weight hydrocarbons via sulfur-containing intermediates

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    Han, S.; Palermo, R.E.

    1989-09-05

    This patent describes a process for converting methane to higher molecular weight hydrocarbons. The process comprising the steps of contacting methane with carbonyl sulfide in the presence of UV light under conditions sufficient to generate Ch/sub 3/SH; and contacting CH/sub 3/SH with a catalyst under conditions sufficient to produce hydrogen sulfide and a mixture of hydrocarbons having at least two carbon atoms.

  6. Identification of sorghum midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae): resistant lines among converted exotic sorghum 

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    Ali, Ali El Badawi

    1986-01-01

    . Teetes (Chairman) Gary C. Peterson (Member) J eph C. Schaff r (Member) Fowden G. Maxwell (Head of Department) August 1986 ABSTRACT Identification of Sorghum Midge (D iptera: Cecidomy iidae) Resistant Lines Among Converted Exotic Sorghum (August... 1986) Ali E 1 Badawi Ali, B. S. , University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan. Chairman of advisory cotmnittee: Dr. george L. Teetes. In an attempt to identify additional sorghum lines tant to so gh Sdg, t t ~ rtnt ~ ~so htd t (C q Stlott), field...

  7. Thermionic converter with differentially heated cesium-oxygen source and method of operation

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    Rasor, Ned S. (Cupertino, CA); Riley, David R. (West Newton, PA); Murray, Christopher S. (Bethel Park, PA); Geller, Clint B. (Pittsburgh, PA)

    2000-01-01

    A thermionic converter having an emitter, a collector, and a source of cesium vapor is provided wherein the source of cesium vapor is differentially heated so that said source has a hotter end and a cooler end, with cesium vapor evaporating from said hotter end into the space between the emitter and the collector and with cesium vapor condensing at said cooler end. The condensed cesium vapor migrates through a porous element from the cooler end to the hotter end.

  8. Converting among fractions, decimals, and percents: an exploration of representational usage by middle school teachers 

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    Muzheve, Michael Tapfuma

    2009-05-15

    , Robert M. Capraro Committee Members, Mary M. Capraro Gerald Kulm J. Maurice Rojas Radhika Viruru Head of Department, Dennie Smith August 2008 Major Subject: Curriculum and Instruction iii ABSTRACT Converting among Fractions... ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to thank my committee chair, Dr. R. M. Capraro, and my committee members, Dr. M. M. Capraro, Prof. Kulm, Dr. Rojas, and Dr. Viruru, for their guidance and support throughout the course of this research. This research would never...

  9. Efficiency of Switched-inductor DCDC Converter ICs across Process Technologies

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    . For that purpose, switches (SI and SEN in Fig. 1a) energize and (SO and SDE in Fig. 1b) de-energize an inductor LXO) to lower iL and steer energy to vO. In buck converters, when vO is always below VIN, LX can energize than VIN, LX can de-energize directly from VIN, so SI and SDE are often absent in boost implementations

  10. 1 ADS1210, 1211 24-Bit ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER

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    Hochmuth, Olaff

    ® 1 ADS1210, 1211 ® ADS1210 ADS1211 24-Bit ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER FEATURES q DELTA-SIGMA A/D-OFF FREQUENCY UP TO 15.6kHz q INTERNAL/EXTERNAL REFERENCE q ON CHIP SELF-CALIBRATION q ADS1211 INCLUDES 4 CHANNEL MUX DESCRIPTION The ADS1210 and ADS1211 are precision, wide dynamic range, delta-sigma analog

  11. High-efficiency, monolithic, multi-bandgap, tandem photovoltaic energy converters

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    Wanlass, Mark W. (Golden, CO)

    2011-11-29

    A monolithic, multi-bandgap, tandem solar photovoltaic converter has at least one, and preferably at least two, subcells grown lattice-matched on a substrate with a bandgap in medium to high energy portions of the solar spectrum and at least one subcell grown lattice-mismatched to the substrate with a bandgap in the low energy portion of the solar spectrum, for example, about 1 eV.

  12. Catalyst and process for converting synthesis gas to liquid motor fuels

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    Coughlin, Peter K. (Yorktown Heights, NY)

    1987-01-01

    The addition of an inert metal component, such as gold, silver or copper, to a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst comprising cobalt enables said catalyst to convert synthesis gas to liquid motor fuels at about 240.degree.-370.degree. C. with advantageously reduced selectivity of said cobalt for methane in said conversion. The catalyst composition can advantageously include a support component, such as a molecular sieve, co-catalyst/support component or a combination of such support components.

  13. AlGaAs/GaAs photovoltaic converters for high power narrowband radiation

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    Khvostikov, Vladimir; Kalyuzhnyy, Nikolay; Mintairov, Sergey; Potapovich, Nataliia; Shvarts, Maxim; Sorokina, Svetlana; Andreev, Viacheslav; Luque, Antonio

    2014-09-26

    AlGaAs/GaAs-based laser power PV converters intended for operation with high-power (up to 100 W/cm{sup 2}) radiation were fabricated by LPE and MOCVD techniques. Monochromatic (? = 809 nm) conversion efficiency up to 60% was measured at cells with back surface field and low (x = 0.2) Al concentration 'window'. Modules with a voltage of 4 V and the efficiency of 56% were designed and fabricated.

  14. Programmatic status of NASA`s CSTI high capacity power Stirling Space Power Converter Program

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    Dudenhoefer, J.E.

    1994-09-01

    An overview is presented of the NASA Lewis Research Center Free-Piston Stirling Space Power Converter Technology Development Program. This work is being conducted under NASA`s Civil Space Technology Initiative (CSTI). The goal of the CSTI High Capacity Power element is to develop the technology base needed to meet the long duration, high capacity power requirements for future NASA space initiatives. Efforts are focused upon increasing system thermal and electric energy conversion efficiency at least fivefold over current SP-100 technology, and on achieving systems that are compatible with space nuclear reactors. This paper will discuss the status of test activities with the Space Power Research Engine (SPRE). Design deficiencies are gradually being corrected and the power converter is now outputting 11.5 kWe at a temperature ratio of 2 (design output is 12.5 kWe). Detail designs have been completed for the 1050 K Component Test Power Converter (CTPC). The success of these and future designs is dependent upon supporting research and technology efforts including heat pipes, gas bearings, superalloy joining technologies and high efficiency alternators. This paper also provides an update of progress in these technologies.

  15. Saddle-Node Bifurcation Associated with Parasitic Inductor Resistance in Boost Converters

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    Chung-Chieh Fang

    2012-10-06

    Saddle-node bifurcation occurs in a boost converter when parasitic inductor resistance is modeled. Closed-form critical conditions of the bifurcation are derived. If the parasitic inductor resistance is modeled, the saddle-node bifurcation occurs in the voltage mode control or in the current mode control with the voltage loop closed, but not in the current mode control with the voltage loop open. If the parasitic inductor resistance is not modeled, the saddle-node bifurcation does not occur, and one may be misled by the wrong dynamics and the wrong steady-state solutions. The saddle-node bifurcation still exists even in a boost converter with a popular type-III compensator. When the saddle-node bifurcation occurs, multiple steady-state solutions may coexist. The converter may operate with a voltage jump from one solution to another. Care should be taken in the compensator design to ensure that only the desired solution is stabilized. In industry practice, the solution with a higher duty cycle (and thus the saddle-node bifurcation) may be prevented by placing a limitation on the maximum duty cycle.

  16. Strong electron dissipation by a mode converted ion hybrid (Bernstein) wave

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    Lashmore-Davies, C.N.; Ram, A.K.

    1996-02-01

    The fast wave approximation, extended to include the effects of electron dissipation, is used to calculate the power mode converted to the ion hybrid (Bernstein) wave in the vicinity of the ion hybrid resonance. The power absorbed from the fast wave by ion cyclotron damping and by electron Landau and transit time damping (including cross terms) is also calculated. The fast wave equation is solved for either the Budden configuration of a cut-off-resonance pair or the triplet configuration of cut-off-resonance-cut-off. The fraction mode converted is compared for the triplet case and the Budden multi-pass situation. The electron damping rate of the ion hybrid wave is obtained from the local dispersion relation and a ray tracing code is used to calculate the damping of the mode converted ion hybrid wave by the electrons as it propagates away from the resonance. Quantitative results for a range of conditions relevant to JET, TFTR and ITER are given. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  17. A Pulsewidth Modulation Based Integral Sliding Mode Current Controller for Boost Converters Siew-Chong Tan, Y. M. Lai, Chi K. Tse, and Chi Kin Wu

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    A Pulsewidth Modulation Based Integral Sliding Mode Current Controller for Boost Converters Siew converters. The aim of having such a nonlinear controller is to support the control applications of boost the strength of the proposed controller in wide operating conditions. I. INTRODUCTION Boost-type converters

  18. Self-Stabilizing, Integrated, Hysteretic Boost DCDC Converter N. KESKAR, Student Member, IEEE, and G.A. RINCN-MORA, Senior Member, IEEE

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    Self-Stabilizing, Integrated, Hysteretic Boost DC­DC Converter N. KESKAR, Student Member, IEEE to boost converters. This paper proposes a novel technique to harness voltage-mode hysteretic control in boost converters by controlling inductor current and output voltage through separate loops. The proposed

  19. Method of Double Averaging for Modeling PFC Switching Converters S. C. Wong and C. K. Tse M. Orabi and T. Ninomiya

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    boost converter and hence is capable of revealing the phenomena found in [3], [4], [5]. Essentially we for the purpose of locating the ranges of parameters within which the PFC boost converter operates in its normally expected regime. II. THE PFC BOOST CONVERTER UNDER AVERAGE CURRENT-MODE CONTROL The system under study

  20. 1668 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 27, NO. 4, APRIL 2012 55-kW Variable 3X DC-DC Converter for Plug-in

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    vehicle (HEV) traction drives. The boost converter used in commercial HEVs meets with obstacles when is shown in Fig. 1. In this system, the dc-dc converter boosts the battery voltage from 244 V to three op series-parallel HEV. speed and power demand of the vehicle. In this traditional dc- dc boost converter

  1. DEVELOPMENT OF PTO-SIM: A POWER PERFORMANCE MODULE FOR THE OPEN-SOURCE WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER CODE WEC-SIM

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    DEVELOPMENT OF PTO-SIM: A POWER PERFORMANCE MODULE FOR THE OPEN-SOURCE WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER CODE National Laboratories Albuquerque, NM USA Email: kelley.ruehl@sandia.gov ABSTRACT WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter-SIMulator) is an open- source wave energy converter (WEC) code capable of simulat- ing WECs

  2. Low Voltage High-SNR Pipeline Data Converters Charles Myers, Jipeng Li, Dong-Young Chang, and Un-Ku Moon

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    Moon, Un-Ku

    Low Voltage High-SNR Pipeline Data Converters Charles Myers, Jipeng Li, Dong-Young Chang, and Un pipeline data converter. This is accomplished with the removal of the S/H input stage and the use of a rail limitations. In pipeline data converters, noise reduction options such as oversampling and noise shaping

  3. Experimental and numerical study of the behavior of three-way catalytic converters under different engine operation conditions

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    Zhang, Yuetao

    2005-01-01

    The thesis reports the studies on how the three-way catalytic converters behave under different operation conditions. The main focus of the work is in the oxygen storage capacity of the three-way catalyst. Rich-to-lean ...

  4. A High Frequency Isolated Current-fed Bidirectional DC/AC Converter For Grid-Tied Energy Storage System

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    King Jet, TSENG

    2013-01-01

    AC Converter for Grid-tied Energy Storage System XhaFreh qu,low energy resources, grid-tied energy storage systems (ESS)I. INTRODUCTION Grid-tied energy storage system (ESS) is

  5. A High Frequency Isolated Current-fed Bidirectional DC/AC Converter For Grid-Tied Energy Storage System

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    King Jet, TSENG

    2013-01-01

    AC Converter for Grid-tied Energy Storage System XhaFreh qu,resources, grid-tied energy storage systems (ESS) will beincreasingly incorporated. Energy storage devices (ESD) such

  6. Dynamics of a horizontal cylinder oscillating as a wave energy converter about an off-centred axis. 

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    Lucas, Jorge

    2011-11-22

    The hydrodynamic properties of a horizontal cylinder which is free to pitch about an off-centred axis are studied and used to derive the equations of motion of a wave energy converter which extracts energy from incoming ...

  7. Design, improvement, and testing of a thermal-electrical analysis application of a multiple beta-tube AMTEC converter 

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    Pavlenko, Ilia V.

    2004-09-30

    A new design AMTEC converter model was developed, and its effectiveness as a design tool was evaluated. To develop the model, requirements of the model were defined, several new design models were successively developed, ...

  8. Low Power DC-DC Converters and a Low Quiescent Power High PSRR Class-D Audio Amplifier 

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    Torres, Joselyn

    2013-12-03

    High-performance DC-DC voltage converters and high-efficient class-D audio amplifiers are required to extend battery life and reduce cost in portable electronics. This dissertation focuses on new system architectures and design techniques...

  9. Dynamic Incompressible Navier-Stokes Model of Catalytic Converter in 1-D Including Fundamental Oxidation Reaction Rate Expressions

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    Loya, Sudarshan Kedarnath

    2011-12-31

    these postulations have been effective in the past, they might not work with new versions of catalytic converters and the architectures being proposed. In particular, classical models neglect viscosity, conductivity and diffusion in the bulk gas phase. However...

  10. A single-inductor switching DC-DC converter with five outputs and ordered power-distributive control

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    Le, Hanh-Phuc; Chae, Chang-Seok; Lee, Kwang-Chan; Wang, Se-Won; Cho, Gyu-Ha; Cho, Gyu-Hyeong

    2007-01-01

    A. I. Pressman, Switching Power Supply Design. New York: Mc-switching tran- sients. In this design, since each powerdesigns for power electronics and telecommunications applications, with current emphasis on switch-mode power converters, hybrid switching

  11. Design Techniques for High Speed Low Voltage and Low Power Non-Calibrated Pipeline Analog to Digital Converters 

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    Assaad, Rida Shawky

    2011-02-22

    The profound digitization of modern microelectronic modules made Analog-to- Digital converters (ADC) key components in many systems. With resolutions up to 14bits and sampling rates in the 100s of MHz, the pipeline ADC ...

  12. Design Considerations for Wide Bandwidth Continuous-Time Low-Pass Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters 

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    Padyana, Aravind 1983-

    2010-11-11

    Continuous-time (CT) delta-sigma (??) analog-to-digital converters (ADC) have emerged as the popular choice to achieve high resolution and large bandwidth due to their low cost, power efficiency, inherent anti-alias filtering ...

  13. Converting landfill gas to vehicle fuel: The results of over 30 months of operation

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    Wheless, E.; Cosulich, J.; Wang, A.

    1996-11-01

    The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Districts) have successfully converted landfill gas to vehicle fuel for over 30 months with the Clean Fuels facility (Clean Fuels). The station has a design capacity equivalent to 1,000 gallons of gasoline per day. The Districts utilize the compressed landfill gas (CLG) produced at the station to run a fleet of 13 vehicles, ranging from passenger vans to large on-road tractors. This paper presents information on the operation, maintenance, theory, and economics of converting landfill gas to vehicle fuel. The compressed natural gas (CNG) industry is expanding rapidly. The US Department of Energy projects the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to grow from 66,000 in 1995 to 85,000 in 1996. A variety of CNG-powered refuse collection vehicles are now available from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Many industry pundits predict that refuse trucks will be the next major vehicle group after transit buses to convert to CNG. CNG provides the benefit of lower emissions than diesel and gasoline, with typical fuel costs of only 70 to 80 percent of the price of gasoline at retail pumps. The primary economic advantage of CNG over conventional fuels is its tax rate, which can be lower by about $0.30 per gallon of diesel equivalent. The CNG market may offer the landfill gas industry the same opportunity the electrical generation market offered in the 1980s. The Clean Fuels facility is located within the Districts` Puente Hills Landfill complex. Puente Hills is a very large landfill with over 70 million tons of refuse in place. The current fill rate is approximately 10,000 tons per day. The landfill gas flow rate is approximately 27,000 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) at 42 percent methane.

  14. Process and catalyst for converting synthesis gas to liquid hydrocarbon mixture

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    Rao, V. Udaya S. (Monroeville, PA); Gormley, Robert J. (Pittsburgh, PA)

    1987-01-01

    Synthesis gas containing CO and H.sub.2 is converted to a high-octane hydrocarbon liquid in the gasoline boiling point range by bringing the gas into contact with a heterogeneous catalyst including, in physical mixture, a zeolite molecular sieve, cobalt at 6-20% by weight, and thoria at 0.5-3.9% by weight. The contacting occurs at a temperature of 250.degree.-300.degree. C., and a pressure of 10-30 atmospheres. The conditions can be selected to form a major portion of the hydrocarbon product in the gasoline boiling range with a research octane of more than 80 and less than 10% by weight aromatics.

  15. Method of converting an existing vehicle powertrain to a hybrid powertrain system

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    Reed, Jr., Richard G. (Royal Oak, MI); Boberg, Evan S. (Hazel Park, MI); Lawrie, Robert E. (Whitmore Lake, MI); Castaing, Francois J. (Bloomfield Township, MI)

    2001-12-25

    A method of converting an existing vehicle powertrain including a manual transmission to a hybrid powertrain system with an automated powertrain transmission. The first step in the method of attaching a gear train housing to a housing of said manual transmission, said gear train housing receiving as end of drive shaft of said transmission and rotatably supporting a gear train assembly. Secondly, mounting an electric motor/generator to said gear train housing and attaching a motor/generator drive shaft of said electric motor/generator to said gear train assembly. Lastly, connecting an electro-mechanical clutch actuator to a friction clutch mechanism of said manual transmission.

  16. POPS: the 60MW power converter for the PS accelerator: Control strategy and performances

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    Boattini, Fulvio; Skawinski, Gregory

    2015-01-01

    The main power supply of Proton-Synchrotron (PS) accelerator is one of the biggest at CERN. The old rotating machine system has been replaced with a new NPC based DC/DC power supply named POPS (Power system for PS main magnets) with capacitor banks as energy storage mean. POPS is in operation since February 2011. The operation of the PS accelerator requires a specific design of the control system with very high performance requirements in term of accuracy and precision. This paper describes the main lines of the control strategies analyzing the problems encountered and the solutions adopted. The performances of the converter are presented throughout the paper.

  17. Process for converting heavy oil deposited on coal to distillable oil in a low severity process

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    Ignasiak, Teresa (417 Heffernan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, CA); Strausz, Otto (13119 Grand View Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, CA); Ignasiak, Boleslaw (417 heffernan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, CA); Janiak, Jerzy (17820 - 76 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, CA); Pawlak, Wanda (3046 - 11465 - 41 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, CA); Szymocha, Kazimierz (3125 - 109 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, CA); Turak, Ali A. (Edmonton, CA)

    1994-01-01

    A process for removing oil from coal fines that have been agglomerated or blended with heavy oil comprises the steps of heating the coal fines to temperatures over 350.degree. C. up to 450.degree. C. in an inert atmosphere, such as steam or nitrogen, to convert some of the heavy oil to lighter, and distilling and collecting the lighter oils. The pressure at which the process is carried out can be from atmospheric to 100 atmospheres. A hydrogen donor can be added to the oil prior to deposition on the coal surface to increase the yield of distillable oil.

  18. Customized oligonucleotide microchips that convert multiple genetic information to simple patterns, are portable and reusable

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    Mirzabekov, Andrei (Darien, IL); Guschin, Dmitry Y. (Rockville, MD); Chik, Valentine (Woodridge, IL); Drobyshev, Aleksei (Elektrosol, RU); Fotin, Alexander (Cambridge, MA); Yershov, Gennadiy (Hinsdale, IL); Lysov, Yuri (Hinsdale, IL)

    2002-01-01

    This invention relates to using customized oligonucleotide microchips as biosensors for the detection and identification of nucleic acids specific for different genes, organisms and/or individuals in the environment, in food and in biological samples. The microchips are designed to convert multiple bits of genetic information into simpler patterns of signals that are interpreted as a unit. Because of an improved method of hybridizing oligonucleotides from samples to microchips, microchips are reusable and transportable. For field study, portable laser or bar code scanners are suitable.

  19. Experimental Wave Tank Test for Reference Model 3 Floating-Point Absorber Wave Energy Converter Project

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    Yu, Y. H.; Lawson, M.; Li, Y.; Previsic, M.; Epler, J.; Lou, J.

    2015-01-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy established a reference model project to benchmark a set of marine and hydrokinetic technologies including current (tidal, open-ocean, and river) turbines and wave energy converters. The objectives of the project were to first evaluate the status of these technologies and their readiness for commercial applications. Second, to evaluate the potential cost of energy and identify cost-reduction pathways and areas where additional research could be best applied to accelerate technology development to market readiness.

  20. Chemical vapor deposition techniques and related methods for manufacturing microminiature thermionic converters

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    King, Donald B. (Albuquerque, NM); Sadwick, Laurence P. (Salt Lake City, UT); Wernsman, Bernard R. (Clairton, PA)

    2002-06-25

    Methods of manufacturing microminiature thermionic converters (MTCs) having high energy-conversion efficiencies and variable operating temperatures using MEMS manufacturing techniques including chemical vapor deposition. The MTCs made using the methods of the invention incorporate cathode to anode spacing of about 1 micron or less and use cathode and anode materials having work functions ranging from about 1 eV to about 3 eV. The MTCs also exhibit maximum efficiencies of just under 30%, and thousands of the devices can be fabricated at modest costs.

  1. Functionally gradient material for membrane reactors to convert methane gas into value-added products

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    Balachandran, U.; Dusek, J.T.; Kleefisch, M.S.; Kobylinski, T.P.

    1996-11-12

    A functionally gradient material for a membrane reactor for converting methane gas into value-added-products includes an outer tube of perovskite, which contacts air; an inner tube which contacts methane gas, of zirconium oxide, and a bonding layer between the perovskite and zirconium oxide layers. The bonding layer has one or more layers of a mixture of perovskite and zirconium oxide, with the layers transitioning from an excess of perovskite to an excess of zirconium oxide. The transition layers match thermal expansion coefficients and other physical properties between the two different materials. 7 figs.

  2. Functionally gradient material for membrane reactors to convert methane gas into value-added products

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Balachandran, Uthamalingam (Hinsdale, IL); Dusek, Joseph T. (Lombard, IL); Kleefisch, Mark S. (Napersville, IL); Kobylinski, Thadeus P. (Lisle, IL)

    1996-01-01

    A functionally gradient material for a membrane reactor for converting methane gas into value-added-products includes an outer tube of perovskite, which contacts air; an inner tube which contacts methane gas, of zirconium oxide, and a bonding layer between the perovskite and zirconium oxide layers. The bonding layer has one or more layers of a mixture of perovskite and zirconium oxide, with the layers transitioning from an excess of perovskite to an excess of zirconium oxide. The transition layers match thermal expansion coefficients and other physical properties between the two different materials.

  3. Systems and methods for commutating inductor current using a matrix converter

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    Ransom, Ray M; Kajouke, Lateef A; Perisic, Milun

    2012-10-16

    Systems and methods are provided for delivering current using a matrix converter in a vehicle. An electrical system comprises an AC interface, a first conversion module coupled to the AC interface, an inductive element coupled between the AC interface and the first conversion module, and a control module coupled to the first conversion module. The control module is configured to operate the first conversion module in a bidirectional operating mode to commutate current bidirectionally. When a magnitude of the current through the inductive element is greater than a first threshold value, the control module operates the conversion module in a unidirectional operating mode, wherein current is commutated unidirectionally.

  4. 2 MW Active Bouncer Converter Design for Long Pulse Klystron Modulators

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    Aguglia, D

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents some design issues of a 2 MW interleaved buck converter which is used as an active bouncer droop compensator for a 5.5MW long pulse klystron modulator. This novel design concept presents many challenges in terms of voltage ripple versus pulse rise-time. Issues related to the voltage ripple specification versus output filter design are discussed in detail. The design study is analyzed analytically, simulated numerically and is validated by experimental results obtained from a full power prototype.

  5. Converting Classical Theories to Quantum Theories by Solutions of the Hamilton-Jacobi Equation

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    Zhi-Qiang Guo; Ivan Schmidt

    2012-08-03

    By employing special solutions of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation and tools from lattice theories, we suggest an approach to convert classical theories to quantum theories for mechanics and field theories. Some nontrivial results are obtained for a gauge field and a fermion field. For a topologically massive gauge theory, we can obtain a first order Lagrangian with mass term. For the fermion field, in order to make our approach feasible, we supplement the conventional Lagrangian with a surface term. This surface term can also produce the massive term for the fermion.

  6. Design and Fabrication of a Micro Electrostatic Vibration-to-Electricity Energy Converter

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    Chiu, Yi; Chu, Yu-Shan

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a micro electrostatic vibration-toelectricity energy converter. For the 3.3 V supply voltage and 1cm2 chip area constraints, optimal design parameters were found from theoretical calculation and Simulink simulation. In the current design, the output power is 200 $\\mu$W/cm2 for the optimal load of 8 M\\Omega. The device was fabricated in a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer. Mechanical and electrical measurements were conducted. Residual particles caused shortage of the variable capacitor and the output power could not be measured. Device design and fabrication processes are being refined.

  7. Converting biomass to fuels and high-value chemicals | The Ames Laboratory

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration would like submit the followingConcentratingPortal ControllingConvectionConverting biomass

  8. Methods of chemically converting first materials to second materials utilizing hybrid-plasma systems

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    Kong, Peter C. (Idaho Falls, ID); Grandy, Jon D. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2002-01-01

    In one aspect, the invention encompasses a method of chemically converting a first material to a second material. A first plasma and a second plasma are formed, and the first plasma is in fluid communication with the second plasma. The second plasma comprises activated hydrogen and oxygen, and is formed from a water vapor. A first material is flowed into the first plasma to at least partially ionize at least a portion of the first material. The at least partially ionized first material is flowed into the second plasma to react at least some components of the first material with at least one of the activated hydrogen and activated oxygen. Such converts at least some of the first material to a second material. In another aspect, the invention encompasses a method of forming a synthetic gas by flowing a hydrocarbon-containing material into a hybrid-plasma system. In yet another aspect, the invention encompasses a method of degrading a hydrocarbon-containing material by flowing such material into a hybrid-plasma system. In yet another aspect, the invention encompasses a method of releasing an inorganic component of a complex comprising the inorganic component and an other component, wherein the complex is flowed through a hybrid-plasma system.

  9. Investigation of processes for converting weapons plutonium into MOX fuel at the TOMOX facility

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    Polyakov, A.S.; Rovnyi, S.; Skiba, O.V.; Lloubtsev, R.I. [Minotom, Moxcow (Russian Federation)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    On November 12, 1992, the governments of France and Russia signed a cooperation agreement on civil uses of nuclear materials from Russian weapons. This agreement includes the AIDA/mixed-oxide (MOX) program for converting dismantled Russian weapons plutonium into MOX fuel to supply existing and future Russian VVER and BN reactors. AIDA/MOX covers six areas: strategic approaches, the neutronic aspects of loading reactors with military plutonium, the chemistry of alloyed plutonium and conversion into sinterable oxide, MOX fuel fabrication, possible reprocessing of MOX fuel, and incineration of weapons plutonium in new reactors. The short-term use of existing reactors requires a facility for converting weapons plutonium to MOX fuel; the TOMOX-1300 facility should be capable of processing 1300 kg of weapons plutonium annually to fabricate 26.5 tonnes of MOX fuel (1.5 t for the BN-600 reactor and 25 t for four VVER-1000 reactors). Research and development (R&D) undertaken from 1992 to 1996 by several Russian institutes under Minatom and by various Commissariat A l`Energie Atomique (CEA) divisions to select the processes to be implemented in the TOMOX plant is presented and analyzed in this paper.

  10. Advanced converter technology. Technical progress report, May 23, 1979-May 22, 1980

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    Banic, C. V.; Eckhouse, S. A.; Kornbrust, F. J.; Lipman, K.; Peterson, J. L.; Rosati, R. W.

    1980-01-01

    The overall objective of this program is to define an advanced converter system employing 1980's technology in all subsystem and component areas for use in electrochemical energy storage systems. Additional experimental effort will validate elements of the advanced commutation circuitry on a full-scale breadboard basis. Improved models of battery electrical characteristics are beng defined and experimental apparatus is being designed to measure these characteristics and to enable better definition of the battery-power conditioner interface. Improvement of energy-storage system performance through modification of battery converter characteristics will also be investigated. During this first year of the contract, a new more advanced concept for power conditioning based on a concept defined by United Technologies Corporation for fuel cell use was evaluated. This high switching frequency concept has the potential for significantly reducing the size and cost of battery plant power conditioners. As a result, the Department of Energy authorized redirection of the program to first evaluate this new concept and then to reorient the program to adopt this concept as the primary one. Progress is reported. (WHK)

  11. Design and Analysis for a Floating Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter: Preprint

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    Yu, Y. H.; Li, Y.; Hallett, K.; Hotimsky, C.

    2014-03-01

    This paper presents a recent study on the design and analysis of an oscillating surge wave energy converter. A successful wave energy conversion design requires the balance between the design performance and cost. The cost of energy is often used as the metric to judge the design of the wave energy conversion system. It is often determined based on the device power performance, the cost for manufacturing, deployment, operation and maintenance, as well as the effort to ensure the environmental compliance. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the importance of a cost driven design strategy and how it can affect a WEC design. Three oscillating surge wave energy converter (OSWEC) designs were used as the example. The power generation performance of the design was modeled using a time-domain numerical simulation tool, and the mass properties of the design were determined based on a simple structure analysis. The results of those power performance simulations, the structure analysis and a simple economic assessment were then used to determine the cost-efficiency of selected OSWEC designs. Finally, a discussion on the environmental barrier, integrated design strategy and the key areas that need further investigation is also presented.

  12. A 1 MEGAWATT POLYPHASE BOOST CONVERTER-MODULATOR FOR KLYSTRON PULSE APPLICATION

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    W.A. REASS; J.D. DOSS; R.F. GRIBBLE

    2001-06-01

    This paper describes electrical design criteria and first operational results a 140 kV, 1 MW average, 11 MW peak, zero-voltage-switching 20 kHz polyphase bridge, boost converter/modulator for klystron pulse application. The DC-DC converter derives the buss voltages from a standard 13.8 kV to 2300 Y substation cast-core transformer. Energy storage and filtering is provided by self-clearing metallized hazy polypropylene traction capacitors. Three ''H-Bridge'' Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) switching networks are used to generate the polyphase 20 kHz transformer primary drive waveforms. The 20 kHz drive waveforms are chirped the appropriate duration to generate the desired klystron pulse width. PWM (pulse width modulation) of the individual 20 kHz pulses is utilized to provide regulated output waveforms with adaptive feedforward and feedback techniques. The boost transformer design utilizes amorphous nanocrystalline material that provides the required low core loss at design flux levels and switching frequencies. Resonant shunt-peaking is used on the transformer secondary to boost output voltage and resonate transformer leakage inductance. With the appropriate transformer leakage inductance and peaking capacitance, zero-voltage-switching of the IGBT's is attained, minimizing switching losses. A review of these design parameters and the first results of the performance characteristics will be presented.

  13. Options for converting excess plutonium to feed for the MOX fuel fabrication facility

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    Watts, Joe A; Smith, Paul H; Psaras, John D; Jarvinen, Gordon D; Costa, David A; Joyce, Jr., Edward L

    2009-01-01

    The storage and safekeeping of excess plutonium in the United States represents a multibillion-dollar lifecycle cost to the taxpayers and poses challenges to National Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation. Los Alamos National Laboratory is considering options for converting some portion of the 13 metric tons of excess plutonium that was previously destined for long-term waste disposition into feed for the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). This approach could reduce storage costs and security ri sks, and produce fuel for nuclear energy at the same time. Over the course of 30 years of weapons related plutonium production, Los Alamos has developed a number of flow sheets aimed at separation and purification of plutonium. Flow sheets for converting metal to oxide and for removing chloride and fluoride from plutonium residues have been developed and withstood the test oftime. This presentation will address some potential options for utilizing processes and infrastructure developed by Defense Programs to transform a large variety of highly impure plutonium into feedstock for the MFFF.

  14. 3-Port Single-Stage PV & Battery Converter Improves Efficiency and Cost in Combined PV/Battery Systems

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    Bundschuh, Paul

    2013-03-23

    Due to impressive cost reductions in recent years, photovoltaic (PV) generation is now able to produce electricity at highly competitive prices, but PV’s inherent intermittency reduces the potential value of this energy. The integration of battery storage with PV will be transformational by increasing the value of solar. Utility scale systems will benefit by firming intermittency including PV ramp smoothing, grid support and load shifting, allowing PV to compete directly with conventional generation. For distributed grid-tied PV adding storage will reduce peak demand utility charges, as well as providing backup power during power grid failures. The largest long term impact of combined PV and battery systems may be for delivering reliable off-grid power to the billions of individuals globally without access to conventional power grids, or for billions more that suffer from daily power outages. PV module costs no longer dominate installed PV system costs. Balance-of-System (BOS) costs including the PV inverter and installation now contribute the majority of installed system costs. Battery costs are also dropping faster than installation and battery power converter systems. In each of these separate systems power converters have become a bottleneck for efficiency, cost and reliability. These bottlenecks are compounded in hybrid power conversion systems that combine separate PV and battery converters. Hybrid power conversion systems have required multiple power converters hardware units and multiple power conversion steps adding to efficiency losses, product and installation costs, and reliability issues. Ideal Power Converters has developed and patented a completely new theory of operation for electronic power converters using its indirect EnergyPacket Switching™ topology. It has established successful power converter products for both PV and battery systems, and its 3-Port Hybrid Converter is the first product to exploit the topology’s capability for the industry’s first single-stage multi-port hybrid power converter. This unique low cost approach eliminates the hybrid power conversion bottlenecks when integrating batteries into PV systems. As result this product will significantly accelerate market adoption of these systems.

  15. Extremum seeking-based optimization of high voltage converter modulator rise-time

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    Scheinker, Alexander; Bland, Michael; Krstic, Miroslav; Audia, Jeff

    2013-02-01

    We digitally implement an extremum seeking (ES) algorithm, which optimizes the rise time of the output voltage of a high voltage converter modulator (HVCM) at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) HVCM test stand by iteratively, simultaneously tuning the first 8 switching edges of each of the three phase drive waveforms (24 variables total). We achieve a 50 ?s rise time, which is reduction in half compared to the 100 ?s achieved at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Considering that HVCMs typically operate with an output voltage of 100 kV, with a 60Hz repetition rate, the 50 ?s rise time reduction will result in very significant energy savings. The ES algorithm will prove successful, despite the noisy measurements and cost calculations, confirming the theoretical results that the algorithm is not affected by noise whose frequency components are independent of the perturbing frequencies.

  16. Extremum seeking-based optimization of high voltage converter modulator rise-time

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    Scheinker, Alexander; Bland, Michael; Krstic, Miroslav; Audia, Jeff

    2013-02-01

    We digitally implement an extremum seeking (ES) algorithm, which optimizes the rise time of the output voltage of a high voltage converter modulator (HVCM) at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) HVCM test stand by iteratively, simultaneously tuning the first 8 switching edges of each of the three phase drive waveforms (24 variables total). We achieve a 50 ?s rise time, which is reduction in half compared to the 100 ?s achieved at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Considering that HVCMs typically operate with an output voltage of 100 kV, with a 60Hz repetitionmore »rate, the 50 ?s rise time reduction will result in very significant energy savings. The ES algorithm will prove successful, despite the noisy measurements and cost calculations, confirming the theoretical results that the algorithm is not affected by noise whose frequency components are independent of the perturbing frequencies.« less

  17. Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Array Effects on Wave Current and Sediment Circulation: Monterey Bay CA.

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    Roberts, Jesse D.; Jones, Craig; Magalen, Jason

    2014-09-01

    The goal s of this study were to develop tools to quantitatively characterize environments where wave energy converter ( WEC ) devices may be installed and to assess e ffects on hydrodynamics and lo cal sediment transport. A large hypothetical WEC array was investigated using wave, hydrodynamic, and sediment transport models and site - specific average and storm conditions as input. The results indicated that there were significant changes in sediment s izes adjacent to and in the lee of the WEC array due to reduced wave energy. The circulation in the lee of the array was also altered; more intense onshore currents were generated in the lee of the WECs . In general, the storm case and the average case show ed the same qualitative patterns suggesting that these trends would be maintained throughout the year. The framework developed here can be used to design more efficient arrays while minimizing impacts on nearshore environmen ts.

  18. Photovoltaic power converter system with a controller configured to actively compensate load harmonics

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    de Rooij, Michael Andrew (Clifton Park, NY); Steigerwald, Robert Louis (Burnt Hills, NY); Delgado, Eladio Clemente (Burnt Hills, NY)

    2008-12-16

    Photovoltaic power converter system including a controller configured to reduce load harmonics is provided. The system comprises a photovoltaic array and an inverter electrically coupled to the array to generate an output current for energizing a load connected to the inverter and to a mains grid supply voltage. The system further comprises a controller including a first circuit coupled to receive a load current to measure a harmonic current in the load current. The controller includes a second circuit to generate a fundamental reference drawn by the load. The controller further includes a third circuit for combining the measured harmonic current and the fundamental reference to generate a command output signal for generating the output current for energizing the load connected to the inverter. The photovoltaic system may be configured to compensate harmonic currents that may be drawn by the load.

  19. A review of hydrodynamic investigations into arrays of ocean wave energy converters

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    De Chowdhury, S; Sanchez, A Madrigal; Fleming, A; Winship, B; Illesinghe, S; Toffoli, A; Babanin, A; Penesis, I; Manasseh, R

    2015-01-01

    Theoretical, numerical and experimental studies on arrays of ocean wave energy converter are reviewed. The importance of extracting wave power via an array as opposed to individual wave-power machines has long been established. There is ongoing interest in implementing key technologies at commercial scale owing to the recent acceleration in demand for renewable energy. To date, several reviews have been published on the science and technology of harnessing ocean-wave power. However, there have been few reviews of the extensive literature on ocean wave-power arrays. Research into the hydrodynamic modelling of ocean wave-power arrays is analysed. Where ever possible, comparisons are drawn with physical scaled experiments. Some critical knowledge gaps have been found. Specific emphasis has been paid on understanding how the modelling and scaled experiments are likely to be complementary to each other.

  20. Improvement of photovoltaic pumping systems based on standard frequency converters by means of programmable logic controllers

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    Fernandez-Ramos, Jose [Departamento de Electronica, Universidad de Malaga, Complejo Tecnologico de Teatinos (2.2.39), 29071 Malaga (Spain); Narvarte-Fernandez, Luis; Poza-Saura, Fernando [Instituto de Energia Solar, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (IES-UPM), Avenida Complutense s/n (204), 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-01-15

    Photovoltaic pumping systems (PVPS) based on standard frequency converters (SFCs) are currently experiencing a growing interest in pumping programmes implemented in remote areas because of their high performance in terms of component reliability, low cost, high power range and good availability of components virtually anywhere in the world. However, in practical applications there have appeared a number of problems related to the adaptation of the SFCs to the requirements of the photovoltaic pumping systems (PVPS). Another disadvantage of dedicated PVPS is the difficulty in implementing maximum power point tracking (MPPT). This paper shows that these problems can be solved through the addition of a basic industrial programmable logic controller (PLC) to the system. This PLC does not increase the cost and complexity of the system, but improves the adaptation of the SFC to the photovoltaic pumping system, and increases the overall performance of the system. (author)

  1. Analogue to Digital and Digital to Analogue Converters (ADCs and DACs): A Review Update

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    Pickering, J

    2015-01-01

    This is a review paper updated from that presented for CAS 2004. Essentially, since then, commercial components have continued to extend their performance boundaries but the basic building blocks and the techniques for choosing the best device and implementing it in a design have not changed. Analogue to digital and digital to analogue converters are crucial components in the continued drive to replace analogue circuitry with more controllable and less costly digital processing. This paper discusses the technologies available to perform in the likely measurement and control applications that arise within accelerators. It covers much of the terminology and 'specmanship' together with an application-oriented analysis of the realisable performance of the various types. Finally, some hints and warnings on system integration problems are given.

  2. Thermal neutron detection using a silicon pad detector and {sup 6}LiF removable converters

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    Barbagallo, Massimo; Cosentino, Luigi; Marchetta, Carmelo; Pappalardo, Alfio; Scire, Carlotta; Scire, Sergio; Schillaci, Maria; Vecchio, Gianfranco; Finocchiaro, Paolo; Forcina, Vittorio; Peerani, Paolo; Vaccaro, Stefano

    2013-03-15

    A semiconductor detector coupled with a neutron converter is a good candidate for neutron detection, especially for its compactness and reliability if compared with other devices, such as {sup 3}He tubes, even though its intrinsic efficiency is rather lower. In this paper we show a neutron detector design consisting of a 3 cm Multiplication-Sign 3 cm silicon pad detector coupled with one or two external {sup 6}LiF layers, enriched in {sup 6}Li at 95%, placed in contact with the Si active surfaces. This prototype, first characterized and tested at INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Sud and then at JRC Ispra, was successfully shown to detect thermal neutrons with the expected efficiency and an outstanding gamma rejection capability.

  3. New approaches for the reduction of plasma arc drop in second-generation thermionic converters. Final report

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    Hatziprokopiou, M.E.; Shaw, D.T.

    1981-03-31

    Investigations of ion generation and recombination mechanisms in the cesium plasma as they pertain to the advanced mode thermionic energy converter are described. The changes in plasma density and temperature within the converter have been studied under the influence of several promising auxiliary ionization candidate sources. Three novel approaches of external cesium ion generation have been investigated in some detail, namely vibrationally excited N/sub 2/ as an energy source of ionization of Cs ions in a DC discharge, microwave power as a means of resonant sustenance of the cesium plasma, and ion generation in a pulse N/sub 2/-Cs mixture. The experimental data obtained and discussed show that all three techniques - i.e. the non-LTE high-voltage pulsing, the energy transfer from vibrationally excited diatomic gases, and the external pumping with a microwave power - have considerable promise as schemes in auxiliary ion generation applicable to the advanced thermionic energy converter.

  4. Design and analysis of a zero-voltage switching scheme for a dc- to-dc converter 

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    Arun, G.

    1992-01-01

    DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF A ZERO-VOLTAGE SSVITCHING SCFIE'. tIE FOR A DC-TO-DC CONVERTER A Thesis by G. ARUN Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas ARM 1. niversity in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree... of MASTER OF SCIENCE December 1992 Major Subject: Electrical Engineering DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OE A ZERO-VOLTAGE SWITCHING SCHEME I'OR A DC-TO-DC CONVERTER A Thesis by G. AR(tN Approved as to style and content by: P. Enjeti (Chair of Cornrnitteel C...

  5. A new control strategy to improve the performance of PWM ac to dc converter under unbalanced operating condition 

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    Choudhury, Shamim A.

    1992-01-01

    A NEW CONTROL STRATEGY TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF PWM AC TO DC CONVERTER UNDER UNBALANCED OPERATING CONDITION A Thesis by SHAMIM A. CHOUDHURY Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas ARM University in partial fulfillment... of the requirements for the degree of MASTER 0 F S CIE'VCE t&fay 1992 Major Subject: Electrical Engineering A NEW CONTROL STRATEGY TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF PWM AC TO DC CONVERTER UNDER UNBALANCED OPERATING CONDITION A Thesis by SHAMIM A. CHOUDHURY...

  6. 422 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, VOL. 18, NO. 2, MAY 2003 Converting System Limits to Market Signals

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    for converting system limits into market signals. One classification of methods is ac- cording to reliability driven (TLR and similar) versus market driven (LMP and similar) methods. A second classification and Christensen Associates, Madison, WI 53705 USA (e-mail: alvarado@engr.wisc.edu). Digital Object Identifier 10

  7. 670 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 18, NO. 2, MARCH 2003 Integrated Magnetic Full Wave Converter With

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    Lehman, Brad

    of these circuits are being proposed in 30 W 100 W range, and have great potential for telecommunication power670 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 18, NO. 2, MARCH 2003 Integrated Magnetic Full Wave Converter With Flexible Output Inductor Liang Yan, Student Member, IEEE, Dayu Qu, Member, IEEE

  8. Experience converting a large Fortran-77 program to C++ Ralf W. Grosse-Kunstleve, Thomas C. Terwilliger, Paul D. Adams

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    Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf

    Experience converting a large Fortran-77 program to C++ Ralf W. Grosse-Kunstleve, Thomas C. Terwilliger, Paul D. Adams Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, One Cyclotron Road, BLDG 64R0121, Berkeley-fitting, and prime-and-switch minimum bias phasing (Terwilliger 2000, Terwilliger 2003). In recent years it has been

  9. MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, California, March 24-28, 2008 SiC-BASED POWER CONVERTERS

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    . · Developing temperature-dependent device and power converter models for various system simulation studies Science, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2100 2 Power Electronics and Electric Machinery of the power electronics and cooling systems and increasing their efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy

  10. Creating systems that effectively convert energy, such as efficient solar cells and electrochemical batteries, has been a

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    Reisslein, Martin

    SEMTE abstract Creating systems that effectively convert energy, such as efficient solar cells stimuli, the solar energy from sunlight, and the mechanical motion is commonplace, indeed fundamental and electrochemical batteries, has been a longstanding scientific pursuit, especially given the global energy

  11. A Novel Time-Domain Based Design of PWM Controllers for Switch-Mode Converters and its Implementation by

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    to discrete domain transformation and discretization. Digital PID controllers for a Buck and Boost type, known control transfer functions are transformed from analog (linear) into a digital equivalent using A new time-domain design method for digital controller of PWM DC-DC converters that was developed

  12. Design of a Modular Multilevel Converter as an Active Front-End for a magnet supply application

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    Panagiotis, Asimakopoulos; Massimo, Bongiorno

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this work is to describe the general design procedure of a Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) applied as an Active Front-End (AFE) for a magnet supply for beam accelerators. The dimensioning criteria for the converter and the dc-link capacitance are presented and the grid transformer requirements are set. Considering the converter design, the arm inductance calculation is based on the specifications for the arm-current ripple and the DC-link fault tolerance, but, also, on the limitation of the second harmonic and the second-order LC resonance of the arm current. The module capacitance value is evaluated by focusing on the required switching dynamics and the capacitor-voltage ripple according to a newly proposed graphical method. The loading of each semiconductor in the half bridge is calculated via simulation, indicating the unsymmetrical current distribution. It is concluded that the current distribution for each semiconductor depends on the mode of operation of the converter. The different criter...

  13. 480 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 22, NO. 2, MARCH 2007 Three-Port Bidirectional Converter

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    Simões, Marcelo Godoy

    with quick load variations. A suitable three-port, galvanic isolated, bidirectional power converter is proposed to control the power flow. An energy management method for the proposed three-port circuit may be less than available current, but this re- sults in unused fuel and decrease of efficiency from

  14. Maximal energy that can be converted by a dielectric elastomer generator Soo Jin Adrian Koh,1,2

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    Suo, Zhigang

    generators have been designed to harvest energy from walking,5,6 ocean waves,7 wind, and combustion.8 or the voltage-charge plane Fig. 2 . A design of a generator may be represented by a cycle on either planeMaximal energy that can be converted by a dielectric elastomer generator Soo Jin Adrian Koh,1

  15. Development of Optimum Design Methodology for Continuous-Time Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converters 

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    Kim, Yong Chan

    2013-02-15

    Today’s wireless applications have demanded low-power, high-speed, and high-resolution analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for the reductions in cost, component count, and product size. Continuous-time (CT) Sigma-Delta ADCs are well suited...

  16. The Use of Power Sums to Solve the Harmonic Elimination Equations for Multilevel Converters EPE Journal Vol. 15 no

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    of solar cells are dc voltages, and if this energy is to be fed to into an ac power grid, a powerThe Use of Power Sums to Solve the Harmonic Elimination Equations for Multilevel Converters EPE electronic interface is required. A multilevel inverter is ideal for connecting such distributed dc energy

  17. Harmonic Optimization of Multilevel Converters Using Genetic Algorithms Abstract--In this paper, a genetic algorithm (GA) optimization

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    to the fact that several batteries, fuel cells, solar cell, wind, and microturbines can be connected through Vao Fuel Cell Module a o Fuel Cell Module Fuel Cell Module Q11 D11 Q12 D12 Q13 D13Q14 D14 Q21 Q22 D22Harmonic Optimization of Multilevel Converters Using Genetic Algorithms Abstract-- In this paper

  18. Aalborg Universitet Reduction of DC-link Capacitor in Case of Cascade Multilevel Converters by means of

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    Teodorescu, Remus

    ]. The transformer size reduction due to MF operation makes it attractive for offshore applications, such as wind farm integration, and oil & gas exploration platforms [6]. The inverter stage can be omitted], power converter to integrate wind generator to multi- terminal dc collection network are few

  19. A Reverse Converter for the New 4-Moduli Set {2n + 3, 2n + 2, 2n + 1, 2n}

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    Cotofana, Sorin

    complex adders and multipliers. Index Terms--Residue Number System, 4-Moduli Set with Common factor, RNS-Decimal Converter, Chinese Remainder Theorem. I. INTRODUCTION Residue Number Systems (RNS) offer great potential]. The major obstacle to the utilization of RNS is the overhead incurred in the conversions into and out of RNS

  20. An Improved RNS Reverse Converter for the {22n+1 -1,2n,2n -1} Moduli Set

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    Cotofana, Sorin

    An Improved RNS Reverse Converter for the {22n+1 -1,2n,2n -1} Moduli Set K.A. Gbolagade1,2, R Residue Number Systems (RNS) have significant ad- vantages over conventional binary number systems tolerance. RNS have been widely applied in Digital Signal Pro- cessing (DSP) applications [5]. However

  1. An Efficient RNS to Binary Converter Using the Moduli Set {2n + 1, 2n, 2n -1}

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    Cotofana, Sorin

    An Efficient RNS to Binary Converter Using the Moduli Set {2n + 1, 2n, 2n - 1} Kazeem Alagbe System (RNS) to decimal conversion which is an important issue concerning the utilization of RNS numbers System (RNS) is an unweighted number system with inherent parallel characteristics, which supports carry

  2. Evidence from P-to-S mantle converted waves for a flat b660-kmQ discontinuity beneath Iceland

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    Foulger, G. R.

    Evidence from P-to-S mantle converted waves for a flat b660-kmQ discontinuity beneath Iceland Z. Du; accepted 19 September 2005 Available online 22 November 2005 Editor: R.D. van der Hilst Abstract Iceland discontinuity beneath central Iceland is shallow relative to peripheral regions and this was interpreted

  3. Multicomponent seismic data, combining P-wave and converted P-to-SV wave (C-wave) wavefields, provide inde-

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    Texas at Austin, University of

    Multicomponent seismic data, combining P-wave and converted P-to-SV wave (C-wave) wavefields (fast and slow) with differing polarization. The 4C, 3D ocean-bottom cable (OBC) multicomponent seismic objectives were to evaluate seismic attributes, such as VP/VS velocity ratios and Poisson's ratio derived

  4. A 12-bit Mismatch-Shaped Pipeline A/D Converter Ayman Shabra and Hae-SeungLee

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    Lee, Hae-Seung "Harry"

    19-3 A 12-bit Mismatch-Shaped Pipeline A/D Converter Ayman Shabra and Hae-SeungLee Massachusetts is notinherenttodelta-sigmamodulation.Rather,it is associatedwithoversampling.Therefore,pipeline bit/ stage CFCS Pipeline ADC I I I I s[n]=(-1)" s[n]=(-I)" Fig. 1 Block diagram of mismatch shaping

  5. Discrete-Time Poles and Dynamics of Discontinuous Mode Boost and Buck Converters Under Various Control Schemes

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    Chung-Chieh Fang

    2012-11-19

    Nonlinear systems, such as switching DC-DC boost or buck converters, have rich dynamics. A simple one-dimensional discrete-time model is used to analyze the boost or buck converter in discontinuous conduction mode. Seven different control schemes (open-loop power stage, voltage mode control, current mode control, constant power load, constant current load, constant-on-time control, and boundary conduction mode) are analyzed systematically. The linearized dynamics is obtained simply by taking partial derivatives with respect to dynamic variables. In the discrete-time model, there is only a single pole and no zero. The single closed-loop pole is a linear combination of three terms: the open-loop pole, a term due to the control scheme, and a term due to the non-resistive load. Even with a single pole, the phase response of the discrete-time model can go beyond -90 degrees as in the two-pole average models. In the boost converter with a resistive load under current mode control, adding the compensating ramp has no effect on the pole location. Increasing the ramp slope decreases the DC gain of control-to-output transfer function and increases the audio-susceptibility. Similar analysis is applied to the buck converter with a non-resistive load or variable switching frequency. The derived dynamics agrees closely with the exact switching model and the past research results.

  6. Evaluation of battery converters based on 4. 8-MW fuel cell demonstrator inverter. Final report. [Contains brief glossary

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    1980-10-01

    Electrical power conditioning is a critical element in the development of advanced electrochemical energy storage systems. This program evaluates the use of existing self-commutated converter technology (as developed by the Power Systems Division of United Technologies for the 4.8-MW Fuel Cell Demonstrator) with modification for use in battery energy storage systems. The program consists of three parts: evaluation of the cost and performance of a self-commutated converter modified to maintain production commonality between battery and fuel cell power conditioners, demonstration of the principal characteristics required for the battery application in MW-scale hardware, and investigation of the technical requirements of operation isolated from the utility system. A power-conditioning system consisting of a self-commutated converter augmented with a phase-controlled rectifier was selected and a preliminary design, prepared. A principal factor in this selection was production commonality with the fuel cell inverter system. Additional types of augmentation, and the use of a self-commutated converter system without augmentation, were also considered. A survey of advanced battery manufacturers was used to establish the dc interface characteristics. The principal characteristics of self-commutated converter operation required for battery application were demonstrated with the aid of an available 0.5-MW development system. A survey of five REA and municipal utilities and three A and E firms was conducted to determine technical requirements for operation in a mode isolated from the utility. Definitive requirements for this application were not established because of the limited scope of this study. 63 figures, 37 tables.

  7. Fluid bed gasification – Plasma converter process generating energy from solid waste: Experimental assessment of sulphur species

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    Morrin, Shane, E-mail: shane.morrin@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Advanced Plasma Power, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 4DE (United Kingdom); Lettieri, Paola, E-mail: p.lettieri@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Chapman, Chris, E-mail: chris.chapman@app-uk.com [Advanced Plasma Power, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 4DE (United Kingdom); Taylor, Richard, E-mail: richard.taylor@app-uk.com [Advanced Plasma Power, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 4DE (United Kingdom)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • We investigate gaseous sulphur species whilst gasifying sulphur-enriched wood pellets. • Experiments performed using a two stage fluid bed gasifier – plasma converter process. • Notable SO{sub 2} and relatively low COS levels were identified. • Oxygen-rich regions of the bed are believed to facilitate SO{sub 2}, with a delayed release. • Gas phase reducing regions above the bed would facilitate more prompt COS generation. - Abstract: Often perceived as a Cinderella material, there is growing appreciation for solid waste as a renewable content thermal process feed. Nonetheless, research on solid waste gasification and sulphur mechanisms in particular is lacking. This paper presents results from two related experiments on a novel two stage gasification process, at demonstration scale, using a sulphur-enriched wood pellet feed. Notable SO{sub 2} and relatively low COS levels (before gas cleaning) were interesting features of the trials, and not normally expected under reducing gasification conditions. Analysis suggests that localised oxygen rich regions within the fluid bed played a role in SO{sub 2}’s generation. The response of COS to sulphur in the feed was quite prompt, whereas SO{sub 2} was more delayed. It is proposed that the bed material sequestered sulphur from the feed, later aiding SO{sub 2} generation. The more reducing gas phase regions above the bed would have facilitated COS – hence its faster response. These results provide a useful insight, with further analysis on a suite of performed experiments underway, along with thermodynamic modelling.

  8. System and method for converting wellhead gas to liquefied petroleum gases (LPG)

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    May, R.L.; Sinclair, B.W.

    1984-07-31

    A method of converting natural wellhead gas to liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) may comprise the steps of: separating natural gas from petroleum fluids exiting a wellhead; compressing the natural gas; refrigerating the natural gas, liquefying at least a portion thereof; separating LPG from gas vapors of the refrigerated natural gas; storing the separated LPG in a storage tank with a vapor space therein; and recirculating a portion of the LPG vapors in the storage tank with the natural gas exiting the wellhead to enhance recovery of LPG. A system for performing the method may comprise: a two-stage gas compressor connected to the wellhead; a refrigeration unit downstream of the gas compressor for refrigerating the compressed gases therefrom; at least one product separator downstream of the refrigerator unit for receiving refrigerated and compressed gases discharged from the refrigerator unit and separating LPG therein from gases remaining in vapor form; and a storage tank for receiving and storing the separated LPG therein, the storage tank having a vapor space therein connected upstream of the gas compressor through a pressure regulator allowing recirculation of some LPG vapors with the natural gases through said system.

  9. Magnetic defects in chemically converted graphene nanoribbons: electron spin resonance investigation

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    Singamaneni, Srinivasa Rao; Stesmans, Andre; Tol, Johan van; Kosynkin, D. V.; Tour, James M.; Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University, MS-222, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005; Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University, MS-222, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005, USA.

    2014-04-15

    Electronic spin transport properties of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) are influenced by the presence of adatoms, adsorbates and edge functionalization. To improve the understanding of the factors that influence the spin properties of GNRs, local (element) spin-sensitive techniques such as electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy are important for spintronics applications. Here, we present results of multi-frequency continuous wave (CW), pulse and hyperfine sublevel correlation (HYSCORE) ESR spectroscopy measurements performed on oxidatively unzipped graphene nanoribbons (GNRs), which were subsequently chemically converted (CCGNRs) with hydrazine. ESR spectra at 336 GHz reveal an isotropic ESR signal from the CCGNRs, of which the temperature dependence of its line width indicates the presence of localized unpaired electronic states. Upon functionalization of CCGNRs with 4-nitrobenzene diazonium tetrafluoroborate, the ESR signal is found to be 2 times narrower than that of pristine ribbons. NH{sub 3} adsorption/desorption on CCGNRs is shown to narrow the signal, while retaining the signal intensity and g value. The electron spin-spin relaxation process at 10 K is found to be characterized by slow (163 ns) and fast (39 ns) components. HYSCORE ESR data demonstrate the explicit presence of protons and {sup 13}C atoms. With the provided identification of intrinsic point magnetic defects such as proton and {sup 13}C has been reported, which are roadblocks to spin travel in graphene-based materials, this work could help in advancing the present fundamental understanding on the edge-spin (or magnetic)-based transport properties of CCGNRs.

  10. Method and apparatus for converting hydrocarbon fuel into hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide

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    Clawson, Lawrence G. (Dover, MA); Mitchell, William L. (Belmont, MA); Bentley, Jeffrey M. (Westford, MA); Thijssen, Johannes H.J. (Cambridge, MA)

    2000-01-01

    An apparatus and a method are disclosed for converting hydrocarbon fuel or an alcohol into hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide. The apparatus includes a first vessel having a partial oxidation reaction zone and a separate steam reforming reaction zone that is distinct from the partial oxidation reaction zone. The first vessel has a first vessel inlet at the partial oxidation reaction zone and a first vessel outlet at the steam reforming zone. The reformer also includes a helical tube extending about the first vessel. The helical tube has a first end connected to an oxygen-containing source and a second end connected to the first vessel at the partial oxidation reaction zone. Oxygen gas from an oxygen-containing source can be directed through the helical tube to the first vessel. A second vessel having a second vessel inlet and second vessel outlet is annularly disposed about the first vessel. The helical tube is disposed between the first vessel and the second vessel and gases from the first vessel can be directed through second vessel.

  11. Method for converting hydrocarbon fuel into hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide

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    Clawson, Lawrence G. (Dover, MA); Mitchell, William L. (Belmont, MA); Bentley, Jeffrey M. (Westford, MA); Thijssen, Johannes H. J. (Cambridge, MA)

    2000-01-01

    A method for converting hydrocarbon fuel into hydrogen gas and carbon dioxide within a reformer 10 is disclosed. According to the method, a stream including an oxygen-containing gas is directed adjacent to a first vessel 18 and the oxygen-containing gas is heated. A stream including unburned fuel is introduced into the oxygen-containing gas stream to form a mixture including oxygen-containing gas and fuel. The mixture of oxygen-containing gas and unburned fuel is directed tangentially into a partial oxidation reaction zone 24 within the first vessel 18. The mixture of oxygen-containing gas and fuel is further directed through the partial oxidation reaction zone 24 to produce a heated reformate stream including hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide. Steam may also be mixed with the oxygen-containing gas and fuel, and the reformate stream from the partial oxidation reaction zone 24 directed into a steam reforming zone 26. High- and low-temperature shift reaction zones 64,76 may be employed for further fuel processing.

  12. Development of a Novel Bi-Directional Isolated Multiple-Input DC-DC Converter

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    Li, H.

    2005-10-24

    There is vital need for a compact, lightweight, and efficient energy-storage system that is both affordable and has an acceptable cycle life for the large-scale production of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Most of the current research employs a battery-storage unit (BU) combined with a fuel cell (FC) stack in order to achieve the operating voltage-current point of maximum efficiency for the FC system. A system block diagram is shown in Fig.1.1. In such a conventional arrangement, the battery is sized to deliver the difference between the energy required by the traction drive and the energy supplied by the FC system. Energy requirements can increase depending on the drive cycle over which the vehicle is expected to operate. Peak-power transients result in an increase of losses and elevated temperatures which result in a decrease in the lifetime of the battery. This research will propose a novel two-input direct current (dc) dc to dc converter to interface an additional energy-storage element, an ultracapacitor (UC), which is shown in Fig.1.2. It will assist the battery during transients to reduce the peak-power requirements of the battery.

  13. Chemical and mineralogical characterizations of LD converter steel slags: A multi-analytical techniques approach

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    Waligora, J.; Bulteel, D.; Degrugilliers, P.; Damidot, D.; Potdevin, J.L.; Measson, M.

    2010-01-15

    The use of LD converter steel slags (coming from Linz-Donawitz steelmaking process) as aggregates in road construction can in certain cases lead to dimensional damage due to a macroscopic swelling that is the consequence of chemical reactions. The aim of this study was to couple several analytical techniques in order to carefully undertake chemical and mineralogical characterizations of LD steel slags and identify the phases that are expected to be responsible for their instability. Optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalyses revealed that LD steel slags mainly contain calcium silicates, dicalcium ferrites, iron oxides and lime. However, as a calcium silicate phase is heterogeneous, Raman microspectrometry and transmitted electron microscopy had to be used to characterize it more precisely. Results showed that lime is present under two forms in slag grains: some nodules observed in the matrix whose size ranges from 20 to 100 {mu}m and some micro-inclusions, enclosed in the heterogeneous calcium silicate phase whose size ranges from 1 to 3 {mu}m. It was also established that without the presence of magnesia, lime is expected to be the only phase responsible for LD steel slags instability. Nevertheless, the distribution of lime between nodules and micro-inclusions may play a major role and could explain that similar amounts of lime can induce different instabilities. Thus, it appears that lime content of LD steel slags is not the only parameter to explain their instability.

  14. A Multiphase, Modular, Bidirectional, Triple-Voltage DC-DC Converter Power Systems

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    Su, Gui-Jia [ORNL; Tang, Lixin [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    Electrical power systems in future hybrid and fuel cell vehicles may employ three voltage [14 V, 42 V, and high voltage (HV)] nets. These will be necessary to accommodate existing 14-V loads as well as efficiently handle new heavy loads at the 42-V net and a traction drive on the HV bus. A low-cost DC-DC converter was proposed for connecting the three voltage nets. It minimizes the number of switches and their associated gate driver components by using two half-bridges and a high-frequency transformer. Another salient feature is that the half bridge on the 42-V bus is also utilized to provide the 14-V bus by operating at duty ratios around an atypical value of 1/3. Moreover, it makes use of the parasitic capacitance of the switches and the transformer leakage inductance for soft switching. The use of half bridges makes the topology well suited for interleaved multiphase modular configurations as a means to increase the power level because the capacitor legs can be shared. This paper presents simulation and experimental results on an interleaved two-phase arrangement rated at 4.5 kW. Also discussed are the benefits of operating with an atypical duty ratio on the transformer and a preferred multiphase configuration to minimize capacitor ripple currents.

  15. Guide for Identifying and Converting High-Potential Petroleum Brownfield Sites to Alternative Fuel Stations

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    Johnson, C.; Hettinger, D.; Mosey, G.

    2011-05-01

    Former gasoline stations that are now classified as brownfields can be good sites to sell alternative fuels because they are in locations that are convenient to vehicles and they may be seeking a new source of income. However, their success as alternative fueling stations is highly dependent on location-specific criteria. First, this report outlines what these criteria are, how to prioritize them, and then applies that assessment framework to five of the most popular alternative fuels--electricity, natural gas, hydrogen, ethanol, and biodiesel. The second part of this report delves into the criteria and tools used to assess an alternative fuel retail site at the local level. It does this through two case studies of converting former gasoline stations in the Seattle-Eugene area into electric charge stations. The third part of this report addresses steps to be taken after the specific site has been selected. This includes choosing and installing the recharging equipment, which includes steps to take in the permitting process and key players to include.

  16. Apparatus for transmitting power obtained by converting the exhaust energy of an engine

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    Miyajima, H.

    1988-08-30

    This patent describes an apparatus for transmitting power obtained by converting the exhaust energy of a primary engine, the primary engine having a crank shaft and an exhaust passage for passing exhaust gas from the engine. The apparatus consists of: an output turbine having an output shaft and an intake port coupled to the exhaust passage; a compressor mounted on the output shaft of the turbine and including an outlet port; a rotary type engine having a double jointed trochoidal shaped rotor housing, the housing having an expansion chamber with an intake port and an outlet port and a compression chamber, the engine further comprising an eccentrically rotatable generally triangular shaped rotor mounted within the housing and a rotor shaft coupled to the rotor. The outlet port of the compressor is coupled to the intake port of the expansion chamber, the outlet port of the expansion chamber being coupled to the intake port of the output turbine; and power transmitting means connected between the crank shaft of the primary engine and the rotor shaft of the rotary engine whereby auxiliary power is provided to the primary engine.

  17. Monitoring of Total Type II Pyrethroid Pesticides in Citrus Oils and Water by Converting to a Common Product 3-Phenoxybenzoic Acid

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    Hammock, Bruce D.

    Monitoring of Total Type II Pyrethroid Pesticides in Citrus Oils and Water by Converting to a Common Product 3-Phenoxybenzoic Acid Mark R. McCoy, Zheng Yang, Xun Fu,§ Ki Chang Ahn, Shirley J. Gee an alternative method that converts the type II pyrethroids to a common chemical product, 3-phenoxybenzoic acid

  18. HIGH-SPEED PIPELINED A/D CONVERTER USING TIME-SHIFTED CDS TECHNIQUE Jipeng Li and Un-Ku Moon

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    Moon, Un-Ku

    HIGH-SPEED PIPELINED A/D CONVERTER USING TIME-SHIFTED CDS TECHNIQUE Jipeng Li and Un-Ku Moon gain in the context of a pipelined analog-to-digital converter (ADC). This technique can significantly. This is particularly useful for the design of low- voltage and high-speed pipelined ADCs where the trade-off of opamp

  19. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VERY LARGE SCALE INTEGRATION (VLSI) SYSTEMS, VOL. 23, NO. 3, MARCH 2015 603 Arithmetic-Based Binary-to-RNS Converter Modulo {2nk}

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    Sousa, Leonel

    Arithmetic-Based Binary-to-RNS Converter Modulo {2n±k} for jn-Bit Dynamic Range Pedro Miguens Matutino-residue number system (RNS) conversion modulo {2n ±k} is proposed. This structure is based only on adders and constant multipliers. This brief is motivated by the existing {2n ± k} binary-to-RNS converters, which

  20. The worldwide demand for green energy systems is evident. In this context, wind energy converters will play a paramount role. Extending the service life of a

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    Stanford University

    question for renewable wind energy systems is, how the operating costs and utility charges should be boredABSTRACT The worldwide demand for green energy systems is evident. In this context, wind energy converters will play a paramount role. Extending the service life of a wind energy converter translates