Research on High-Energy-Density Dielectrics and Ca
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 12/23/2018

Opportunity Description

Research on High-Energy-Density Dielectrics and Capacitors for Power Electronics and Pulsed Power Applications In the current and future propulsion and more electrified systems, capacitors are essential in power electronic circuits for efficient power conditioning. In future electromagnetic based guns, protection systems and directed energy systems, capacitors are also essential for providing needed pulsed power for the operation of these systems. Current capacitors cannot meet the high-temperature, high-energy density and graceful fading that are required for the propulsion and other electrified systems. Similarly, the state-of-the-art capacitors are too bulky to fit into the platforms for most of the pulse power applications. To meet the challenges, our research focuses on the following areas. The first area includes the identification of high-energy-density high-temperature dielectrics and the development of process for fabrication of promising dielectrics into high quality capacitor grade films. The second area relating to conversion of the dielectric films before they are assembled into capacitors includes the metallization and coating techniques for enhancing self-clearing, at the same time, current carrying capability. The third area involves development of novel designs and assembly methods for minimizing the field enhancement at the dielectric edge and maximizing the use of dielectrics for high-energy density and high voltage packaging for pulsed power applications. The fourth area includes the development of pulse power systems optimizing capacitors with other components such as switches and loads. Reference Ho J, Ramprasad R, Boggs S: IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation 14(5): 1295, 2007

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Adelphi, MD
  • Opportunity Type: Research
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 12/23/2018

About Us

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.

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