Pulsed Power System Cooling

Photo Credit: UMKC
Photo Credit: UMKC

Posted on January 2, 2019 | Completed on January 2, 2019 | By: Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC)

What cooling methods are available for a silicon photoconductive semiconductor switch used in a pulsed power system?

DSIAC received a request for information on methods to better cool a high-energy, pulsed power system.  DSIAC solicited assistance from subject matter experts (SMEs) at the Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI Austin), who held two teleconferences with the requestors to better understand the current system and thermal management issues. These SMEs discussed various options available, provided recommendations for potential improvements, and provided a list of reference documents from external open sources and internal TRI Austin sources.  Additionally, a directed energy SME from SURVICE Engineering delivered recommendations on other companies and SMEs in the field that might provide additional information.

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