Power Electronics & Electromagnetism, Adaptive & Machinery Controls and Advanced Machinery Systems

Work in these areas supports the Navy’s interest in advanced naval power and energy systems science and technology, and autonomous technology:

  • Power electronics and electromagnetism (6.1 basic research): Development and improved reliability/availability of next-generation, wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors (Gallium Nitride (GaN)); development of advanced machinery insulation systems (motors, generators, cables, laminated bus, drives); development of prediction techniques (prognostics) for estimating useful remaining life of insulation systems; development of improved, light-weight magnetic materials (inductors and high frequency transformers).
  • Autonomous controls (6.1 basic research): Development of rapid, autonomous control systems for unmanned/manned vehicles.
  • Machinery controls (6.2 applied research): Development and application of control systems supporting future ship Integrated power and energy systems (IPES)
  • Advanced Power Systems (6.2 applied research):
    • Development and application of improved size, weight and power (SWaP), silicon carbide (SiC), WBG, power electronic building block (PEBB), least replaceable unit (LRU) power converters
    • Risk reduction of component technologies supporting medium voltage direct current (MVDC) IPES

Research Concentration Areas

  • Navy and United States Marine Corps (USMC) require power systems that meet agility, efficiency, scalability, controllability and security requirements
  • Reliability and availability of pulsed and continuous duty, high power and energy, Navy and USMC weapon systems

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Power electronic devices and electromagnetism:
    • Revive and enhance education to prepare the next generation of electrical engineers
    • Investigate failure modes of WBG semiconductors to enable reliable devices
    • Innovative energy extraction
    • Advance electromagnetics technologies to enhance capabilities, efficiency, size, weight, power density, reliability and cost
    • More efficient, power-dense and cost-effective electric machinery is required to meet Navy’s expanding demands in mission flexibility, active protection, situation awareness, advanced weaponry and energy efficiency
  • Adaptive controls:

    • Provide a leap ahead capability for DoD platforms that utilize distributed machinery systems (resources to loads) by implementing advanced resilient control architectures that operate from a ‘systems of systems’ perspective, minimizing “human in the loop” reliance
  • MVDC risk reduction and applied SiC technology:

    • Fulfill the power and energy needs of the Navy’s next-generation weapons and platforms by improving:
      • Reliability of power electronic devices
      • Power density of power systems
      • Risk reduction for future application of MVDC systems

For More Information

Watch ONR's Power & Energy Technology video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1101UBFa0s

Program Contact Information

Name: Mr. Lynn J. Petersen

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

Email for Questions: lynn.j.petersen@navy.mil


How to Submit

Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 33 Research Submissions

Follow instructions within BAA for submission of grant proposals to grants.gov website.

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