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Test Results From a High Power Linear Alternator Test RigStirling cycle power conversion is an enabling technology that provides high thermodynamic efficiency but also presents unique challenges with regard to electrical power generation, management, and distribution. The High Power Linear Alternator Test Rig (HPLATR) located at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio is a demonstration test bed that simulates electrical power generation from a Stirling engine driven alternator. It implements the high power electronics necessary to provide a well regulated DC user load bus. These power electronics use a novel design solution that includes active rectification and power factor control, active ripple suppression, along with a unique building block approach that permits the use of high voltage or high current alternator designs. This report describes the HPLATR, the test program, and the operational results.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Birchenough, Arthur G.
(QinetiQ North America Cleveland, OH, United States)
Hervol, David S.
(QinetiQ North America Cleveland, OH, United States)
Gardner, Brent G.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2010
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2010-6691
Meeting Information
8th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC)(Nashville, TN)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 463169.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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