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NASA Ames Research Center 60 MW Power Supply ModernizationThe NASA Ames Research Center 60 MW DC Power Supply was built in 1974 to provide controlled DC power for the Thermophysics Facility Arc Jet Laboratory. The Power Supply has gradually losing reliability due to outdated technology and component life limitation. NASA has decided to upgrade the existing rectifier modules with contemporary high-power electronics and control equipment. NASA plans to complete this project in 2001. This project includes a complete replacement of obsolete thyristor stacks in all six rectifier modules and rectifier bridge control system. High power water-cooled thyristors and freewheeling diodes will be used. The rating of each of the six modules will be 4000 A at 5500 V. The control firing angle signal will be sent from the Facility Control System to six modules via fiberoptic cable. The Power Supply control and monitoring system will include a Master PLC in the Facility building and a Slave PLC in each rectifier module. This system will also monitor each thyristor level in each stack and the auxiliary equipment.
Document ID
20010048669
Document Type
Other
Authors
Choy, Yuen Ching (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Ilinets, Boris V. (Sverdrup Technology, Inc. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Miller, Ted (E and C Engineering Redding, CA United States)
Nagel, Kirsten
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Subject Category
Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS2-98074
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.