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A DC TransformerA component level dc transformer is described in which no alternating currents or voltages are present. It operates by combining features of a homopolar motor and a homopolar generator, both de devices, such that the output voltage of a de power supply can be stepped up (or down) with a corresponding step down (or up) in current. The basic theory for this device is developed, performance predictions are made, and the results from a small prototype are presented. Based on demonstrated technology in the literature, this de transformer should be scalable to low megawatt levels, but it is more suited to high current than high voltage applications. Significant development would be required before it could achieve the kilovolt levels needed for de power transmission.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Youngquist, Robert C.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Ihlefeld, Curtis M.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Starr, Stanley O.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2013
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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