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Next Generation Combat Vehicle HVDC Electrical Power Architecture Development

Presenter: George Hamilton, Deputy Associate Director, US Army RDECOM-TARDEC
Moderated by: Stephen Oliver, VP VI Chip Product Line

 

Military land vehicles need to reduce weight, increase reliability and make in-theatre maintenance easier. At the same time there is a requirement to increase fuel efficiency, as frequently only a small percentage of the energy from diesel fuel is used for actual work.
Engineers are increasingly turning to hybrid and electrical vehicles, which use HVDC electrical power distribution at 600 V, to dramatically improve energy efficiency, driven by Army specification MIL-PRF-GCS600A.
This webinar focuses on the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Electrical Power Architecture TARDEC is developing for the Army combat platforms. George Hamilton is lead engineer on the project, helping to drive requirements, implementation goals, and technologies.
The TARDEC architecture uses HVDC power distribution, which offers many advantages: it can be used to recover inertial energy, allow designers to switch from hydraulics to electric motors and drive auxiliary functions (e.g. air-con) from more efficient electrical power, rather than an inefficient idling diesel engine. One challenge, however, is the need to offer bidirectional power transmission to allow charge of the battery, and deliver this energy when the combustion engine is not running.
This webinar will explain:
  Why relying on diesel engines is inefficient
  The benefit of Silicon Carbide in HVDC systems
  Example HVDC schematics for military land vehicles
  How to create a bidirectional HVDC system to enable battery charging
  The standards that need to be considered
George Hamilton
Deputy Associate Director
US Army RDECOM-TARDEC
At TARDEC, George Hamilton leads the development of TARDEC Vehicle Electronics & Architectures (VEA), a next generation open electrical architecture that has the potential of being common across all Army combat vehicles, in addition to leading TARDEC’s Silicon Carbide (SiC) power electronics efforts. Mr. Hamilton has 6 years of program management experience supporting PM-SBCT by managing the electrical power system development for the Stryker combat vehicle. During that time he led the development and demonstration of a 610VDC Stryker. Mr. Hamilton received a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2004 along with an M.S. in Engineering Management in 2008 from Kettering University.
Who should attend?
This webinar is ideal for all engineers, non-technical managers and executives developing vehicles.
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