ARLINGTON, VA, July 22, 2020 – Quantitative Scientific Solutions today announced that it has been selected by the Army’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to determine how power electronics can be improved in existing rotorcraft and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs. The automotive and aviation industries are seeking to take advantage of breakthroughs in wide bandgap (WBG) materials such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride in future device designs because they provide higher efficiencies and power densities over silicon-based solutions. To achieve these higher power densities and efficiencies, however, circuits and systems must be designed to best exploit the WBG properties. QS-2 will develop optimization algorithms and techniques to address the complicating features of modeling power electronics with the ultimate goal of prototyping the optimally designed converter and creating a commercial power electronics optimization design tool.
Quantitative Scientific Solutions has teamed with industry leader UEC Electronics, LLC for power electronics support and hardware design expertise.
QS-2’s Director of Analytics and Founding Partner, Dr. David Guarrera said,
“We are incredibly excited about this project. This is an excellent opportunity to continue our work of pushing forward innovative technologies, and we have a very strong teammate in UEC Electronics. This work will enable the development of lighter, smaller, and more reliable electronics and will be an important step in advancing the electrification of air travel.”