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Power Systems Technology

By Department of Defense

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Book Id: WPLBN0000009937
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Power Systems Technology  
Author: Department of Defense
Language: English
Subject: Military, Armed Forces., National defense.
Collections: Military and Armed Forces Library Collection
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Publisher: Department of Defense


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Excerpt: Electric power drives subsystems and systems in literally hundreds of kinds of U.S. military equipment. These many ongoing applications dictate military requirements for power level, power reliability, ruggedness, packaging and ability to operate in a wide range of environments. At the same time, a dual-use revolution is in progress which makes electric power the source of choice for applications which have belonged to hydraulic, pneumatic or other kinds of energy sources in the past. Technically, improvements in electric power are characterized by the ability to get more work per unit of input, more precise control and application of power to each task assigned, and greater military capability through improvements in performance and reliability, increased compactness and lower costs of ownership. Power systems can be organized in many ways. This section first covers high density conventional systems. These systems are packaged for military operations, but encompass a power range which is populated by literally thousands of commercial items and technical approaches. Features distinguishing military criticality are taken from the traits required by the military, but only desired in commercial applications. The power range of these systems is from 0 to 500 kilowatts, which is the upper level of commonly used commercial systems. The third section covers pulsed and high power systems, which are generally found infrequently in commercial applications because the military weight and size constraints simply do not apply to commercial needs. These systems have power levels in excess of 500 kilowatts. Mobile electric platform power applies a suite of technologies so that electric power can function as a multipurpose and single source of energy that combines propulsion of the mobile platform with operation of the systems mounted on that platform.

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