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Solid-state resistor for pulsed power machines

United States Patent

December 6, 2016
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A flexible solid-state resistor comprises a string of ceramic resistors that can be used to charge the capacitors of a linear transformer driver (LTD) used in a pulsed power machine. The solid-state resistor is able to absorb the energy of a switch prefire, thereby limiting LTD cavity damage, yet has a sufficiently low RC charge time to allow the capacitor to be recharged without disrupting the operation of the pulsed power machine.
Stoltzfus; Brian (Albuquerque, NM), Savage; Mark E. (Albuquerque, NM), Hutsel; Brian Thomas (Sandia Park, NM), Fowler; William E. (Stanardsville, VA), MacRunnels; Keven Alan (Albuquerque, NM), Justus; David (Tijeras, NM), Stygar; William A. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 619,536
February 11, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.