Date

12-2014

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Taufik

Abstract

This purpose of this project, sponsored by Boeing and advised by Dr. Arakaki and Dr. Taufik, is to build a high voltage pulse width generator that lyses algae cells to harvest the biofuel within. This project uses Emmanuel Loza's thesis on a cascaded high voltage converter with variable control to build a portable pulse width generator with independent control on the peak voltage, pulse width, and frequency. The project focuses on creating a pulse width generator capable of finding the most optimal pulsed electric field to lyse algae. The pulse width module ranges from 10V-80V peak voltage, 60Hz-100 kHz frequency, 17ms-10us pulse width, and 20%-80% duty cycle according to Emmanuel Loza’s thesis. The pulse width generator’s interface allows users without any engineering background to operate it.

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