The United Arab Emirates’ energy center replicates electromagnetic pulses from a high altitude nuclear reaction | VanillaPlus


Institute for Technology Innovation (TII), Abu Dhabi’s pillar of applied research Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) announced it Directed Energy Research Center (DERC) is the company in the region that, in its electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) laboratories, is able to reproduce the high altitude electromagnetic (HEMP) pulses generated during nuclear reaction.

The Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse Simulator gives critical infrastructures, service providers and research institutions in the UAE and the wider GCC region more autonomy when testing a function that previously had to be outsourced abroad.

DERC’s EMC laboratories include a modular anechoic chamber that enables tests to assess the susceptibility of electronics to electromagnetic impulses while providing the necessary evidence that they conform to international standards.

In a relationship with Montena technologies, a Switzerland-based company specializing in the generation and measurement of fast transient high voltage pulses, the simulation of natural and man-made electromagnetic phenomena, and a major manufacturer of nuclear EMP systems, has commissioned DERC with a system, to do a nuclear reaction at high altitudes (more than 40 km above the ground) in the laboratory.

Dr. Chaouki Kasmi, Senior Researcher at Directed Energy Research Center (DERC): “We are excited to add this ability to DERC’s growing resources of cutting-edge technological solutions that shape our future. A nuclear electromagnetic pulse simulator is unique in the GCC region and is of crucial importance for the protection of strategic systems and critical infrastructures. “

DERC is considered a major breakthrough and can provide government agencies and the UAE industry with the experimental, numerical and analytical assistance required to validate accurate hardening of equipment in accordance with several international standards.

Dr. Nicolas Mora, Head of the Electromagnetic Effects Group at DERC, added: “Emergency services, telecommunications, finance, government, transport and energy will certainly welcome this development. To a somewhat lesser extent, healthcare, chemical, water and wastewater companies, as well as dams and commercial facilities, can find useful use cases for this solution. “

Manufacturers looking to export their products to markets that comply with EMC directives (namely, the EU or the United States) and IEC requirements for HEMP protection will appreciate the importance of this announcement.

Werner Hirschi, CEO, Montena Technologies SA, said: “As the world’s leading provider of devices for simulating electromagnetic threats, measuring pulsed electromagnetic quantities and transmitting fast pulsed signals in noisy environments, we are pleased to work with DERC to create a unique To implement infrastructure that triggers the impulse to succeed. Montena is looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with TII and is eager to support TII in achieving its goal of creating innovations for a better world. “

DERC’s EMC laboratories enable the assessment of key technologies in terms of electromagnetic compatibility and interference by reproducing man-made and natural electromagnetic hazards in the pulsed and anechoic chambers. The direct connection between the two chambers enables a multitude of experiments with hundreds of kV nanosecond pulses and multi-megawatt microwave systems. The laboratories have been designed to house different categories of devices such as connected Internet of Things objects, drones and autonomous cars, telecommunications equipment, medical equipment, automotive equipment and IT equipment, while ensuring full automation for testing and measurement.

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