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Tool to Predict High-Power Electromagnetic Effects on Mobile Targets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-15-M-0527
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T05-0213
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT05
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-29
Small Business Information
Beeches Professional Campus 7980 Turin Road, Bldg. 1
Rome, NY 13440
United States
DUNS: 883336190
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Drozd
 Chief Scientist
 (315) 334-1163
Business Contact
 Thomas Benjamin
Phone: (315) 334-1163
Research Institution
 Oklahoma State University
 Dr. Vignesh Rajamani
202 Engineering South
Stillwater, OK 74078
United States

 (405) 744-4047
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

ABSTRACT: The focus of this research will be on developing a model and associated computational tool called HPEM-Expert that is consistent with the Directed RF Energy Assessment Model 2, (DREAM2), which describes and predicts the effects of a high-power electromagnetic (HPEM) signal on a mobile target, to improve on the existing DREAM tool. Our approach will be to develop a modeling and simulation (M&S) based capability that is compatible with and enhances the DREAM framework and methodology. A proven toolkit framework design will be used that employs an innovative fault-tree based Sneak Circuit Analysis (SCA) approach to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed concept to successfully function in a relevant scenario provided by the government. This framework will combine computational electromagnetics (CEM) solvers with a circuit solver and an SCA module to provide a solid foundation for establishing accurate front-door and back-door coupling models. This will set the stage for Phase II during which we will refine the framework and develop and demonstrate the failure analysis process as well as validate the new capability through detailed component testing and simulation. The initial product to be developed and demonstrated in Phase I will lead to a mature capability that will increase the Air Forces ability to protect its own electronic systems from HPEM effects, as well as to determine the level of damage incurred by/to potential adversaries.; BENEFIT: The product of this STTR project will increase the Air Forces ability to protect its own electronic systems from HPEM events. The commercial sector can also similarly benefit from the technology. For example, the EMI problems encountered on military aircraft are also a serious problem for the commercial airline industry. Commercial aircraft manufacturers currently use relatively crude codes (e.g., spreadsheets) or "back of the envelope" calculations to study EMI and safety problems associated with incident fields from ground radars and other high power sources. Such a sophisticated tool will allow for much greater accuracy and efficiency, which will in turn provide significant time and cost savings as well as enhance safety. Optimizing the design, performance, and application of HPEM-Expert can ultimately help to promote company competitiveness and productivity in these market niches. Also, as a result of the universal need for wireless communication and information collection, there is an increasing need for robust and hardened complex information systems to be integrated on host platforms.

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