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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-0526
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T05-0068
Amount: $149,993.00
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): 2015-08-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-05-13
Small Business Information
6100 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 260
Albuquerque, NM 87110
United States
DUNS: 079360382
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sameer Hemmady
 (505) 244-8503
Business Contact
 Susan Haverland
Phone: (505) 244-8502
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 John Fields
3112 Lee Building
College Park, MD 20742-5141
United States

 (301) 405-8110
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

ABSTRACT: XL Scientific LLC will leverage over a half a century of High Power Microwave (HPM) Effects Test and Modeling experience to develop an integrated DREAM2 toolkit that models the vulnerability and susceptibility of electronic systems, subsystems and components to directed energy (DE) HPM weapons. The analysis toolkit developed will center on three essential modules, critical in a full assessment of any test & evaluation application. They include: propagation of the HPM weapon energy to the target, interaction of that energy with the target to include both front-door and back-door coupling to the systems, subsystems, or sensitive components. We will incorporate experimentally tested and validated predictive models for front-end and back-door effects on components, sub-systems and systems by leveraging our unrivaled expertise in academic-level and applied predictive effects modeling and cavity coupling models. The tool will provide for the intrinsically stochastic nature of HPM effects, while offering users an intuitive and simple interface with which to assess the vulnerability of US systems to HPM attack, or, conversely, HPM weapons system effectiveness.; BENEFIT: This research effort will result in an HPM-vulnerability assessment and mitigation methodology that will be readily applicable to systems beyond the Air Force systems studied. The effort will also result in the identification of specific, user developed, hardening techniques that will be suitable for other classes of electronic targets. Several existing DoD-funded programs can benefit from our proposed methodology, such as the CHAMP Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) platform. As part of our teams development of the Directed Energy High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute, we will incorporate the DREAM2 code into JREM and the DE HSAI for end-to-end predictive engagement modeling for blue-on-red or red-on-blue engagements.

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