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Electric Field Prediction and Mapping Methods Within Spacecraft Enclosures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0558
Agency Tracking Number: 193311
Amount: $124,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T5
Solicitation Number: STTR_19_P1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-18
Small Business Information
2311 Via Aprilia, Del Mar, CA, 92014-3708
DUNS: 784732401
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Bremner
 (619) 977-4048
Business Contact
 Paul Bremner
Title: pbremner
Phone: (619) 977-4048
Research Institution
 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
 107 Whitehurst
Stillwater, OK, 00000-0000
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
The proposed innovation is a new simulation tool for NASArsquo;s prediction and mitigation of hazardous electric fields created within the payload enclosure and similar electromagnetic field cavities of a launch vehicle and a spacecraft. The research will extend existing statistical power balance modeling methods to specific NASA requirements, includingnbsp; 1) Mapping the different electric field strengths in different regions of the fairing and other complex shaped cavities, due to internal transmitters and operating avionics, 2) Statistically rigorous prediction of the maximum expected electric field in the cavity and/or common mode current in a conductor, even for electrically small, under-moded cavities, 3) Optimization of acoustic and thermal blanketing for shielding effectiveness and RF attenuation.Phase I will progress the technology TRL from level 4 to 5. The follow-on Phase II effort will meet NASA-specific requirements for prediction of radiation-induced currents in cable bundles, with different cable shielding and grounding design strategies.nbsp; Radiation sources can include lightning strike and/or electrostatic discharge (ESD). The Phase II work plan will be designednbsp;progress the technology TRL from level 5 to 7.

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