Power System Protection from EMP Attack Using Carbon Nanotubes
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Plasma Sciences Corporation
7001 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN, 37421
AbstractProtection of the power and system interconnects supporting the BMDS radar systems can be a vulnerability of the radar system and of the supporting C2 infrastructure. Existing technology is capable of meeting <5ns mitigation time scales of over-voltage events. Using CNT arrays with microstrip circuitry and waveguide fabrication, Accurate Automation Corporation has demonstrated repeatable, consistent, long-term systems capable of protecting the radar aperture from High Power fast rise time HPM attacks scenarios with sub-nanosecond response times. System interconnects including AC and DC power connection points are vulnerable to induced line noise and can be a pathway to failure of a system from the inside out. Adequate protections from front door to back door are required for a complete insulation of the BMDS system from a HPM event. Accurate Automation Corporation has a well defined history of the utilization of CNT arrays for passive EMP / HPM mitigation across a broad range of RF bands and in various system applications ranging from PC Board applications, waveguide, and SMA or N type interconnects for 1-20 GHz protection. This approach can be extended to the AC and DC power systems proposed within and will be demonstrated during the Phase I execution.
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