Accession Number : ADP002223

Title :   Vulnerability Assessment of Electrical/Electronic Subsystems and Equipment to Atmospheric Electricity,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Lippert,J. R.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : During Phase I of the Atmospheric Electricity Hazards Protection (AEHP) Program, the sensitivity of several generic classes of electrical/electronic subsystems and the equipment will be assessed to electrical/electromagnetic threats associated wth atmospheric electricity; e.g., lightning and precipitation static generated currents, fields, and potentials. This will be accomplished through the utilization of appropriate atmospheric electricity simulation and various test vehicles for flight/mission critical subsystem/equipment evaluation for operation in atmospheric electricity generated electrical/electromagnetic environments. This paper will discuss simulation techniques contemplated for use on this task as well as specification of the environmental parameters to be simulated. In addition, the testbeds planned to be used, including advanced composite skin modifications, for both Phase I and Phase II of the AEHP Program will be identified. These vehicles will be appropriate for assessment of the EM threat to electrical/electronic subsystems and equipment for different classes of aircraft; e.g., fighters, bombers/transports, helicopters, cruise missiles. The paper will outline vulnerability assessment procedures to be used on the AEHP Program and afford an opportunity for contributions from the technical community regarding the adequacy of the proposed assessments.

Descriptors :   *Atmospheric electricity, *Test facilities, Military aircraft, Guided missiles, Electronic equipment, Avionics, Vulnerability, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE