Protection against common mode currents on cables exposed to HIRF or NEMP

Bart van Leersum, Jan-Kees van der Ven, Hans Bergsma, Frits Buesink, Frank Leferink

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    Above deck, cables on naval ships are exposed to high-intensity radiated fields and nuclear electromagnetic pulse (NEMP) that may cause conducted interference and generate electromagnetic fields that exceed the immunity levels of commercially available equipment above and below deck. Exposed cables, such as open power plugs or lighting cables, are modeled and characterized both as a monopole antenna perpendicular to the deck and as a transmission line, representing a cable close to the deck. The placement of an illuminated cable close to the deck is a good protection measure for long cables at low frequencies, which includes NEMP protection. The coupled pulse from a high-intensity NEMP illumination is not expected to cause damage on electric installations. It is shown that for exposed cable length of maximum 25 cm and not placed in the line of sight of transmitters above 400 MHz, no additional protection measures are needed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1297-1305
    Number of pages10
    JournalIEEE transactions on electromagnetic compatibility
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2016


    • Electromagnetic fields
    • Electromagnetic compatibility
    • Marine electrical equipment
    • Electromagnetic coupling


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