Abu Dhabi: “The Gulf”
The Directed Energy Research Center of the Institute of Technological Innovation, the applied research arm of the Advanced Technology Research Council in Abu Dhabi, has revealed the launch of EMC laboratories in the first facility of its kind in the Arab world.
The facility consists of three laboratories: a quasi-anechoic electromagnetic compatibility room, a pulse energy laboratory, and a low-noise emission laboratory.
The Directed Energy Research Center laboratories facility enables the evaluation of key technologies against EMC and interference by simulating human and natural electromagnetic hazards in pulsed energy rooms and semi-anechoic chambers. Direct communication between these two types of rooms enables a variety of experiments involving hundreds of “kilovolts” of pulses per nanosecond and microwave systems measured in tens of megawatts. The laboratories are designed to host various types of equipment such as IoT-connected items, drones, autonomous cars, and equipment. Communications, medical devices, automotive equipment, and IT equipment, which are fully automated for experiments and measurements. A unique low-noise emission laboratory was built with specifications developed by the Directed Energy Research Center to allow the study of ultra-low noise from electronic systems.
Electromagnetic compatibility also enables the different and converging electronic devices to operate without interference and is known as “electromagnetic interference”: electronic circuits may be penetrated due to emitting or picking up unwanted interference, and the continuous increase in the number of wireless devices highlights the importance of electromagnetic compatibility.
Faisal Al-Bannai, Secretary-General of the Advanced Technology Research Council said: “The launch of these laboratories, which is the first and largest in the Arab world, is in line with the“ 300 billion project ”launched by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, which aims to advance the industrial sector, a mission that we fully support in the Council as the authorized body To define research strategy in Abu Dhabi and the UAE in general, across academia and industry.
The Council invests in advanced laboratories that will support research, development and industry within the country, and encourage innovation in line with international standards, and by opening these unique laboratories, which were not previously present in the Arab region, we aim to support innovators starting from their initial ideas until reaching a fully qualified system. ».
The Directed Energy Research Center plays a pioneering role in the field of high energy physics, and the impact of high-intensity fields on various materials, systems and environments. The Directed Energy Research Center is committed to investing its advanced position in the scientific field to search for practical solutions that benefit society in various sectors, and in the field of electromagnetic compatibility / interference. The center’s research areas include modeling the electromagnetic environment produced by human resources. Design, production and evaluation of antennas; Innovative materials for electromagnetic shielding applications; Modeling of the thermoelectric response for industrial systems; And protection from thunder.
“We are supporting research on a wide range of topics in the fields of EMC and interference with mandates from governments and institutions to help create and maintain advanced electronic systems,” said Dr Shawqi Qasimi, senior researcher at the Directed Energy Research Center. We are pleased to announce the launch of EMC laboratories in Abu Dhabi, and it will help the laboratories to pre-qualify electronics in facing EMC and interference standards, in addition to strengthening critical infrastructures to ensure they operate safely in harsh environments. ”
Dr. Qasimi added that many EMC standards have been applied over the years, making EMC an essential part of the electronics design process, and in conjunction with applying these standards and enforcing them globally now, manufacturers must ensure that new electronic products meet the relevant EMC standards.
Dr. Qasimi added, “There is a growing awareness about the need to maintain high levels of electromagnetic compatibility, so electromagnetic compatibility must be achieved early, which confirms the importance of launching our laboratories.”