EMI Suppression in an Aircraft Cooling Vent

Simon Rea, David Linton, E. Orr, J. McConnell

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Digital avionics systems are increasingly under threat from external electromagnetic interference (EMI). The same avionics systems require a thermal cooling mechanism and one method of providing this is to mount an air vent on the body of the aircraft. For the first time, a nacelle-mounted air vent that may expose the flight critical full authority digital engine controller (FADEC) to high intensity radiated fields (HIRF) is examined. The reflection/transmission characteristics of the vent are reported and the current shielding method employed is shown to provide a low shielding level (5 dB at 18 GHz). A new design has been proposed, providing over 100 dB of attenuation at 18 GHz. To the authors' knowledge this is the first time this shielding method has been applied to aircraft air vents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalIEE Proceedings - Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation
Volume152 (2)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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