J.R. Mayes, M.B. Lara, W.C. Nunnally, M.G. Mayes, and J. Dowden
Applied Physical Electronics, L.C, PO Box 341149
Austin, Texas, USA
A parallel-plate test cell is designed and implemented for EMP testing covered under MIL STD 461E/F, testing standard RS-105. The device is constructed to give a maximum crated footprint of approximately 4ft.x 8 ft., while being two-man portable, and set-up in less than one hour. The system is driven by a Marx generator and pulseforming circuit which are designed for minimal maintenance, and maximum shot life. An integrated power electronics module contains an electronic pressure regulator, trigger module, dual-polarity high-voltage supplies, and battery, making the operation of the system safe and user-friendly by providing complete high-voltage isolation of the user via a fiber-optic hand-held remote control. Design and operational data from the tester are presented in this paper.