Extreme Electromagnetics – The Triple Threat to Infrastructure

The 2013 seminar on 14 January covered three extreme electromagnetic environments that have the potential to cause devastating damage to widely distributed infrastructure through the interaction of an intense Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).

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High Power EM Threats

Dr William Radasky (chairman of IEC SC77c, president of Metatech and key contributor to the US Congressional Committee on HEMP) spoke at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013. He gave a presentation that reviewed three high power electromagnetic (EM) threats that have the capability to create blackouts and damage to electric power system components.


 

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Implications of the Triple threat for Critical Infrastructures

Colin Harper presented his paper at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013, which provided some interesting discussion on the implications of the Triple threat to the functioning of modern societies.


 

Daily Mail article on Electromagnetic Pulses

Understanding and Managing the Risk and Resilience of Systems to EMP events

Andy Titley and James Kimmance gave their presentation at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics - Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013, which had particular reference to power and communications in the rail transport sector and looked at the kind of threats we may be facing from electromagnetic pulses (EMP), in particular from solar storms.


 

The Aurora Borealis from the Space Station

Space Weather - nature's electromagnetic hazard

Mike Hapgood spoke at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013. His talk outlined the origin of these impacts, some historical examples of such impacts, and show how better understanding can aid mitigation, both through more robust engineering design, and through timely operational procedures. The latter must be underpinned by situational awareness of conditions in space.


 

Example of aircraft related incident due to unintentional emi

Intentional EMI- Experiences from Research, Testing and Vulnerability Assessments in Sweden

Mats Bäkström presented at IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013, which gave a background to the threat from Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) against the civilian infrastructure, and an overview of the comprehensive R&D on Intentional EMI that has been carried out within the Swedish defence community during the last 25 years.


 

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Geomagnetic Disturbances on the GB Transmission Network

Dr Andrew Richards from National Grid spoke at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013.


 

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Prediction of Extreme Geomagnetically Induced Currents in the UK high-voltage network

Ciarán Beggan gave a presentation at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013. It covered extreme geomagnetically induced currents in the UK high-voltage network, and the prediction of these events.


 

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A Survey of Advances in Global IEMI Source Research

Edl Schamiloglu spoke at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013 about the advances in Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) research. 


 

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Overview of the EU STRUCTURES (Strategies for The impRovement of critical infrastrUCTUre Resilience to Electromagnetic attackS) project

Dr. John Dawson from the University of York spoke at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013. He gave a presentation on Strategies for The impRovement of critical infrastrUCTUre Resilience to Electromagnetic attackS (STRUCTURES).


 

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Protection of Infrastructure from HEMP and IEMI disturbances through the Application of Standards

Richard Hoad presented his paper at the IET Extreme Electromagnetics Triple Threat to Infrastructure Seminar 2013, which provided an insight into published and draft International standards developed by civilian International organisations and summarise some work being conducted under the EU Framework 7 security theme. These cover high-altitude electromagnetic pulses (HEMP) and intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI).