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High Intensity Radiated Field – Synthetic Environments


The Electromagnetic environment in which air vehicles have to operate is becoming increasingly complex with developing threats arising outside the air vehicle and the demand from passengers to operate increasing numbers of diverse personal electronic devices within the cabin in flight. Modern airframe design is also exploiting new developments in materials and structures to construct ever more efficient air vehicles that impacts on the electromagnetic performance of the vehicle.

The HIRF SE project has the goal of providing the European aeronautics industry with a computational framework to enable electromagnetic aspects of the airframe design to be accounted for at an early stage of the design process. Currently much of this work has to be done at the test phase, risking considerable re-work costs if problems arise. It is expected that the application of the HIRF SE framework will thus confer a substantial economic benefit and in addition it will provide a considerable reduction in the certification and qualification tests required on an air vehicle. The framework will incorporate a number of already existing elementary codes for the simulation of physical processes of electromagnetic field penetration and scattering and will have the capability to deal with the complete foreseen internal and external electromagnetic environment.

We have developed new models for representation of composite materials, and made new measurements of human body absorption for use in modelling the effect of passengers on electromagnetic fields in vehicles.

See the following recent publications for more details:

Xia, R.; Dawson, J.F.; Flintoft, I.D.; Marvin, A.C.; Porter, S.J., "Use of a Genetic Algorithm in modelling small structures in airframes: Characterising and modelling joints, seams, and apertures," Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC EUROPE), 2012 International Symposium on , vol., no., pp.1,5, 17-21 Sept. 2012, doi: 10.1109/EMCEurope.2012.6396718

Melia, G.C.R.; Robinson, M.P.; Flintoft, I.D.; Marvin, A.C.; Dawson, J.F., "Broadband Measurement of Absorption Cross Section of the Human Body in a Reverberation Chamber," Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Transactions on , vol.55, no.6, pp.1043,1050, Dec. 2013, doi: 10.1109/TEMC.2013.2248735

EU project database entry



  • EU FP7-TRANSPORT Project: 205294


31 Partners including

  • BAE Systems
  • Computer simulation technology (CST)
  • Thales
  • IDS
  • Selex
  • Airbus
  • Universidad de Granada (UGR)
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Malta
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)
  • Universiteit Twente
  • Technische Universitaet Hamburg-Harburg