APELC to Improve Pulsed Power Components at Navy EM Test Facility 

Innovation in electromagnetic pulsed power technology is a specialty of APELC 

Applied Physical Electronics (APELC) of Austin, Texas, a leading innovator in electromagnetic pulsed power, has contracted with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) to refurbish and replace the pulsed power components of the Naval Ordnance Transient Electromagnetic Simulator (NOTES). NOTES is a critical bounded wave test facility employed by NSWCDD to assess the vulnerability of U.S. infrastructure against the threat of a high-altitude nuclear electromagnetic pulse, known as HEMP. 

APELC will modernize NOTES, enabling it to meet the stringent requirements of the latest MIL-STD-461G, RS105 radiated susceptibility HEMP environment, as well as the updated classified MIL-STD-2169. “With this contract, APELC reaffirms its dedication to advancing EMP simulation technology and contributing to national defense,” said Jon Mayes, president of APELC. 

In today’s world where high-power electromagnetic phenomena threaten both civilian and military infrastructures, APELC develops unique pulsed power solutions to defend people and nations against catastrophic damage. Since 1998, it has served defense, testing and evaluation and commercial industries in recreating accurate threat-level waveforms to help test vulnerabilities against evolving threats before they occur. 

A specialist in designing high-power electronics and pulsed power simulator technology, the company has developed EMP simulators for the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and civilian customers. Their compact, modular pulsed power systems have the capability to rapidly interchange pulsed power sources, accommodating various field strengths and pulse characteristics mandated by the two military standards. Their systems aid in hardening critical assets against attack. Stringent performance measures such as accurate, repeatable pulses enable end users to develop better, less vulnerable solutions across platforms. 

Pulsed power is the compression of electrical energy in both time and space with the goal of delivering fast, intensive pulses to a load. Given the threat of high-altitude nuclear electromagnetic pulses, universities collaborate with federal agencies to study their effects. APELC provides a comprehensive suite of HEMP and high-power RF test systems for conducted and radiated susceptible studies. Industrial applications of pulsed power include water purification and metal forming, creating an intense magnetic force to form metal into specific shapes in very short amounts of time. For more info, see www.apelc.com