An update on the circuit approach to calculate shielding effectiveness
Abstract
The shielding effectiveness of an enclosure at low frequencies can be computed using a circuit approach. Not only does this technique include the effects of the properties of the shield material, but it also includes the details of the geometry of the enclosure. This approach allows a nonempirical consideration of mesh enclosures and the effects of resistive seams in enclosure walls. By working with the circuit analog, penetration by transient fields can be computed. Essentially the enclosure is viewed as an antenna. In the case of magnetic shielding effectiveness, the enclosure is viewed as a shortcircuited loop antenna. In the case of electricfield penetration, the enclosure is viewed as a fat electric dipole. Using this characterization and exact solutions where available, the current distribution on the outside of the enclosure is determined. Based on the current distribution, the penetrating fields are computed. The equations are developed in such a way as to preserve a lumped circuit analog for the lowfrequency region. The basic circuit equations for magneticfield penetration are rederived from a rigorous solution. Rules to estimate the rise time, fall time, and peak magnitudes of transient penetrating fields are developed. The electric shielding effectiveness is developed in a similar manner.
 Publication:

IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility
 Pub Date:
 August 1988
 Bibcode:
 1988ITElC..30..211B
 Keywords:

 Current Distribution;
 Electric Dipoles;
 Electromagnetic Radiation;
 Electromagnetic Shielding;
 Loop Antennas;
 Low Frequencies;
 Equivalent Circuits;
 Maxwell Equation;
 Short Circuit Currents;
 Thin Walled Shells;
 Electronics and Electrical Engineering