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Using Reverberation Chambers to Determine the Shielding Effectiveness of Physically Small, Electrically Large Enclosures/Cavities



Christopher L. Holloway, David A. Hill, Marco Sandroni, John M. Ladbury, Jason B. Coder, Galen H. Koepke, Andrew C. Marvin


With the proliferation of small electric devices in recent years, along with various other applications, there is a growing need to test and determine the shielding properties or shielding effectiveness (SE) of physically small (but electrically large) enclosures or cavities. In this paper we discuss how a reverberation chamber technique can be used to measuring the SE of such enclosures. The approach consists of placing the small enclosure inside a reverberation chamber and using frequency stirring for exciting the reverberation chamber. A small surface probe (i.e., a monopole) is mounted to the inside wall of the small enclosure to measure the power level inside the small enclosure. We present measured data from various other reverberation chamber approaches obtained from various enclosure configurations. The data from these other reverberation chamber approaches are used to validate the proposed approach. We also, compared measured data to theoretical calculations of the SE for two small enclosures with circular apertures. These various comparisons illustrate that the proposed technique is a valid approach for determining SE of physically small (i.e., enclosures on the order 0.1 m cube and smaller), but electrically large enclosures.
IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility


circular apertures, reverberation chamber, shielding effectiveness, small enclosure, small cavities


Holloway, C. , Hill, D. , Sandroni, M. , Ladbury, J. , Coder, J. , Koepke, G. and Marvin, A. (2008), Using Reverberation Chambers to Determine the Shielding Effectiveness of Physically Small, Electrically Large Enclosures/Cavities, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, [online], (Accessed February 23, 2024)
Created November 20, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017