PROGRAMS & TEST FACILITIES
Encouraging a Learning Environment
All programs will be available to university students and have the privilege to prepare, execute and evaluate a system under test. All systems under test are disclosed and specific to Soto’s Engineering and Laboratories. Project mapping is the process flow that provides guidance to students before testing.
Military Standard 461
Modeling & Simulation
Complex Cavity Factor
Near & Far Field
Radiating Antenna Patterns
Electric and Magnetic field intensity wave propagations
Susceptibility and Vulnerability
Military Standard 464
OUR TEST FACILITIES
The reverberation chamber is made up of a large electrically conductive, shielded cavity that is equipped with one or several stirrers to provide a statistically uniform and statistically isotropic field.
The reverberation chamber will be used by students to build a conceptual understanding of radio frequency (RF) effects. The purpose is to determine the results of system under test at various test parameters. Testing parameters will range from very high frequency to Ku-band at a particular electric field intensity level.
The result of the effects to the system under test will provide students with the ability to understand how systems respond to electromagnetic environments that are susceptible or vulnerable to its mission.
The anechoic chamber is a shielded space with urethane form absorbing material that has a pyramidal shaped installed on the walls inside the chamber to attenuate electromagnetic waves.
The anechoic chamber will be used by students for a wide range of system testing that are supported by industry standards. Testing includes measuring antenna system parameters such as; antenna gain, efficiency and radiation patterns.
These results are critical in the industry to determine mission objectives while understanding the system’s potential susceptibility and vulnerability.
GIGAHERTZ TRANSVERSE ELECTROMAGNETIC CELL
The GTEM cell is used for electromagnetic capability or electromagnetic interference testing. The electromagnetic environments inside the enclosed space produces standing waves that represents far field electromagnetic fields.
The GTEM cell will provide another perspective for students to understand the effects of electromagnetic environments to systems under test. The industry is evaluating RF parameters that expose susceptibilities and vulnerabilities to systems.
Testing results are shifted to software programs to perform statistical regression models.
MODELING & SIMULATION
Modeling and Simulation is a computational approach that develops critical thinking through simulated-based activities to help solve complex problems with data.
The industry relies heavily on computational models and simulations to determine the systems performance and limitations. Although, this platform is another step from a theoretical approach this technique provides suitable information before conducting fielded testing. Some programs include, Matlab, RSTUDIO, Python and Ansys High Frequency Simulation Software.
With the initiative to creating these test facilities, students will finally have the opportunity to utilize test equipment and its applications.
Test equipment operation is pivotal in the industry and student engagement will provide the opportunity for proficiency