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SAVELEC Work Plan

 

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Operationally, the project will be articulated through eight work packages which cover the requirements’ capture phase until the implementation and demonstration of a breadboard prototype regarding the technology under evaluation.

 

The aim of the eight different work packages is:

 

WP1 – Use cases and scenarios

In this work package there is an evaluation of the different scenarios and missions, where the need to stop a non cooperative vehicle at a distance could arise. Afterwards, a high level of operational requirements will be defined as a consequence of the analysis of the Concepts of Operation. These activities will be carried out in very close cooperation with the end-user advisory group.

 

WP2 – EMP/HPM Technology Review

WP2 aims to perform an in-depth technology review of the available state-of-the-art technology that could be considered as a reference for the generation of EMP/HPM signals needed for the activities of the project. This will consist of waveform generation (pulsed signal, continuous wave) and modulation, high power amplifiers, power sources and ultra directional radiating elements with broadband operation and high power capabilities. Economic evaluation of the different options considered in this WP will be performed as well.

 

WP3 – Automotive EMC Analysis

The aim of WP3 is to carry out a review of the electronic architectures and systems in cars and light commercial vehicles (N1 vehicles) providing a ranked list of vulnerabilities, regarding EMP/HPM coupling effects, by their expected effectiveness for the following test bench experiments in WP4.

 

WP4 – EMP/HPM test bench experiments

In WP4 the definition, design and building of a test bench architecture for electrical measurements considering digital (CAN bus mainly) and analogue ones will be performed. On the other hand, a specific set-up for generating a wide range of EMP/HPM signals will be prepared. These two elements will be used for performing a wide range of EMC experiments on sensors, electronics (ECUs mainly), wires and communications (CAN-bus) in order to identify the optimized type of signal that could lead to stopping the car as a consequence of the EM coupling. The experiments will obviously be carried out inside a semi-anechoic chamber. The key outcome of this WP in the scope of the project will be the identification of a set of optimal signals as input for WP5 (prototype design) and its effects on cars’ electronic architecture.

 

WP5 – EMP/HPM device prototype development

This WP aims to design, build and test a real breadboard level prototype that could generate a signal that could stop a car. One preliminary task of the requirements’ specification will identify the most suitable signal, taking into account outputs from WP4 and specific issues studied in WP6 like human and ATEX exposure to electromagnetic fields and human factors regarding the reaction of the driver in the event of car failures as a consequence of the EMP/HPM signal coupling. In WP5 the prototype will be designed and tested in a laboratory environment. Field testing and trials on real cars will be performed as well on a controlled track.

 

WP6 – Regulatory Framework

In WP6 some additional considerations of more legal aspects will be evaluated in the scope of collateral effects regarding the use of this kind of electromagnetic means: human exposure to EMP/HPM (user, target and persons in the in close proximity), ATEX exposure to EMP/HPM and human factors. These three aspects will be taken into account as input during the WP5 EMP/HPM device requirements’ specification task. In addition to this, specific legal and ethical studies will be carried out regarding the use of this kind of electromagnetic means by security forces. A regulatory framework will be sketched out and promoted.

 

WP7 – Dissemination and exploitation

WP7 aims to disseminate the project results to relevant audiences, such as the general public, end-users, the research community, standardization and regulatory bodies etc. It includes the dissemination plan, the exploitation plan and the organization of three end-user workshops.

 

WP8 – Management

In WP8 the activities related to the Project Office and Steering Committee as well as the overall coordination of the project are considered.