Shielding Effectiveness (SE)

Given the sensitivity of human living organisms to subtle electromagnetic fields (EMFs), a number of shielding techniques have been developed to counter or alleviate their impact on health.

When shielding material is placed  or applied between the  source of radiation and the point of measurement, shielding effectiveness is characterized by  i) frequency, ii) reflection,  iii) absorption  &  iv) transmission  whose  characteristics are defined by the following parameters:

  • Geometric characteristics: thickness and distance vs wavelength,
  • Physical properties:  the ability to transmit or permit electric field  (electrical conductivity) & to support the formation of a magnetic field within itself in response to an applied magnetic field (permeability).  Material absorption increases with thickness, permeability, conductivity, and frequency. That is why shielding effectiveness increases with frequency,
  • Properties of incident radiation:  Electric field intensity, magnetic field intensity, radio frequency radiation density, frequency, and angle of incidence.

Let us assume:

I= Incident radiation       R= Primary reflection         B= secondary reflection        A= absorption          T= transmission

Transmission  T = I-R-B-A    this leads to :

Radio frequency  shielding effectiveness in dB = 10 log T/I  (µW/m²).
Electric field shielding effectiveness in dB = 20 log E out/E in  (V/m)
Magnetic field shielding effectiveness in dB = 20 log B out/B in  (mG)

Shielding effectiveness …examples 1)

Sielding example Austria

Fig 1)                Fig 2)                   Fig 3)

Fig 1) Painting in process      Fig  2) Exterior painted       Fig 3) Repainted to its original color

Shielding a family house from 194 µW/m²  to  0.01  µW/m²   Austria (using HSF 54 paint).

Results:    Shielding effectiveness  42.8 dB        In percentage: 99.994%


Shielding effectiveness …examples 2)

Shield against smart meter study room

Shielding a study room against Smart Meter’s RF signal burst 650 µW/m²  to  0.4 µW/m²,  using aluminum foil.  Auckland, New Zealand.

Results:  Shielding effectiveness  32.1 dB                                    In percentage: 99.938%

Please take note that choosing the right shielding material/fabric requires the correct interpretation of measurements, evaluation, and desired remediation. It is not a trial and error. It is to do with the most precious asset “Human Health”. If deemed necessary, we take the shielding effectiveness to new levels, follow through with health improvement of our customers. 

As you may have noticed;  shielding is an interactive process. In fact, it is a trail and progress …if you like.

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