There are several types of shielded rooms that require different solutions:
– Zero Gauss rooms: for research and experimentation (optronics, electronic microscopes, squid…) pop up: extremely precise magnetic flux detector
– Transformers and low-field rooms: to stabilize ambient magnetic variations and reduce pollution levels.
These rooms are mainly ordered by public or private laboratories in order to eradicate magnetic fields from a work area. The following applications are concerned: electron microscopes, optronics rooms, tomography rooms… After the installation of a magnetic shielding, the residual field can reach a few nano Tesla. This passive shielding can be completed with an active shielding (subcontracted), in order to further improve the required performances.
MECA MAGNETIC has an experienced and qualified design office capable of designing the shielding magnetically and mechanically, carrying out the necessary measurements on site (France or neighbouring countries), ensuring the supply of materials, heat treatment, permeability tests, installation and final inspection (which can also be subcontracted on request). The integration of active shielding (outsourced to recognized subcontractors in the sector) is also possible.
The rooms are made of mumetal, often in multi-layers, and depending on the frequencies disturbing the environment and the field attenuation required, they can be completed with layers of iron-silicon, pure iron or aluminum.
Transformers produce electromagnetic radiation, which causes environmental pollution and thus interferes with the operation of nearby workstations (electronic devices). Transformer shielding can also be part of a risk prevention policy.
A computer server room can generate the same type of problems; we then speak of low field rooms.
MECA MAGNETIC provides you with its teams who will design the shielding magnetically and mechanically, carry out the necessary measurements on site (in France and continental Europe), supply the materials necessary for the elaboration of the shielding, ensure the installation and the final control.
The required shielding surface will be optimized taking into account the configuration of the considered building and the need for magnetic attenuation. We mainly work with multilayer materials, with compositions such as pretreated aluminum-metal or silicon-aluminum iron.
MECA MAGNETIC has a design office capable of assisting you, with a perfect mastery of heat treatment, in the design of your shielding needs, a capacity to supply quality material (with control), a network of subcontractors recognized in their markets and the possibility of installation (France or neighbouring countries).
Here again, we know how to adapt to a wide variety of needs expressed in our field of expertise, whether in room sizing, attenuation needs or customer typology:
– Study of complementary solutions to passive shielding
– Material supply
– Thermal treatment
– On-site installation (on request)
– Final inspection
Yes, when we deem it necessary or upon specific request. When shielding a room or shielded cabins, we carry out these measurements or mandate an independent, certified organization to validate the proper execution of the contract.
Yes, this is possible in France or neighbouring countries.
An instrument emits a magnetic field. When shielding, the magnetic field can be absorbed by a metal shield; this is passive shielding. The magnetic field can also be neutralized by another instrument which emits an opposite magnetic field of equivalent value, thus eliminating the residual field in a limited space: this is active shielding. The skill in shielding is to balance the two solutions, which complement each other when the residual field requirement is very low.
Each time we receive material and before it is put into stock, we follow defined instructions and procedures:
– the material certificate, which includes a laboratory evaluation of the material performance
– the total weight of the delivery
– the dimensions of the plates
– the thickness of the plates
– for room projects we also perform a material permeability test on samples taken after heat treatment
The directive that applies on electromagnetic fields is the European directive of June 2013 (2013/35/EU – https://eur-lex.europa.eu/).
Each European country may have national regulations that are stricter than this European regulation. This is for example the case in France with the Decree No. 2013-1162 – legifrance.gouv.fr Decree No. 2013-1162 of December 14, 2013 which defines a stricter framework for certain sensitive environments (hospitals, schools …).
A Zero-Gauss part is a part composed of one or more layers of materials with high magnetic permeability (Mumetal in particular) in order to achieve extremely low residual magnetic fields.
The ambient magnetic field can strongly interfere with the calculation results of an electron microscope in optronic rooms. The aim of a shielding system is therefore to reduce the magnetic field as much as possible. In the implementation below, MECA MAGNETIC has designed, produced and installed a shielded room intended to carry out optronic experiments ensuring a residual field environment of less than 0.5 micro tesla, in a highly polluted electromagnetic environment.
Transformers generate magnetic fields in their immediate environment which can lead to computer or electronic malfunctions and possible occupational health problems. Therefore, a transformer room can be shielded.