Composite Electronic Enclosure

Leveraging the strength-to-weight advantages of composite materials and unique manufacturing processes, SURVICE and partners Automated Dynamics Corporation (ADC) and National Technical Systems (NTS) have developed and tested a significantly lighter composite electronics enclosure that matches the radio frequency (RF) shielding protection and durability of current metallic enclosures, as well as incorporates an automated, more affordable fabrication process.



  • Problem:  A lightweight aircraft electronic enclosure is needed that will meet the requirements for structural standards and RF shielding effectiveness for high-power microwave (HPM) and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) environments.
  • Goal:  Using an aluminum enclosure of similar size as a baseline, fabricate a composite enclosure that meets a 50% weight requirement and that provides a minimum of 60-dB shielding effectiveness.
  • Results:
    • Demonstrated a composite enclosure with equivalent EMP protection at significantly reduced weight, meeting all specified requirements.
    • Proved the manufacturing flexibility to tailor weight, structural capability, and shielding effectiveness as needed.
    • Patent pending


  • Replacement enclosures for all-metal electronic line replaceable units (LRUs)/subsystems (ground, air, sea)
  • Shelters
  • UAS components

Point of Contact:

410-273-7722, x107




Composite Electronic Enclosure

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