University of Virginia Magnetic Shielding

University of Virginia


Wilsdorf Hall (Materials Science and Engineering building)

Services Provided:

EMI/RFI Testing, Electrical Distribution Simulations & Impact Analysis, EMI/RFI Shielding Design, Magnetic Field Shielding, Final Commissioning


Charlottesville, VA

Wilsdorf Hall is a 99,000 square-foot, five-story structure that links the materials science and chemical engineering buildings for collaborative research in materials science and materials engineering, chemical engineering, and nanotechnology at the University of Virginia (UVA).

Vitatech Electromagnetics was retained by VDMO Architects as the EMI Consultant for the UVA MSENT building project to analyze the EMI/RFI emissions at the proposed site by (1) performing comprehensive EMI/RFI testing; (2) evaluate the sensitivity of the proposed laboratory equipment being installed inside the nanotechnology laboratory areas; and (3) recommend magnetic shielding solutions to attenuate any potential EMI/RFI problems.

Vitatech was contracted by the UVA Facilities Planning and Construction department to design, install, test and certify an AC ELF (extremely low frequency) dual-substrate magnetic shield for the sub-basement switchgear room in the Materials Science and Engineering building at UVA to reduce the magnetic field levels. The performance guaranteed shield installation was achieved.

Technical Objective
EMF Analysis
EMF Mitigation Solution
EMF/RFI Conclusion