80595Re: CME-geomagnetic storm effects on technology
- Feb 15, 2013And what about us, humans, and our biological electric grid ;)
This reminds me a person who said, after he noticed that his car was stolen while he was in a supermarket, "What a big loss, I forgot my cell phone in it" ;)
--- In Electronics_101@yahoogroups.com, "A6intruder@..." <A6intruder@...> wrote:
> We had the usual office discussion today of life changing scenarios after
> seeing the meteor explode in Russia and the asteroid fly-by of earth this
> Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) came up as one of the most likely to impact our
> current lifestyle.
> The typical thought is a real strong impact on our magnetosphere would not
> only take out the electric grid but all our car computers, phones, PC's etc.
> My question: Given an event strong enough to take out much of the power
> grid, would that necessarily take out every microchip around?
> My thought was the grid goes down because it is a great receiving antenna
> and absorbs too much energy for the transformer's and other components to
> handle. I can see any electrical device connected to the grid being at
> How about an off-grid solar power system? Would the inverters necessarily
> be fried?
> If you had some warning and disconnected an inverter from every lead could
> it then survive?
> What about a modern automobile? Would its own miles of wiring act as a big
> antenna to fry the microprocessors within?
> How about a simple 555 chip sitting in your desk drawer?
> How about an older car with no microprocessors?
> Thanks for your thoughts!
> Dan Nicoson
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