RTCA DO-160 Section 6.0 Humidity Testing
The purpose of RTCA DO-160 humidity testing is to determine the ability of equipment to withstand humid atmospheres. These atmospheric conditions could be either natural or induced. Humidity testing labs test to this standard to determine corrosion and other equipment changes. These changes could include mechanical, electrical, chemical or thermal.
RTCA/DO-160G Section 6.0 Humidity Testing Summary:
RTCA DO-160 section 6.0 classifies equipment in one of three categories; standard, severe and external.
RTCA DO-160G Section 6.0 Humidity Testing Category A Standard Humidity Environment: The standard humidity environment ordinarily provides an adequate test environment for equipment intended for installation in civil aircraft, non-civil transport aircraft and other classes, within environmentally controlled compartments of aircraft in which the severe humidity environment is not normally encountered. Equipment meeting this description must go through RTCA-DO-160 humidity testing.
RTCA DO-160G Section 6.0 Humidity Testing Category B Severe Humidity Environment: Equipment installed in zones not environmentally controlled may be required to be operated under conditions such that it is subjected to a more severe atmospheric humidity
environment for periods of time in excess of that specified for the standard humidity environment. Equipment meeting this description must go through RTCA-DO-160 humidity testing.
RTCA DO-160G Section 6.0 Humidity Testing Category C External Humidity Environment: Equipment may be required to be operated under conditions such that it is subjected to direct contact with outside air for periods of time in excess of that specified for the standard humidity environment. Equipment meeting this description must go through RTCA-DO-160 humidity tests.
The process of testing that an RTCA DO-160G test lab will follow will depend on the category. However, in general, the process is a matter of first, exposing the device to a humid atmosphere. A series of temperature and humidity changes will then occur over a specified period of time. Upon completion of the humidity tests, electronic devices will be powered on. A functional check will be run. For equipment that does not require electrical power, the device is exposed to temperature and a functional check is made.
Why Are Humidity Tests Important?
As previously mentioned, humidity can wreak havoc on equipment. The most common issue is corrosion. This corrosion impacts different components in different ways. For instance, metals the corrode can lose mechanical functionality. Electrical components such as conductors and insulators can lose their electrical properties or malfunction. There can be hydroscopic changes to chemicals such as degradation. Components like insulators can see changes to their thermal properties.
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Looking for other testing to other sections of RTCA DO-160 testing? Click on the links below:
- RTCA DO-160 Section 4.0 Temperature and Altitude
- RTCA DO-160 Section 5.0 Temperature Variation
- RTCA DO-160 Section 6.0 Humidity
- RTCA DO-160 Section 7.0 Operational Shocks and Crash Safety
- RTCA DO-160 Section 8.0 Vibration
- RTCA DO-160 Section 9.0 Explosion Proofness
- RTCA DO-160 Section 10.0 Waterproofness
- RTCA DO-160 Section 11.0 Fluids Susceptibility
- RTCA DO-160 Section 12.0 Sand and Dust
- RTCA DO-160 Section 13.0 Fungus Resistance
- RTCA DO-160 Section 14.0 Salt Spray
- RTCA DO-160 Section 15.0 Magnetic Effect
- RTCA DO-160 Section 16.0 Power Input
- RTCA DO-160 Section 17.0 Voltage Spike
- RTCA DO-160 Section 18.0 Audio Frequency Conducted Susceptibility – Power Inputs
- RTCA DO-160 Section 19.0 Induced Signal Susceptibility
- RTCA DO-160 Section 20.0 Radio Frequency Susceptibility (Radiated and Conducted)
- RTCA DO-160 Section 21.0 Emission of Radio Frequency Energy
- RTCA DO-160 Section 22.0 Lightning Induced Transient Susceptibility
- RTCA DO-160 Section 23.0 Lightning Direct Effects
- RTCA DO-160 Section 24.0 Icing
- RTCA DO-160 Section 25.0 Electrostatic Discharge
- RTCA DO-160 Section 26.0 Fire, Flammability
Modifications from one Version of RTCA DO-160 to the Next:
Changes from DO-160C Humidity Testing to DO-160D Humidity Testing
Editorial changes were made to eliminate redundant description of the test procedures. Velocity of air throughout the exposure area changed from “Shall not exceed 0.75 m/s” to “Between 0.5 and 1.7 m/s”. Alternative method was added to measure the water pH.
Changes from DO-160D Humidity Testing to DO-160E Humidity Testing
Section 6.3 was modified to allow a + 4 percent tolerance to the relative humidity requirement.
Changes from DO-160E Humidity Testing to DO-160F Humidity Testing
In paragraphs 6.3.1, 6.3.2, and 6.3.3 changed step 2 to 38 degrees to agree with corresponding figure.
Changes from DO-160F Humidity Testing to DO-160G Humidity Testing
Corrected terminology paragraph 6.3, removed word hydroxide.