DO-160-Section-17-Voltage-Spike

RTCA DO-160 Section 17.0 Voltage Spike Testing

The RTCA DO-160 voltage spike test determines whether equipment can withstand the effects of voltage spikes. These spikes arrive at the equipment on its power leads. This can occur via either ac or dc power. The adverse effects voltage spikes can have on equipment are numerous and range in degree of severity.

One of the primary reasons RTCA DO-160G testing is conducted is to determine if permanent damage can occur. In severe situation, voltage spikes can cause permanent damage to the equipment under test. In addition to an entire system failing, individual component damage is a common effect as well. Voltage spikes have also been known to cause insulation to breakdown.

In addition to the previously-mentioned conditions, equipment can experience a decline in performance following a voltage spike. For instance, there can be susceptibility degradation or just changes in the operating performance of the equipment. The manufacturer and RTCA DO-160G test lab will determine if the changes in operating procedure should be classified an equipment failure.

There Are Two Primary Equipment Categories Detailed in RTCA/DO-160G Voltage Spike Testing

Equipment Category A

Equipment intended primarily for installation where a high degree of protection against damage by voltage spikes is required.

Equipment Category B

Equipment intended primarily for installations where a lower standard of protection against voltage spikes is acceptable.

Keystone Compliance is one of the leading EMC test labs in the country. With seven EMC test chambers a substantial amount of test equipment, we are able to offer shot lead times on scheduling. Our engineers provide communication throughout the entire test program. If challenges arise during the testing, our engineers will provide engineering guidance and problem resolution. Our lab is 17025 accredited to RTCADO-160 testing. In addition to providing RTCA-DO-160G testing, Keystone is accredited to all previous versions of this military test standard as well.

Our EMC-EMI test lab can accommodate small and large items. Please contact us to see firsthand why so many manufacturers rely on Keystone Compliance to be their RTCA DO-160 test lab.

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Modifications from one Version of RTCA DO-160 to the Next:

Changes from DO-160C Voltage Spike Testing to DO-160D Voltage Spike Testing

Editorial changes were made to support document consistency. Reference to “DC only” condition was eliminated thereby expanding applicability to both AC and DC systems.  Figures were modified to accommodate the inclusion of AC power systems.  Reference to negative pulse generation network was eliminated.

Changes from DO-160D Voltage Spike Testing to DO-160E Voltage Spike Testing

No significant changes were made.

Changes from DO-160E Voltage Spike Testing to DO-160F Voltage Spike Testing

Section 17.4 Test Procedures was modified to clarify application of positive and negative transients over the specified period of time. Test conditions were clarified when multiple power pins are present.

Changes from DO-160F Voltage Spike Testing to DO-160G Voltage Spike Testing

Editorial changes only.