Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
MET Labs has acquired a sophisticated Lightning Surge Tester from Thermo Fisher Scientific, and is now offering lightning susceptibility testing for RTCA/DO-160, MIL-STD-461 and MIL-STD-464.
Military and airborne equipment suppliers are primarily engaging MET Labs for lightning testing to RTCA/DO-160 Sections 22 and 23. Lightning testing for MIL-STD-461 and MIL-STD-464 will pick up later, when lightning requirements are incorporated into the next revision (Revision G) of these military standards.
Lightning testing of airborne equipment is largely being driven by the use of composite materials in airframe construction, including that used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380. Many composites don’t conduct lightning currents the way metal airframes do, leading to the possibility of higher voltages and currents affecting aircraft equipment.
The LTS System from Thermo Fisher Scientific utilizes 7 Test Waveforms (1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6) and 5 Test Levels (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). It is capable of performing 2 Test Types (Pin Injection, Cable Bundle) and 3 Test Methods (Direct, Cable Induction, Ground Injection).
MET will be hosting a Lightning Testing Webinar on June 19 for those who are interested in details about test methods and setups, waveform selection, cable configurations, and loads.
MET will also be available to answer questions at two upcoming tradeshows: Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show April 3-6 in Washington, D.C. and SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing April 23-27 in Baltimore, Maryland.