TÜV SÜD Product Service launched its new fast rate of change facility to help aerospace equipment manufacturers meet the requirements of RTCA DO-160 for environmental testing of avionics electronic, electrical and mechanical systems. The facility was launched on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
The newly upgraded TÜV SÜD facility includes a second fast rate of change test chamber that will increase capacity to minimize test waiting time and help global manufacturers decrease time to market for new equipment.
The new facility will also cover a wider range of temperature fluctuations in order to accurately replicate the rapid and extreme temperature variations experienced during flight, from -70°C to +160°C, with temperature change rates up to 10°C per minute. The fast rate of change facility complements a comprehensive selection of environmental and EMC tests to deliver aerospace manufacturers the full range of avionics testing in a single location.
The test requirements of RTCA DO-160 are applicable to most types of commercial aircraft, including small aviation aircraft, helicopters, jumbo jets and supersonic aircraft. It covers a wide range of equipment including sensitive avionics and safety critical equipment, and in-flight entertainment and cabin systems.
The standard sets out the minimum required environmental test conditions and procedures to assure the performance of avionic equipment in airborne environmental conditions, including temperature, altitude, shock, vibration and susceptibility to RF emissions.
May 13, 2016