Airbus ABD0100.1.2 Environmental and Qualification-Associated Testing Requirements

Airbus ABD0100.1.2 Environmental and Qualification-Associated Testing Requirements

Developed by Airbus, a European-based multinational aviation company, the Airbus ABD0100.1.2 standard is the latest Airbus specification developed specifically for A350 type aircraft. This standard requires both voltage and current pulses to be injected into wire harnesses. This new test method is performed using existing EMC Partner DO-160 test systems and a new connector type. This is only possible because the generator design uses a hybrid pulse circuit design.

Airbus ABD0100.1.2 Environmental and Qualification-Associated Testing Requirements

Lightning strikes are a very real concern for aircraft manufacturers and aviation regulators, especially given the probability of a commercial aircraft being struck by lightning every thousand hours of flight time. Some aircraft manufacturers have their own innovative ideas on how to understand the effects of these crashes.

European aviation pioneer Airbus has recently used test methods that simulate lightning sensitivity to design a hybrid cockpit that is partially composed of metal, carbon fiber composite and copper foil. This simulation is part of a research and technology project focused on developing the aircraft of the future.

Specifically, Airbus engineers want to validate how well the model can predict the overall electromagnetic behavior of the cockpit's complex electronics and wiring system in response to induced transients.

A single lightning strike can contain millions of volts. When such a powerful force is injected into an aircraft, it has the potential to cause tremendous damage. Lightning strikes can ignite flammable vapors, melt metallic parts, puncture and delaminate composite parts, and disrupt the normal operation of safety and mission critical systems, including electrical and electronic equipment. At worst, it can crash planes. To support overall flight safety, aircraft manufacturers place emphasis on lightning protection testing.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of these features generally focuses on physical testing of parts and components, not the entire aircraft. Because in full threat physical testing of an entire aircraft, the process is difficult, destructive and dangerous.

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