Applying Indirect Lightning And Power Surges

At Elite, we generate industry standard electrical transients as well as custom develop the methods and equipment to provide almost any electrical transient wave shape required. We utilize state-of-the-art generators with high power amplifiers and dedicated burst generators. Our industry recognized lightning experts can custom build RLC circuits to produce specialized pulses or high voltage, long duration electrical surges.

Lightning testing is typically separated into Direct and Indirect Effects. Direct Effects include all the physical damage caused by lightning strikes such as burning, melting, arcing, blasting, and punctures. Indirect Effects include the electromagnetic effects on a system resulting from a lightning strike. Extensive research has been conducted to understand lightning's complex behavior and define a standard lightning model to simulate this phenomenon in a laboraotry setting. Lightning protection is a essential part of qualifying electronic components for aircraft, power distribution, telecommunications, and other safety-critical applications.

Maximum high voltage/current capabilities:

  • Open circuit (voltage) transients–Maximum voltage: 50 kV
  • Short circuit (current) transients–Maximum current: 20 kA
  • Commercial Aerospace/Military Secondary Effects Lightning

Elite is ISO 17025 accredited to perform Lightning Indirect Effects and Surge Transient testing in accordance with RTCA DO-160MIL-STD-461, IEC EN 61000-4-X, and ANSI C36.41. We are also equipped to meet Boeing D6-16050-4 requirements for all waveforms up to Level 5 and design custom applications to meet your specialized requirements.

Commerical Aviation & Military Test Specifications

  • DO-160 Section 22 Indirect Effects Waveforms 1-5 up to Level 5
  • MIL-STD-461 CS115 (Impulse Excitation), CS116 (Sinusoidal Transients)
  • Boeing D6-16050-4
  • DEF STAN 59-41
  • Specialty waveforms for the Joint Strike Fighter and F-22
  • Single Stroke, Multi-Stroke, and Multi-Burst
  • Direct Coupled, Inductive Coupled, and Ground Injection

CE Mark / International Lightning Surge Transients

  • IEC EN 61000-4-4 Electrical Fast Transients
  • IEC EN 61000-4-5 Surge 1.2 x 50 / 8 x 20 us
  • IEC EN 61000-4-12 Damped Oscillatory 1 MHz
  • Reverberation Chamber Testing Machine

Telecommunications Surge Testing

  • Type A Telecom Surge
  • Type B Telecom Surge
  • Power Line Surge

Power Line Lightning Protection

  • IEEE ANSI C63.41
  • 100kHz Ring wave 6kV, 500A
  • 1.2us/50us, 8us/20us Comb. Wave 6kV, 3kA

ANSI C37.90.1

  • 1 MHz Oscillatory, SWC Test Wave 3KV OC
  • Fast Transient SWC Test Wave 5 KV OC