DNB Engineering opens Lightning Simulation Test Laboratory in Anaheim

The new 8,000 square foot facility features all custom-built equipment designed and constructed by DNB Engineering.

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DNB Engineering Inc. (Fullerton, CA, US) has built and opened a brand new Direct Effects Lightning Test Facility in Anaheim, CA, US. The new 8,000 ft2 (743m2) facility features all custom-built equipment, designed and constructed by DNB Engineering. The lab and equipment are able to generate all of the waveforms necessary to meet the stringent test standards for lightning strike threats to both aircraft and earth-bound equipment.

The indoor Lightning Test Facility features a large ground plane for 
high-voltage attachment testing that measures 32 ft by 36 ft (9.75m by 11m). The facility also includes a unique darkroom that is used for both photographic and ignitable mixture (flammable gas) test methods. Another notable feature of the facility is the dedicated customer viewing area where DNB Engineering’s clients can safely watch their tests being conducted.

This new facility is the latest investment for DNB Engineering. “This is a significant milestone in the 37-year history of DNB Engineering,” said Doug Broaddus, executive vice president. “Our new dedicated Direct Effects Lightning Facility will enable us to meet the heavy demands of the industry more efficiently. We truly pride ourselves in meeting the needs of our customers and growing with their business.”

DNB Engineering’s Direct Effects Lightning Testing capabilities include High Voltage Attachment Testing (3.0MV Marx Generator), Swept Channel Attachment Testing, High Current Physical Damage Testing (Component A, B, C, D), Structural Testing, Component Testing and Fuel System Testing.

The new Anaheim facility is available and now open for commercial and governmental testing. 

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