NIAR opens lightning test facility

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) now has a fully functional facility for direct effects of lightning high-current testing.

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Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR, Wichita, KS, US) reports that it is now a fully functional facility for direct effects of lightning high-current testing.

The lab's new Shocker Generator complies with the high-current components A, B, C and D of the lightning environment contained within SAE ARP5412, as well as the high-current test requirements of ARP5416 and RTCA DO-160 Section 23.

The lab is currently available for commercial and government testing and research, and has already hosted industry clients and US FAA and NASA research.

Direct effects of lightning testing is required for many aircraft components and parts, and in applications such as unmanned aerial systems and windpower.

The lab is at NIAR's Environmental and Electromagnetic Effects Lab, located at the former site of Boeing Aircraft Co. in Wichita. The site is home to a wide range of test labs including the full suite of DO-160 environmental testing, radome development and transmissivity testing, burn testing, specialized environmental and full-vehicle testing for high-intensity radio frequency (HIRF), indirect effects of lightning, electromagnetic compatibility and personal electronic device tolerance.

NIAR's Environmental and Electromagnetic Effects Lab also offers standard and specialized training in the areas of DO-160 and HIRF and environmental test technician training. For additional information about testing or training capabilities, visit the website or contact Andrew Nguyen at +1 316-765-4255. 

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