Solar Electronics founder Al Parker used to say about EMI testing, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Here are a couple more.
The shielding performance of bayonet vs. threaded connectors is measured and some possibly surprising conclusions are drawn. Bayonet connectors – more useful than you might think.
Everything you need to know about the lightning and radio frequency bonding requirements in military and aerospace standards (and nothing you don’t!)
In this article, we detail the key changes between MIL-STD-464C and MIL-STD-464D, the recently-released update to the standard.
Ten years ago, MIL-STD-461F added a low frequency extension to CS114 that models common mode noise generated by dc power systems used on Navy ships.
This article documents the role of margin demonstration in system-level EMC testing: how and why they were first instituted, and how they have evolved over time.
"A rose by any other name would stink." – Kenneth Adamson
We have all seen advertising copy for test equipment manufacturers’ “EMC receivers” and “EMC test services” provided by commercial EMI test facilities. While we know what the aforementioned receiver does, and what sort of services the test facility supplies, the nomenclature is wrong and is symptomatic of a deeper problem.
Control of low audio frequency magnetic fields from cables, as required by some spacecraft EMI control standards, is best implemented as a conducted emission measurement, but these may require exceptionally efficient transducers and techniques, which are discussed herein.
Injection of audio frequency ripple on equipment input power conductors has a long history, going back to 1953 (MIL‑I‑6181B) in the United States military, and at least as far back as 1961 in commercial aviation (RTCA/DO‑108). Audio frequency injection has been accomplished by inserting the secondary windings of a coupling (isolation) transformer in series with the power conductor to the test sample. While various transformers had been used prior to the 1960s, one has become standard since 1963. That Model is the Solar Electronics Model 6220, designed in 1962 and accepted by the United States Air Force in 1963 as being superior to previously used injection transformers.