Updates to IEC 61196, Standard for Coaxial Communication Cables

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has released new editions of IEC 61196-1-215:2016 and IEC 61196-1-209:2016, standards for coaxial communication cables. IEC 61196-1-215:2016 describes “Coaxial communication cables – Part 1-215: Environmental test methods – High temperature cable ageing” and IEC 61196-1-209:2016 describes “Coaxial communication cables – Part 1-209: Environmental test methods – Thermal cycling.” The first editions of both parts 1-215 and 1-209 are now available on the IEC webstore.


IEC 61196-1-209:2016(E) specifies a test method to determine the ability of a coaxial cable to withstand the effects of temperature cycling on its transmission performance. The purpose of this procedure is to accelerate the effects of temperature cycling on a cable.

IEC 61196-1-215:2016(E) defines a thermal ageing test to evaluate the transmission performance of coaxial cables under the effects of material temperature ageing. This procedure specifies a qualitative thermal ageing test that evaluates the performance degradation of the cable due to chemical and physical reactions that are accelerated by high temperature.

*Descriptions from the IEC website.

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