RTCA/DO-160 EMI/EMC Training

by PATRICK ALBERSMAN & ISMAIL CICEK

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About the Training

This training is designed for companies seeking of certifying products to RTCA/DO-160. With proper training you will avoid costly certification failures, re-qualification and program delays regarding to EMI/EMC and other electrical power problems. Understanding the challenges and design techniques to pass RTCA/DO-160 is critical for every aerospace project.

This training is intended for electrical, electronics and systems engineers looking to get a deep understanding of DO-160 including specific design architectures, circuits and component selections. By the end of the training the participants will understand the following

  • DO-160 Test Process
  • Critical DO-160 Sections
  • Design Best Practices
  • Specific Design Examples
  • Tools, Resources and Case Studies

This is the quickest and most efficient way to educate participants on RTCA/DO-160 design and test.

DO-160 Sections Covered

  • Sect. 15 Magnetic Effect
  • Sect. 16 Power Input
  • Sect. 17 Voltage Spike
  • Sect. 18 AFCS
  • Sect. 19 Induced Signal
  • Sect. 20 RF Susceptibility
  • Sect. 21 RF Emissions
  • Sect. 22 Indirect Lightning
  • Sect. 23 Direct Lightning
  • Sect. 25 ESD

DO-160 Test Process

Before getting into the DO-160 Standard, the training will start by addressing the process, documents and requirements needed for product certification.

  • Plan for Hardware Aspects of Certification
  • Qualification Test Plan, Procedure and Reports
  • Test Witnessing vs Test Setup Conformity

Critical DO-160 Sections

This training will focus engineering efforts by showing which sections require only a broad understanding and others that require special design attention.

As we discuss the critical sections of DO-160, I will show you comprehensive design tips that will ensure that you pass.  

Draw from decades of proven design experience by learning the specific requirements in DO-160 that cause expensive failures.

Best Design Practices

Learn circuit architectures, design rules and layout techniques that have been proven on flight critical hardware such as cockpit airdata systems and controls. These strategies will help you pass the toughest DO-160 requirements.

The training will go in depth on design best practices to ensure participants have a deep understanding. A great foundation of design for EMC/EMI is required to pass the harsh environments of DO-160.

Specific Design Examples

During the training you will be provided with detail specific design examples down to the part number that you can use right away. Let us customize this training by providing the requirements for your next DO-160 design.

Included in the training are designs for

  • 28VDC Power Lines
  • 115VAC Power Lines
  • Open/Ground Discrete Outputs
  • Open/Ground Discrete Inputs
  • 28V/Open Discrete Outputs
  • 28V/Open Discrete Inputs

By understanding the requirements and analysis beyond the examples provided you will be able to start any new design

Tools, Resources and Case Studies

Provided with the training is a flash drive with tools, resources and case studies that will allow engineers to apply what they have learned.

In addition to the presentation material, this handout will have lightning simulations and worksheets, decaying exponential pulse energy calculators, power domain analysis and more.

All the tools, resources and case studies have been customized to RTCA/DO-160 requirements and design criteria.

Main Lecturer: Patrick Albersman

Patrick was born and raised in Minneapolis MN, USA and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Engineering in 2008.

He started in Aerospace directly out of college working for Goodrich Corporation who was later purchased by UTC Aerospace Systems. While at UTC Aerospace Systems Patrick lead engineering designs and teams to accomplish some of the most extreme DO-160 environments.

Patrick has designed cockpit critical sensors including SmartProbe® Air Data Systems, Total Air Temperature Probes, Icing Conditions Detectors, Magnetostrictive Probes, Angle of Attack sensors and more.

While at UTC Aerospace, Patrick worked directly with customers such as Boeing Airbus, Pilatus, Bombardier, Learjet, Embraer and more. After UTC Aerospace Systems, he worked for Sensata developing off-road industrial and automotive controls.

At Sensata, he worked directly with customers like Harley Davidson and Case New Holland. Patrick has also worked in the US Defense market employed by Orbital ATK.  During which he has develop mission critical hardware for the Navy, Air force and Army.

Patrick has always enjoyed the challenges of RTCA/DO-160. In parallel with full time employment he started AerospacePal.com in 2014. He writes articles about the challenges of DO-160 certification. Through AerospacePal Patrick contracts and consults for various aerospace firms around the world.

As a founder of AerospacePal.com and a Principal Electrical Design Engineer, Patrick is extremely knowledgeable in RTCA/DO-160 design and certification.

Co-Lecturer: Dr. Ismail Cicek

Graduated from the Marine Engineering Dept of Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1990, Dr Cicek received his MS in 1995 and Ph.D. 1999 from the Mechanical Engineering Dept at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. His  Ph.D. topic was Investigation of a 2 d.o.f Flexible Structure under Random Excitation (Vibrations). 

He has also a total of fifteen years of leadership experience in the United Stated Air Force projects and programs. Dr. Cicek led the development and testing of various engineering systems for platforms including C-5, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, and C-130 E/H/J, HH-60, UH-60, CV-22, KC-46, and C-27J.  Dr. Cicek’s experience includes unmanned aerial vehicle development where he utilized the Geographical Information Systems (GIS). 

Dr. Cicek received many critical awards at the positions he served, due to the excellent team-work and his detail oriented and energetic personality.  These include Terra Health’s Superior Client Award in 2009 and Engineering Excellence Award in 2010 as well as an appreciation letter from the USAF Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) Human Systems Division (HSD), signed by the commander in charge.

He has many scientific and engineering publications and academic activities.  He has applied experience of using international civilian and military standards and authored the Joint Enroute Care Equipment Test Standard (JECETS), which is the first standard published in the airworthiness (or safe-to-fly testing) of medical equipment and devices used in joint platforms.

Dr Cicek currently teach vibrations, propulsion, control systems, and simulator courses while managing ITU Marine Equipment Test Center (METC) in Tuzla, Istanbul.