DO-160 | Explosive Atmosphere

RTCA DO-160 – Section 9.0 – Explosive Atmosphere


The Explosive Atmosphere test specifies requirements and procedures for aircraft equipment that may come into contact with flammable fluids and vapors such as those specified herein.
It also refers to normal and fault conditions that could occur in areas that are or may be subjected to flammable fluids and vapors during flight operations.
The flammable test fluids, vapors or gases referred to in this section simulate those normally used in conventional aircraft and that require oxygen for combustion (e.g., monofuels are not included).
These standards do not relate to potentially dangerous environments occurring as a result of leakage from goods carried on the aircraft as baggage or cargo.


Explosive Atmosphere Proof
Equipment is explosion proof when it has been determined that there is negligible risk that it will cause an explosion of a flammable gas or vapor within the declared environment.


DO-160 is a standard for environmental test on avionics equipment published by RTCA, the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics. The DO 160 G was amended and now all guideline inside it are replaced by the DO 357.
On our website you can find only some abstracts of the document, for the full text of the guideline you have to purchased it from RTCA.
We remember you that now DO 160 G cannot be read without DO 357.
If you need any interpretation regarding the text of such standard, please contact CELAB.
CELAB is the only Italian (and one of the few European) member of the RTCA Special Committee 135, the commettee for devolpment of DO 160 G.


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