Sand and Dust

RTCA DO-160 – Section 12.0 – Sand and Dust


This test determines the resistance of the equipment to the effects of blowing sand and dust where carried by air movement at moderate speeds. The main adverse effects to be anticipated are:
  1. Penetration into cracks, crevices, bearings and joints, causing fouling and/or clogging of moving parts, relays, filters, etc.
  2. Formation of electrically conductive bridges.
  3. Action as nucleus for the collection of water vapor, including secondary effects of possible corrosion.
  4. Pollution of fluids.


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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