Guest Column

By Steven G. Ferguson   Editor’s note: The following item was sent to us by Steve Ferguson of Compliance Direction LLC. He presents various courses on EMI/EMC compliance including EMC for nuclear power facilities, architectural shielding, and MIL-STD-461 testing, all presented online and at customer facilities. You can find his blog here.

Steven G. Ferguson

Induced signal susceptibility has been a factor in electronic equipment performance since the dawning of voltage and current. Often referred to as crosstalk, the undesired coupling of one circuit’s signals to another may result in interference that degrades the integrity of either signal. A recent article in Interference Technology examines the testing process prescribed by RTCA DO-160 Section 19 as part of the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements. These requirements evaluate the Equipment Under Test (EUT) tolerance for capacitive and inductive coupling to the EUT or associated cables. The evaluation covers coupling over the power frequency (including harmonics) range, the audio frequency range, and electrical transients.