High voltage lightning testing in accordance with most civil and
military aircraft standards, up to 500kV, is provided at Cobham's
test facility in Abingdon (UK). We are able to carry out high
voltage initial leader attachment and swept channel attachment
testing of airframe and ground infrastructure items of up to
approximately 2m x 2m x 2m in size using our standard test setup.
We are able to accommodate for larger test objects in special
circumstances. Testing of small items is also able to be carried
out using our high voltage Marx Generator.
Testing to higher voltages can be carried out with support from
other test facilities.
Items regularly tested at our facility include, but are not
limited to: aircraft radomes, antennas, windscreens, heavy duty
cables and CFC or fibreglass panels. Bespoke test setups are used
for each test series, with the facility to create unique test rigs
Test photography may also be included in any testing taking
place, with photographs of the lightning arc able to be taken, at
multiple angles, remotely from outside the high voltage test