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AS50881

Maximum Harness Ampacity

The fundamental concept here is harness ampacity: the maximum amount of current transferred down a wire harness without exceeding the temperature rating for any component. Read more

Circuit Protection Selection Guidance

Circuit protection devices have existed since 1864; one would think that selection of circuit protection would be a straight forward task. However, it is not. NASA developed a seven-step process for circuit protection selection and both EN3179 and AS50881 provide some guidance. In a past article, Lectromec began to consider the differences between two major […] Read more

What is an EWIS Qualified Wire?

This is a question that Lectromec regularly receives. The reason for this question is that a parts-supplier or system-integrator is looking to find wires in compliance with EWIS requirements. Since there are so many ways to evaluate any component, the important question to consider is if a defined requirements list for aerospace wire exists? Here, […] Read more

AS50881 and EN3197 Harmonization

Working from a common knowledge base is critical for part interoperability. Take a standard screw; to install it requires a screwdriver (Phillips or Flathead), lining the screw up with the hole, and rotating clockwise to drive the screw. The screw works the same in Europe as it does in America, though the measurements might be […] Read more

How to Derate a Wire Harness

One of the question that we frequently receive at Lectromec is regarding the derating of wire harnesses. For those unfamiliar with the topic, we have covered this extensively in past articles. The quick summary of this is that due to the temperature rating of a wire, there is only a certain amount of electrical current […] Read more

Ampacity Improvements

When electrical current flows down a conductor, it gets warm due to resistive heating. The more current that flows, the warmer the conductor gets. Depending on the wire gauge, conductor conductivity, and ambient temperature of the wire location, the conductor temperature reaches the maximum certified temperature. This maximum electrical current is where the outward heat […] Read more

Meeting Requirements for EWIS Certification

There are more than 17 parts to the FAA’s Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) regulations enumerated in the 25.1700 series. To show compliance with each of these regulations require a thorough subject area understanding. More so, as the EWIS evolves in design, it becomes clear that achieving EWIS certification requires a lot of data. If […] Read more

Testing for AS50881

For several decades now, the AS50881 has been a fundamental knowledge base used for the installation of aircraft wiring systems. The requirements laid out in this standard cover the electrical wiring interconnection system (EWIS) design and recommendations on the selection of qualified parts. Additionally, the design must be verified to show compliance. For commercial aircraft, this may be done as part of the overall certification package. For the military, this may be part of design acceptance. This article covers some of the testing necessary for showing compliance with AS50881.

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Latest news on aircraft wire from the SAE’s Spring 2016 Wire and Cable Committee Meeting

he Spring 2016 SAE AE-8A and 8D wire cable standard and wiring installation guidance committee meetings were held last week in Denver, Colorado. The continuing process of wire improvement, both in terms of product and installation, was held over a three-day period covering dozens of topics critical to improving the reliability of EWIS. The following are some of the updates from this meeting. Read more

4 aspects of wiring selection for special aircraft applications

Not all wires are created equal. Through the years, Lectromec has learned the best practices for wire selection that would ensure the Electrical Wire Interconnect Systems’ (EWIS) longevity. There are thousands of wire standards for the aerospace industry. These include: the National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (NEMA) standards, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards, as […] Read more