Aircraft DC Power Quality Characteristics of a PCTRU
An overview of aircraft DC power quality specifications reveals that only minor changes have occurred in recent years within industry standards. Current and future advanced electronic aircraft are requiring significant power quality improvements due to increased use of digital and COTS (commercial off the shelf) systems. Certain electronic systems do not function properly due to various types of electrical disturbances. Some systems shutdown, fault or exhibit operational delays due to power interruptions or “blackout” conditions. Undervoltage or “brownout” conditions also cause this effect. Some electronic systems exhibit critical faults that can affect safety or mission success due to overvoltage conditions. Additional effects of high voltage spikes or overvoltage transients are known to reduce the life of utilization equipment , which is directly related to the health of the aircraft's electronic system and creates an economic burden.