Antenna Testing - Mechanical Survivability

Too often a neglected consideration when assessing the suitability of various antennas for major procurement is the product’s ability to withstand the physical demands placed on it by the environment. The ability to survive and continue functioning as originally designed becomes of paramount concern for; long term projects/deployments such as IoT/M2M metering applications, and military scenarios where antennas could be permanently subject to uncompromising operating conditions. 

In addition to specific test items requested by the client the typical test items include:

  • Examination of Antenna Mechanical QualitiesLow temperature
  • High temperature
  • Temperature circulating
  • Alternating temperature humidity
  • Constant temperature humidity
  • Salt-mist corrosion
  • Sinusoidal vibration / random vibration
  • Drop
  • UV ageing resistance
  • Rain
  • Impact

Survivability is key to managing Opex, appropriately investing in wireless infrastructure will result in ongoing dividends into future budgetary periods.  The insight gained from HBR’s test reports reduce the risk for clients while improving a project’s overall chance of success.

To ensure consistency of mechanical performance reports HBR tests antennas against ETSI EN 300 019 (Environmental conditions and environmental tests for telecommunications equipment), which contains the following standards:

  • IEC 60068-2-1 (Environmental Test: Cold)
  • IEC 60068-2-2 (Environmental Test: Dry Heat)
  • IEC 60068-2-6 (Environmental Test: Vibration (sinusoidal))
  • IEC 60068-2-14 (Environmental Test: Change of Temperature)
  • IEC 60068-2-18 (Environmental Test: Water)
  • IEC 60068-2-27 (Environmental Test: Shock)
  • IEC 60068-2-31 (Environmental Test: Rough Handling)
  • IEC 60068-2-78 (Environmental Test: Damp Heat)
  • ISO 4892:2013 (Exposure: UV Stability)
  • ISO 9227:2012 (Corrosion Test: Salt Spray)
  • Additional mechanical and environmental standards per client request.

HB Radiofrequency also provides Electrical Performance and Material Analysis testing services and reports for antennas.