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Oklahoma State University

Reverberation Chamber Technician Training

(1.6 CEUs/16 PDHs)

Several standards including MIL-STD 461E, RTCA DO 160D, IEC 61000-4-21, and SAE J551/J113 permit the use of reverberation chambers for EMC certification testing.

This hands-on course is designed especially for technicians who will be involved in radiated emission or immunity testing of commercial or military systems using reverberation chambers. The course concentrates on hands-on data gathering techniques and presents only enough theory to provide an understanding of how to use reverberation chambers for EMC testing.

The course includes demonstrations, test setups and instrumentation, mechanical tuner operation and frequency sweeps, chamber characterization, and calibration measurements, in a series of hands-on experiments conducted in 4 to 5 person groups.

The course corrects common misperceptions about using reverberation chambers for EMC testing

The experiments and demonstrations are conducted in a small (2.5 x 4 x 7 feet) OSU reverberation chamber and an ETS-Lindgren SMART 80 chamber.

After completing the course participants will have a thorough understanding of how to conduct EMC testing in a reverberation chamber. They will have developed a test plan for an immunity test with specified conditions and objectives. They will also have a permanent record of data collected and analyzed, and an extensive set of notes.

The course length is 2 days (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM both Thursday - Friday. This is an intensive course. To gain full benefit from the course, please plan to attend the entire 16 hours of the course through 5:00 PM on Friday.

Note: This course may also be used to provide basic hands-on experience to other EMC professionals who may not have had the opportunity to be properly coached in basic Reverberation Chamber practices.

NOTE: Due to the time devoted to actual hands-on activity enrollment is limited.


The course is hosted by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Oklahoma State University. Technical and equipment support is provided by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Dahlgren, VA and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO.


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