Climatics & Environmental Simulation

Element can simulate a wide variety of environmental conditions to recreate those encountered by products, parts, test components, or systems in field use. In addition, simulated conditions can be combined with operational requirements such as power/loading, hydraulic and pneumatic operation, and conditioned fuel, oil, or air. Element experts accommodate test programs adhering to ASTM, FAA, IEC, ISO, RTCA/DO-160, SAE, MIL Standards, and others. 

Full-Vehicle and large product environmental chambers

Your large products, including passenger vehicles, military vehicles, and aircraft components, can be functionally evaluated by our experts while experiencing environments that simulate real world temperature, humidity, and sunlight conditions. 

Our large chambers, ranging in size from 1,000 cubic feet to over 7,000 cubic feet, offer a variety of capabilities, including interior/exterior component cycling, high temperature ramp, operational durability of vehicles, agricultural equipment and generators, and sun exposure testing under temperature and humidity extremes for Photovoltaic Cells.

Climatics and Environmental Simulation capabilities

Element can provide you with critically important data on your product or part's performance in response to typical or extreme environmental stresses and conditions. Our capabilities include:

  • Temperature, Humidity, Altitude & Vibration

    Element has a variety of programmable test chambers in sizes ranging up to 13 feet wide by 25 feet long by 15 feet high to provide temperatures from 300° to 800°F, altitudes equvalent to up to 300,000 feet, and 5% to 98% relative humidity. Dynamic high flow air can be conditioned at temperatures up to 2,000°F. Temperature transition rates up to 20°C per minute are possible. Vibration can be added to these environments.

  • Altitude, Thermal Vacuum Testing

    Temperature extremes of -320°F to 2,000°F with combined ambient pressures of 1 x 10(-8) torr are available.

  • Explosive Atmosphere

    Element's explosion susceptibility chambers are capable of attaining altitudes of 75,000 feet and temperatures up to 500°F. A wide variety of remote configurations are available to facilitate the operation of units under test. Test Fuels include hexane, aviation fuels, propane, butane, and hydrogen.

  • Salt Fog/Corrosive Atmosphere

    Element experts can apply salt fog or synthetic sea water solutions of any concentration in atmospheric conditions of up to 100% relative humidity and temperatures as high as 175°F. Element experts can also automatically inject sulfur dioxide (SO2) for acid rain simulation (ASTM G85, Copper Acidified Salt Solution).

  • Fungus Testing

    Spore suspension and control item preparation are conducted in accordance with your detailed requirements. Our staff includes a certified microbiologist who performs all inspections required throughout the duration of the testing.

  • HALT/HASS (Highly Accelerated Life Testing/Highly Accelerated Stress Screening)

    HALT/HASS testing exposes a product to environmental conditions it is likely to experience, in order to test its reliability and maturity. Element experts identify defects through HALT and HASS that could take years to surface under normal conditions. HALT/HASS testing can also substantially reduce research and development costs and accelerate market introduction of reliable products. 

  • Icing/Snow/Rain/Wind

    Element engineers can simulate severe meteorological events, including radial ice build-up, snow loads, and wind loading.

  • Solar Radiation/Weathering Effects

    Element experts can simulate peak thermal response temperatures and long-term full spectrum (ultraviolet, visible, and infrared) actinic effects. Element can also calibrate the solar spectrum as required (ultraviolet, visible, and infrared bands).

  • RDGT/TAAF Programs (Reliability Development Growth Test/Test, Analyze, and Fix Programs)

    Element operates dedicated systems available to accommodate long-term combined temperature and vibration environments.

Element experts simulate climatic environments in the following ways:
  • Carbon Arc UV
  • Xenon Arc UV
  • Fluorescent UV
  • UV Weathering
  • Sunlamp Exposure
  • Thermal shock
  • Temperature cycling
  • High/low temperature
  • High Temperature Oven Aging
  • Condensation
  • Humidity cycling
  • Icing/Snow/Rain/
    Wind
  • Altitude Testing & Simulation
  • Ozone Accelerated Aging
  • Salt Fog/Corrosive Atmosphere
  • Cyclic Corrosion Testing
  • Fogging
  • Temperature altitude
  • Thermal vacuum
  • Fuel Resistance
  • Hail Impact Testing
In addition, Element experts can evaluate your samples through:
  • Shock Testing
  • Repetitive Shock Testing
  • Vibration Testing
  • Endurance & Fatigue
  • Sawtooth
  • Halfsine
  • Transportation Simulation
  • Transit Drop Analysis
  • Resonance Evaluations
  • Qualification Testing
  • Field Monitoring & Analysis
  • Trapezoidal