Environmental exposure can effect almost any material, including plastics, rubbers, composites, paints and coatings, metals, textiles, stone and concrete, and much more. Industry has a requirement to study the effects of severe environmental conditions on the performance of coatings and components in construction, automotive, plastics and coatings industries.

Elements laboratories operate comprehensive accelerated weather testing facilities with customized cabinets available to simulate varying service conditions, including UV light, ozone, high ambient temperature and rain spray.

Ultraviolet radiation, temperature, and moisture are the main factors that contribute to material degradation for products exposed to the elements. Accelerated weathering testing is the simulation of these conditions using special environmental chambers and instruments in order to speed up the weathering process and measure its effects on parts, components, products, and materials.

Accelerated weathering testing allows manufacturers to evaluate performance of their products under extreme conditions, providing a documented basis of comparison and detailed information that can be critical to production planning and specifications. 

Accelerated weathering testing cabinets using:

  • Xenon arc
  • Fluorescent
  • Single and dual arc
  • Sunshine carbon-arc

Accelerated weathering cabinets:

  • Atlas (Xe) Ci5000, Ci35A, Ci35F (Fadeometer)
  • Atlas UVcon
  • Q-Lab Q-Sun (Xe) and QUV
  • SUGA sunshine carbon-arc ozone exposure

Supporting Services:

  • Salt Spray
  • Corrosion Studies

Routine immersion, intergranular, pitting and stress corrosion - cracking tests:

  • H2S exposure
  • Electrochemical corrosion tests
  • Fluid resistance
  • Non-standard corrosion tests
  • Failure analysis
  • UV Exposure testing

Standards:

  • ASTM C 88
  • ASTM D5894
  • ASTM D6551/D6551M
  • ASTM G 154 (G53)
  • ASTM G 155 (G26)
  • GM9504P
  • GMW3387

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