The automotive industry requires evaluating the effects of severe environmental conditions on the performance of materials and components. Element’s laboratories operate advanced accelerated weathering test facilities with customized cabinets available to simulate varying field service conditions. Our comprehensive automotive weathering testing services help ensure that your products achieve ever longer lifetimes.
Automotive parts and vehicles are susceptible to the damaging influences of daylight, heat, and moisture. Prolonged exposure to these elements may cause degradation of physical and optical properties of materials, leading to discoloration, surface cracking, and rust, which in turn may result in premature product failure.
Our depth of knowledge and experience in automotive weathering testing allow us to offer sound accelerated weathering test programs that enable estimating the service life of your material, part or component and meet the highest regulatory requirements of the automotive industry.
Working with Element
With dedicated experts for testing paint and coatings, polymer-based and metallic materials, our capabilities allow us to be your single source provider for all of your accelerated weathering testing needs.
We offer automotive weathering test methods to global automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers to evaluate specific desired characteristics such as a change in color, loss of adhesion, or corrosion. We can also perform testing to generate failure modes, compare or rank materials, or meet a quality control requirement.
To learn more about our automotive weathering testing services, or to request a quote, contact us today.
Materials we test
Element’s materials specialists perform automotive weathering testing on a broad range of materials, from metals to non-metals, including:
Standards we test to
Element assists manufacturers and suppliers with unparalleled automotive weathering testing services against several national and international standards to meet the highest industry requirements. Our experts also test against many OEM testing specifications to fulfill their need for the highest quality components throughout the supply chain.
American Society for Testing & Materials
ASTM G155; ASTM G154; ASTM D4329; ASTM D4587; ASTM D2565; ASTM D7869
Society of Automotive Engineers
SAE J2412; SAE J1885; SAE J2527; SAE J1960; SAE J2020; SAE J1976
International Organization for Standardization
ISO 4892-2; ISO 4892-3; ISO 105-B06; ISO 16474-2
British European Standards
BS EN 10402
Japanese Industrial Standards
JIS D 0205
Ford FLTM BO 116-01; FLTM BO 101-01
Honda HES D6601
Peugeot/Renault PSA D47 1431
VW PV1303; PV3929; PV3930
Nissan NES M0135
GMW 3414 (Cycle A and B); GMW14162; GMW14650; GMW14170; GMW60292
MS-210-05; MS-300-31; VDA 75202; PF-11365; DBL 5555; DBL7399; DIN 75202; D27 1389; D27 1991/--D (2007); STD 423-0047; STD 1026, 82439; STD 1027, 359; STD 1027, 337; JASO M346; JASO M351
Carbon Arc Testing
Element provides carbon arc testing on plastics, paints and coatings as well as other accelerated weathering testing methods to qualify new materials and determine their durability.
Climatics and Environmental Simulation
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.
Find out about Element’s corrosion testing services, from salt spray to cyclic corrosion, pitting and crevice corrosion testing.
Sand and Dust Testing
Find out about Element’s sand and dust testing services to assess your product performance when exposed to desert sand and dust.
Ultraviolet Exposure and UV Testing Services
Element’s comprehensive exposure services can evaluate polymers, coatings, metals and other materials to a variety of methods and specifications.
Xenon Arc Testing
Element is at the cutting-edge of accelerated exposure testing, providing xenon arc testing to clients in the textile, polymer, paint, and automotive industries.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Testing
AAA devices are much larger than other intravascular devices in both diameter and length, which presents challenges for testing. Element engineers have learned to adapt our equipment to virtually any test application.