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    Solar Radiation Testing

    Solar radiation testing involves understanding the thermal and photochemical degradation effects of sunlight on materials and components. This testing helps make decisions regarding material selection, manufacturing, and intended use of finished products. UV exposure can significantly damage non-metallic materials like change in strength and elasticity, change in electrical and electronic components, pressure changes, discoloration, sweating of composite materials, peeling, delamination, etc. Effective testing and characterization of materials can help engineers design better products to sustain these effects and perform efficiently. The most frequently performed radiation standard testing is the MIL STD 810 that broadly specifies the testing methodologies to test the effects of both heat and degradation due to light exposure. Cyclic and steady-state tests are run to simulate months or even years of bright light, heat, UV, infrared radiation, indoor artificial light exposure using large environmental chambers, solar arrays, etc. Combined environmental testing is also performed to evaluate the effect of solar radiation under temperature variations and humidity.

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      Solar Radiation Testing

      • MIL STD 810 Method 505; Cyclic (Part 1), Steady-state (Part 2)
      • VDA 230-219
      • MBN 55555-5
      • DIN 75220

      Common Uses

      • Evaluate fading in coatings and plastics
      • Study oxidation, embrittlement, cracking, chalking in plastics and vinyl
      • Study structural damage in plastics, vinyl, and metals
      • Delamination effects in coatings, polymers, and vinyl
      • Study ductility and other mechanical issues in plastics and vinyl
      • Assess embrittlement for plastics and coatings
      • Evaluate the performance of products for warranty issuance
      • Indoor UV light exposure studies

      Industries

      • Aerospace
      • Automotive
      • Defense
      • Paints and Coatings
      • Rubber and Elastomers
      • Laminates and Vinyl
      • Consumer Goods
      • Polymers

      Solar Radiation Testing Laboratories

      • Element Materials Technology
      • DTB Environmental Testing Services
      • Applied Technical Services (ATS)
      • Keystone Compliance
      • National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS)

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        FAQ on Solar Radiation Testing

        Our product testing labs regularly provide solar radiation testing for a wide range of products as a part of environmental testing.

        Solar radiation testing pricing depends on the industry and the product being tested.

        Solar radiation testing involves understanding the thermal and photochemical degradation effects of sunlight on materials and components.

        Solar radiation testing is used to help make decisions regarding material selection, manufacturing, and intended use of finished products. Effective testing and characterization of materials can help engineers design better products to sustain these effects and perform efficiently.