Environmental simulation
Test procedure

This test is used to determine the aging (lightfastness) of plastics, metals, complex components, coatings, paints and other materials under different radiation intensities, radiation compositions and atmospheric conditions at different usage locations.

Our sun is not only our most important energy source for us humans but also an important factor when it comes to judging the quality of components and products.

Nearly all products are exposed to rays of sunlight during their lifetime and need to endure them. Even artificial lighting as in shops and malls has an effect on a product and can change its look over time.

An important region for sun simulations is the automotive industry. Cars and trucks are exposed to sometimes very extreme sunlight over nearly their whole lifetime. The effects are sometimes serious and affect outer parts as well as inner car parts. Paints fade, dashboards discolor and can even tear.

Products of high value in particular need to keep a constant quality level to satisfy the customer.

We can assist in the development of your product to make it fit for its usage in the sunlight of this world.

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Irradiance: 50 up to 1120W/m2
Wave length range: 280nm up to 3000nm
Temperature range: -40°C up to +180°C
Relative humidity: up to 95%
Test chamber size: max. 1100mm x 1100mm x 1100mm (WxHxD)
Sun simulation

  • ASTM D 4329

    Standard Practice for Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Lamp Apparatus Exposure of Plastics
  • ASTM D 4587

    Standard Practice for Fluorescent UV-Condensation Exposures of Paint and Related Coatings
  • ASTM D 4799

    Standard Practice for Accelerated Weathering Test Conditions and Procedures for Bituminous Materials (Fluorescent UV, Water Spray, and Condensation Method)
  • ASTM D 5208

    Standard Practice for Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Exposure of Photodegradable Plastics
  • ASTM G 151

    Standard Practice for Exposing Nonmetallic Materials in Accelerated Test Devices that Use Laboratory Light Sources
  • ASTM G 154

    Standard Practice for Operating Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Lamp Apparatus for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials

  • DIN 75220

    Ageing of automotive components in solar simulation units
  • DIN EN 927-6

    Paints and varnishes - Coating materials and coating systems for exterior wood - Part 6: Exposure of wood coatings to artificial weathering using fluorescent UV lamps and water
  • DIN EN 1297

    Flexible sheets for waterproofing - Bitumen, plastic and rubber sheets for roof waterproofing - Method of artificial ageing by long term exposure to the combination of UV radiation, elevated temperature and water
  • DIN EN 12224

    Geotextiles and geotextile-related products - Determination of the resistance to weathering
  • DIN EN 13523-10

    Coil coated metals - Test methods - Part 10: Resistance to fluorescent UV radiation and water condensation
  • DIN EN 60068-2-2

    Environmental testing - Part 2-2: Tests - Test B: Dry heat
  • DIN EN ISO 105-B06

    Textiles - Tests for colour fastness - Part B06: Colour fastness and ageing to artificial light at high temperatures: Xenon arc fading lamp test
  • DIN EN ISO 4892-1

    Plastics - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 1: General guidance
  • DIN EN ISO 4892-3

    Plastics - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 3: Fluorescent UV lamps
  • DIN EN ISO 11997-2

    Paints and varnishes - Determination of resistance to cyclic corrosion conditions - Part 2: Wet (salt fog)/dry/humidity/UV light
  • DIN EN ISO 16474-1

    Paints and varnishes - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 1: General guidance
  • DIN EN ISO 16474-3

    Paints and varnishes - Methods of exposure to laboratory light sources - Part 3: Fluorescent UV lamps
  • DIN ISO 9022-9

    Optics and optical instruments - Environmental test methods - Part 9: Solar radiation

  • JDQ 53.3

    John Deere - Environmental Design & Testing of Electronic/Electrical Components and Assemblies

  • MIL-STD-810G 505.5 Procedure I und II

    Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests

  • prEN 1062-4

  • SAE J2020

    Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Exterior Materials Using a Fluorescent UV and Condensation Apparatus

  • TSM0501G

    Toyota - Plastic moulding materials test methods
  • TSM0502G

    Toyota - General Test for Plastic Parts
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