UV Testing

UV Testing

Micom offers UV testing services as part of its accelerated aging testing. UV sun exposure can be done through direct exposure (i.e. outdoor exposure) or the impact of sun exposure through glass (i.e. indoor exposure). There are many test methods and two main practices for this important type of aging process. Among others, Micom offers UV testing services to the following test methods and practices as well as many others:

ASTM G154 (practice) MIL-STD-810G (Military)
ASTM G155 (practice) ASTM D3451 (Powder Coatings)
SAE J2412 (automotive) ASTM D6577 (Paints)
SAE J2527 (automotive) ASTM D6695 (Coatings)
ANSI/NEMA LD-3 ASTM D4798 (Bituminous)
ASTM D5208 (Plastic films) AATCC Method 169
UL 969 (Labels) ISO 4892-2 (Pastics)

For a more elaborate list of available test methods, please see: QUV test and Xenon Arc testing.

Use and factors to be considered:

The ultimate goal of UV testing is to “compress time” so that we know how a product will react to sunlight as it gets exposed more and more.  To do so, we want to simulate the sun on an accelerated basis.  Just like for any other accelerated aging process, the goal is to have the best simulation possible with the fastest aging rate possible while not inducing reactions that would not occur under normal exposure conditions.

Other related test methods:

For additional test methods related to UV testing please see: Polymer testing, coating testing or ASTM testing.

Should you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our experts will be happy to recommend the proper test conditions.