Environmental Testing

Environmental Testing

Environmental testing services offered at Micom Laboratories.  Our material testing lab can carry out numerous environmental testing services for many industries. This type of testing service is widely used to simulate outdoor and indoor conditions that can be detrimental to a product or a material over relatively long time periods.

Environmental stresses

Environmental stresses are often applied to the products being studied one at a time.  However, most products need to be tested against more than one environmental stress so that an accurate assessment of their predictable field performance can be assessed.  The most common environmental stresses that we usually expose products and materials to include:

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When doing environmental testing it is important to have a good understanding of the product characteristics, the normal use conditions, what constitutes a foreseeable abuse and what is the product’s life expectancy. Most of these tests are done on an accelerated basis as many products have a life expectancy that spans over a few years, sometimes more.  There is, however, a limit to the stress levels we can expose the products to without starting to cause failure mechanisms that would not naturally occur in typical field applications.  For this reason it is important to have an environmental test plan that takes your product characteristics and applications into account.

Measuring mechanical properties after environmental testing

In many cases, once the environmental testing process is completed, physical and mechanical measurements need to be made on the samples to assess whether or not their properties were impacted. Micom offers a whole host of mechanical, physical and physico-chemical tests, in our material testing lab, allowing the quantification of the product and material properties changes.

For more post-test evaluation test methods, we invite you to read more about material testing and ASTM testing.

If you have any questions about environmental testing or other material testing services, we invite you to contact us today. Our material testing experts will be happy to recommend proper testing conditions, addressing your specific concerns and custom testing needs.