QUV Testing

QUV testing is used to simulate outdoor and indoor sun exposure on surface finishes and coatings and polymers.  ASTM G154 is a practice used to do QUV testing.  However, there are many test methods requiring QUV testing.  Below is a partial list of the test methods we can test to:

The following test methods are for QUV testing:

General

  • ASTM G151, Standard Practice for Exposing Nonmetallic Materials in Accelerated Test Devices that Use Laboratory Light Sources
  • ASTM G154 testing, Standard Practice for Operating Fluorescent Light Apparatus for UV Exposure of Non-Metallic Materials
  • British Standard BS 2782: Part 5, Method 540B (Methods of Exposure to Lab Light Sources)
  • Colts Standard Test – UV Dye Resistance to Fade – QUV
  • GB/T 14522 – Artificial Weathering Test Method for Plastics, Coatings, and Rubber Materials used for Machinery Industrial Products – Fluorescent UV Lamps
  • SAE J2020, Accelerated Exp. of Automotive Exterior Matls Using a Fluorescent UV/Condensation Apparatus

Plastics

  • ISO 4892, Plastics – Methods of Exposure to Laboratory Light Sources-Part 3: Fluorescent UV Lamps
  •         ISO 4892-2, Plastics –  Test conditions duplicating weathering effects on plastic components.
  •         ISO 4892-3, Plastics – Test conditions replicating weathering effects on plastic materials through the use of moisture and xenon arc light
  • ASTM D1248, Standard Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable
  • ASTM D4329, Standard Practice for Light/Water Exposure of Plastics
  • ASTM D4674, Test Method for Accelerated Testing for Color Stability of Plastics Exposed to Indoor Fluorescent Lighting and Window-Filtered Daylight
  • ASTM D5208, Standard Practice for Exposure of Photodegradable Plastics
  • ASTM D6662, Standard Specification for Plastic Lumber Decking Boards

Adhesives & Sealants

  • ASTM C 1501, Standard Test Method for Color Stability of Building Construction Sealants as Determined by Laboratory Accelerated Weathering Procedures
  • ASTM C1184, Specification for Structural Silicone Sealants
  • ASTM C1442, Standard Practice for Conducting Tests on Sealants Using Artificial Weathering Apparatus
  • ASTM D904, Standard Practice for Exposure of Adhesive Specimens to Artificial Light
  • ASTM D5215, Standard Test Method for Instrumental Evaluation of Staining of Vinyl Flooring by Adhesives

Printing Inks

  • ASTM F1945, Lightfastness of Ink Jet Prints Exposed to Indoor Fluorescent Lighting

Coatings

  • ASTM D5894, QUV combined with cyclic corrosion
  • ASTM D4587, Std. Practice for Light/Water Exposure of Paint
  • GM 4367M Topcoat Materials – Exterior
  • GM 9125P Laboratory Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Material
  • ISO 11507, Exposure of Coatings to Artificial Weathering-Exposure to Fluorescent UV and water
  • ISO 20340, Performance Requirements for Protective Paint Systems for Offshore and Related Structures
  • NISSAN M0007, Fluorescent UV/Condensation Test
  • prEN 927-6– Pt. 6: Exposure of Wood Coatings to Artificial Weathering Using Fluorescent UV and Water
  • US Government, FED-STD-141B

Roofing

  • CGSB-37.54-M, Canadian General Standards Board Spec. for PVC Roofing & Waterproofing Membrane
  • ASTM D4799, Test Method for Accelerated Weathering of Bituminous Roofing Materials
  • ASTM D4811, Std. Specification for Nonvulcanized Rubber Sheet Used as Roof Flashing
  • ASTM D3105, List of Test Methods for Elastomeric and Plastomeric Roofing & Waterproofing
  • ASTM D4434, Std. Specification for PVC Sheet Roofing
  • ASTM D5019, Std. Specification for Reinforced Non-Vulcanized Polymeric Sheet Used in Roofing Membrane

Other related test methods:

As an alternative to QUV testing, one should consider ASTM G155 which uses a different light source.  For more information about alternative techniques you can also review the following links: Accelerated WeatheringASTM testing, Coating testing and Polymer testing.

Finally, upon exposure to ASTM G154, different measurements can be made to quantify the aging impact.

If you have any questions about QUV Testing, we invite you to contact us today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you with your custom testing requirements.

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