SAE J2527

SAE J2527 is a performance based standard for accelerated weathering that uses a Xenon Arc as a light sources to simulate outdoor exposure to sunlight on an accelerated basis. Micom Laboratories offers SAE J2527 test services as part of its offering for UV testing and Automotive testing. This standard calls up practice ASTM G155 while specifying specific test and monitoring conditions. Testing to ASTM G155, using a proper filter combination, allows to reproduce the weathering effects occurring when materials are exposed to sunlight, heat and moisture on an accelerated basis. The exposure conditions required in SAE J2527 are identical to cycle #7 of ASTM G155.

SAE J2527 test experimental parameters 

Contrary to ASTM G-155 where many parameters need to be specified, SAE J2527 is very specific as to what test conditions need to be used. The parameters are as follow:

  • Inner lamp filter: quartz
  • Outer lamp filter: Borosilicate
  • Lamp irradiance level: 0,55 watts X meter-2 X nm-1
  • Chamber air temperature – light cycle: 47 oC
  • Chamber air temperature – dark cycle: 38 oC
  • Chamber relative humidity – light cycle: 50 %
  • Chamber relative humidity – dark cycle: 95 %
  • Black panel temperature – light cycle: 70 oC
  • Black panel temperature – dark cycle: 38 oC
  • The timing of light/dark cycle with sample surface spray:

SAE J2527 Test offered at Micom Laboratories

SAE J2527 test quality control

SAE J2527 requires the use of reference polystyrene chips as a mean to monitor the test performance. The chips are exposed to a set of specific time intervals. The chips color is monitored per ASTM D2244 test, on the b axis and the color change is monitored for each time interval. The measured color change must fall within the acceptable range specified by the reference polystyrene chip supplier

Other related test methods

This test method is for automotive outdoor sun exposure. For a test method for indoor sun exposure through glass please see SAE J2412. For additional related test methods refer to: Surface coatings testing, Accelerated aging

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