Xenon Arc Testing

Micom offers Xenon arc testing to simulate outdoor and indoor sun exposure on surface finishes, coatings and polymers. Equipment used to conduct such a test are called weatherometersASTM G155 is a practice used to do xenon arc testing. There are many test methods requiring Xenon arc testing.

Below is a partial list of these test methods which we can all test to:

General
07324 NRC/IRC/CCMC Canadian  Construction
Australia AS/NZS 1891.1 Industrial  fall-arrest systems & devices
EN 13361 Geosynthetic  barriers – characteristics required for use in construction of reservoirs
Federal Test  Standard 141A  Method 6151 Operating  Xenon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Non-metallic Materials
IEC 68-2-9 Basic Environmental Testing Procedures-Part 2: Guidance for Solar Radiation Testing
ISO 4892-1 Plastics-Methods of Exposure to Laboratory Light Sources-Part 1: General Guidance
ISO 4892-2 Plastics-Methods of Exposure to Laboratory Light Sources-Part 2: General Guidance
ASTM G151 General Guidelines for Exposure of Non-metallic Materials
ASTM G155 Xenon-Arc Test Apparatus for Exposure of Non-metallic Materials Assemblies (Solar Radiation)
ASTM G26 Operating Light Exposure With & Without Water for Exposure Non-metallic Mater
MIL-STD-810G Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests (Solar Radiation)
MIL-STD 820 F 810F Environmental Engineering considerations and Laboratory Tests
MIL STD 8625F Anodic Coatings Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys
MIL-DTL-32201 Mirror Assembly Rearview
MIL-PRF-22750 Coating Epoxy VOC High-solids
MIL-PRF-ZZZZZ Performance Specification for Track Shoe Sets
NEMA Standards Publication LD 3-2005 High-Pressure Decorative Laminate
GB/T 16259 Test Method for Accelerated Weathering Building Materials
UL1191 Components for Personal Flotation Devices
Automotive
Chrysler LP 463 PB 16 01 Flex & fold textile testing
Chrysler LP 463 PB 17 01 Flex & fold textile testing
Fiat Materials Method 50451 Accelerated Aging by Atmospheric Agents
Ford BO 101-01 Resistance to Artificial Weathering
Ford BO 116-01 Resistance to Interior Weathering
ISUZU ISC F20-0014 Test Method for Pencil Hardness
JASO M346 Light Exposure Test Method by Xenon-Arc for Automotive Interior Part
GME 60292 Determination of Colour Fastness & Resistance to Artificial Light
GMW 3414 Artificial Weathering of Automotive Interior Trim Material
GMW 14162 Colorfastness to Artificial Weathering
GMW 14650 (xenon weathering sections) Performance Requirements for Exterior Plastic Parts
GM 9125P Procedures for Laboratory Accelerated Exposures of Automotive Materials
GM 9327P Exterior Weatherability of Integrally colored Plastics
GM 9538P Weathering Exposure Tests for Interior Trim
Honda HES 6601 D6601 Rubber Properties – Measurement of Cure and After-Cure
Navistar CEMS GT-31 Accelerated Weathering of Non-metallic Materials
Nissan MO 135 Method II Weathering Exposure of Automotive Parts
NALFA section 303 (lightfastness standard) Laminate Flooring Specifications and Test Methods
Peugeot D47 1431 Méthode d’essais matériaux et pièces d’habitacle
PV 1306 Lightfastness Test for Determination of Tackiness of Polypropylene Plastics
PV 3929 Weather Aging in Dry, Hot Climate
PV 3930 Weathering in Moist, Hot Climate
Renault D27 1911 Xenon Lamps Aging Test Chamber
Saab-Scania STD 3159 UV Resistance, Xenon Lamp, material in the vehicle interior
SAE J1960 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Exterior
SAE J1885 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Interior Trim
SAE J2412 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Interior Trim Components Using a Controlled Irradiance Xenon-Arc Apparatus
SAE J2527 Accelerated Exposure of Automotive Exterior Materials Using a Controlled Irradiance Xenon-Arc Apparatus
Toyota TSM0501G Composite Reinforced Polypropylene Molding Materials
Toyota TSH3131G The Quality of the Coating Exterior Parts
Toyota TSH1585G Accelerated Weathering Resistance of Paint Movie
Coatings
ISO 11341 Paints and Varnishes — Artificial Weathering and Exposure to Artificial Radiation — Exposure to Filtered Xenon-Arc Radiation
ASTM D3451 Testing Coating Powders and Powder Coatings
ASTM D3794 Testing Coil Coatings
ASTM D6577 Standard Guide for Testing Industrial Protective Coatings
ASTM D6695 Xenon-Arc Exposures of Paints and Related Coatings
GB 1865 Paints and Varnishes – Artificial Weathering and Exposure to Artificial Radiation-Filtered Xenon Arc Radiation
JIS K 5600-7-7 Testing Methods for Paints – Part 7: Long-Period Performance of Film – Section 7: Accelerated Weathering (Exposure to Filtered Xenon Arc)
MPI: #113 Exterior, Waterborne, Pigmented Elastomeric Coating
MS 133: Part F14 Methods of Test for Paints & Varnishes: Part F14: Artificial Weathering & Exposure to Artificial Radiation – Exposure to Filtered Xenon Arc Radiation (ISO 11341)
GB/T 5237.4 Wrought Aluminum Alloy Extruded Profiles for Architecture – Part 4: Powder Coating Profiles
IRAM 1109 – B14:2008 Paints – Methods for Testing Part B14 – Accelerated Weathering Exposure to Radiation Using a Xenon Arc Lamp
Pharmaceutical
ICH Guideline Stability Testing: Photostability Testing of New Drug Substances and Products
Plastics
ISO 4892-2 Plastics-Methods of Exposure to Laboratory Light Sources-Part 2: Xenon-Arc Sources
JIS K 7350-2 Plastics-Methods of Exposure to Laboratory Light Sources-Part 2: Xenon-Arc Sources
DIN EN 513 Unplasticized Polyvinylchloride (PVC-U) Profiles for Fabrication of Windows & Doors
ASTM D1248 Polyethylene Plastic Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable
ASTM D2565 Xenon-Arc – Plastics for Outdoor Applications
ASTM D4101 Polypropylene Plastic Injection and Extrusion Materials
ASTM D4459 Xenon-Arc – Plastics for Indoor Applications
ASTM D5071 Xenon-Arc Exposure of Photodegradable Plastics
ASTM D6662 Plastic Lumber Decking Boards
UL 1581 Reference Standard for Electrical Wires, Cables & Flexible Cords
GB/T 16422.2 Plastics – Methods of Exposure to Laboratory Light Sources Part 2: Xenon-Arc Sources
GB/T 15102 Surface Decorated Wood-Based Panels with Paper Impregnated Thermosetting Resins
Geotextiles
ASTM D4355 Deterioration of Geotextiles to UV Light
Textiles
AATCC TM 16.3 Color Fastness to Light
AATCC TM 169 Weather Resistance of Textiles: Xenon Lamp Exposure
GB/T 8427 Textiles – Tests for Color Fastness – Color Fastness to Artificial Light: Xenon Arc Fading Lamp Test
GB/T 8430 Textiles – Tests for Color Fastness – Color Fastness to Artificial Weathering: Xenon Arc Fading Lamp Test
GB/T 14576 Textiles – Tests for Color Fastness – Color Fastness to Light of Textiles Wetted with Artificial Perspiration
IS: 2454 Indian Standard- Method for Determination of Colour Fastness of Textile Materials to Artificial Light Xenon Lamp)
ISO 105-B02 Textiles – Tests for Color Fastness – Color Fastness to Artificial Weathering: Xenon Arc Fading Lamp Test
ISO 105-B04 Textiles – Tests for Color Fastness – Color Fastness to Artificial Weathering: Xenon Arc Fading Lamp Test
ISO 105-B06 Color Fastness and Ageing to Artificial Light at High Temperatures: Xenon Arc Fading Lamp Test
M & S C9 Color Fastness to Light
M & S C9A Color Fastness to Wet Light in the Presence of Alkaline or other Chemical Residues
CPAI-84 Specification for Flame Resistant Materials used in Camping Tentage
Printing Inks/Artists’ Materials/Paper
ISO 11798 Information and Documentation – Permanence of writing, printing & copying on paper
ISO 12040 Graphic Technology – Prints and Printing Inks
ISO 18909 Imaging Materials – Processed Photographic Colour Films and Paper Prints
ASTM D3424 Lightfastness of Printed Matter
ASTM D4303 Lightfastness of Artists’ Pigments
ASTM D5010 Testing Printing Inks & Related Materials
ASTM D6901 Standard Specification for Artists’ Colored Pencils
ASTM F2366 Lightfastness of Ink Jet Prints Exposed to Window Filtered Daylight
GB/T 22771 Graphic Technology – Prints and Printing Inks – Assessment of Lightfastness using Filtered Xenon Arc Light
Roofing
ASTM D4434 Poly Vinyl Chloride Sheet Roofing
ASTM D4637 EPDM Sheet Used in Single-Ply Roof Membrane
ASTM D4798 Xenon-Arc – Bituminous Materials
ASTM D4811 Non-Vulcanized Rubber Sheet Used as Roof Flashing
ASTM D5019 Reinforced Non-Vulcanized Polymeric Sheet
ASTM D6083 Liquid Applied Acrylic Coatings Used in Roofing
Rubber
ISO 3865 Rubber, Vulcanized or Thermoplastic – Methods of Test for Staining on Contact with Organic Materials
ISO 4665 Rubber, Vulcanized or Thermoplastic – Resistance to Weathering
GB/T 3511 Rubber, Vulcanized or Thermoplastic – Resistance to Weathering
Adhesives
ASTM D904 Exposure of Adhesive Specimens to Artificial Light
ASTM C1442 Conducting Tests on Sealants Using Artificial Weathering Apparatus
ASTM C1501 Standard Test Method for Color Stability of Building Construction Sealants
Packaging
ASTM D6551 Accelerated Weathering of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes by Xenon Arc
Sealants
ASTM C1442 Conducting Tests on Sealants Using Artificial Weathering Apparatus
ASTM C1501 Color Stability of Sealants

Post-Test Methods Related to Xenon Arc Testing

As an alternative to xenon arc, one could consider ASTM G154 which uses a different light source.  For more information about alternative techniques, you can also review the following links: Accelerated Weathering.

Finally, upon exposure to ASTM G155, different measurements can be made to quantify the aging impact:  please see ASTM Testing, Material Testing.