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Equipment Spotlight: Chamber #6 – The Thermal Shock Test Chamber

Equipment Spotlight: Chamber #6 – The Thermal Shock Test Chamber

Thermal shock test chambers are an essential tool for evaluating the durability and reliability of products. Designed to simulate extreme temperature conditions that products may face throughout their lifetime, these chambers play a crucial role in accelerating product aging.

Consider your laptop: it undergoes repeated cycles of turning on, turning off, and exposure to varying temperatures every day. Over time, these constant heat/cold cycles can lead to material expansion and contraction, potentially causing circuit breakages that significantly impact the lifespan of your laptop. Do you own a snowmobile? Picture this: you store it in the garage at 15°C, start it, and ride outside while it’s -20°C. Think of the multitude of stresses all working at once on your ride.

Let Us Introduce You to Chambre #6

Our advanced thermal shock chamber is equipped with two cascades 15 HP compressors. In just 20 seconds, it can stabilize the temperature of an 80 lb steel mass as it transitions from -68°C to 200°C, or vice versa. To power this system, an electrical service of 460 V/100 amps is required to ensure its optimal operation.

It’s important to note that the full temperature range of chamber #6 isn’t always necessary; many specs only require us to use only a portion of the available range. Indeed, in many situations, chamber #6’s full-temperature range is not always used. Very often the cycles will be set between -40°C and +40°C. Other key parameters to control are the dwell time at each temperature and the total number of cycles to meet the specific test requirements.

It is very common to run such tests for thousands of cycles as this is where accelerated aging occurs. Finally, the chamber has a port that allows instrumenting the payload with thermocouples directly hooked up to the payload and the dwell time can be controlled through this temperature reading as well.

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What makes Chamber #6 exceptional is that it consists of two side-by-side chambers with a mobile basket that moves the test specimen between the cold and warm compartments, allowing rapid temperature variations for accurate evaluation. This mechanism subjects the product to rapid temperature changes, enabling precise evaluation. The chamber is equipped with temperature control systems that ensure precise temperature management in both compartments.

Our Thermal Shock Test Chamber boasts an impressive temperature range from -68°C to 200°C, making it ideal for testing products that withstand harsh environments. Its quick stabilization capability allows manufacturers to evaluate the durability and reliability of their products in a fraction of the time.

Applications for this remarkable Thermal Shock Test Chamber are vast. Thermal choc testing is used to test electronic components, aerospace parts, automotive components, and other products designed to operate in extreme conditions. The chamber’s expansive temperature range, coupled with its rapid stabilization capabilities, positions it as the top choice for manufacturers aiming to guarantee the reliability and durability of their products.

Effective Tests to Simulate Extreme Temperature Variations

Embracing this modern equipment offers a multitude of benefits. Its ability to accurately simulate extreme temperature conditions and precise temperature control systems facilitates efficient product durability and reliability evaluation within a significantly reduced testing period. The chamber’s safety features also guarantee the operator’s well-being and the test specimen’s integrity.

Rely on our state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to help you ensure the quality and reliability of your products. Contact us today to discuss your testing requirements and find out how Chamber #6 can be the ideal solution for your thermal shock testing needs.

Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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