Weathering Analysis

Altitude Chamber — Just One of Our Many Weathering Analysis Capabilities

APPLIED TECHNICAL SERVICES PERFORMS A VARIETY OF WEATHERING TESTING METHODS TO DETERMINE THE LIFESPAN OF CLIENT MATERIALS. OUR ISO 9001 ACCREDITED LAB CAN ASCERTAIN A SAMPLE’S RESISTANCE TO HEAT, COLD, THERMAL SHOCK, HUMIDITY, SALINITY, SOLAR RADIATION, ALTITUDE, AND COLOR CHANGES, TO NAME A FEW.

Weathering Exposure

Products degrade over time. Exposure to environmental stressors speeds this process along, but even the strongest metals weaken and fail eventually. Manufacturers consider this fact when selecting materials for the design of their products; no one wants a gardening hose that deteriorates when exposed to water, for instance.

Knowing what the materials of their product can withstand allows manufacturers to ensure the quality of their product and approximate its lifespan when used under expected conditions in its intended manner. To discover the physical, thermal, and chemical properties of their product and its constituent materials, manufacturers send samples to third-party testing companies like Applied Technical Services. We perform a variety of weathering testing methods to determine the resistance of various products.

What follows is a list of the most common standards to which these tests are executed. Click on the titles to learn more about a specific test:


Color Evaluations
Method Standard(s)
Measure changes in coatings’ color or gloss ASTM D2244,
ISO 7724/2
(A2LA Accredited)
ASTM D523,
ASTM E1331,
ISO 2813
Heat Aging
Method Standard(s)
Simulate product aging by exposing it to steady high temperature for extended period GM 9505P2,
IEC 68-2-30,
BMW TS 308,
PrV303
(A2LA Accredited)
Fluorescent U.V.
Method Standard(s)
Simulate the damage products incur from UV rays ASTM G154,
ISO 11507
(A2LA Accredited)
Salt Spray (Fog)
Method Standard(s)
Evaluate product resistance to salinity and humidity over time ASTM B117,
FLTM BI 103,
GM 4298P3,
DIN 50021,
ISO 7253
(A2LA Accredited)
DIN EN ISO 9227
Altitude
Method Standard(s)
Find product’s sensitivity to varying air pressures and temperatures MIL-STD-810,
RTCA D0160
(A2LA Accredited)
MIL-STD-202G
Thermal Shock
Method Standard(s)
Determine product’s resistance to failure from thermal shock Usually determined by client needs
Temperature and Humidity Cyclying
Method Standard(s)
Discover product’s resistance to weakening from temperature and humidity variation GM 9505P2,
IEC 68-2-30,
BMW TS 308,
PrV303
(A2LA Accredited)
Same standards as heat aging, tests for different results
Xenon Arc
Method Standard(s)
Simulate damage from sun exposure over longer periods ASTM G155,
SAE J1885,
SAE J2412,
SAE J2527
(A2LA Accredited)
ASTM D2565,
ASTM D4459,
ASTM D6695,
ISO 4892-2,
MIL-STD-810
ATS and Weathering Exposure

For over 50 years, ATS has delivered testing, inspection, and engineering consulting services of world-class quality. Our technicians are thoroughly experienced in performing the above testing methods and return accurate results in a quick turnaround window because of their access to our lab’s powerful analytical equipment. If you need to determine your product’s resistance to environmental factors, send a sample to ATS — we take a closer look.

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