Phoenix Temperature Testing Lab
The ATS Phoenix temperature testing lab helps clients determine whether sample products perform to expectation in the atmospheric pressures, humidities, and temperatures relevant to their intended service environment. Different climatic conditions affect materials in numerous ways; for instance, many polymers and metals grow brittle as temperatures drop toward extreme cold, while they tend to lose mechanical strength in extreme heat. Understanding these effects and how they contribute to the success or failure of the final assembly helps manufacturers deliver better products. Manufacturing companies employ temperature testing labs like ATS Phoenix to verify their samples’ responses to environmental stimuli.
About Our Temperature Testing Methods
Our technicians perform all temperature testing in our ISO 17025 accredited climatics lab. These specialists have access to clean facilities equipped with advanced thermal testing chambers. Lab personnel’s expertise in temperature testing equips them to simulate precise atmospheric conditions as outlined by the relevant testing procedure and specifications. Our technicians will employ one or more of the methods listed below, according to the scope of requested testing:
Fluctuating temperatures can bring about aesthetic or even structural defects over time. The ATS Phoenix temperature testing lab exposes samples to repeated cycles of cold and heat to determine their resistance to developing flaws as a result. Our advanced instrumentation can produce temperatures between -180°C and 200°C, cycling between these extremes with ramp rates as high as 15°C/min and as low as <1°C/min.
High or Low Temperature Aging
Products designed for extreme environments, specifically intense heat or cold, must perform satisfactorily in relevant service conditions. ATS Phoenix technicians subject samples to anywhere between -180°C and 200°C for specified durations to verify that they do. These experts then evaluate the sample’s success or failure according to the pertinent specifications — whether defined by the client or testing standards.
A failure mode called thermal shock can arise when materials experience vastly opposing temperatures back-to-back. This phenomenon can cause the material to develop cracks resulting from rapid thermal expansion and contraction. If not addressed, these defects can propagate and compromise the affected component’s structural integrity. We use our specialized thermal shock chambers to test materials for resistance to this failure mode. These instruments utilize an elevator to quickly move the sample from one extreme temperature to another, anywhere between -180°C and 200°C.
Often performed in conjunction with one or more other climatic tests, this method subjects samples to humid conditions to assess their resistance to developing flaws when exposed to moist environments. Exposure to moisture can cause a variety of issues over time, including corrosion, material failure, and electrical shorts. A product may encounter humid conditions in its intended service environment or moist shipping conditions and thus must withstand these forces for quality assurance. ATS Phoenix uses condensing humidity chambers that produce conditions anywhere between 5% and 99% relative humidity.
Another test often performed in conjunction with another climatic procedure, this method exposes samples to different atmospheric pressures to determine whether products resist high-altitude stress. Exposure to this force may cause gradual material failure (or sudden, dramatic failure in the case of explosive decompression). Whether exposed due to a high-altitude service environment or shipment as air cargo, products need a degree of resistance to this failure mode. We employ altitude chambers that replicate atmospheric pressures found between -200ft and 100,000ft from sea level.
The ATS Phoenix Advantage
ATS Phoenix prides itself on delivering quality services. Our technicians perform the methods listed above to a long list of internationally recognized testing standards, all of which can be found here. We hold an ISO 17025 accreditation, awarded by the A2LA, to conduct a wide array of methods to their relevant specifications.
Companies choose to work with ATS Phoenix because of our professionalism, expertise, capabilities, and results. While we serve numerous industries across our organization, those that regularly request our temperature testing services include the following:
Our lab offers A2LA accredited thermal, humidity, and altitude testing in whatever combination your company requires. Contact ATS Phoenix for a free quote today.