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TESTING | ACCELERATED WEATHERING


116-01 test method, “Resistance to Interior Weath- ering” of automotive interior trim materials, Q-Lab said in May this year. “The method is based on SAE J2412, but with the Window-SF5 optical filter and a slightly shortened dark step in the test cycle. Q-Lab worked closely with Ford for several years on this update to ensure reproducible results between the included xenon arc test chambers. Part of this work included creating a technical specification of the spectral power distribution curve achieved by the SF5 optical filter, which did not exist in earlier versions of BO 116-01. Round-robin testing verified that the Q-SUN provided comparable results to other chambers,” according to Q-Lab. In addition to light, temperature affects the


Above: New equipment developments aim to better match testing spectra to real world light conditions


specification in ASTM’s D7869 standard (2013), says Matt McGreer, Senior Product Manager at Atlas Material Testing Technology. Some materials are particularly sensitive to different wavelengths of light, so matching sunlight is a better simulation of exposure. Q-Lab’s Q-SUN xenon arc test chamber models


Xe-2 and Xe-3, using a Window-SF5 optical filter to filter out nearly all UVB radiant energy, have been approved by the Ford Motor Company for its BO


degradation of polymers. Controlling the specimen temperature in a laboratory test is crucial, says Bill Tobin, Senior Weathering and Corrosion Technical Marketing Specialist at Q-Lab. The configuration of the equipment (for example, an uninsulated black panel versus an insulated black panel) can signifi- cantly change the chamber air temperatures and sample temperatures. Understanding and properly controlling temperature can provide more reliable results.


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