Accelerated aging Xenotest

Aging test capable of reproducing the conditions of exposure to sunlight and atmospheric agents.

The test is important for determining the behavior of painted and mass-pigmented plastic components and possibly evaluating the aesthetic change, therefore of the color or yellowing and defects such as stickiness or surface deformations.

These aging processes simulate in an accelerated way what happens in nature such as atmospheric agents (rain, frost, heat, cold, humidity) and exposure to light (alternating cycles of light and dark).

In particular, the Plastlab laboratory is able to carry out specific tests that simulate the conditions that are created inside and outside the car.

The laboratory has the possibility of simultaneously carrying out tests that simulate the exterior and interior of the vehicle for mass-pigmented and painted components as it has four Q-SUN Xe-3 instruments, two with recirculation and with the possibility of applying Q filters /B (required for mass pigmented components) and B/B (for painted components).

The laboratory is also accredited according to international standards such as SAE J2412 (vehicle interior) and SAE J2527 (vehicle exterior), as well as Volkswagen standards PV3929 (hot dry external environment) and PV3930 (hot humid external environment).

In addition to these, the laboratory also has the possibility of exposing the specimens or components to atmospheric agents and real light through an exhibitor outside the structure, a service offered to customers completely free of charge, in order to make a comparison between the exposure accelerated in tools and natural exposure over the course of 2 to 3 years.

The xenotest aging tests are particularly useful because with a rather quick test it is possible to evaluate the goodness or otherwise of a coating or a pigmented product.