Determination of materials and components resistance for solar radiation is very important aspect of products’ quality evaluation. Simulation of external conditions effect on materials may be performed with various methods. In case of solar radiation simulation the kind of light source is of great importance due to differences in spectral characteristics. Radiation emitted by metal halide lamp very closely simulate spectral energy distribution and intensity of solar radiation – in reference with CIE publication No. 85 (spectral range: UV-VIS-IR i.e. 280 ÷ 3000 nm) with fully regulated intensity.
Testing of components and assemblies in solar simulation chambers allows determination of changes in such properties as shape, color, gloss or strength. Other characteristics that are common evaluated are presence of stains, cracks or delamination and other aesthetic and functional aspects.
Chamber allows performing of::
- cyclic tests,
- long-term tests,
Introduction of appropriate filters allows simulation of:
- outdoor conditions (simulation of outdoor climatic conditions effect on vehicle’s exposed surfaces),
- indoor conditions (simulation of climatic conditions inside the close passenger compartment).