What is a temperature and humidity test chamber?

If there is anything that truly epitomizes unrelenting change, it's the weather. Be it in the South, North, East or West, humidity and temperatures are in a constant state of flux, affecting how your parts, equipment, components and material hold up in inherently variable environments.

With a temperature and humidity test chamber, you can recreate these naturally variable conditions to get a better sense of how your products will respond to weather-related effects. Here's some background information into how these types of environmental test chambers operate:

What is a humidity and test chamber and how does it work?
Otherwise known as climate chambers or climatic chambers, humidity chambers simulate the effects of weather by pumping in air that may be cold, cool, warm or hot. The temperature range is typically quite broad. For instance, at Auto Technology, our environmental test chambers create conditions that can be as frigid as 94 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) or rise to as high as 356 degrees, well above the boiling point.

The variety of testing mechanisms used and processes applied to your products helps you determine the structural integrity of whatever is under evaluation. This allows you to glean insight into what effect searing or bone-chilling temperatures have on just about anything, be it metals, alloys, food, telecommunications equipment, plastics, rubber or solar panels.

Will your metals corrode when temperatures rise? Climate chambers can offer key clues.

Water beadsMicroscopic water droplets are created through the use of atomizers.

How do you control humidity in a chamber?
While temperatures and humidity are related measures and influence one another, humidity gauges how much moisture is in the air. As temperatures rise, the air more easily captures water vapor, which serves as the building blocks of humidity Generally speaking, the warmer the conditions, the more likely it is for it to be humid, but the balance can be governed in a number of ways during testing or product component screening. For example, some climate chambers are equipped with steam generators, which produce copious amounts of moisture to help increase amount of moisture in the air. Another way of going about this is via atomizers. These pressurized nozzles emit a fine mist, which "atomizes" the spray, converting the mist into droplets.

Other methods of controlling humidity during product durability testing include water bath systems and fogging. At Auto Technology, our wide variety of testing procedures allows us to seamlessly control relative humidity in a number of different ways. These include steam generation, fogging or wet bottom humidity.

How is a test chamber used to assess product quality?
There are many ways to gauge the quality of something, whether it consists of plastics, metals, electronic components or parts. Among the most common determinations of quality is how long an object lasts before breaking down, corroding or rusting, whether due to wear and tear or environmental effects.

Quality standards must be consistent and based on processes that are repeatable. This assures that whatever is being evaluated is done accurately and by the book. Whether you're a developer, manufacturer or automaker, Auto Technology has the quality testing standard chops you need to gauge the lifespan of your materials. From Honda HES D6001 Sec. 4.4.1 to Toyota TSH 1551G Sec. 9, we have an encyclopedic variety of testing procedures that can help you evaluate the durability of whatever will be exposed to climatic conditions, be it adhesives, coatings, finishes or samples. The results from these tests provide you with the intelligence you can use to enhance the test subject's lifespan.

Whether you're looking for environmental chamber testing equipment to purchase or need a test performed, Auto Technology is equipped with the knowledge, custom-made products and comprehensive services you need. Please contact us online or by phone today for additional information.