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UV Testing Standards

There are many international, national and industry specific test standards that are applicable to UV weathering of materials. A small selection of these are summarised in the table below along with a brief description of their relevance.

In general all of the test methods call up one or both of the main UV testing methods i.e. fluorescent bulb or Xenon arc type testing. The standards generally lay down the equipment type and the various control parameters. They also give either definitive or suggested test cycles or options of various cycles to be used. These will typically vary on the following parameters:

UV intensity, profile of UV spectrum, duration of UV or total energy, moisture cycle and type of application, temperature or temperature of black panel or reference panels, angle of sample relative to source and distance from source.

Often the standards do not specify the duration of the exposure or the assessment criteria for pass or fail. These are often indicated in the specific product standard or relevant industry standard. If your product or industry does not have a relevant standard then we can assist you identifying a relevant test regime.

Most European clients find ISO 4892 a suitable standard and most American clients will test in accordance with ASTM G153.

Applicable UV Testing Standards

ISO 4892-3, SAE J2020, ISO 4892-2, SAE J1960, ASTM 529 (Carbon Arc), ASTM G23, ISO 4582, Nissan MO 135, ASTM G154 cycles 1-6, Ford DVM0067MA, LUL E4156 clause 11.10, SAE J2527, ASTM D570, ISO 4892-1, CIE publication no. 85, VW PV3929 and JIS B7754.

Call to discuss your specific requirements. We can test in accordance with most standards and if not we will help you find someone who can.

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