Accelerated Weathering and Ageing @ Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)

Institution Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
County Limerick
Technique Category Other Techniques
Technique Accelerated Weathering and Ageing

Basic Capabilities

Accelerated exposure to UV, heat and moisture.The xenon arc chamber reproduces the damage caused by full-spectrum sunlight and rain. In a few days or weeks, the tester can reproduce the damage that occurs over months or years outdoors.


Equipment Make Q-Sun Xenon Test Chamber (Q-Lab)
Equipment Model Q-Sun XE-1S


Advantage of Technique/Equipment

Quick and accurate evaluation of long-term durability: mechanical degradation, leachables, lightfastness, colorfastness, and photostability. Complimentary analysis techniques (pull-off test, colorimetry, FTIR, mechanical testing, thermal analysis, etc.) and chambers (high-temperature, thermal cycling) available. Compliant to many ASTM, ISO and other standards.

Limitations of Technique/Equipment

Other Details

Containment Equipment not appropriate for highly toxic samples. Fume hoods are available on a limited basis. PPE must be specified in Risk Assessment
Turnaround Time Days
Report yes
Interpretation yes
Data on Analyst Experienced staff member/technician
Indicative Price Price upon request - dependant on test duration.

Industry Recommendation


Dr. Trevor Young

Quality & Systems Supports

Quality Management System in Place


Good Manufacturing Practice Status


Preventative Maintenance

PM and regular calibration to ISO standards.


ISO, ASTM, Various others.

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