Environmental Testing Lab


The Environmental Testing Laboratory supports testing of materials under an array of  environmental conditions. Specimens can be tested under accelerated regimes of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, condensation, and water spray.  They are also routinely subjected to repeated freeze-thaw cycles.


Photo of QUV Accelerated Weather TesterQUV Accelerated Weather Tester

Reproduces the damage caused by sunlight, rain and dew. Programmable cycles of UV exposure, condensation, water spray, thermal shock and irradiance control. Two machines with four bays that are each 12″ x 24″.




Photo of ESPEC ChamberESPEC Chamber: Model ESL 3CA

A temperature and humidity environmental chamber used to subject specimens to environmental conditions. -35 C to 150 C, 10-98% RH.




HVUL Horizontal/Vertical Flame ChamberHVUL Horizontal Vertical Flame Chamber

A benchtop instrument designed to meet large volume chamber requirements of UL 94 with unmatched accuracy, repeatability, and safety. Conforms to all UL 94 horizontal and vertical Bunsen burner tests. Capable of testing specimens up to 24″ long x 24″ wide; used for flammability testing of plastic and composite materials.



Harford Duracool Walk-In FreezerHarford Duracool Walk-in Freezer

100 square feet. -30 C to 0 C.





Photo of Hot BathsHot Baths

Temperature-controlled immersion of composites in water or other chemical reagents is performed to determine rates of  material degradation.




Photo of Bally Refrigerated Boxes, Inc. Walk-in Environmental Chamber.Bally Refrigerated Boxes, Inc. Walk In Environmental Chamber

Small Chamber: 6’W x 8’H x 20’L; -30 C to 70 C; 20% to 80% Relative Humidity (RH); computer interface for monitoring and control.
Large Chamber: 12’W x 8’H x 25’L, -34 C to 70 C, 20% to 95% RH, primarily used to condition specimens at 21 C, 65% RH.





Photo of VWR Scientific Ovens and Despatch OvensVWR Scientific and Despatch Ovens

2 VWR Scientific ovens, 40 C to 260 C
– One 32″ x 26.5″ x 67″
– One 44″ x 25″ x 54″ (Double Door Oven)
2 Despatch Ovens
– One 19″ x 18″ x 19″, 25 C – 260 C
– One 23.75″ x 20″ x 24″, 40 C – 260 C