- During live Test energy dissipation
- Material Type
- Size of Chamber for future requirement
- Gases release during tests
- Location of installation
During selection of Environmental chamber for test we should aware the testing procedure. If there is such test where DUT will release energy, the internal temperature can be effected as per set (require) value of the require temperature range. So this is an important factor for selection of Chamber for testing. For example, if a DUT creates 10,000 watts of heat under normal operation and your test chamber isn’t sized to accommodate that extra heat, the chamber may not seem to be working as well as it should. Also, are you only testing one of these products at a time, or multiple products? Make sure you multiply your calculated live-load to accommodate all products that will be tested.
It is important to discuss the material types that are used throughout the product being tested with your technical specialist/designer person. This will allow our engineers to design the right test chamber for your application by specifying the correct refrigeration system and airflow needed for your test application. In some cases special modifications can be made to the test chamber itself to add additional efficiencies and performance options that can improve the entire testing project.
Size of Chamber for Future Requirement
Buying an environmental test chamber is an investment. If we have done any forecasting of future projects or are there other testing projects at your facility that will be next in line when the current project is over If so, would there may have the same requirements? Any details have about future projects can also be addressed by technical sales specialist.
Gases Release During Tests
Considerations should also be taken on whether or not the materials being tested will release flammable gasses when they are subjected to extreme heat. If any of these materials are present in your product and they release gasses into the chamber, they could cause a volatile reaction when the gas passes the ni‐chrome heating element used to heat the chamber.
Ni‐chrome heating elements can have an operational temperature range in excess of 2000°F. The air inside the test chambers will come in direct contact with these elements, and in some cases, if flammable gasses are present in the airstream a volatile reaction could occur.
Our environmental chamber sales specialists can help guide you with necessary test chamber safeties during the design phase of your chamber to ensure proper operation, protecting your product and users with optional equipment such as pressure relief vents, temperature limited sheath heaters and more.
Location of Installation
Test chambers have many different requirements. Depending on the type of chamber, the requirements could be vastly different. Is there adequate power available? If the chamber is water cooled or has a humidity option, does it have access to an acceptable water supply and drain for the humidity water? If you need a high rate of change that surpasses capabilities of mechanical cooling, do you have access to liquid nitrogen (LN2) in your test area?
When the unit arrives will it fit through the door? Consider the path of the chamber during delivery to ensure it will pass through all door openings to its final destination. Having the location ready to accommodate a new test chamber will alleviate a lot of headaches when the chamber arrives.