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What Are Environmental Test Chambers and What Are They Used For?

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Environmental test chambers are used to examine how products perform under specific (often extreme) conditions. By controlling the environment, these test chambers can mimic various situations in a simulated way.

Many industries, such as aerospace, electronics, automotive, and medical, use test chambers to expose products to the specific elements they may encounter in the real world. For example, a car manufacturer may use an environmental test chamber to test that a car does not leak during a rainstorm. Rather than leaving a new car outside and waiting for a rainstorm to occur, a manufacturer can replicate these conditions by controlling them in a monitored environment.

What Is an Environmental Test Chamber?

Also known as climate chambers, environmental test chambers are enclosures used to test the effects of specific environmental conditions on certain materials or products to determine their physical limitations.

KPS Global® designs insulated panels that serve as a cost-effective way to build environmental test chambers. These interlocking tongue-and-groove perimeter panels are joined together with cam-locks and double-bulb compression gaskets to ensure a tight seal. Each panel is made of solid core, poured-in-place polyurethane insulation that features exceptional thermal properties.

The superior R-value of KPS Global’s insulated panels allows the conditions inside the test chamber, such as humidity, temperature, and pressure, to easily be adjusted.

What Are Environmental Test Chambers Used For?

Environmental test chambers evaluate the effects of specific environmental conditions on biological items, industrial products, electronic devices, and other components. In the case of pharmaceuticals, food, and cosmetics, monitoring in an environmental stability chamber is necessary to comply with rules established by international regulatory agencies.

In biology, environmental test chambers can be used to monitor the effects of light, humidity, and other factors on the growth of plants, algae, viruses, insects, and more. The aerospace industry relies on environmental testing chambers to produce thermal vacuums, facilitating experiments that replicate conditions in outer space so that system hardware can withstand extreme pressure and climate.

In the automotive world, environmental test chambers are used to simulate conditions such as hot roads and extreme exposure to sunlight. Aside from complex research protocols used by universities, large manufacturers and research institutions, environmental testing ultimately addresses the quality control inspection of everyday products like electrical appliances, batteries, plastics, paper products, food, and more.

Sourcing Environmental Test Chambers

With our team of in-house designers and engineers, KPS Global can help develop the appropriate design to meet the environmental conditions your test chamber demands.

Contact one of our specialists today and we’ll create a custom test chamber designed for your project needs.

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