ASTM E2141 - 14

    Standard Test Method for Accelerated Aging of Electrochromic Devices in Sealed Insulating Glass Units

    Active Standard ASTM E2141 | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 EC glazings perform a number of important functions in a building envelope including: minimizing the solar energy heat gain; providing for passive solar energy gain; controlling a variable visual connection with the outside world; enhancing human comfort (heat gain), security, ventilation, illumination, and glare control; providing for architectural expression, and (possibly) improving acoustical performance. It is therefore important to understand the relative serviceability of these glazings.

    4.2 This test method is intended to provide a means for evaluating the relative serviceability of EC Glazings as described in Section 1.

    4.3 The procedures in this test method include (a) rapid but realistic current-voltage cycling tests emphasizing the electrical properties, and (b) environmental test parameters that are typically used in weatherability tests by standards organizations and are realistic for the intended use of large-area EC IGUs.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the accelerated aging of electrochromic devices (ECD) integrated in insulating glass units.

    1.2 The test method is applicable for any electrochromic device incorporated into sealed insulating glass units (IGUs) fabricated for vision glass (superstrate and substrate) areas for use in buildings, such as sliding doors, windows, skylights, and exterior wall systems. The layers used for constructing the EC device and electrochromically changing the optical properties may be inorganic or organic materials.

    1.3 The electrochromic (EC) glazings used in this test method are exposed under use conditions to solar radiation and are deployed to control the amount of radiation by absorption and reflection and thus, limit the solar heat gain and amount of solar radiation that is transmitted into the building.

    1.4 The test method is not applicable to other chromogenic devices, such as, photochromic and thermochromic devices which do not respond to electrical stimulus.

    1.5 The test method is not applicable to electrochromic (EC) glazings that are constructed from superstrate or substrate materials other than glass.

    1.6 The test method referenced herein is a laboratory test conducted under specified conditions. The test is intended to simulate and, in some cases, to also accelerate actual in-service use of the electrochromic windows. Results from these tests cannot be used to predict the performance with time of in-service units unless actual corresponding in-service tests have been conducted and appropriate analyses have been conducted to show how performance can be predicted from the accelerated aging tests.

    1.7 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.7.1 Exception—Inch-pound units are used 7.6.2.

    1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C168 Terminology Relating to Thermal Insulation

    C1199 Test Method for Measuring the Steady-State Thermal Transmittance of Fenestration Systems Using Hot Box Methods

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E892 Tables for Terrestrial Solar Spectral Irradiance at Air Mass 1.5 for a 37 Tilted Surface

    E903 Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres

    E1423 Practice for Determining Steady State Thermal Transmittance of Fenestration Systems

    G113 Terminology Relating to Natural and Artificial Weathering Tests of Nonmetallic Materials

    Canadian Standards

    CAN/CGSB12.8 Insulating Glass Units Available from Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB), Place du Portage III, 6B1 11 Laurier Street Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 81.040.20 (Glass in building)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30171710(Insulating glass)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E2141-14

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E2141-14, Standard Test Method for Accelerated Aging of Electrochromic Devices in Sealed Insulating Glass Units, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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