Significance and Use
4.1 Results obtained from this practice can be used to compare the relative durability of materials subjected to the specific test cycle used. Results obtained from this practice can be considered as representative of natural weathering only when the degree of comparative performance has been established for the specific materials being tested.
4.2 The acceleration factor relating the rate of degradation in this accelerated exposure to the rate of degradation in a natural weathering exposure varies with the type and formulation of the material. Each material and formulation may respond differently to the increased level of irradiance and differences in temperature and humidity. Thus an acceleration factor determined for one material may not be applicable to other materials. For this reason, the use of a single acceleration factor is not recommended. Also, a different acceleration factor may be obtained by using different mirror types and configurations. Because of variability in test results for both accelerated and natural weathering exposures, results from a sufficient number of tests must be obtained to determine an acceleration factor for a material. Further, the acceleration factor is applicable to only one exposure location because results from natural weathering will vary due to seasonal or annual differences in climatic factors.
4.3 The relative durability of materials determined by this practice can be used to determine the relative durability of the materials exposed under natural weathering conditions provided the materials have similar acceleration factors. However, even if results from a specific accelerated test condition are found to be useful for comparing the durability of materials exposed in a particular exterior location, it cannot be assumed that they will be useful for determining the relative durability for a different location. The relative durability of materials in natural weathering exposure can be very different depending on the location of the exposure because of differences in important climatic factors, such as sunlight, time of wetness, temperature, pollutants, etc.
4.4 Variations in results may be expected when operating conditions vary within the limits of this practice. For example, there can be large differences in the amount of degradation in a single material between separate, although supposedly identical, exposures carried out for the same duration or number of exposure cycles. This practice is best used to compare the relative performance of materials tested at the same time in the same fresnel reflector device. Because of possible variability between the same type of exposure device and variability in irradiance, temperature and moisture levels at different times, comparing the amount of degradation in materials exposed for the same duration or radiant energy at separate times is not recommended.
4.5 This practice should not be used to establish a “pass/fail” approval of materials after a specific period of exposure unless performance comparisons are made relative to a control material exposed simultaneously. It is strongly recommended that at least one control test specimen be exposed with each test. It is preferable to use two control test specimens, one with relatively good durability and one with relatively poor durability. Alternatively, the variability in the test can be defined so that statistically significant pass/fail judgements can be made.
4.6 The use of at least three replicates of each control test specimen and each material being evaluated is recommended. Consult Guide for performing statistical analysis.
1.1 Fresnel-reflecting concentrators using the sun as source are utilized in the accelerated outdoor exposure testing of materials.
1.2 This practice covers a procedure for performing accelerated outdoor exposure testing of materials using a Fresnel-reflector accelerated outdoor weathering test machine. The apparatus (see and ) and guidelines are described herein to minimize the variables encountered during outdoor accelerated exposure testing.
1.3 This practice does not specify the exposure conditions best suited for the materials to be tested but is limited to the method of obtaining, measuring, and controlling the procedures and certain conditions of the exposure. Sample preparation, test conditions, and evaluation of results are covered in existing methods or specifications for specific materials.
1.4 The Fresnel-reflector accelerated outdoor exposure test machines described may be suitable for the determination of the relative durability of materials exposed to sunlight, heat, and moisture, provided the mechanisms of chemical or physical change, or both, which control the acceleration factors for the materials do not differ significantly.
1.5 This practice establishes uniform sample mounting and in-test maintenance procedures. Also included in the practice are standard provisions for maintenance of the machine and Fresnel-reflector mirrors to ensure cleanliness and durability.
1.6 This practice shall apply to specimens whose size meets the dimensions of the target board as described in .
1.7 For test machines currently in use, this practice may not apply to specimens exceeding 13 mm (1/2 in.) in thickness because cooling may be questionable.
1.8 Values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound units in parentheses are provided for information only.
1.9 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.10 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.