Life cycle testing, reliability testing, or accelerated life testing is an important aspect of the research and development process for products and materials. The main purpose of such testing is to study the effects of long term usage of materials to determine breaking points, wear locations, functionality failure, and more.
Test methods can vary greatly and are frequently determined by customer specifications in order to research specific characteristics of materials. The test methods required to test the lifetime usage of a light switch are much different than those required to test the wear on a pair of shoes.
In addition to the differences in physical test set up, often, materials are required to be tested in both normal and extreme environmental conditions to see how materials react to fluctuations and exposure over time. For example, thermal shock testing is commonly used to determine effects of transition from hot environments to cold environments and vice versa. Environmental testing is an important part of accelerated life testing due to the need to generate a simulated “acceleration” of the full life cycle in a relatively short period of time.
Cross testing engineers can work with your team to develop customized testing methods to find the data you need. With the use of our large-scale environmental chambers, our sun simulation chamber, flammability testing chambers, and materials testing equipment, you can get the data you need in one place.
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