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Testing and Laboratory Services for the Industry

Testing and laboratory services for the industry | TÜV Rheinland

Meaningful results with our product and material tests

Products and the materials from which they are made must meet high quality standards and fulfill the long service life expectations of both manufacturers and consumers alike. This particularly applies to materials and products that are exposed to external environmental factors or other physical stresses.

We offer numerous testing and laboratory services for the materials you use and the products you market. With modern equipment, many years of experience and a high level of competence, we can optimally support you with services appropriate to your individual needs.

Would you like to learn more about our product and material tests? Contact us today!

Peel test

Shear strength test | TÜV Rheinland

Peel strength is the bond capability of two assembled components. We test the adhesive resistance of materials and adhesive bonds. Depending on the application, we conduct a shear test at zero degrees or a fracture test at an angle of e.g. 90 degrees. Tension tests are performed according to your individual requirements.

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We conduct comprehensive testing examining:

  • Adhesion or cohesion fracture
  • Surfaces up to 1800 mm x 2000 mm
  • Pulling speed up to max. 1500 mm/min
  • Simultaneous tension in two dimensional directions
  • Tractive force up to a maximum of 5000 N
  • Recording of 50 measured values per second
  • Automatic tracking for 90° angle testing, also 180° trigger testing possible
  • Force recording

The scope of our testing

  • Foils
  • Adhesives

Continuous light and light aging

Continuous light and light aging tests | TÜV Rheinland

Learn more about the resistance to various forms of irradiation of your products. In our test laboratories, we simulate lighting conditions that trigger natural aging and facilitate a progressive light aging process. Our light aging test is designed to correspond to a sunny day at 12:00 o'clock in the middle of the year.

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We test according to:

  • Test surfaces up to 3 times 3000 mm x 2500 mm
  • Spectral range between 380 nm - 1600 nm, corresponding to the solar spectrum
  • Irradiance intensity of 1000 W/m2 via 22 HMI - 4000 W illuminant
  • Test temperatures from 20°C – 45°C

The scope of our testing

  • Varnishes
  • Synthetic materials
  • Automotive parts and accessories
  • Grouting materials
  • Building materials (insulations, insulation, facades)
  • Silicones

Hailstorm

Hail test | TÜV Rheinland

Our recognized testing can determine the ability of your products to withstand damages caused by hailstorms. Hail damage affects automotive parts, solar components, roofs, weather stations, greenhouses and many other outdoor products. We test your products for their hail resistance with specially manufactured hailstones measuring up to 50 mm in diameter.

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Our testing includes:

  • Hail impact test in the standard 20 mm to 50 mm ice grain sizes
  • Speeds up to 33 m/s (approximately 120 km/h)
  • Variable target points on test samples
  • Alternative polyamide ball assessment
  • In the ball failing test (hammer impact test)

The scope of our testing

  • Building material
  • Corrugated sheets
  • Windows, roof windows, roller shutters
  • Daylight domes
  • Greenhouses
  • Insulating materials
  • Vehicle components
  • Roof tiles, other roof coverings, roof substructures

Norms

  • IEC 61215: Terrestrial crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules
  • EN 12975-2: Solar thermal systems and their components - Collectors - Part 2: Test methods
  • EN ISO 9806: Solar energy – Thermal solar collectors – Test methods
  • Association of Cantonal Fire Insurance Companies Hail Protection Register
  • Qualification based on IEC 61215 / IEC 61646
  • Confirmation of fulfillment of the requirement according to Hail Protection Register HW5 (VKF – Swiss association of cantonal insurance companies)

Climate simulation

Product testing under environmental simulation | TÜV Rheinland

Are your products suitable for use under extreme climatic conditions? We create environmental simulations to expose materials and products to particularly adverse conditions and accelerated aging. Stress influences such as heat, cold and humidity are imitated in our test laboratories in order to reliably test the suitability and durability of components, parts and solid materials.

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Our testing parameters include:

  • Climate chambers with a room volume of up to 20 m3, corresponding to 2400 mm x 2395 mm x 3550 mm
  • Temperatures ranging from -40°C to + 100°C
  • Relative humidity of up to 85 %
  • Speeds of temperature changes depending on load up to 3.0 K/min

The scope of our testing

  • Photovoltaics and solar thermal products
  • Foils
  • Synthetic materials
  • Adhesive joints
  • Cables
  • Paints
  • Coatings
  • Housings and e.g. switchgear cabinets
  • Aerospace (aerospace components)
  • Automotive (electrical, electronic and mechanical components)
  • Electronics (computers, mobile phones)
  • Sensors for outdoor use
  • Wind turbine components
  • Heat pumps

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  • Testing according to IEC 60068-2-78, IEC 61215, IEC 61646, IEC 62108

Corrosion test

Corrosion testing and classification of damage | TÜV Rheinland

Harmful gases such as sulphur dioxide and ammonia can attack object surfaces and lead to corrosion. When ammonia is highly concentrated, in agricultural environments for example, it can cause damage to components and assemblies. Components in the immediate vicinity of industrial plants are often exposed to highly corrosive atmospheres enriched with sulphur dioxide.

We measure atmospheric corrosion levels and determine the risk of damage.

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We conduct comprehensive testing with:

  • Test surfaces up to 2000 mm x 3100 mm x 4100 mm
  • Pollutant gas concentrations in humid climates
  • Temperatures of 60°C
  • Relative humidity up to 100 % due to condensation of test samples

The scope of our testing

  • Metal structures in the vicinity of industrial facilities
  • Agricultural equipment and machinery
  • Agricultural buildings, installations, inventory
  • Air conditioning and ventilation ducts
  • Building materials (insulations)
  • Industrial facilities
  • Process plants (indoor/outdoor)
  • Components of waste and biomass incineration plants
  • Components of sewage treatment plants

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  • IEC 62716: Ammonia corrosion testing of photovoltaic modules
  • DIN EN ISO 6988: Metallic and other inorganic coatings - Test with sulphur dioxide under general moisture condensation
  • DIN 50018: Condensation water alternating climate with atmosphere containing sulphur dioxide
  • ASTM G87: Standard Practice for Conducting Moist SO2 Tests
  • DIN EN ISO 6270-2 Paints and varnishes - Determination of resistance to moisture - Part 2: Methods for loading specimens in condensation water atmospheres

Mechanical load test

Mechanical load test with material testing | TÜV Rheinland

How dimensionally stable and resilient is your product? Our experts assess deformability and the ability of the product to return undamaged to its original shape. Our static and dynamic testing capabilities include destructive material testing. For example, a product test with 2400 Pa corresponds to a surface load on the test specimen of around 240 kg/m2 - a pressure equivalent to one meter of new wet snow. Our comprehensive services also include product testing at considerably higher loads. We are able to provide testing according to the individual needs of your product.

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We examine:

  • Test fields up to 2500 mm x 2500 mm
  • Static and dynamic loads
  • Test loads of up to 10000 Pa
  • Testing of mechanical product resistance to suction and pressure loads

The scope of our testing

  • Racks, mounting systems
  • Building components (profiles, plates, glasses)

Norms

  • Qualification based on IEC 61215 / IEC 61646 possible

Salt fog test

Corrosion acceleration by salt fog/spray test | TÜV Rheinland

Are your products well protected against corrosion? We can artificially accelerate corrosion by spraying a salt solution into a chamber to create an atmosphere in which materials are attacked more quickly than under everyday climatic conditions.

Damage is recorded after complete salt fog testing. If requested, our experts can conduct further examination of the damage with scanning electron microscopes.

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We provide you comprehensive material and product testing according to the following parameters:

  • Test areas up to 2000 mm x 3300 mm x 3500 mm
  • Methods 1 to 8 and permanent
  • NaCl concentration 5 %
  • Temperatures of 23 – 40°C
  • pH values of 6.5 - 7.2
  • Relative humidity of up to 93 %

The scope of our testing

  • Metals
  • Alloys
  • Coatings against corrosion
  • All components and materials that are exposed to saline atmospheres

Norms

  • IEC 61701 "Salt spray corrosion testing of photovoltaic modules"
  • ISO 9227: Corrosion tests in artificial atmospheres - Salt spray tests
  • IEC 60068-2-52 Environmental influences - Part 2-52: Test methods - Kb test: Salt fog, cyclic (sodium chloride solution)
  • IEC 60068-2-11 Environmental testing - Part 2: Tests - Ka test: Salt fog

Driving rain test, wind resistance

Rain simulation with driving rain and wind resistance testing | TÜV Rheinland

Roof-integrated systems have to withstand all types of weather conditions. We test material and product resistance by simulating realistic driving rainfall accelerated by gusts that hit the test surface at different angles. Tests are performed with at least one horizontal and one vertical assembly joint in order to simulate results in extreme weather conditions and assess realistic wind resistance capabilities.

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Our testing parameters include:

  • Test surfaces up to 4000 mm x 5000 mm
  • Test angles between 15° - 45°
  • Wind speeds of 0 m/s - 27 m/s

The scope of our testing

  • Systems integrated into the roof and not accessible from inside the building
  • Windows and doors
  • Roof elements, roof coverings
  • Sealing elements
  • Wind and rain protection elements
  • Other components

Norms

  • Qualification according to prEN 15601 or prEN 50583 possible

UV test with and without weathering

Our UV tests assess UV resistance with artificial weathering | TÜV Rheinland

In the era of climate change, proving the UV resistance of plastics and coatings is becoming increasingly important. We put the longevity of your products and materials to the test. We adapt climatic conditions to your individual requirements. Our UV simulation systems cover a wide range of radiation intensities combined with different climatic conditions.

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We conduct assessment according to:

  • Up to four test fields
  • Test surfaces up to 3000 mm x 1600 mm
  • Spectral ranges between 280 nm - 320 nm for UVB and 320 - 400 nm for UVA
  • Irradiance of 140 W/m2
  • Weathered tests on individual request with varying test equipment

The scope of our testing

  • Synthetic materials
  • Varnishes
  • Coatings
  • Rubber
  • Adhesive joints
  • Fibers
  • Silicones
  • Acrylic glass
  • Components and materials exposed to sunlight (garden furniture, plastic windows, floor coverings, tarpaulins, hoses, cables, insulation materials, roof and façade products, outdoor and leisure articles, etc.)

Norms

  • Qualification based on IEC 61215 / IEC 61646

Video documentation

Our video documentation of your material or product testing | TÜV Rheinland

Would you like to record your material or product testing in image and sound? Depending on the procedure, we can provide video documentation (also highspeed) of the examination of your products to support marketing campaigns, convincing presentations, or other internal purposes. We will be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

Do you have further questions or are you interested in our product and material tests? Contact our experts now to learn more!

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