You’ve come up with an idea for a product and created a prototype. Before you try to sell the idea or begin to manufacture your product, you need to test the prototype to withstand extreme heat and cold. What do you need to do? Where do you find the equipment? Why is it necessary? What is the process called? Well, the process is called thermal vacuum testing. The rest we will explain as we go.
Thermal vacuum testing is used for practically all products and materials that are or may be sensitive to extreme temperature and pressure changes such as is experienced in space. This is performed using the processes of resistance heating, cryogenic cooling and thermal conduction. Testing is a necessary step in the process of development before a product is distributed and placed in the environment it is supposed to work in. The last thing you would want to do is produce something and put it in space, only to find that it doesn’t perform correctly or fails out much too quickly.
Also called Tvac testing, is conducted in a thermal vacuum chamber. These chambers allow products to be in sealed environments of very high to very low temperatures and pressures. Temperature ranges can be from -100 degrees C to +200 degrees C (-148 degrees F to 392 degrees F). The ranges can often be extended past these extremes if needed.
The extreme temperatures of space are often simulated in thermal vacuum chambers to test satellites and satellite components. However, tvac testing is used for other scientific and industrial applications as well. From pharmaceuticals and medical equipment to cell phones and other electronics, most products have to perform in a variety of situations.
Tvac testing is important for quality control and ensuring that products are safety compliant. Top equipment helps to provide consistent results to discover potential flaws before a product is released for distribution. Not following through with this important testing can lead to product or system failures that can cause at best reimbursement through warranty redemption or lawsuit and at worst injury or death.
Yes, there is an initial investment in the thermal vacuum testing equipment, but in the long run, evaluating seals and smaller components prior to incorporating them into larger systems saves time and money. Specially in industries such as space when products and systems must last years without human intervention to keep it running. Other scientific and industrial equipment in harsh environments also often must run consistently without frequent human involvement.
Whether you are developing systems for space, industrial or other scientific uses, you may want to consider investing in a TotalTemp Technologies thermal vacuum chamber for your tvac testing needs.
TotalTemp Technologies, a leading thermal vacuum chamber manufacturer based in San Diego, takes pride in providing top-quality thermal vacuum chambers. The thermal vacuum chambers manufactured by TotalTemp are made with stainless steel, providing even heating and cooling for quality control, and transitions extremely quickly between temperatures for efficiency.
TotalTemp Technologies has benchtop chambers that are made-to-order in three sizes: the C230 has an interior of 1.3 cu. ft, the C460 is 2.18 cu.ft, and the C900 comes in at 9 cu. ft. Additionally, TotalTemp offers a larger custom made side flow chamber and stacked chambers with a built in stand. The portable space simulator chamber is a must for anything that will be going into space or a high altitude.
TotalTemp Technologies offers a platform that can be integrated into an existing vacuum chamber. For more information about pricing, contact [email protected]. We are happy to discuss the options on the phone as well.
If you’re testing spacecraft, aircraft, or anything that reaches high altitudes and beyond, it’s a good idea to consider thermal vacuum chamber testing equipment to ensure that your systems behave as necessary in the environment they are going to be exposed to. Contact [email protected] or give us a call at (888) 712-2228 to talk to us about how we can help you with your tests. Whether you’re flying to the final frontier or just testing high-altitude equipment, we can help you find the product that launches your testing to the stars.
If you’re testing spacecraft, aircraft, or anything that reaches high altitudes, it’s a good idea to consider thermal vacuum chamber testing services to ensure that your materials behave as necessary. Contact [email protected] or give us a call at (888) 712-2228 to talk to us about how we can help you with your tests. Whether you’re flying to the final frontier or just testing high-altitude equipment, we can help you find the product that launches your testing to the stars.