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The Types of Test Rigs Revealed

The increased requirements for reliability, durability and quality of functioning of automation, computing, radio devices and engineering products forces the manufacturers to perform various tests in conditions close to operational. To this end, research institutes and experimental production centers created a good number of special test rigs designed to simulate external influences. Unfortunately, testing the units in the real operating conditions is not only a very difficult, but also a resource-intensive process, deprived of profitability.

Climatic test typically implies using following test rigs:

  • thermostatic chamber to identify the impact of the results on elevated and low temperatures;
  • humidity chambers;
  • hyperbaric chambers to determine the effects of high (low) pressure, oftentimes used aviation and aero tooling;
  • thermo-humidity rigs to test the combined effect of temperature and humidity
  • thermal vacuum chambers to test the combined effect of temperature and pressure
  • special chambers to simulate solar radiation, dust and mist effects
  • special chambers to determine the impact of the results of bacteria and microorganisms.

Stability requirements to articles made with respect to mechanical stress have significantly tightened over the past years. This is due to the increase in speed and acceleration of moving objects the devices are transported with and working on. Mechanical loads cause deformation and breakage of individual parts and components like nothing else, developers have to be extremely accurate when determining the actual mechanical loads on the product to ensure trouble-free operation under real operating conditions.