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Testing Areas

Using leading-edge technologies and equipment, we’re able to offer prototyping and testing capabilities to help you discover problems early in the design cycle, which help prevent potential field issues. We create realistic, custom test protocols based on the application, to better predict product behaviour more so than traditional “test to failure” protocols. We review designs based on test results and offer areas for product improvement to ensure product quality.

Performance Testing

Performance Testing
  • Assess short term and long term product performance.
  • Validate your product to field conditions, which may not be reflected in a product validation specification, through the creation of custom test protocols.
  • Determine impending product failures during their service life; e.g., using Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis as an indication of product degradation.
  • Validate product limits to predict field performance and to better predict the end of product life.
  • Analyze why your product “passed” or “failed”. We’ll work with you to determine the root cause of a test failure, detail under what conditions the product failed, and then develop solutions to remedy any product shortcomings.

Equipment Includes:

  • State-of-the-art data logging and monitoring equipment.
  • Programmable power sources and controllers to create automated test sequences to simulate various modes of product operation.
  • Equipment to simulate a variety of device control methodologies.

Thermal Testing

Thermal Testing

CCPV will perform short and long term temperature exposure tests including:

  • Environmental chamber testing at temperatures ranging from -70°C to +180°C (-94°F to +356°F).
  • Thermal testing with humidity profiles superimposed from 10% to 95% RH.
  • Temperature cycling.
  • Thermal mapping using Thermocouples or Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology.

Walk-in Thermal Chamber

  • -35°C to +85°C (-31°F to +185°F), 2°C (3.6°F) per minute between +25°C (+77°F) and +85°C (+185°F), 20% to 95% RH over temperature range of +10°C to +60°C (+50°F to +140°F) with +/-5% RH humidity control.
  • Outside dimensions: 3.94 m (L) x 3.94 m (D) x 3.63 m (H) (12'-11" x 12'-11" x 11'-11").

Reach-in Thermal Chamber

  • -73°C to +200°C (-99.4°F to +392°F), +/-0.3°C (0.5°F).
  • 20% to 95% RH, +/-2%, in the dry bulb range from +20°C to +85°C (+68°F to +185°F), limited by a dew point of +3°C (+37.4°F).
  • Workspace dimensions: 0.76 m (W) x 0.81 m (D) x 0.91 m (H) (30" x 32" x 36").

Thermal Chamber

  • -70°C to +180°C (-94°F to +356°F), +8°C (+14.4°F)/minute, 10% to 95% RH within the bounds of +85°C (+185°F) max and 10°C (+50°F) minimum dry bulb temperature, +83.7°C (+182.7°F) and +4°C (+39.2°F) minimum dew point.
  • Workspace dimensions: 1.37 m (L) x 1.37 m (W) x 0.91 m (H) (54" x 54" x 36").

Reach-in Ovens

  • Dispatch Force Convection Oven, Model LBB, 1-69. Outside dimensions: 0.91 m (H) x 0.91 m (W) x 0.61 m (D) (36" x 36" x 24"). Capable of temperatures up to 204°C (399.2°F).
  • Quincy Model 21-350°C (69.8-662°F) Oven. Outside dimensions: 0.61 m (H) x 0.84 m (W) x 0.91 m (D) (24" x 33" x 36"). Capable of temperatures up to 288°C (550.4°F).

Mechanical Testing

Mechanical Testing

CCPV serves a diverse range of industry sectors. Mechanical tests include:

  • Mechanical stress testing, both static and dynamic.
  • Impact testing.
  • Thermal vibration testing.
  • Fundamental material analysis.
  • NVH and acoustic testing in an anechoic chamber.
  • Testing of fuel additives for gas, diesel, and jet engines.
  • Engine dynamometer testing.

Tensile Testing

  • 100 kN capacity with integrated temperature chamber capable of -150°C to 600°C (-238°F to 1112°F) including non-contacting video extensometer.

Thermal Vibration Testing

  • Shaker Head: Slip table system with force level equal to 60,051 N (13,500 lbf) sine/60,051 N (13,500 lbf) random and 150,127.5 N (33,750 lbf) shock using a 7.62 cm (3") stroke. 5 Hz to 3 kHz.
  • Maximum table acceleration unloaded = 100 G. Maximum table velocity unloaded = 2 m/s (6.56 ft/s).
  • Within a Thermal/Humidity Chamber: -70°C to +180°C (-94°F to +356°F), 8°C (14.4°F)/minute, 10% to 95% RH within the bounds of +85°C (+185°F) max and 10°C (50°F) minimum dry bulb temperature, +83.7°C (+182.7°F) and +4°C (39.2°F) minimum dew point.
  • Workspace dimensions: 1.37 m (L) x 1.37 m (W) x 0.91 m (H) (54" x 54" x 36").

Mechanical Impact Testing

  • High energy falling weight tester with maximum dropping mass of 70 kg (154 lbs), including integrated temperature chamber capable of -70°C to +150°C (-94°F to +302°F).

Acoustic Testing

  • Hemi Anechoic Chamber: Outside dimensions: 11.07 m (L) x 9.55 m (W) x 5.23 m (H) (36'-4" x 31'-4" x 17'-2"), 3.24 m (W) x 3.35 m (H) (10'7.63" x 11') double swing door.
  • 100 Hz cutoff, background noise <20 dBA.
  • Chamber qualified to ISO 3744 and ISO 3745.
  • Isolated floor able to accommodate 17 tonnes (18.74 tons).
  • Chamber air conditioned by dedicated air handling unit.
  • Vehicle exhaust port.
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation to characterize acoustic emissions.

Electrical Testing

Electrical Testing
  • Power consumption analysis.
  • Electrical load testing using a programmable load simulator to 5 kW.
  • Electromagnetic compatibility testing, including conducted emissions (to 200 MHz), radiated emissions (to 3 GHz), conducted and radiated susceptibility (e.g., to ISO 7637), load dump, and electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing to 25 kV.
  • Testing of PV systems using continuous illumination solar simulator. This simulator is unique within Canada.
  • Testing of battery-based system performance.
  • Power supply fluctuation tests.

Radiated Emissions Testing

  • 3 m fully anechoic Raymond EMC chamber.
  • Outside dimensions: 9.14 m (L) x 6.71 m (W) x 6.09 m (H) (30' x 22' x 20'). 2.44 m x 2.44 m (8' x 8') double door, ANSI C63.4, CISPR 16-1-4 (Normalized Site Attenuation, 30 MHz - 1 GHz, +/-3 dB).
  • Chamber is equipped with Rohde and Schwarz instrumentation and dedicated air handling unit.

Conducted Susceptibility Testing

  • Teseq Transient Pulse Generator capable of delivering automotive pulses per numerous automotive standards.
  • Teseq ESD Pulse Generator capable of delivering up to 30 kV ESD pulses (air and contact discharge).
  • Pre-programmed settings for IEC 61000-4-2 and ISO 10605.

Radiated Susceptibility Testing

  • IEC 61000-4-3 (80 MHz - 6 GHz; 10 V/m at 80% AM (18 V/m CW).
  • Tests above 1 GHz.
  • Uniform area will be 0.5 m x 0.5 m (19.7" x 19.7").

Conducted Emissions Testing

Small Chamber

  • Small Faraday cage including Rohde and Schwarz 100 A LISNs, and Rohde and Schwarz instrumentation.
  • Workspace dimensions: 1.12 m (L) x 0.53 m (W) x 0.81 m (H) (44" x 21" x 32").

Large Chamber

  • 3 m fully anechoic Raymond EMC chamber.
  • Outside dimensions: 9.14 m (L) x 6.71 m (W) x 6.09 m (H) (30' x 22' x 20'). 2.44 m x 2.44 m (8' x 8') double door

Environmental Testing

Environmental Testing

Small Salt Spray Chamber

  • Singleton SCCH-20.
  • Inside Exposure Zone, 0.76 m (L) x 0.46 m (W) x 0.76 m (D) (30" x 18" x 30").

Large Salt Spray Chamber

  • Ascott CC2000iP.
  • Salt Spray Mode: Temperature range adjustable from +50°C (+122°F).
  • Condensation Humidity Mode: Temperature adjustable from +70°C (+158°F).
  • Air Drying Mode: Temperature adjustable from ambient to +70°C (+158°F).
  • Controlled Humidity Mode: Temperature adjustable from ambient to +60°C (+140°F).
  • Chamber internal dimensions: 2.16 m (W) x 0.62 m (D) x 1.32 m (H) (85" x 24.5" x 52").
  • Water spray testing.