The Mechanical Testing and Accelerated Ageing Facility is mainly dedicated to:
On one hand, the development of this facility met industry needs for providing tests results according to standards or customers' specifications before the introduction of goods onto the market.
On the other hand, the growing research activities related to the durability of polymers and polymer-based composites developed by LIST led the facility being completely kitted out with the instrumentation necessary for the study of advanced mechanical properties in the most severe environmental conditions.
Thus, mechanical performances of materials or products can be evaluated after many kinds of artificial ageing, under controlled temperatures when required, and with the ability to provide advanced properties like true stress or true strain.
Accelerated ageing tests can also be combined with mechanical or electrical stresses.
This facility is suitable for the building, packaging, automotive, and aeronautic industries, at different steps of a product's life, such as development, validation and quality control