Thermal cycling of materials over their expected operating range, with customer-defined temperature hold times, can provide valuable data regarding how materials and designs will perform over their expected lifecycles and in their expected operating environment.
For example, materials used in space applications undergo extreme temperature changes over the products lifecycle while in orbit. Thermal cycling can simulate these temperature excursions and may reveal premature failures prior to deployment.
PMIC routinely carries out thermal cycling of test samples, components, and structures from 35 K to over 900 K (-238 °C to 627 °C) . Lower and higher temperatures are achievable by applying customized construction and instrumentation of the thermal cycling setup. Various sizes of thermal cycling chambers are available to meet test sample dimensions and quantities. For all special or larger test sample dimensions, PMIC designs and builds tailor-made thermal cycling chambers.