Agenda Day 1
9:00 – 9:15
9:15 – 10:30
Part 1: Factors of weather
Learn about the influences of weather, i.e. sunlight, temperature and humidity, are described.
10:30 – 10:50
10:50 – 12:00
Part 2: Outdoor weathering
The fundamentals of natural weathering are described. This includes static exposures in different reference climate zones, as well as various accelerated methods for natural weathering.
12:00 – 13:00
13:00 – 14:00
Part 3: Laboratory weathering
In this section different kind of weathering laboratory instruments are described. What is the light source and its spectral power distribution? Which is the right instrument for which application?
14:00 – 14:45
Part 4: Weathering standards
Purpose of standards for weathering testing are describes. Examples are given on the most common test methods for automotive, textiles, coatings, pharmaceuticals and other applications (ISO 4892/105 B02+B06/16474, ASTM G155/D7869, SAE, ICH …)
14:45 – 15:10
15:10 – 15:40
Part 5: Reference materials for weathering tests
Standard reference or control materials are recommended for the validation of accelerated test methods and for control of the instrument performance.
15:40 – 16:10
Part 6: Acceleration/Intensifying tests
Principles are shown on how to accelerate weathering tests and what has to be considered to avoid unrealistic results.
16:10 – 16:45
Agenda Day 2
9:00 – 9:15
Summary of day 1
9:15 – 10:30
Part 1: Effects of weather on polymers
The effects of primary and secondary weather factors on materials are described. A special focus is given on the influence of light, heat and moisture on materials. How are they measured? How can their impact be estimated?
10:30 – 11:15
Part 2: Photooxidation and stabilization mechanisms
In this section the most important chemical degradation pathways are described. What effect does solar radiation have on materials? How can it be controlled or avoided?
11:15 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:30
Part 3: Validating Operation of Laboratory Weathering Instruments.
Evaluating weathering instrument performance is a common concern. Here we show what to do if an instrument performs out of it specification.
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Part 4: Correlation
Mathematical/statistical procedures are described on how to compare weathering results from different exposures. This is an important step in the validation of weathering experiments.
14:30 – 14:45
14:45 – 15:30
Part 5: Acceleration
Technical solutions on how to accelerate weathering experiments are described on day one (FoW I) of this seminar. Here is described what has to be considered to get reliable and significant results from accelerated testing and on how to validate reciprocity.
15:30 – 16:00