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Ultra-accelerated natural sunlight exposure testing facilities

United States Patent

August 12, 2003
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A multi-faceted concentrator apparatus for providing ultra-accelerated natural sunlight exposure testing for sample materials under controlled weathering conditions comprising: facets that receive incident natural sunlight, transmits VIS/NIR and reflects UV/VIS to deliver a uniform flux of UV/VIS onto a sample exposure plane located near a center of a facet array in chamber means that provide concurrent levels of temperature and/or relative humidity at high levels of up to 100.times. of natural sunlight that allow sample materials to be subjected to accelerated irradiance exposure factors for a significant period of time of about 3 to 10 days to provide a corresponding time of about at least a years worth representative weathering of sample materials.
Lewandowski; Allan A. (Evergreen, CO), Jorgensen; Gary J. (Pine, CO)
Midwest Research Institute (Kansas City, MO)
09/ 521,731
March 9, 2000
United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10093 between the United States Department of Energy and the Midwest Research Institute.