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Common Testing Standards that Require Environmental Test Chambers

Specifications for Environmental Test Chambers

AES environmental test chambers enable you to perform a variety of tests that verify whether a component, product, or system conforms to specifications and related environmental test standards. Environmental test standards establish criteria for the ability to withstand different environmental conditions for a period of time or over a projected lifetime. Standards vary according to the industry, the type of item being tested and its use. Examples of environmental or climatic conditions to which standard testing parameters apply include:

  • Extremely high and low temperatures
  • Rapid variations in temperature
  • Humidity variations
  • Salt spray and salt fog
  • Vibrations
  • High and low pressures

Some AES environmental test chambers combine conditions, such as temperature and humidity. Environmental test standards apply to a wide variety of industry sectors. Some standards apply to more than one industry. These are some examples of specifications organized in alphabetical order.


North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) provides guidance in the Allied Environmental Conditions and Test Publication (AECTP) 100, Environmental Guidelines for Defence Material. Test criteria include temperature, humidity, and salt variations.



The American Society for Testing and Materials standards for a large number of industries including aerospace, automotive, building and construction, chemicals, consumer products, food processing, medical devices, IT, telecommunication, manufacturing, pulp & paper, safety and security.



The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of promoting and protecting public health. Their standards ensure products meet specific requirements for identity, strength, quality and purity under the influence of a variety of environmental factors.


The International Electrotechnical Commission is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence.


The International Standards Organization is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards best known for its ISO 9000 Quality management standards.

JEDEC No. 22-A104D

The Joint Electron Device Engineering Council enforces global standards for the microelectronics industry, with this provision for Temperature Cycling addressing component and solder interconnection testing. It specifies temperature ranges.


United States Department of Defense Military Standards, also referred to as MIL-SPEC or MilSpecs, are defense standards issued by the United States Department of Defense to support standardization objectives.


Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics establishes technical guidance for use by government regulatory authorities and by industry.


The Society of Automotive Engineers International is a professional association and standards organization for engineering professionals focusing on transport industries, such as automotive, aerospace and commercial vehicles.

SR-332 (Telcordia)

Contains recommended methods for predicting device and unit hardware reliability, specifically for electronic equipment. These include test methods in a range of operating temperatures with the purpose of predicting failure rates.


Underwriters Laboratories is an American global safety consulting and certification organization providing safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising and training services.

UN/DOT 38.3

Enforced by the United States Department of Transportation, UN Manual of Tests and Criteria 4th Revised Edition Lithium Battery Testing.