Accelerated Aging of Aluminum Reflectors Guidelines

This testing guideline specifies the recommended accelerated aging conditions to reproduce realistic degradation mechanisms on aluminum reflectors, which have been observed during a 3 year outdoor exposure testing campaign at 9 exposure sites with 9 different aluminum reflector types (7 of them protected with a SiO2 based sol-gel coating, 2 of them protected by a polymeric coating). Accelerated aging parameters have been derived to simulate the exposure after 3 and 10 years at three reference outdoor scenarios: “extreme desert”, “desert” and “coastal”.

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