Elastomeric material tend to age in time in nuclear power plants as they are exposed to high temperatures, even at normal ambient temperatures. Rubber for instance, after a few years loses its characteristics. This is called thermal aging.
It is not practical to wait 20 years to determine the aged characteristics of a material, Thermal aging can be performed to simulate long periods of time within a short period accelerated test.
Thermodyne Engineering Ltd. has the capability in performing such tests and simulate many years of thermal aging in a few hours.
Thermally aged material may be susceptible to fire much easier than new material. They can also malfunction after a few years. Therefore, knowing or predicting their characteristics ahead of time could be very important.
For more information, please contact JYeremian@thermodyne.ca.
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