Especially popular with medical device manufacturers, accelerated aging estimates the life of a product when actual lifespan has yet to be determined under normal use.
Accelerated aging exposes product to high levels of controlled temperature, humidity, and sometimes pressure in the case of HAST Testing or bias (dc voltage).
How long in the test chamber equals how many years?
The ultimate test duration is up to you, but there are plenty of industry recognized standards to follow. Cascade TEK can help point you toward the best industry specifications for your needs. Here are a few of the more popular.
- ASTM F1980: Standard Guide for Accelerated Aging of Sterile Barrier Systems for Medical Devices
- ASTM D4332: Standard Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing
- ASTM F1327: Standard Terminology Relating to Barrier Materials for Medical Packaging
- ANSI / AAMI / ISO 11607: Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices
The math ultimately behind the test duration is derived from the Arrhenius reaction rate function.
Contact Cascade TEK for assistance in determining which tests may be appropriate for your products.