Altitude chambers, or hypobaric chambers, are environmental test chambers which replicate the pressure and gas conditions found at differing altitudes for the purposes of evaluating the response to the changes.
Altitude chambers are used to test electronics, products and packaging which may be exposed to high altitude environments during their lifespan. If malfunctions occur, or other flaws are revealed in the testing process, manufacturers can then adapt the product design to avoid future malfunctions.
Industries such as aerospace, aeronautical, military and automotive employ strict altitude chamber testing due to the critical nature of their product activities. For example, the failure of a missile guidance system, aircraft radio or a deep sea diving regulator would likely result in a severe and fatal accident. Therefore, the system components and equipment in these industries must be tested in extremes of varying pressure in order to determine any potential weaknesses. Read More…