Thermal Vacuum Chamber LVC PREMIUM

The LVC test facility simulates thermal vacuum conditions, e.g. space environment in open space and sun exposure. The vacuum chamber offers an inner diameter of 1,500 mm and a height of 1,500 mm (volume: approx. 1.5 m³).

The temperature of the hardware under investigation is adjusted by means of a copper process plate mounted inside the vacuum chamber. The plate is heated electrically, the cooling is performed by liquid nitrogen (LN2: T = -196 °C). General specifications of this plate are:

  • Available dimensions: 1000x700 mm², 500x500 mm², extension plates 1,000x1,000 mm²
  • Heating / Cooling rate up to 5-6 K/min
  • Maximum operating temperature +250 °C (short time), +200 °C (continuous)
  • Minimum operating temperature -185 °C in vacuum
  • Atmosphere: Vacuum 1e-6 mbar, non corrosive gas (N2, CO2, Ar,...) up to ambient pressure
  • Various copper shields for improved thermal homogeneity available

The LVC test rig is positioned in a “visible clean” laboratory clean environment next to an ISO7 clean room that may be used for sample preparation.

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Type: Service
Available standards (e.g. ASTM, MIL): ECSS-Q-ST-70-04C, ECSS-Q-ST-70-01C, ASTM-E-2900
Features thermal:
Solar simulator
Thermal plate
Temperature controlled shroud
Specimen length [mm]: 1300.0
Specimen width/dia [mm]: 1200.0
Specimen height/thk [mm]: 1000.0
Mass max. [kg]: 300.0
Higher temperature [K]: 523.0
Lower temperature [K]: 88.0
Temperature change rate [±K/min]: 6.0
Feedthroughs: various: DSUB, Coax, SMA, Power (up to 50A), fluid, LN2,...
Data acquisition: by PC, TherESA Software
Vacuum limit [hPa] [mbar]: 1e-6
Project heritage: HERA, JUICE, BEPI Colombo, MTG
ISO/IEC 17025
ISO 9001
Keywords: TVAC, TVC, LVC, bakeout, thermal vacuum, thermal cycling, hot & cold