Oven ageing is a technique used to simulate the ageing process, artificially speeding it up by generating specific temperature conditions.
Achieved with specially-made ageing ovens, this process is performed on metals and polymers that may be temperature-stressed in various applications, ranging from automotive to industrial. After ageing a sample, technicians can perform various tests and compare the results to non-aged control samples in an attempt to determine how the ageing process might affect materials.
Most ageing ovens can be programmed to operate according to specified standards. They are typically designed to circulate hot air evenly throughout the oven chamber in an effort to expose all samples to similar conditions.