Introduction to Atlas SolarConstant Series 4000 watt Sun Sources
Manually Controlled Single Sources in arrays of 1-6, and Computer Coordinated Arrays of 6-32 Sources

aka:  Also Atlas-mts, Ametek, K.H.Steuernagel, KHS Solar Constant

Atlas, now owned by Ametek, a worldwide testequipment supplier to manufacturers, provides Solar Simulation Systems to the following worlds of BOATS, AUTOMOBILES:  Tesla, GM, Ford, .....;  RAILROAD: The Austrian Rail System owns a huge array for radiating full engines and rail cars to test finishes, accessories and HVAC.  We were told it contains a total of 256 Lumianres, and at full power consumes a mighty 1.25 Megawatts !,  PAINTS & FINISHES, PLASTIC MATERIALS,  SOLAR MODULES, MILITARY HARDWARE AND CLOTHING, CONSUMER ITEMS, CAMPING GOODS, AIRCRAFT AND AEROSPACE ... "That canopy does WHAT ?" ! and TUV & UL CERTIFICATION ORGANIZATIONS worldwide test centers.  The SolarConstant Series described in Atlas literature:    http://atlas-mts.com/products/product-detail/pid/522/:

"SolarConstant" Definition  "
.... is the rate at which solar radiation is received outside Earth's atmosphere, on a surface normal to the incident radiation, and at Earth's mean distance from the Sun."

For your convenience, refer to the compiled list of worldwide solar radiation testing standards

The SolarConstant series is a special design to match the requirements of simulated environmental tests with solar radiation. The spectrum of sunlight (so-called Global Radiation) is accurately reproduced allowing reliable system performance decisions to be made. The basic components of the SolarConstant systems are the Radiation Unit, the Power Supply and the Control System.

Radiation Unit:
For the Radiation Source, a special metal halide (MHG = "Metal Halide Global") lamp is used. The MHG lamp produces a dense multiline spectrum of the rare earths that is comparable to a continuous spectrum. In combination with special glass filters, MHG lamp systems provide a spectral distribution very close to natural sunlight (Total Radiation as defined by CIE 85). Filters with different characteristic are available for applications other than the accelerated aging of materials test. The combination of lamp, reflector and filter, all a part of the Radiation Unit, offers high irradiance efficiency and a superior spatial uniformity.

The Power Supply: To achieve the best performance, the lamps are powered using electronic power supplies. The electronic power supply or EPS-Modul drives the lamp with square-wave current. This reduces the modulation of the radiation to less than +/-1%, controls the intensity and offers a stabilized power output even when incoming (feed) power varies. In addition, it provides the lamp optimal operation conditions, which results in an extended MHG lamp lifetime.
 

Ametek ATLAS 6 to 32 Lamp Computer Controlled Array
"SolarConstant 4000" Solar Simulation Systems

SolarConstant Sources are completely supported by Atlas:   Lamps, Spares, Repairs, Installations, and Consulting

TYPICAL 32 LUMINARE
4X8 ARRAY

Capable of irradiance of 1,000 W/m2 +/-10% Sun Spectrum, over total area up tof 11 x 9.2m = 101.2m2
These models are currently supplied by Atlas to customers requiring precise solar exposure on demand "24/7" as well as for long periods of un-interrupted radiation for accelerated test.

Each irradiator covers approximately 1.6m2 at 1 Sun intensity at 88% of rated wattage.

LAMP SPECTRA:

    "MH"
Spectrum delivers MIL-STD 810F Method 505.4 Solar Radiation Testing

   "MHG" Global "G" Spectrum includes UV-B spectral band for accurate material degradation testing

 

Radiator ARRAYS larger than 6 lamps

Priced at $9950 per Set of Supply + Luminaire + Cables

** ATLAS price is about $17k per set, plus cost of cabinets and controls.

You save almost half!

SINGLE LUMINAIRE

"Optimum "Solar" spectrum from Metal Halide is between about 80% and 106% of rated wattage.
At about 4.5 feet from the bottom of each luminary, and about 88% of rated wattage, there is 1 Sun ~ 1000W/m2 intensity which is the 'average peak' equivalent of sunlight - e.g. between 10:00 and 14:00 on a clear day in summer.

 
     

BANK OF 32 4000 watt POWER SUPPLIES

    Lamps are powered using KHS EPS 4000 w
electronic power supplies (EPS )with square-wave current.
    This reduces the modulation of the radiation to less than +/-1%, controls the intensity and offers a stabilized power output even when incoming (feed) power varies.

   In addition, These EPS provide optimal operation conditions, resulting in an extended MHG/MH lamp lifetimes.

EACH SUPPLY REQUIRES
380-410/210-240 "Y" (or "Wye") @ 7.2kva Capacity   

Actual ENERGY CONSUMED = 500w/supply + 4.00kw/luminary (total heat dissipation).

Sufficient ventilation to dissipate this power is also required.

 

SINGLE KHS/Atlas 4000w Supply
 .. with front-panel meter showing
   a - Number of Start Cycles
   b - Cumulative Run-time

Beautifully Made !  Conservative Specs, Reliable EPS.  You may want to blow kisses to the designer - and I have no idea who she is ...

 

REPLACEMENT
"MHG" SPECTRUM 4000w
METAL ARC LAMPS
Heart & Soul of these systems.
All else is just support (as in the HighSchool joke we know) average life 750-1200 hours, depending upon
  a - Power Levels
  b - Start Cycles

In STOCK!

One day shipping

$1200/ea.

Atlas industrial PC installation  

MAIN CABINET:
Impeccable Power and Control Wiring.
DETAIL + QUALITY !

 
 
Lightly Used
Ametek ATLAS "SolarConstant 4000" Solar Simulation System Kits

1 to 6 Lamps with Manual Digital Control
(Thoroughly adequate because of inherent stability of sources ... Determine correct value, Set it and Forget it !)
SAVE more than 50% off ATLAS price !

** please note:  For 1-6 lamp installations, Manual Digital Controls are preferred
because of simplicity, and lack of operator confusion, not to mention lower cost

Please note: ALL images on this web-page were taken by us of the ACTUAL units we are selling.

SINGLE LUMINAIRE
    Each luminaire covers approx. 1.6m2 at 1 Sun intensity at 88% of rated wattage (3520w).

USER HINT 1:
Using enclosure sides covered with high quality Al foil, edge light is reflected back into the exposure zone, creating far more uniform exposure over greater area at minimal cost.

About 4.5 feet from the bottom of each luminary, and about 88% of rated wattage, there is 1 Sun ~ 1000w/m2 intensity which is the 'average peak' equivalent of sunlight - e.g. between 10:00 and 14:00 on a clear day in summer.

Supplying 1,000 w/m2 +/-10% irradiance of CIE Sun Spectrum, over total area up tof 11 x 9.2m = 101.2m2 These systems are supplied to customers requiring precise solar exposure "24/7" for long periods of accelerated test.

 

ELECTRONIC POWER SUPPLY (EPS) KHS/Atlas EPS 4000 w
with square-wave current to reduce the modulation of the radiation to less than +/-1%, Controls the intensity and offers a stabilized power output even when incoming (facility) power varies.
This EPS provide optimal operation conditions, resulting in extended lifetimes for MHG/MH lamps.

EACH SUPPLY REQUIRES
380-410/210-240 "Y" (or "Wye") @ 7.2kva Capacity   

USER HINT 2:
    Browsing through the Atlas product descriptions at http://atlas-mts.com, one finds many systems which include a single Solar Simulation 1 Sun radiation system installed in a test cabinet with easily added humidity, temperature, and even vacuum for high-altitude simulation.

 
MHG 4000w Replacement Lamps
KEY TO IT ALL:  The spectrum-adjusted 4000w arc lamp !
$1200/ea.
Ex-Stock
MANUAL CONTROL PANELS
Generic 4-Lamp rack-mount
(to be labeled as per customer)
Atlas/KHS EPS is controllable from 50% to 100% (2000-4000w) in steps of 8w/ea.
using 8bit control from 256/512 (50%) to 512/512 (100%)
.. included
1 Lamp SolarSimulation Kit Lightly Used Luminaire, Lamp, EPS, Manual Digital Control, and Cable Set
(Please note: comparable unit from Atlas is sold for approx. $24k)
$9950
Ex-Stock

WORLDWIDE INDUSTRY SOLAR TEST STANDARDS:

DIN 75220  Ageing of automotive components in solar simulation units
IEC 61215  Crystalline silicon terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules - Design qualification and type approval
IEC 904-9  Photovoltaic devices - Part 9: Solar simulation performance requirements
DIN IEC 68-2-9  Electrical engineering - Basic environmental testing procedures - Part 2-9: Tests - Guidance for solar radiation testing
DIN EN 60068-2-5  Electrical engineering - Basic environmental testing procedures - Part 2-5: Tests - Test Sa: Simulated solar radiation at ground level
ISO 12097-2  Road vehicles - Airbag components - Part 2: Testing of airbag modules
BMW PR 306.4  Solar Simulation for equipment parts
ASTM E927  Standard Specification for Solar Simulation for Terrestrial Photovoltaic Testing
DIN SPEC 18035-7  Sports grounds - Part 7: Synthetic turf areas
DIN EN 61646 VDE 0126-32  Thin-film terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules - Design qualification and type approval
MIL-STD 810  Environmental engineering considerations and laboratory tests
AECTP 300 Method 305  Solar Radiation
DBL 7384  "Soft Feeling" Paint on Plastic Parts - Interior Components
TS H1583G  Accelerated Weathering Resistance of paint film using a metal halide lamp as light source
PV 1211  Climatic Test - Interior Parts
VW PV 2503 Glazing systems - colour change caused by chemical interaction
GR-487-CORE  Electronic Equipment Cabinets
NES M0131  Test Method for Heat Loading - Synthetic Resin Parts
DIN EN 61853-1  Photovoltaic (PV) module performance testing and energy rating - Part 1: Irradiance and temperature performance measurements and power rating
JSS 5555-No.25  Enviromental Test for Electronic and Electrical equipments
STANAG 2895  Solar Heat Load Test
STANAG 4370  Enviromental Test - Solar Radiation
AK LV 01  Airbag Test
DBL 4571  Interior Trim Parts
DBL 5471  Covering and Form Padding Parts
DVM 0074-MA  Ageing of interior components by sunload simulation
DVM 0006-EX  Exterior Lighting-Sunload
Renault 32-00-022  Solar Simulation test on complete Vehicles
Volvo 88100001  UV-Heat Test on Quarter Body
GM 9310P  Variabel Surface temperature heat exposure test
EPA 40 CRF Part 86  Control Air Pollution from New Motor Vehicles and New Motor Vehicles Engines
SFTP Control Air Pollution from New Motor Vehicles and New Motor Vehicles Engines
LH 259001  Electronical Equipments
IEC 51345  UV Test for photovoltaic Modules
EN 12975-2  Thermal Collector Testing
PrV 303.3  Climatic Test at Plastic Parts
Dessault Aviation   Solar Simulation Test
Stan 00-35/CL3  Solar Radiation Test
Fiat 9.03141  Instrument Panels
GOST 20.57.406  Testing of Electrical Components
MS 200-48  Exterior Plastic Parts
Renault 32-00-011  Automotive Test Standard