Testing & Certifications

Testing - Chicago

Unique state-of-the art testing laboratory

Who to talk to:
Josh Parent
Phone: +1 (847) 704-6330
Email: jparent@amca.org

The AMCA headquarters laboratory operating out of Chicago, USA, is an ENERGY STAR© approved test laboratory and is A2LA (ISO 17025) accredited. It is the standard to which all AMCA’s accredited independent laboratories, located in France, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and South Korea, are calibrated. The testing laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment and tests in accordance with AMCA Internationals test standards and other international standards. All instrumentation within the facility is continually calibrated and checked against dozens of AMCA Internationals accredited laboratories around the world.

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AMCA Internationals testing environment includes:

Four Reverberant Sound Rooms ranging in size from 6,300 to 65,500 cu. ft.
Two Water Test Facilities with chambers capable of simulating eight inches of rainfall per hour and wind speeds of 50 mph.
Multi-nozzle Chambers that are capable of measuring airflow up to 88,000 cfm.
Circulator Fan Facility capable of testing fans up to 72 inches in diameter.
Acoustic Transmission Loss test facility
ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation

AMCA Internationals lab performs tests on the following products:

Fans

Air performance testing includes:

Developing fan curves
Measuring airflow, pressure, power and efficiency

Test standards that apply to air performance testing include:

AMCA Internationals 210, Laboratory Methods of Testing Fans for Aerodynamic Rating
AMCA Internationals 230, Laboratory Methods of Testing Air Circulator Fans
AMCA Internationals 240, Laboratory Method of Testing Positive Pressure Ventilators for Rating
ISO 5801, Industrial Fans - Performance Testing Using Standardized Airways
ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Residential Ventilating Fans

Sound testing includes:

Inlet sound power
Outlet sound power
Total sound power

Test standards that apply to sound testing include:

AMCA Internationals 300, Reverberant Room Method for Sound Testing of Fans
ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Residential Ventilating Fans
ISO 13347 Part 2, Determination of Fan Sound Power Levels under Standardized Laboratory Conditions

Dampers

Damper testing includes:

Pressure drop
Leakage

Test standards that apply to damper testing include:

AMCA Internationals 500-D, Laboratory Methods of Testing Dampers for Rating

Louvers

Louver testing includes:

Pressure drop
Leakage
Resistance to water penetration and wind-driven rain
Transmission loss of acoustic louvers
Impact resistance of weather louvers

Test standards that apply to louver testing include:

AMCA Internationals 500-L, Laboratory Methods of Testing Air Louvers for Rating
AMCA Internationals 540, Test Method for Louvers Impacted by Wind Borne Debris
ASTM E-90, Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Sound Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements

Airflow Measurement Stations

Airflow measurement station testing includes:

Accuracy and pressure drop

Test standards that apply to airflow measurement station testing include:

AMCA Internationals 610, Methods of Testing Airflow Measurement Stations

Air Curtains

Air curtain testing includes:

Measuring airflow, uniformity, projection and efficiency

Test standards that apply to air curtain testing include:

AMCA Internationals 220, Laboratory Methods of Testing Air Curtain Units for Aerodynamic Performance Rating

Central Station Air-Handling Units (CSAHU)

CSAHU testing includes:

Developing fan curves
Measuring airflow, pressure, power and efficiency

Test standards that apply to air curtain testing include:

AHRI 430, Performance Rating of Central Station Air-Handling Units

Contract testing:

Non-standard tests can be performed to meet customer requirements when within the capabilities of AMCA Internationals facilities.

Tours of the AMCA laboratory are available upon request