Fullerton, CA

Orange County’s Premier One-Stop Shop for Testing

Element U.S. Space & Defense’s Fullerton laboratory is a massive facility with advanced environmental, mechanical, EMI/EMC, wireless, and dynamics testing capabilities to serve customers across several sectors. A sampling of key test services include:

  • EMI, EMC, ESD, Reverb, HIRF Testing, Electronic Warfare, HEMP and HERO
  • High Powered Single and Dual Shaker Systems
  • HALT, Temperature, Altitude, Humidity, Icing, Wind
  • Hydraulics and Structural Loads Testing
  • Materials Testing
  • Salt Fog, Sand/Dust, Solar Radiation, Mix Flowing Gas/Corrosive Atmosphere

In providing expert engineering and testing services to our many client partners in the commercial and military sectors, Element U.S. Space & Defense is known for building complex testing solutions. In fact, the Fullerton, CA facility has more equipment, experience, and technical expertise than any lab in Orange County. Our team is full of dedicated specialists with proven track records in their subject matter over many years. No matter your project needs, this highly effective and efficient team is ready to respond quickly with answers and solutions.

  • Environmental Simulation
  • EMI/EMC Testing
  • Dynamics and Shock
  • Hydraulics Testing
  • MIL-STD Testing
  • Pneumatic Testing
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Vibration Testing, RTCA/DO-160 Testing

We Can Simulate ANY Environmental Condition on Earth—and Beyond

The Fullerton lab provides environmental simulation testing, including HALT, temperature, humidity, altitude, icing, wind testing, thermal shock, HALT, salt fog, explosive atmosphere, dust seismic/earthquake, sine/random vibration, solar radiation, rapid decompression, simulated pyroshock, windmilling, and more. The facility includes numerous climatic chambers, electrodynamic shakers (which include a UD T4000 and a UD T2000), drop towers, and a 28-foot centrifuge. Key environmental testing highlights include:

  • Acceleration up to 40g, 14’ radius, up to 70 channels
  • Over 50 different types of chambers to meet every need.
  • Multiple Temperature / Humidity Chambers from 2’ x 2’ x 2’ to 10’ x 12’ x 8’, up to 10°C/m
  • Explosive Atmosphere / Rapid Decompression
  • Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT), 40°C/m
  • Salt Fog, Sand/Dust, Solar Radiation, Mix Flowing Gas (MFG)
  • Temperature / Altitude / Relative Humidity
  • Icing / Custom Built Icing
  • Blowing Rain
  • Altitude up to 100Kft


EMI/EMC and HIRF Testing in Fullerton

Element U.S. Space & Defense is a NIST designated, U.S. Conformity Assessment Body for EMC, with extensive capabilities and experience to conduct Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing (EMC/EMI), HIRF, lightning and electrical testing to military, aerospace, ITE, telecommunications, USB cable, and other industry specifications.

Radiated Susceptibility (RS) capabilities include up to 7200 V/m to 18 GHz and 200 V/m to 40 GHz. Lightning Transients testing includes multiple-burst, multiple-stroke and pin injection up to level 5 of RTCA/DO-160. The Fullerton, CA lab houses seven fully anechoic and one three-meter semi-anechoic, along with FCC-listed chambers and a copper lined reverberation chamber with state-of-the-art amplifiers. EMI/EMC capabilities include the following:

  • Radiated Susceptibility ~ 200 V/m, frequency range 10 kHz to 40 GHz,
  • HIRF Testing 100 MHz – to 1o 18 GHz up to 7200 V/m pk
  • Radiated Emissions ~ 30 Hz to 40 GHz
  • 3 meter semi-anechoic chamber
  • 40’ x 40’ semi-anechoic chamber
  • Four MIL/AERO semi-anechoic chambers
  • Reverberation chamber 100 MHz to 18 GHz,
  • Extended ground plane test beds
  • Indirect Lightning-Single stroke, multiple stroke, multiple burst, Level 5 DO-160
  • AC & Telecom port surge, Electrical Fast Transients, Ring-wave, and bust testing
  • Electrical power characteristics testing for Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, and Telecom
  • Airborne acoustic noise and structure-borne noise
  • Antenna characterization
  • Shielding effectiveness, transfer impedance
  • Electrostatic discharge up to 30 kV
  • Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) to 50 kV/m
  • AC Power fault

Primary EMI/EMC Test Specifications: MIL-STD-461/462/464, MIL-STD-1275, MIL-STD-704A, RTCA/DO-160, Boeing, Airbus, GR-1089-CORE, and RBOC Supplements, FCC Part 15, FCC Part 18, EN 300386, EN 55024, EN 55022, EN 61000-6-x, VCCI, and BSMI. 

Single and Dual Shaker Systems

At Element U.S. Space & Defense, we offer a wide range of vibration and dynamics testing. With more than 50 years of vibration testing experience, our engineers possess the materials testing expertise to be sure your product is properly prepared for its intended market. We regularly conduct shaker testing to meet military, NASA, and ISO standards.

Our equipment can generate up to 70,000 lbs force based on tandem shakers and up to 45,000 force pounds on a single shaker. Shaker testing highlights at the Fullerton facility include the following:

  • Shakers up to 3.0” stroke, 45,000 lbs force, 4 shakers to 3,000Hz
  • Seismic system with 10.5” stroke, 14,000 lbs force, 0.6 Hz to 500 Hz


Mechanical, Hydraulic/Pneumatic Testing

The engineers at our Fullerton lab routinely design and perform challenging test programs on all types of equipment and components. Working their magic, they accurately reproduce various flow, stress, fatigue, and load conditions on test specimens that simulate actual operating conditions, such as:

  • Fire Resistance, Fire Spread, Needle Flame
  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Pressure Impulse, Flow, Proof, Burst
  • Tensile Fatigue, Flexural Testing, Inclination, Acceleration
  • Fluids tested include: MIL-PRF-83282, MIL-PRF-5606, Skydrol, MIL-L-7808 and various fuels

Primary Mechanical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic Test Specifications: FAA AC20-135, ISO 2685, SAE ARP 1383, SAE ARP 603, SAE AS 4265, ISO 6772, SAE AS 18280, Rolls Royce, AIR 1377, MIL-STD-202, RTCA/DO-160


Remote Test Witnessing

If you’re unable to conduct on-site testing at Fullerton, you can depend on our team of experts to be your direct line of communication to provide regular updates on the progress of your test. All of our test engineers go through extensive background checks prior to hiring and randomly throughout employment.

In addition, we provide remote test witnessing where you can view your testing on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone from the comfort of your home. Contact us to learn more about this service for your future testing needs.

The Ultimate One-Stop Shop

Don’t hesitate to let us know what you need and we’ll make it happen. After all, there’s only one place in Orange County that can provide you with everything you need. And that’s Element U.S. Space & Defense’s Fullerton laboratory!