University of Wisconsin–Madison

Materials Research

The Biotron is ideal for testing of concrete, soils, wood, fabrics and many other materials under conditions of heat stress, cold stress, rapid freeze-thaw, high light intensity, high humidity, and high CO2 exposure. Sample processing areas, wet lab space, autoclaves and drying ovens are available for material preparation and analysis.

Controlled variables include:

Temperature -10ºC to 45ºC (-4ºF to 113ºF)(-20C for 16 hours)
Humidity (RH) 10% to 90%
Light intensity 0 to 1,000 µmol m-2s-1
Light quality incandescent, fluorescent, HID, LED, UV
Biological isolation isolated air-handling, HEPA filtration
Sound isolation insulated with sound-dampening springs
Vibration isolation insulated with sound-dampening springs
Electrical power on/off programmable per minute
Watering automatic per schedule

For support of materials research or product testing, please contact:

Thomas Whitten Materials & Products (608) 262-8865 twhitten@wisc.edu