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ASTM D610 test now offered at Micom Laboratories

Micom Laboratories is proud to announce that it now offers the ASTM D610 test as part of its corrosion testing services . This standard only provides a visual aid which allows to assess the degree of rusting of a painted steel surface. In other words, this method supplies the tools that are required to appraise the extent of the visible surface corrosion, but it does not mention test conditions that will lead to the evaluation of the surface. Thus, this test protocol has to be paired with a standard that will induce, on an accelerated basis, the deterioration of the sample in a controlled environment. For instance, ASTM B117 , ASTM D714 and ASTM G85 are examples of test protocols that may be associated with the ASTM D610 standard.

ASTM D610 test

The goal of ASTM D610 is to provide the means to assess, in a standardized way, the extent and the distribution of the visible rusted surface. Indeed, it is through the photographs that are present in this method that it is possible to evaluate the properties of the rusted surface. Moreover, by appraising the amount of rust that is beneath or through a paint film, it is possible to determine if the coating system ought to be replaced or repaired. However, in order to achieve this point, it is necessary to pair this method with an appropriate standard that will induce the degradation of the sample through an exposure to a corrosive environment. As a matter of fact, corrosion corresponds to the decaying of a metal that has been exposed for a long period of time to an oxygenic and moist environment. Furthermore, the pH of the water, the temperature and the presence of a corroding agent such as salt are factors that will affect the corrosion rate. Hence, a corrosion test is a method that relies on this principle in order to simulate, on an accelerated basis, a warm and humid environment that will instate the electro-chemical process.

Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM D610 test, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.

Micom Laboratories is a third party industrial material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB, ISTA and many other organizations.


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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