Micom Laboratories is happy to inform you that we have recently expanded our scope of testing of regular surface finishes tests to include ASTM B117 and many related corrosion testing services such as cyclic corrosion, ASTM G85 and ASTM D5894. Salt spray testing is widely used in a lot of industry types as well as in many standards. These new services complement our existing UV testing services by either xenon arc exposure according to ASTM G155 or by fluorescent light exposure done to ASTM G154 as well as the other finishes tests we offer such as pencil hardness, impact resistance, taber abrasion, color measurements and many other tests. These new tests also complement our environmental testing services.
Salt spray testing is known not to always offer reliable results as the static conditions are not well representing what happens normally in the field. More evolved accelerated corrosion techniques such as ASTM G85 and ASTM D5894 are now used more and more frequently.
The test cabinet used to test to ASTM G-85 is the same as the one for ASTM B117. What differs is the corrosive atmosphere. In ASTM G85 you have a choice of 5 different atmospheres depending of your application:
|A1||Acetic acid-salt spray test, continuous|
|A2||Cyclic acidiﬁed salt spray test|
|A3||Seawater acidiﬁed test, cyclic (SWAAT)|
|A4||SO 2 salt spray test, cyclic.|
|A5||Dilute electrolyte cyclic fog dry test|
Testing to ASTM D-5894 requires the use of two distinct cabinets: a salt spray cabinet (ASTM B-117) and a UV/condensation cabinet equipped with fluorescent light sources. Typically the test is run by alternating 1 week of salt spray and 1 week of UV exposure. The salt spray part uses ASTMG-85, cycle A2. This test method is believed to better simulate outdoor exposure by synergistically combining 2 organic coatings aging mechanisms.
For more information about these new services and our coating testing services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Micom is a third party material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB and ISTA.
Did you know?
In 2002, the US Federal Highway Administration released a study titled Corrosion Costs and Preventive Strategies in the United States on the direct costs associated with metallic corrosion in the U.S. industry. In 1998, the total annual direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. was ca. $276 billion (ca. 3.2% of the US gross domestic product).
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My career has been focused on simulating real life in the lab under controlled yet accelerated conditions. My passion for lab testing lead me to start Micom Laboratories Inc. 16 years ago. Through time I made sure Micom has the necessary equipment to simulate various environmental parameters such as the sun, vibrations, heat, cold, thermal shocks and humidity. I wanted to be able to move things back and forth, apply stresses to the products and materials we test and see how they react to the various stimuli. To do so we test products and materials against known standards and specifications (certification) and in many cases by creating my own test protocols and specifications (this is the cherry on top of the sundae…). This is what led me to participate in many standards writing committees and to become chairman of some of these committees.