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Corrosion Testing

Corrosion testing demonstrates processes to avoid the degradation of metal, stone, or other materials. Examples of corrosion include the rusting of iron or steel used in automotives, water pipes, and various types of structural components.

Keystone compliance offers a broad range of corrosion testing services. Our corrosion lab testing engineers provide comprehensive reports shortly after completion of the environmental corrosion test. Not only does our proven process help avoid product launch delays but Keystone Compliance assists in finding solutions when products do not meet standard corrosion requirements.

Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. Have a question about our expert corrosion testing services? Contact us or call (724) 657-9940 and we will determine the best course of action.

Summary of Corrosion Laboratory Testing

How does the corrosion testing process work?

When selecting the correct corrosion testing method, one must consider the environments of the materials life cycle. Salt fog, immersion, and accelerated weathering environments are most commonly correlated with corrosive exposure.

Corrosion test methods include MIL-STD 883 Salt Atmosphere Testing, ASTM B-117 Salt Spray Testing and RTCA DO-160 Humidity Testing. Generally, the equipment is subjected to high relative humidity ranges and/or high temperature and salt atmospheres. After the test, the apparatus is examined for physical, mechanical, operational, or electrical malfunctions. 

What are other common characteristics in conjunction with corrosion testing?

Controlled corrosive environment – This is the term used to describe the laboratory testing of corrosive materials.

Corrosive conditions – Corrosive conditions describe the temperature, humidity, acidic environment, etc. to reproduce natural environmental conditions.

Determining mass loss – This is done by reweighing and subtracting mass after exposure from its original mass

Salt spray (fog) exposure – Equipment used for salt spray exposure consists of a fog chamber, salt solution reservoir, a supply of suitably conditioned compressed air, and other necessary means of control.

Why do I need to perform corrosion laboratory testing?

Environmental corrosion can produce irreversible damage to commercial, industrial, military, and aerospace products.

The main adverse effects of corrosion can include:

  • Corrosion of metals.
  • Clogging or binding of moving parts as a result of salt deposits.
  • Insulation fault.
  • Damage to contacts and uncoated wiring.
  • Change of equipment characteristics such as mechanical (metals), electrical (conductors and insulators), chemical (hygroscopic elements), and thermal (insulators).

Keystone Compliance Offers Expert Corrosion Laboratory Testing

In addition to environmental corrosion testing, Keystone has a full scope of expertise including sand and dust, fungus, and solar radiation. Our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing. Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling.

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