Cyclic Corrosion Test and Traditional Salt Spray Test

The cyclic corrosion test chamber is a professional facility for corrosion resistance testing. But do you know the production process for the cyclic corrosion test chamber ? I took some pictures about drilling the machine. Through these holes, We can install the controller, pressure gauge, and power indicator, over temperature signal, etc. In addition to take some photos, I also took some short videos to let you know that how to drilling for a cyclic corrosion testing chamber. If you look closely at the below links, You will find them there.

Compared with ASTM B117 salt spray chamber, Cyclic corrosion test chamber can set constant temperature and humidity. Parts included for a cyclic corrosion test chamber: French Tecumseh compressor, EMERSON oil separator, cooling fan, Danfoss overtemperature protection device. Of course, a 5.7-inch touch-screen controller also include there. Salt spray test is a common method to test the corrosion resistance of coatings, mainly including neutral salt spray test, acetate spray test and copper accelerated acetate spray test (CASS test).

Among them, the neutral salt spray test is the most widely used in the salt spray resistance test of coatings. At present, the international standards mainly include ISO 7253-1984, ASTM bll7-1973 (1979) and the corresponding Japanese, German and French standards. Cyclic corrosion test is a material test to detect the chemical or mechanical and chemical damage caused by the interaction of metal or other materials with the environment.

Cyclic corrosion test is an important means to master the characteristics of the corrosion system composed of materials and environment, understand the corrosion mechanism, and control the corrosion process. Corrosion refers to the destruction or deterioration of a material or its properties caused by the action of the environment. The vast majority of corrosion occurs in the atmospheric environment, which contains oxygen, humidity, temperature changes and pollutants and other corrosion components and corrosion factors.

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Test operations for cyclic corrosion require switching between multiple cyclic combinations. At the beginning, it can only be done manually in different test chambers. With the development of technology, the automatic cycle salt spray test has been carried out in a single test chamber. Now Wewon Environmental Chambers Co., Ltd. has developed a circular corrosion test chamber that can meet the requirements of temperature and humidity salt spray in the same chamber. Test Characteristics of Cyclic Corrosion Testing Chamber :

● Acceleration Quality: The simple state of continuous salt spray is changed by alternating cycle of salt spray, wet and dry, So that corrosion not only occurs on the surface of the piece under test, It will also penetrate rapidly into the tested part, accelerate the corrosion degree of the tested part, shorten the test time, and make the test more strict and fast.

(1) In the salt spray phase, the salt spray is sprayed on the tested part, Salt spray solution acts as a corrosive medium, causing electrochemical corrosion, rusting, foaming, or other changes in the measured parts. By continuous spraying of salt spray, the corrosion medium can be kept updated, and the corrosion on the sample surface can be developed continuously.

(2) During the wet and hot phase (soaking, moisture, condensation, etc.), the corrosive medium accumulates on the sample surface through the salt spray phase, From the surface of the sample gradually diffused to the inside of the sample, resulting in corrosion of the sample depth direction|(3) In the drying stage, as the humidity decreases, the concentration of salt solution on the sample surface increases, causing the surface corrosion rate to accelerate.

● Complexity: The cyclic salt spray test can simulate the real alternation of wet and dry in the atmosphere. Different test environments can be presented due to different combinations of loops, Closer to the real use environment of the tested part, The corrosion state of the tested part in the real environment can be more verified, and the test state is more complex.

The salt spray method was first used to test the corrosion resistance of materials around 1914. In 1939, the test for neutral salt spray was written to ASTM B117 test standard. This traditional salt spray test standard requires the sample to be continuously exposed to 5% salt spray at 35℃. Although the ASTM B117 test standard has been revised and improved many times over the course of 80 years.

However, it has long been considered that the results of the salt spray method are not well correlated with the actual corrosion effect of the samples exposed outdoors. Even so, ASTM B117 is currently the primary standard for salt spray corrosion testing and is widely used for corrosion resistance testing of coatings, military and electronic components. At present, there are many methods to test the corrosion of salt spray.

Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some researchers believe that salt spray conditions are superior to soaking conditions. Some use special electrolytes to simulate acid rain. But most use automated salt spray chambers. The setting of different exposure temperatures, durations, and exposure sequences is still debated, Therefore, the research on the modification of cycle time and the improvement of corrosion solution will undoubtedly continue. However, for most materials, it is generally accepted that cyclic corrosion test results are more realistic than traditional salt spray.

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Corrosion testing can provide the performance and parameters of the product or the object under test for the resistance to salt spray or aging, and can be used to evaluate the possible degree of damage caused by environmental changes in the actual nature of the material. The test is subject to both natural and man-made stresses. Unfortunately, there is no general corrosion test to do all the tests. Because there are many environmental conditions in nature that change on their own, we cannot simulate them all. These environmental conditions act upon the material and cause it to change, forming separate reactions and interactions that increase the effect.

In order to simulate the corrosion environment, an economical method is sought to obtain satisfactory corrosion and aging resistance of materials, The chosen corrosion test method should be able to create a variety of environmental conditions that materials in nature can encounter. There are now two main types of laboratory corrosion testing methods that have been developed over 70 years, There are traditional salt spray method and cyclic corrosion test method. Cyclic corrosion test methods are further divided into basic and advanced methods.

(1) Traditionally, corrosion tests have been called saltwater spray tests, salt spray tests, salt bath tests, or salt spray corrosion tests. Traditional Salt Spray Method
(2) The typical corrosion test method is, Place the tested sample in a stable, saturated relative humidity (RH) environment, And within a certain amount of time, For example, for 999Hrs, 5.20% NaCI solution was used as the condensation salt mist, and the temperature was 35℃ ~40℃
(3) The other method is called the 100% relative humidity method. It is done using water that contains no salt or other chemicals and is often considered a humidity test.
(4) At an early stage, the purpose of the test was to verify the corrosion life. The method is to use the permutation of the degrees of corrosion, Or simply categorize the test as a pass or fail test.
(5 ) However, in reality, no one has actually placed the product in the environmental conditions of 20% brine, 35~40s℃ and 100% RH relative humidity, While there are still many LABS that take this approach, the problem with it is that there is no way to determine the relevance of product service life or end use.
(1) Cyclic testing is an attempt to add some other environmental variables to simulate the end-use environment. In the 1970s, experimental methods were developed for adding dry conditions to the test phase at higher humidity. Cyclic Corrosion Test Method
(2) This is because it has been found in confirmed observational practice that most corrosion occurs in the process of going from dry to wet or from wet to dry, rather than keeping a test subject wet for a long period of time.
(3) Cyclic testing involves placing the sample in a chamber that can be designed to contain a specific environment, such as a corrosive salt spray.
(4) After the completion of one set of test conditions, The test sample is then transferred to another environmental condition, such as oven (dry and hot), laboratory bench (indoor ambient temperature) or sink (spray, soak).
(5) This reliance on manual sample movement was of course time-consuming and cumbersome, so more advanced test Chambers were invented.
(6) At present, advanced circulation boxes can directly provide the simulation environment needed for various tests of samples, This not only provides a repeatable test environment, but also reduces operator errors, saves test time, and greatly improves the reproducibility of test.
(7) According to the preset combination of simulated test environment conditions, At present, many test boxes have been able to produce more than 11 random cycle environments, simulate a variety of end-use environments, so as to meet customers’ test requirements of more combined environmental conditions.
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