Corrosion Testing Capabilities

Corroded Pipe

APPLIED TECHNICAL SERVICES RUNS A WELL-STAFFED, ISO 9001 ACCREDITED CORROSION LAB. OUR TALENTED TECHNICIANS PERFORM A VARIETY OF METHODS TO BEST DETERMINE YOUR SAMPLES’ RESISTANCE TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF CORROSION.

Corrosion of Metals

Metals will degrade over time if exposed to weathering factors like moisture and salinity. These stimuli will cause gradual decomposition in metals; the phenomenon is called corrosion. Manufacturers need to know how long their materials will retain a passing structural performance under expected environmental conditions. To determine their materials’ resistance to various types of corrosion, clients send samples to Applied Technical Services’ corrosion lab for testing.

Different alloys will react to different weathering forces in different ways; responses will vary because chemical makeup and metal composition will vary between materials. Our experienced technicians use a variety of test methods to discover how sample alloys hold up under environmental conditions similar to their intended use, and then help clients decide on the most relevant material to use in their product. ATS’ corrosion lab accomplishes these things by performing the following tests to their relevant standards:


Typical Testing Methods
  • Condensing Humidity Testing: simulates damage accumulated over time from outdoor moisture
Methods (continued)
  • Copper Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt Spray (CASS) Testing: specialized cyclic corrosion test used on copper, nickel, and chromium coatings or decorative features intended for use in severe conditions
  • Cyclic Corrosion Testing: subjects test materials to repeating rounds of salt spray testing, while controlling for moisture levels and ambient temperature
    • ASTM G85 appendix 1,2,3,5, GM 9540P2, SAE J1563, GMW 14872
  • Cyclic Immersion Testing: repeatedly dunk the test materials into corrosive liquid, let it dry, and then dunk again for several cycles
    • Tests most often performed to client / industry standards
  • Filiform Corrosion Testing: salt spray method specialized to discover coated metals’ resistance to a specific kind of corrosion
  • Salt Spray / Fog Testing: subject sample materials to long-term exposure in highly corrosive environment (high salinity, controlled temperature and humidity)

ATS and Corrosion Testing

ATS has provided testing, engineering consulting, and inspection services of peerless quality for over 50 years. We serve the needs of clients that come from a range of industries and operate around the world. Our technicians return accurate findings more quickly than can another corrosion lab due to their familiarity with performing these methods of testing to their relevant standards. ATS can help determine how your materials hold up to corrosive forces — we take a closer look.

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