Corrosion Testing

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Accelerated Corrosion Testing:  Accelerated corrosion testing is used for various purposes to simulate the conditions that a product will be exposed to in actual service conditions.  As the performance of a product is often linked to the service environment where it is placed, it is of the utmost importance that products are manufactured taking the various aspects of inclement weather and corrosive environmental conditions into consideration.

The use of laboratory exposure testing provides manufactures and suppliers with an advanced understanding of the limitations of the components used in manufactured products prior to the purchase and or inclusion of these products in a larger component of final product.  This forward thinking approach not only limits the time, energy and income spent of inferior products but also limits the risk of losing market position, clientele and customers due to inferior product performance.  In a nutshell, accelerated corrosion testing is used to induce corrosion and failure in a relatively short period of time when compared to corrosion produced as a natural occurrence.  This provides the means for decision makers to tweak, redesign using alternate materials, or eliminate a particular supplier with inferior products altogether.

Matergenics, Inc. has high tech instrumentation that includes computerized Corrosion Electrochemical Testing Equipment (AC and DC), Accelerated Corrosion Testing Equipment, Environmental (CF and SCC) Corrosion Testing Equipment, Alternate and Immersion Testing Equipment, Cabinet Testing and Mixed Flow Gas (MFG) testing equipment.   

 Our corrosion testing services cover a wide range of standard and customized testing, including:

o   Cathodic Disbondment Testing

o   Cabinet Testing  (Salt Spray, QUV, MFG)

o   Electrochemical Test ASTM G61, ASTM G71

o   Stress Corrosion Cracking

o   Environmentally Assisted Corrosion

o   Treated Wood Corrosion

o   Materials Selection Testing

o   Hydrogen Diffusion Testing

 ASTM and other standards we commonly test to include the following:                                                                                               

o   ASTM G102: Calculation of Corrosion Rates and Related Information from Electrochemical Measurements

o   ASTM G44: Exposure of Metals and Alloys by Alternate Immersion in Neutral 3.5 % Sodium Chloride Solution

o   ASTM B117, ASTM G85, Salt Spray tests

o   ASTM G148: Evaluation of Hydrogen Uptake, Permeation, and Transport in Metals by an Electrochemical Technique

o   ASTM G31: Immersion Corrosion Testing of Metals

o   ASTM G5, G59, G61: Potentiodynamic Polarization Testing

o   Corrosion Testing and Corrosion Control in Electrical, Telecom and Utility Manholes

o   ASTM G108: Electrochemical Reactivation (EPR) for Detecting Sensitization of AISI Type 304 and 304L Stainless Steels

o   ASTM D2247, D4585: Humidity Chamber Tests

o   ASTM G129: Slow Strain Rate Testing to Evaluate the Susceptibility of Metallic Materials to Environmentally Assisted Cracking

o   ASTM B827: Mixed Flowing Gas (MFG) Environmental Tests

o   ASTM G50: Atmospheric Corrosion Tests on Metals

o   ASTM F1624: Hydrogen Embrittlement Test

o   ASTM G106: Verification of Algorithm and Equipment for Impedance Measurements

Our corrosion  testing laboratory has a wide range of equipment and capabilities including:

·  ASTM & NACE Corrosion           Tests ·  High Temperature Oxidation        Studies
·  General Exposure Testing ·  Environmentally-assisted               Cracking
·  Localized Corrosion ·  Determining Corrosion Rate
·  Stress Corrosion Cracking         Testing ·  Electrochemical Hydrogen              Permeation
·  Immersion Corrosion                   Testing ·  Polarization Resistance
·  Salt Spray Testing ·  Reactivation Pp/Ec Trend               Studies
·  Humidity Chamber Testing ·  Materials & Coating Selection
·  Corrosion Rate                                 Determination ·  Slow Strain Rate &                             Hydrogen  Testing
·  Corrosion Immersion                   Testing ·  Atmospheric Corrosion                   Testing & Evaluation
·  Full Electrochemical                     Corrosion Testing ·  Hydrogen Embrittlement               Testing
·  Electrochemical Impedance       Spectroscopy ·  Special Corrosion Testing



Laboratory Equipment and Testing

  •  Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
  • Elemental dispersive x-ray (EDS)
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Fourier transformer infrared (FTIR)
  • Optical light microscopy with digitized imagining (OLM)
  • Positive Material identification (PMI) / X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Chemical analysis
  • Mechanical testing
  • Hardness / Microhardness Testing
  • Environmental testing
  • Mixed flow gas chamber
  • Salt spray testing
  • QUV testing
  • Immersion testing

Our recent field investigations have included major condenser failures in West Virginia, failure of paint/galvanizing coatings on galvanized structural members of the Aloha stadium in Hawaii, analysis of failures of salt-water plumbing on a luxury yacht in Antigua, failures of cathodic protection systems in a submarine tunnel in Chesapeake Bay, failures of polyuria roofing systems in a university in south Florida, corrosion of lead-coated copper roofing in a government building in Illinois, and analysis of the incipient failure of concrete in the dome of the State Capitol building in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Corrosion Pit on Type 316 stainless steel due to acidic chlorides

The investigation of corrosion failures can be very complex, and usually requires multidisciplinary testing and analysis to determine the root cause of failure. The end determination must be able to be made with a high degree of certainty to ensure that proper replacement materials are selected and that the most effective corrosion control methods are used. Experience is surely the most important ingredient to look for when choosing a materials firm to handle your corrosion control and failure analysis needs.


Experienced PE, PhD Scientists, NACE Certified in Corrosion, Coating, Design , Materials Selection & Cathodic Protection Specialists who will solve your corrosion problems at both initial design stages and in service. We have been providing corrosion engineering services for over 3000 clients.

–      Corrosion Engineering and Cathodic Protection of Production /Transmission Facilities: (a) Underground (b)Above  Ground (c) Marine Environment
–      Corrosion Evaluation, life expectancy determination and cathodic protection of electrical poles and transmission lattices

Having the right equipment is just the first step.  At Matergenics, we also have the right team of experienced materials engineers, chemists, and corrosion engineers who have decades of experience in failure analysis and materials testing.  Our comprehensive technical reports are well structured and include photographic documentation throughout testing, detailed test procedures and results, and final conclusion.  We offer competitive pricing, quick turnaround time and value added engineering.

The Next Step…While Matergenics has the expertise and the technology to unravel even the most difficult material failures, your input is vital for a complete analysis. By filling out the service request form and giving us a description of the problem, you can be sure that all aspects of your problem will be considered. We’ll send you a proposal for your work, including methods and costs. Please call Dr. Zee if you have any questions or concerns.

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