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Corrosion testing

To assess resistance to corrosion in practice, we require data about the corrosion behaviour of the materials and the effectiveness of anti-corrosion protection measures, such as coatings and lacquers, in quantifiable, controlled, real-world corrosive conditions.

Quick corrosion tests can hardly be expected to determine the lifetime of a material in a real environment.

Very often, corrosion tests of this kind are carried out as quality inspections of materials, coatings and lacquers, i.e. as end-of-line quality controls.

However, it is often possible to draw certain conclusions about the anticipated lifetime from empirical examinations.

The closer the practical testing environment comes to the real-life conditions, the greater the value of the corrosion test results and, conversely, the more they deviate from one another, the greater the difference may be, in particular, if a change in the type of corrosion results in a change in the way it acts.

Salt spray testing

We analyse reliably and safely using state-of-the-art equipment backed up by many years' experience.

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Condensation testing

These supply information on the detection of defects in the corrosion protection on the samples in moist environments.

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Climate simulation testing

On the one hand, these tests allow us to assess the behaviour of components in a range of geographical locations of our planet. On the other hand, lifecycles (seasons) can be simulated.

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Special tests

As a result of the state-of-the-art equipment at the Institute, we are in a position to perform special tests to determine corrosion resistance levels, such as measuring the element current density between plastics and aluminium.

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