ASTM G44-99

    Standard Practice for Exposure of Metals and Alloys by Alternate Immersion in Neutral 3.5% Sodium Chloride Solution

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers procedures for making alternate immersion stress corrosion tests in 3.5% sodium chloride (NaCl) (Note 1). It is primarily for tests of aluminum alloys (Test Method G47) and ferrous alloys, but may be used for other metals. It sets forth the environmental conditions of the test and the means for controlling them.

    Note 1-Alternate immersion stress corrosion exposures are sometimes made in substitute ocean water (without heavy metals) prepared in accordance with Specification D1141. The general requirements of this present practice are also applicable to such exposures except that the reagents used, the solution concentration, and the solution pH should be as specified in Specification D1141.

    1.2 This practice applies only to tests in which the specimens are accessible to the surrounding air under conditions that permit drying. It does not cover tests in which specimens are placed in closed containers into which the solution is periodically pumped and the specimens not permitted to dry.

    1.3 This practice is intended for alloy development and for applications where the alternate immersion test is to serve as a control test on the quality of successive lots of the same material. Therefore, strict test conditions are stipulated for maximum assurance that variations in results are attributable to variations in the material being tested.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1141 Practice for the Preparation of Substitute Ocean Water

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens

    G1 Practice for Preparing, Cleaning, and Evaluating Corrosion Test Specimens

    G16 Guide for Applying Statistics to Analysis of Corrosion Data

    G47 Test Method for Determining Susceptibility to Stress-Corrosion Cracking of 2XXX and 7XXX Aluminum Alloy Products


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.060 (Corrosion of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11172000(Aluminum based alloys)


    DOI: 10.1520/G0044-99

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