Coil Coated Metal Subcommittee at Work on Proposed Zirconium Standard
According to Robert Cianflone, president, Cianflone Scientific Instruments Corp., and a member of Subcommittee D01.53, coaters need a reliable method of measuring the coating weight of zirconium treatments on metal substrates. The proposed standard would be used at coil coater plants and at R&D and analytical laboratories.
X-ray spectrograph used for weighing zirconium coating.
“Surface treatments containing zirconium appear to be one of the future replacements for zinc phosphate in the automotive industry, as well as the elimination of chromium pretreatment in the coil coating industry,” says Cianflone. “So, it will become more prominent in other steel-related applications.”
The techniques described in the proposed standard will be applicable for determination of the coating weight of zirconium or total weight of a zirconium-containing treatment, or both, on a variety of metal substrates.
Technical Information: Robert Cianflone, Cianflone Scientific Instruments Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.
ASTM Staff: Jeffrey Adkins