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Significance and Use
Electrochemical corrosion rate measurements often provide results in terms of electrical current. Although the conversion of these current values into mass loss rates or penetration rates is based on Faraday's Law, the calculations can be complicated for alloys and metals with elements having multiple valence values. This practice is intended to provide guidance in calculating mass loss and penetration rates for such alloys. Some typical values of equivalent weights for a variety of metals and alloys are provided.
Electrochemical corrosion rate measurements may provide results in terms of electrical resistance. The conversion of these results to either mass loss or penetration rates requires additional electrochemical information. Some approaches for estimating this information are given.
Use of this practice will aid in producing more consistent corrosion rate data from electrochemical results. This will make results from different studies more comparable and minimize calculation errors that may occur in transforming electrochemical results to corrosion rate values.
1.1 This practice covers the providing of guidance in converting the results of electrochemical measurements to rates of uniform corrosion. Calculation methods for converting corrosion current density values to either mass loss rates or average penetration rates are given for most engineering alloys. In addition, some guidelines for converting polarization resistance values to corrosion rates are provided.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D2776 Methods of Test for Corrosivity of Water in the Absence of Heat Transfer (Electrical Methods)
G1 Practice for Preparing, Cleaning, and Evaluating Corrosion Test Specimens
G5 Reference Test Method for Making Potentiostatic and Potentiodynamic Anodic Polarization Measurements
G59 Test Method for Conducting Potentiodynamic Polarization Resistance Measurements
ICS Number Code 77.060 (Corrosion of metals)
UNSPSC Code 41114604(Corrosion testers)
ASTM G102-89(2010), Standard Practice for Calculation of Corrosion Rates and Related Information from Electrochemical Measurements, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top