ASTM G162 - 99(2010)

    Standard Practice for Conducting and Evaluating Laboratory Corrosions Tests in Soils

    Active Standard ASTM G162 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    Significance and Use

    This practice provides a controlled corrosive environment that has been utilized to produce relative corrosion information.

    The primary application of the data from this practice is to evaluate metallic materials for use in soil environments.

    This practice may not duplicate all field conditions and variables such as stray currents, microbiologically influenced corrosion, non-homogeneous conditions, and long cell corrosion. The reproducibility of results in the practice is highly dependent on the type of specimen tested and the evaluation criteria selected as well as the control of the operating variables. In any testing program, sufficient replicates should be included to establish the variability of the results.

    Structures and components may be made of several different metals; therefore, the practice may be used to evaluate galvanic corrosion effects in soils (see Guide G71).

    Structures and components may be coated with sacrificial or noble metal coatings, which may be scratched or otherwise rendered discontinuous (for example, no coating on the edges of metal strips cut from a wide sheet). This test is useful to evaluate the effect of defective metallic coatings.

    Structures and components may be coated or jacketed with organic materials (for example, paints and plastics), and these coatings and jackets may be rendered discontinuous. The test is useful to evaluate the effect of defective or incompletely covering coatings and jackets.

    The corrosivity of soils strongly depends on soluble salt content (related parameters are soil resistivity, see Test Method G57, and chemistry), acidity or alkalinity (measured by soil pH, see Test Method G51), and oxygen content (loose, for example, sand, or compact, for example, clay, soils are extreme examples). The manufacturer, supplier, or user, or combination thereof, should establish the nature of the expected soil environment(s) and select the test environment(s) accordingly. Multiple types of soil can be used to determine the effect of this variable.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers procedures for conducting laboratory corrosion tests in soils to evaluate the corrosive attack on engineering materials.

    1.2 This practice covers specimen selection and preparation, test environments, and evaluation of test results.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    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

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1654 Test Method for Evaluation of Painted or Coated Specimens Subjected to Corrosive Environments

    D2570 Test Method for Simulated Service Corrosion Testing of Engine Coolants

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

    G3 Practice for Conventions Applicable to Electrochemical Measurements in Corrosion Testing

    G4 Guide for Conducting Corrosion Tests in Field Applications

    G16 Guide for Applying Statistics to Analysis of Corrosion Data

    G31 Practice for Laboratory Immersion Corrosion Testing of Metals

    G46 Guide for Examination and Evaluation of Pitting Corrosion

    G51 Test Method for Measuring pH of Soil for Use in Corrosion Testing

    G57 Test Method for Field Measurement of Soil Resistivity Using the Wenner Four-Electrode Method

    G71 Guide for Conducting and Evaluating Galvanic Corrosion Tests in Electrolytes

    G102 Practice for Calculation of Corrosion Rates and Related Information from Electrochemical Measurements


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.01 (Construction materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114604(Corrosion testers)


    DOI: 10.1520/G0162-99R10

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