ASTM G198 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Determining the Relative Corrosion Performance of Driven Fasteners in Contact with Treated Wood

    Active Standard ASTM G198 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    ASTM G198

    Significance and Use

    This test method provides controlled environments which are utilized to produce corrosion of metal, metal-coated, or nonmetallic-coated smooth or deformed shank driven fasteners in contact with treated wood exposed to the given test environments. The test method provides information that can be used to evaluate the corrosion resistance of metal, metal-coated, or nonmetallic-coated smooth or deformed shank driven fasteners in contact with different chemical wood treatments.

    The results shall be used for comparative purposes only and they shall not be correlated to exposure time in natural environments.

    The reproducibility of results in these types of tests is highly dependent on the type of samples tested and the evaluation criteria selected, as well as the control of the operating variables.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers and focuses on the corrosion resistance of metal, metal-coated, and nonmetallic-coated smooth and deformed shank driven fasteners in contact with treated wood in exterior or high moisture exposure applications using comparative tests with control fastener specimens of standardized benchmarks. This test method may be used for preservative-treated wood.

    1.2 This test method describes the apparatus, procedure, and conditions required to maintain test environments for the Cyclic Fog Test and the Steady State Moisture Test.

    1.3 This test method describes the types of test samples, lists exposure periods, and gives guidance on interpretation of results.

    1.4 Until experience is gained comparing laboratory-to-laboratory results with this test method, comparisons of fasteners, coatings, materials, or preservatives shall be made only within the results of the same test.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.

    1.6 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

    A90/A90M Test Method for Weight [Mass] of Coating on Iron and Steel Articles with Zinc or Zinc-Alloy Coatings

    A153/A153M Specification for Zinc Coating (Hot-Dip) on Iron and Steel Hardware

    B117 Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus

    B487 Test Method for Measurement of Metal and Oxide Coating Thickness by Microscopical Examination of Cross Section

    B499 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thicknesses by the Magnetic Method: Nonmagnetic Coatings on Magnetic Basis Metals

    B504 Test Method for Measurement of Thickness of Metallic Coatings by the Coulometric Method

    D610 Practice for Evaluating Degree of Rusting on Painted Steel Surfaces

    D1165 Nomenclature of Commercial Hardwoods and Softwoods

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D4442 Test Methods for Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Base Materials

    D4444 Test Method for Laboratory Standardization and Calibration of Hand-Held Moisture Meters

    E376 Practice for Measuring Coating Thickness by Magnetic-Field or Eddy-Current (Electromagnetic) Testing Methods

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

    G60 Practice for Conducting Cyclic Humidity Exposures

    G85 Practice for Modified Salt Spray (Fog) Testing

    American Wood Protection Association

    U1-09 Use Category System: Use Specification for Treated Wood


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 21.060.01 (Fasteners in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/G0198-11

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