ASTM G50 - 10

    Standard Practice for Conducting Atmospheric Corrosion Tests on Metals

    Active Standard ASTM G50 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    Significance and Use

    The procedures described herein can be used to evaluate the corrosion resistance of metals when exposed to the weather, as well as to evaluate the relative corrosivity of the atmosphere at specific locations. Because of the variability and complexity of weather effects and the industrial and natural factors influencing the atmospheric corrosivity of a test site, a multi-year exposure period should be considered to minimize their influence. Also, as corrosivity may vary at a site from season to season, exposures should be made either at the same time of the year to minimize variability or these differences should be established by multiple exposures.

    Control specimens should always be employed in weathering tests. The control specimens should be from a material having established weathering characteristics. A substantial amount of corrosion data shall have been accumulated for the control specimens. It is also good practice to retain samples of all materials exposed so that possible effects of long-term aging can be measured.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers and defines conditions for exposure of metals and alloys to the weather. It sets forth the general procedures that should be followed in any atmospheric test. It is presented as an aid in conducting atmospheric corrosion tests so that some of the pitfalls of such testing may be avoided. As such, it is concerned mainly with panel exposures to obtain data for comparison purposes.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of whoever uses this standard to consult and 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

    A380 Practice for Cleaning, Descaling, and Passivation of Stainless Steel Parts, Equipment, and Systems

    D2010/D2010M Test Methods for Evaluation of Total Sulfation Activity in the Atmosphere by the Lead Dioxide Technique

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

    G33 Practice for Recording Data from Atmospheric Corrosion Tests of Metallic-Coated Steel Specimens

    G46 Guide for Examination and Evaluation of Pitting Corrosion

    G84 Practice for Measurement of Time-of-Wetness on Surfaces Exposed to Wetting Conditions as in Atmospheric Corrosion Testing

    G91 Practice for Monitoring Atmospheric SO2 Deposition Rate for Atmospheric Corrosivity Evaluation

    G92 Practice for Characterization of Atmospheric Test Sites

    G140 Test Method for Determining Atmospheric Chloride Deposition Rate by Wet Candle Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.060 (Corrosion of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114604(Corrosion testers)


    DOI: 10.1520/G0050-10

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