ASTM G78 - 01(2012)

    Standard Guide for Crevice Corrosion Testing of Iron-Base and Nickel-Base Stainless Alloys in Seawater and Other Chloride-Containing Aqueous Environments

    Active Standard ASTM G78 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide covers procedures for crevice-corrosion testing of iron-base and nickel-base stainless alloys in seawater. The guidance provided may also be applicable to crevicecorrosion testing in other chloride containing natural waters and various laboratory prepared aqueous chloride environments.

    4.2 This guide describes the use of a variety of crevice formers including the nonmetallic, segmented washer design referred to as the multiple crevice assembly (MCA) as described in 9.2.2.

    4.3 In-service performance data provide the most reliable determination of whether a material would be satisfactory for a particular end use. Translation of laboratory data from a single test program to predict service performance under a variety of conditions should be avoided. Terms, such as immunity, superior resistance, etc., provide only a general and relatively qualitative description of an alloy's corrosion performance. The limitations of such terms in describing resistance to crevice corrosion should be recognized.

    4.4 While the guidance provided is generally for the purpose of evaluating sheet and plate materials, it is also applicable for crevice-corrosion testing of other product forms, such as tubing and bars.

    4.5 The presence or absence of crevice corrosion under one set of conditions is no guarantee that it will or will not occur under other conditions. Because of the many interrelated metallurgical, environmental, and geometric factors known to affect crevice corrosion, results from any given test may or may not be indicative of actual performance in service applications where the conditions may be different from those of the test.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers information for conducting crevice-corrosion tests and identifies factors that may affect results and influence conclusions.

    1.2 These procedures can be used to identify conditions most likely to result in crevice corrosion and provide a basis for assessing the relative resistance of various alloys to crevice corrosion under certain specified conditions.

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

    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. For a specific warning statement, see 7.1.1.


    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

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

    G4 Guide for Conducting Corrosion Tests in Field Applications

    G15 Terminology Relating to Corrosion and Corrosion Testing

    G46 Guide for Examination and Evaluation of Pitting Corrosion

    G48 Test Methods for Pitting and Crevice Corrosion Resistance of Stainless Steels and Related Alloys by Use of Ferric Chloride Solution


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.060 (Corrosion of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 47101506(Corrosion control equipment)


    DOI: 10.1520/G0078-01R12

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