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Corrosion testing in the steel producing industry is utilized to (a) provide a basis for internal quality control standards, (b) establish quality and performance parameters with respect to the final product utilization and (c) serve as a comparison standard in the development of new ferrous base products having improved corrosion resistance. The major markets served by the steel industry are automotive, construction, containers, rails, electrical, appliance and agriculture and both accelerated and field tests on steel products reflect the specific requirements in corrosion resistance properties for these industries. Any discussion of corrosion testing of steels must necessarily include coatings (both metallic and nonmetallic) since the shipped tonnages of coated steel products are large and continue to increase on a percentage basis year by year. Furthermore, although stainless and heat resisting steels represent less than one percent  of steel shipments in the United States, the more critical applications to which these materials are subjected, together with the specific forms of corrosion related failures experienced, warrant their inclusion in any description of the use of corrosion standards in the steel industry.
Inland Steel Research Laboratories, East Chicago, Indiana