SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1968

Atmospheric Exposure of Nonferrous Metals and Alloys—Aluminum: Seven-Year Data


This report describes the results of weathering tests on 34 wrought aluminum alloys exposed seven years at four ASTM sites in the United States. Also included, for comparison, are data on three additional aluminum alloys exposed six years at five sites in England.

The British industrial atmosphere exposures at Sheffield and London were found to produce the most corrosion, particularly on the sheltered sides of these panels which were exposed at an angle of 30 deg from the horizontal. The self-limiting corrosion characteristics were observed on weather surfaces at all test sites in both countries.

The test will be continued and again reported after twenty years, as was the case in a previous ASTM B-3 test (ASTM STP 175) on older aluminum alloys.

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McGeary, FL
Summerson, TJ
Ailor, WH
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Developed by Committee: G01
Pages: 141–173
DOI: 10.1520/STP34085S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4574-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-4496-5