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Cosmetic Corrosion Test for Aluminum Autobody Panels: Final Report
- Francine S. Bovard - Alcoa LLC ,
- Kevin A. Smith - Auto Technology Co. ,
- Gregory J. Courval - Novelis Inc. ,
- Duncan McCune - Quality/Statistics ,
- Tracie Jafolla - General Motors LLC ,
- Janice L. Tardiff - Ford Motor Co. ,
- Sridhar Ramamurthy - Univ. of Western Ontario ,
- Raymund Singleton - Singleton Corp.
- Journal Article
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.4271/2010-01-0726
ISSN: 1946-3995, e-ISSN: 1946-4002
Published April 12, 2010 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Bovard, F., Smith, K., Courval, G., McCune, D. et al., "Cosmetic Corrosion Test for Aluminum Autobody Panels: Final Report," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars – Mech. Syst. 3(1):544-553, 2010, https://doi.org/10.4271/2010-01-0726.
Over the past several years a task group within the SAE Automotive Corrosion and Protection (ACAP) Committee has conducted extensive on-vehicle field testing and numerous accelerated lab tests with the goal of establishing a standard accelerated test method for cosmetic corrosion evaluations of finished aluminum auto body panels. This project has been a cooperative effort with OEM, supplier, and consultant participation and was also supported in part by DOE through USAMP (AMD 309). The focus of this project has been the identification of a standardized accelerated cosmetic corrosion test that exhibits the same appearance, severity, and type of corrosion products that are exhibited on identical painted aluminum panels exposed to service relevant environments. Multi-year service relevant exposures were conducted by mounting panels on-vehicles in multiple locations in the US and Canada. The accelerated tests have been ranked based on their relevance to the on-vehicle results and ASTM G85-A2 has been identified as the test method that most consistently replicates on-vehicle cosmetic corrosion performance. Comments concerning test reproducibility are included.