Applicability of constant dew point corrosion tests for evaluating atmospheric corrosion of aluminium alloys
Field exposure tests of aluminium alloys were conducted at three sites in Japan. Meteorological data indicated that the dew point of the ambient atmosphere and aluminium panels remained constant for the short-term. Constant dew point corrosion tests were employed to reproduce atmospheric corrosion of aluminium alloys in the laboratory. The corrosion rates, corrosion morphology and corrosion product composition after 7days of tests in the laboratory were similar to those formed after 3months of exposure at coastal sites. Not only did the constant dew point corrosion test effectively reproduce the atmospheric corrosion of aluminium alloys, it also accelerated it.