Corrosion testing laboratories are mission critical to the design, development, and service life of metallic materials, components, and products. From research and development of some of the world’s most advanced corrosion resistant materials and coatings to routine monitoring of production parts, a proper corrosion testing program can drastically reduce the risks associated with corrosion.

Element’s corrosion testing laboratories support companies throughout the entire product life cycle. For material selection and routine monitoring, standardized corrosion testing methods such as salt spray and intergranular corrosion evaluations help ensure that your materials are fit for purpose. For prototypes and finished products, cyclic corrosion testing and sour service corrosion testing are highly specialized methods designed to accurately mimic real life conditions and put your products to the ultimate test. 

Even the most through corrosion testing program cannot eliminate all product failures. When these costly situations do occur, Element’s world renowned corrosion testing experts rise to the challenge, providing you with results-driven analysis and real-world solutions that will improve your processes and programs to even further reduce the likelihood of a future occurrence. 

Ultimately, Element’s team of corrosion testing experts exist to help you make certain that the materials and products you rely on to withstand extreme environments are of appropriate quality, safe, industry compliant and, most of all, fit for purpose for their intended use.

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Standards we test to

SAE International

AMS 2303, AMS 2633, AMS 2700, AMS 7250, AMS 7253, AMS-QQ-P-35, AMS-STD-753, SAE J1389, SAE J1455, SAE J2334 American National Standards ANSI/SCTE 11, ANSI/SCTE 143, ANSI/SCTE 69

American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTM A262, ASTM A380, ASTM A763, ASTM A923, ASTM A967, ASTM B117, ASTM B154, ASTM B380, ASTM B449, ASTM D1654, ASTM D1735, ASTM D1838, ASTM D2247, ASTM D3359, ASTM D5894, ASTM D610, ASTM D6899, ASTM D714, ASTM F737, ASTM F838, ASTM F879, ASTM F880, ASTM F1089, ASTM F1875, ASTM F2111, ASTM G1, ASTM G110, ASTM G112, ASTM G28, ASTM G3, ASTM G31, ASTM G34, ASTM G36, ASTM G38, ASTM G44, ASTM G46, ASTM G47, ASTM G48, ASTM G49, ASTM G61, ASTM G66, ASTM G67, ASTM G85 

British Standards Institute 

BS 3G 100-2.3.8:1977, BSS-7219

Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations

CMVSS 106 

Defense Standard 

DEF STAN 00-35, DEF STAN 07-55, DEF STAN 08-123

Deutsches Institut für Normung 

DIN 50021, DIN 50914, DIN 50915, DIN EN ISO 3651-1, DIN EN ISO 3651-2, DIN50021-SS


EN ISO 3651, EN 50155, EN 60068-2-11, EN 60068-2-52, EN ISO 6957, EN ISO 9227

Federal Standard 


Ford Motor Company

FLTM BI 106-01, FLTM BI 107-05, FLTM BI 110-01, FLTM BI 113-01, FLTM BI 113-02, FLTM BI 117-01, FLTM BI 123-01, FLTM BI 124-01, FLTM BN 024-02, FLTM BN 102-02, FLTM BN 106-02, FLTM BN 107-01, FLTM BN 108-02, FLTM BN 108-03, FLTM BN 108-04, FLTM BN 108-13, FLTM BN 108-14, FLTM BN 113-01, FLTM BN 157-01, FLTM BO 101-01, FLTM BO 112-06, FLTM BQ 105-01, Ford CETP 01.03-L-309, Ford IP-0105, Ford MA-0128, Ford MA-0130, Ford MA-0131, Ford OR-0329, Ford/GM 6F-6T70/75

General Motors North America

GM10004C, GM10005C, GM4298P, GM4465P, GM4476P, GM4486P, GM9032P, GM9033P, GM9058P, GM9059P, GM9060P, GM9067P, GM9070P, GM9071P, GM9077P, GM9082P, GM9102P, GM9125P, GM9126P, GM9128P, GM9130P, GM9133P, GM9141P, GM9146P, GM9193P, GM9200P, GM9201P, GM9214P, GM9302P, GM9305P, GM9306P, GM9310P, GM9327P, GM9329P, GM9500P, GM9501P, GM9502P, GM9503P, GM9505P, GM9506P, GM9507P, GM9508P, GM9509P, GM9511P, GM9515P, GM9517P, GM9518P, GM9525P, GM9531P, GM9540P, GM9600P, GM9635P, GM9652P, GM9676P, GM9684P, GM9736P, GM9900P, GM9902P, GMW8020TP, GMW14093, GMW14102, GMW14124, GMW14130, GMW14141, GMW14162, GMW14334, GMW14444, GMW14445, GMW14688, GMW14698, GMW14829, GMW14872, GMW14892, GMW14906, GMW15201, GMW15282, GMW15288, GMW15651, GMW16037, GMW16190, GMW3172, GMW3182, GMW3191, GMW3205, GMW3211, GMW3232, GMW3235, GMW3259, GMW3326, GMW3387, GMW3402, GMW3405, GMW3414, GMW3431, GMW4090, GMW8287, GMNA GM4345M, GMNA GM4435M, GMNA GM6173M 



International Electrotechnical Commission

IEC 60068-2-11, IEC 60068-2-52, IEC 60945, IEC 68-2-11, IEC 68-2-52

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 20340, ISO 3506, ISO 365-1, ISO 3651-1, ISO 3651-2, ISO 6509, ISO 9227

Japanese Industrial Standard

JIS B1051, JIS B1053, JIS B1054, JIS B1056, JIS Z2371

Military Specification

MIL-N-82512, MIL-STD-1312-01, MIL-STD-1312-09, MIL-STD-202, MIL-STD-810


NACE TM0169, NACE TM0177, NACE TM0198, NACE TM0284, NACE TM0316

Nissan Engineering Standards 

NES 1004

Aerospace Industries Association/National Aerospace Standards Metric Standard

NASM 1312- 4, NASM 1312-9, NASM 1312-108 

Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics 


United Kingdom Highways Agency 

TSS TR 2130C


UL 50

Salt fog and salt spray testing
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Salt Spray Testing

Salt spray testing uses a closed chamber to subject samples to a saline (or salt) spray. This test is generally performed to evaluate the integrity of a coating in a corrosive environment, or to test the corrosion resistance of a product or material.

Salt spray testing may also be referred to as neutral salt spray (NSS), because the pH level of the saline is between basic and acidic. Depending on the standard or test plan chosen, samples are exposed to the spray solution for a predetermined period of time, and checked regularly throughout testing to evaluate their performance.

Typical results from this method include rusting, blistering, peeling, etc. The most commonly used standard for salt spray and neutral salt spray is ASTM B117.

Cyclic Corrosion Testing
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Cyclic Corrosion Testing

When closely mimicking your extreme environment is key, Element’s variety of cyclic corrosion testing methods are a preferred choice.

Also referred to as modified salt spray, cyclic corrosion testing closely resembles traditional salt spray testing, which notable exceptions being the type of corrosive substance and the exposure durations and concentrations.

Typical cyclic corrosion testing variations include sulfur dioxide salt spray, electrolyte salt spray, and seawater acetic acid testing (SWAAT), which are covered under the ASTM G85 standard. This class of tests also includes Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid Salt Spray (CASS), generally performed per ASTM B368, which is used to test nickel-based coatings.

ASTM A262 Intergranular Corrosion Testing
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Intergranular Corrosion Testing

Intergranular corrosion (IGC) refers to the deterioration of materials along grain boundaries. This is caused by a process known as sensitization, which occurs when a material is exposed to higher than normal temperatures, or exposed to extreme or prolonged heat.

Unlike other types of corrosion, IGC is not always visible; therefore, testing becomes an important checkpoint for materials that may have been compromised.

Popular test methods include the Huey Test, Streicher Test, Oxalic Acid Etch, and Strauss Test, which are performed under ASTM A262 (another similar standard is ASTM G28, which is specific to chromium alloys containing nickel). Testing helps ensure that materials, and their applications, are safe from corrosion and decay.

Pitting Crevice Corrosion Testing
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Pitting & Crevice Corrosion Testing

If a material exhibits holes or gaps on its surface, pitting or crevice corrosion may be the culprit. Pitting corrosion is characterized by small holes on a material. Crevice corrosion, on the other hand, occurs around the gap where two materials meet.

Both types of corrosion can be difficult to detect and predict, so understanding the risk factors of corrosion and susceptibility of a material can help anticipate issues before they arise.

Test methods such as ASTM G48 induce pitting and crevice corrosion in materials to measure how difficult it is to cause pitting corrosion or crevice corrosion, and how a material performs in a controlled environment relative to other potential materials. 

Sour Service Corrosion Testing
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Sour Service Corrosion Testing

Because of the extreme environments in which natural resources are harvested, the Oil & Gas sector faces some unique challenges. Sour service test environments are an invaluable tool for truly evaluating how equipment and materials will hold up in environments rich in hydrogen sulfide and other caustic gases.

In addition to hydrogen induced cracking (HIC), sulfide stress cracking (SSC) and slow strain rate (SSR) testing, it’s also important to assess how the mechanical properties of materials and components change in highly corrosive environments.

Electrochemical Corrosion Testing
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Electrochemical Corrosion Testing

Electrochemical test techniques for corrosion rate determination, crevice and pitting corrosion resistance are in useful across a wide range of applications.

The most common use of this testing uses Linear Polarization Resistance (LPR) and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) as an inhibitor evaluation. 

In our electrochemical corrosion testing laboratories we can perform full inhibitor evaluations from compatibility testing through to performance testing in Bubble test, Dynamic Rotating Cylinder Electrode (RCE) testing and even flow loops. Electrochemical corrosion testing is performed in accordance with international standards such as ASTM G5, ASTM G59 (polarization resistance measurements) and ASTM G61 (cyclic potentiodynamic polarization measurements). 

Element also performs testing per ASTM F2129, used to determine the corrosion susceptibility of small, implantable medical devices.

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