In real-world use, products are exposed to a variety of chemicals on a daily basis. Fluid susceptibility testing evaluates how much damage is done by exposure to liquids, and how product design can help prevent failures by fluid contamination.

Evaluate Fluid Contamination in Aerospace & Automotive Hydraulics

Because most fluid contamination is caused by chemical spills or temporary exposure, our test methods are designed to replicate actual conditions as much as possible. Our engineers can help design a fluid susceptibility test plan that best suits your products, including full immersion (“soak"), partial immersion (“wetted”), or minimal contact (“brushed on”). 

Element’s fluids contamination testing program is always kept up-to-date with the latest standards from aerospace, defense and automotive industries, including MIL-STD-810, DEF STAN 00-35 and RTCA DO-160. We keep an updated list of specific fluids used for aircraft, engine components and more, so you can always be sure that your results are accurate and relevant.


Element’s fluid susceptibility testing advantage

Our fluid susceptibility testing is designed to support your program with versatile test conditions, state-of-the-art equipment, and availability for quick turn-around times. Our experts can perform any required operational checks during a single multi-day test, saving you travel time and cost.

For projects that require additional environmental considerations, Element’s product qualification labs can perform fluid susceptibility testing in elevated temperatures and specified humidity levels. We frequently run fluid contamination testing in environmental chambers for up to 96 hours, so you can be certain that your results are reliable in real-world conditions.

Fluids Susceptibility Testing liquids
Fluids susceptibility testing

Common Liquids

We understand that in the field, anything can happen. Our fluid susceptibility testing is designed to prepare your products for the worst-case scenario.

Element’s experts have years of experience working in the field, so we understand how catastrophic contamination can be. Our fluid susceptibility testing is designed to prepare your products for every contingency, so they keep working no matter what.

Some of the liquids that we that we commonly test include:

  • 50/50 Isopropyl Alcohol/Water mix
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Automotive cleaner
  • Bug spray
  • Car Wash Liquids
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Deionizer water
  • Deodorizer
  • Dish Detergent
  • Household cleaners and solvents
  • Hydraulic Fluid
  • Jet Fuel
  • Leather Wax
  • Self-tanners
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen/Suntan lotion
  • Synthetic Sweat
  • Tea
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vinyl Cleaner
  • Window cleaner

BS EN 60068

Civil Aerospace


International Electrotechnical Commission

IEC 60068-2-18, IEC 6094

Military Standards

MIL-STD-810, DEF STAN 00-35, DEF STAN 07-55

Society of Automotive Engineers

SAE J1455




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