In real world use, products are often exposed to liquids or chemicals that may be harmful to the product.  A number of failures can occur when a product is exposed to a harmful fluid: corrosion, loss of adhesion, separation, seal failures, insulation failure, cracking, paint removal, melting, etc. can occur when a product is exposed to fluids/chemicals. 

Often the exposure to fluids is temporary, such as in a case of a chemical spill. The exposure can be defined as a “soak” or a “wetted” or “brushed on” condition with the fluid/chemical. Many of these fluid contamination tests are conducted in controlled, elevated temperature humidity conditions (Environmental Chambers) with common exposures of 24-96 hours. Element can help suggest the best test specification for your product. 

Our inventory of fluids is kept up-to-date with each airframe/airline specific fluids and we can safely perform this test at elevated temperatures. Our Engineers and Technicians can perform the required ‘Operational Checks’ during this multi-day test which can save you travel time and associated costs.

Fluid Contamination Testing Standards

DEF STAN 07-55

DEF STAN 00-35

BS EN 60068

BS EN 60068

MIL-STD 810 Method 504.1 Contamination by Fluids

RTCA DO-160 Section 11 – Fluid Susceptibility 

Common Liquids

Suntan Lotion,  Synthetic Sweat,  Blood (Pig), Leather Wax, Hydraulic Fluid, Jet Fuel, Car Wash, Deodorizer, Coffee, Tea, Cola, 50/50 Isopropyl Alcohol/Water, Vinyl Cleaner, De-ionized Water, Window Cleaner, Armor All, Deep Woods Off, Jergens Lotion, Perfume, 409 Cleaner, Vegetable Oil, Dishwashing Soap, Jack Daniels and Shampoo

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