, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 26–29 | Cite as

Key to development of corrosion-resistant materials

  • Karl-Heinz Stellnberger
Applications New corrosion tests in automotive manufacturing

The innovative process of developing new coatings, sealants or adhesives for the automotive industry usually takes seven to ten years from conception to final market introduction of the material. The most time-consuming step in development is the testing of corrosion protection properties for the purpose of defining product characteristics. Thanks to new laboratory testing capabilities, the time required for research and development has recently been shortened.

Samples have traditionally been exposed for ten to a maximum of twenty weeks in alternating VDA laboratory tests or other standardized corrosion tests (DIN, ISO, ASTM, etc.). It is not uncommon for half a year of the development phase to pass for the samples to be produced and the corrosion results to be evaluated. Subsequently, the automotive manufacturer performs static laboratory testing and dynamic corrosion fatigue testing in order to assess the in-house corrosion protection performance of automotive components and entire...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stahl GmbHLinzAustria

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