Alternatives to cadmium plating on fasteners have been evaluated for a number of years. Torque-tension and corrosion resistance characteristics have been the major concerns. Zinc plating has been a popular substitute, but torque-tension at proper preloads on Grade 8 fasteners requires more torque. Torque-tension tests were ALSO evaluated on Grade 5 fasteners - same coatings.
This guide covers and describes the factors that influence laboratory immersion corrosion tests, particularly mass loss tests. These factors include apparatus, sampling, test specimen, test conditions (test solution composition, temperature, gas sparging, fluid motion, solution volume, method of supporting test specimens, duration of test), methods of cleaning test specimens, imterpretation of results, and calulation of corrosion rates. This guide also emplasizes the importance of recording all pertinent data and provides a checklist for reporting test data.