Corrosion Testing of 42-Volt Electrical Components 2003-01-0308
As automobile power needs increase 42-volt electrical systems are being proposed for use in consumer vehicles. One concern when using these new systems is the corrosion resistance of these components, especially in underhood environments. Corrosion is an electrochemical phenomenon and as such can be altered (increased or decreased) by the application of an external current or voltage. Although unintentional, the use of a higher voltage electrical system has the ability to increase corrosion through its normal use.
This program evaluated the impact of corrosion on electrical components powered by 14 and 42-volt DC systems. Accelerated corrosion test findings suggested that 42-volt systems may be more susceptible to corrosion, but without proper environmental shielding both supply system can have unacceptable degradation.