A Rapid Screening Test to Assess Relative Corrosion Performance of Automotive Condensers 2017-01-0174
A simple and rapid immersion type corrosion test has been successfully developed that discriminates corrosion performance in condensers from various suppliers and with differing manufacturing processes. The goal is to develop a test specification that will be included in the Ford corrosion specification for condensers so that condensers received from various suppliers may be evaluated rapidly for their relative corrosion performance to each other. Sections from condensers from Supplier A (tube is silfluxed), Supplier B (tube is zinc arc sprayed), and Supplier C (bare folded tube with no zinc for corrosion protection) were tested in 2% v/v hydrochloric acid for 16, 24 and 48 hours. The results showed that in terms of corrosion performance, zinc arc sprayed Supplier B condenser performed the worst while Supplier C condenser performed the best with Supplier A in between. It was also observed that the fins, and fin-to-tube joints were first to corrode followed by the tube in all cases. This observation was consistent with a silfluxed field returned unit that was examined on a limited basis. This has the potential to compromise the thermal performance and structural integrity of the condenser before it starts leaking. The results prove the utility of a simple test to discern corrosion performance of condensers in a relatively quick time frame.