1993-10-01

Stone Impact Damage to Automotive Paint Finishes: Impact Induced Corrosion in Painted Pre-Coated Sheet Steels 932332

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) and Thermal Wave Imaging (TWI) are complementary techniques which can be used to detect and estimate Impact Induced Corrosion (IIC) at the metal-polymer interface. This paper describes the use of the above techniques to detect Impact Induced Corrosion in a variety of pre-coated and painted sheet steels. It has been possible to show, that IIC is a threshold phenomenon and depends on the type of galvanized coating. Evaluation of IIC, using a high performance indoor accelerated test and preliminary data from the proving grounds are presented in this paper.

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