Corrosion Performance and Fuel Compatibility of Prepainted Zinc-Nickel Coated Steel for Fuel Tank Applications
Automotive demands for increased service life and use of flexible fuel blends of alcohol and gasoline have propelled the development of new materials for automotive fuel systems. Traditional fuel system materials, i.e., bare or prepainted terne coated steel sheet, which do not meet the new requirements are being replaced with prepainted zinc-nickel coated steel sheet. Automotive fuel tanks and fuel system components made from the new prepainted zinc-nickel steel sheet offer increased service life and compatibility with the entire range of flexible fuel blends. This paper describes the results of several laboratory corrosion studies which examined the environmental corrosion performance and the fuel compatibility of prepainted zinc-nickel coated steel as a function of several system properties. Performance is compared to prepainted terne, prepainted hot dip tin, and prepainted galvanneal.