New Renault Test Kit

Ascott Analytical Equipment has developed an adaptation of its latest range of cyclic corrosion chambers to suit major vehicle manufacturer, Renault, and its suppliers worldwide.

Based on a CC1000iP unit, the adaptation is centred on a kit that comprises a series of special attachments to meet Renault’s D17 2028 cyclic corrosion test standard – commonly referred to in the automotive industry as the ECC-1 test.

“Where typical usage will see salt spray solution sprayed at a rate of 1 to 2 ml/80cm²/hour, Renault’s requirements are for a higher fall-out rate over a shorter period of time. ECC-1 requires a fall-out rate equivalent to 5 ml/80cm²/hour to be delivered over a 30 minute ‘pollution’ phase followed by precisely controlled variations in humidity at a single set temperature of 35ºC,” says Ascott Analytical MD, Chris Gates – who points out that the company is represented in France and in all French-speaking countries by Labomat Essor.

Additional modifications to meet Renault’s specification include a system for delivering high salt spray fall-out rates at maximum homogeneity, purpose designed support racks for specific components, a wall wash facility, an insulated viewing window and a salt solution consumption sensor.

“We are delighted to have been able to work closely with such a major and well-respected company to help ensure that its manufacturing operations gain from accurate and appropriate corrosion testing procedures,” Chris Gates concludes.

Key equipment facts

  • Development centred on modification to CC1000iP unit to suit Renault requirements.
  • Development meets Renault’s D17 2028 cyclic corrosion test standard – commonly known as the ECC-1 test.
  • Configuration enables parts under test to mimic closely vehicle road test results.
  • Cabinet features pneumatically operated canopy, large viewing window and touch sensitive, user-friendly control panel.
  • Modifications relate to salt spray fall-out rates, provision of support racks, wall wash capability, insulated viewing window and salt solution consumption sensor.
  • Development of significance to Renault and its suppliers worldwide.

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