The test standard summaries are for general guidance only. Though believed to be accurate at the time of writing, this may change over time. So this information should not be used as a substitute for referring to a complete test standard, at an appropriate revision level.
Note: the terms salt spray, salt mist and salt fog are all in wide spread use within corrosion test standards. In this context they can be considered to be equivalent and interchangeable terms.
BS 5466 Part 1
Corrosion testing of metallic coatings – neutral salt spray test
Can be used to test the relative resistance to corrosion of metallic coatings, when exposed to a salt spray climate at an elevated temperature.
Test specimens are placed in an enclosed chamber and exposed to a continuous indirect spray of neutral (pH 6.5 to 7.2) salt water solution, which falls-out on to the specimens at a rate of 1.0 to 2.0ml/80cm²/hour, in a chamber temperature of +35C. This climate is maintained under constant steady state conditions. The test duration is variable.
Chamber volumes of less than 200 Litres are not permitted by this test standard.
This test is also referred to as an NSS test.
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Note; BS 5466 Part 1 has been replaced by BS 7479.