ASTM E1659-12 Method for Coating Mass and Chemical Analysis of Zinc-Nickel Alloy Electrolytically Coated on Steel Sheet

ASTM E1659-12 test method determines the chemical analysis on coating mass and zinc-nickel alloy electrolytically coated on Steel Sheet. These test methods must be applied twice, once to each side of the specimen if coating mass and composition to both sides of a coated sheet is to be determined. Two separate specimens are required to perform the test.... Read More

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    ASTM E1659-12 test method covers independently the chemical analysis of each surface of zinc-nickel alloy electrolytically coated on a steel sheet. ASTM E1659-12 performs by two test procedure methods:- 

    1. A procedure for determining the independent mass of coating on each surface of zinc-nickel alloy-coated sheet steel, in coating masses from 20 to 45 g/m2 with a concentration range of 0.0 to 80 g/m2 of coating mass.

    2. A procedure to determine nickel in zinc-nickel coatings with a concentration range of 7.0 to 17.0 % of nickel.

    Test Procedure:

    Mass Of Coating On Zinc-Nickel Alloy Coated Sheet By Weight-Strip-Weight Method10-20
    Nickel by the Atomic Absorption Method21-31

    Test Specimen:

    Zinc-nickel alloy coated sheets in squares with sides of 50 ± 5 mm are used in the ASTM E1659-12 test method.


    Calculate the mass of the zinc-nickel alloy coating in the ASTM E1659-12 test method as follows:

    M = [(W1 – W2) – (E/1000)] 


    M = mass of stripped coating, g,

    W1 = original mass of specimen, g,

    W2 = weight of stripped specimen, g, and

    E = iron stripped, mg.

    Calculate the percent nickel as follows:

    Nickel, % = 0.2N M 


    0.2 = constant with dimensions of gL/mg,

    M = mass of stripped coating, g, from 18.1, and

    N = nickel concentration read by the instrument, mg/L.


    ASTM E1659-12 provides detailed information of chemical analysis for each surface of zinc-nickel alloy electrolytically coated on a steel sheet.


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