Comprehensive package testing services must necessarily include fluid susceptibility testing to ensure that finished products will not be compromised by liquid exposure during transport and handling. This is in deference to RTCA DO-160 Section 11, Mil-Std 810 Method 504.1 Contamination by Fluids. At Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions, we offer material fluid susceptibility testing services to evaluate the effects and resistance of exposure to fluids. Common fluids we use include fuels, solvents, cleaning fluids, and lubricating oils, to name a few.
What Is Fluid Susceptibility Testing?
Fluid susceptibility testing evaluates how much damage is done to a product by exposure to liquids. This informs product designers and packagers so they can better prevent failures by fluid contamination. Fluids used to test contamination include fuels, solvents, cleaning fluids, lubricating oils, and many others.
The probability that fluids will contaminate manufactures’ product during its life cycle is high, so we at Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions assist product manufacturers who often have their materials undergo fluid susceptibility testing. Such testing offers a big-picture kind of data that informs the design and manufacturing processes. All our RMTS product tests supply a thorough report at the conclusion of the test which also serves as a third-party validation and product qualification.
Fluid susceptibility testing includes the inspection of chemical, physical, and electrical properties of the product both during and after testing. For example, the product should not show any swelling or cracking when exposed to fluids.Our fluid contamination testing program is kept up-to-date with the latest standards from the automotive, industrial, aerospace, and defense industries including MIL-STD-810 E/F/G (Method 504), RTCA DO-160 E/F/G (Section 11 – Fluid Susceptibility). We maintain a current list of specific fluids used for aircraft engine parts and components.
Fluids Used (Classes and Test Fluids)
The following is a list of the fluids used during fluid susceptibility testing. The fluid classes mentioned below commonly contaminate material either intermittently or over long periods of exposure. When certain fluids are not available, substitutes or equivalents are often used.
- Aviation Jet Fuel
- Aviation Gasoline 100/130 Octane
- Diesel Fuel
- Mineral Based
- Non-Mineral Based
- Phosphate Ester Based
- Silicate Ester Based
- Synthetic Hydrocarbon Based
- Silicone Based
- Glycol Based
- Petroleum Based
- Synthetic Oils
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Denatured Alcohol
- Brake Cleaner
- Mineral Spirits
- Paint Thinners
- Ethylene Glycol
- Propylene Glycol
- Methyl Bromide
- DDVP (Dichlorvos)
- Pyrethrum Based
- Salt Water
- Soda, Cola
- MIL-STD-810 E/F/G (Method 504)
- RTCA/DO-160 E/F/G (Section 11 – Fluid Susceptibility)
- Customer specified
Test Data Acquisition and Reporting
Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions serves worldwide markets providing environmental testing including ASTM & ISTA Package Testing, Accelerated Aging, Temperature Humidity, Mil-Std 810, DO 160, IEC, IP Water & Dust, Vibration, Salt Fog Testing and more. This breadth of scope ensures thorough, detailed, and accurate testing services and reporting for all of our projects and clients. Whatever your fluid susceptibility testing needs, RMTS will provide you with answers, based on your exact requirements.
When you test with us, our RMTS team will consult with you on custom test protocols allowing for a very close approximation of the actual conditions that your product will endure. This includes environmental fluids specific to your product as well as potential outliers. Our technicians also maintain strict adherence to necessary safety precautions before, during, and after testing, so you can be sure that your product is treated precisely to method.
If you are in need of a fluid susceptibility test specification for your product, contact Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions today.
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