Stephen Tait

High temperature corrosion storage tests, Part 2

November 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. I started a two-part series about the science for using higher temperatures to accelerate the rate of spray package corrosion as a possible way to reduce storage test time in the last issue. The first part centered on the science for the Arrhenius equation, often used to justify using higher temperatures to accelerate […]

High temperature corrosion storage tests, Part 1

October 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. Limited budgets for testing, as well as pressure to quickly commercialize new products and derivative products (line extensions), often force the taking of short-cuts in corrosion tests. Indeed, higher temperatures are often used to accelerate spray package corrosion to shorten the time needed for corrosion testing. However, there are many pitfalls to this […]

Corrosion control is a process, not a one-time event

September 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. Corrosion prevention and control for all types of spray packaging is a continuous process and not a one-time event. The risk of corrosion is always greater than zero and the risk could be as high as approximately 62% when there is no corrosion data for new formulas and derivatives of current formulas (line […]

Controlling & preventing corrosion with inhibitors…

August 1, 2022

Hello everyone. Why abandon a formula if it causes package corrosion? I suspect most wouldn’t because corrosive formulas sometimes have the most desirable performance among those evaluated for a particular product type. Indeed, most will typically try to find a corrosion inhibitor before giving up on a corrosive formula. In my 50 years of working […]

The limitations of coatings for corrosion prevention

June 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. It’s commonly believed that coatings and laminate films are barriers between a spray package metal or metal foil and a formula. It’s also commonly believed that a barrier is needed to prevent metal corrosion. However, these beliefs are not always true! Why don’t coatings always prevent corrosion of the coating and the substrate […]

Testing can accurately predict actual corrosion…

May 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. The Corrosion Corner column turns 22 years old this month. Thank you all for your support and interest over the years. Can spray package corrosion tests accurately predict actual spray package corrosion? The short answer is Yes. However, using inappropriate protocols produces inaccurate corrosion data that often leads to wrong conclusions about long-term […]

Top 12 spray package corrosion questions

April 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. Spray packages include traditional aluminum and steel aerosol containers, bag-on-valve spray packages, aerosol containers with internal bags and multiple-use spray packages. All of these packaging types are susceptible to corrosion and are very expensive! The cost of spray package corrosion includes the unbudgeted use of resources to: 1. Investigate package failures 2. Find […]

Corrosion Control & Prevention Programs

March 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. Spray packages allow consumers to easily dispense a controlled amount of product to a specific area. Corrosion is an issue for all types of spray packaging and packaging materials. However, corrosion can be controlled and/or prevented with a comprehensive corrosion prevention and control program. Let’s start with a brief overview of why spray […]

Guidelines for packaging engineers & formulators

February 1, 2022

Hello, everyone. I’d like to share my current perspective on corrosion guidelines for both those who formulate new and derivative spray products and those who specify and qualify packaging for spray products. The various guidelines can be placed into one of the five following categories: 1. Formula chemistry 2. Corrosion inhibitors (a subset of formula […]

Corrosion by Formula & Package Factors: Part 2

January 1, 2022

Happy New Year, everyone. In the December 2021 issue of SPRAY, I discussed the most common formula factors that affect spray package corrosion. In this issue, we’ll complete the discussion with the most common package factors that affect spray package corrosion: 1. Type of package (e.g., aerosol containers and bag-on-valve) 2. Type of internal package […]