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Interim Report on the Examination of Corrosion Damage in Homes Constructed with Imported Wallboard I. Examination of Samples Received September 28, 2009

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Author(s)

David J. Pitchure, Richard E. Ricker

Abstract

Since many household systems are fabricated out of metallic materials, changes to the household environment that accelerate corrosion rates will increase the frequency of failures in these systems. Recently, it has been reported that homes constructed with imported wallboard have increased failure rates in appliances, air conditioner heat exchanger coils, and visible corrosion on electrical wiring and other metal components. At the request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) performed metallurgical analyses on samples and corrosion products removed from homes constructed using imported wallboard. This document reports on the analysis of the first group of samples received by NIST from CPSC.
Citation
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7652
Report Number
7652

Keywords

corrosion, copper, sulfide, wallboard

Citation

Pitchure, D. and Ricker, R. (2009), Interim Report on the Examination of Corrosion Damage in Homes Constructed with Imported Wallboard I. Examination of Samples Received September 28, 2009, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created November 30, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017