Eureka Chemical Company’s Laboratory Where Testing is Conducted.
Eureka Chemical Company has conducted extensive testing on its products since its inception in the early 1940’s, when Dr. Herman Hess, Eureka’s founder and chemist created the revolutionary formulation of FLUID FILM®. FLUID FILM’s® unique wool-wax formula has been used in various forms beginning with the U.S. Navy on Ships during World War II to protect against corrosion of steel from salt air and salt water. In 1953, military specifications MIL-R-21006 and MIL-C-23050 were issued by the military for FLUID FILM® Liquid A and Gel BW respectively. Today, FLUID FILM® has probed the depths of the sea and space, being effectively utilized by nuclear submarines to its exclusive use on the space shuttle. FLUID FILM’s® WRO product is specified under MIL-PRF-18458C, and its aerosol exceeds MIL-C-16173. The company has stuck to its decision to remain solvent free, manufacturing the highest grade of rust/corrosion preventives and lubricants on the market today.
Outside Testing Conducted on FLUID FILM®:
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship Systems Engineering Station Code 9770, Philadelphia, PA. in June, 1997 for corrosion preventives and lubricants used on shipboard cargo/weapons elevators and other equipment using rails:
FLUID FILM® was found to be “the superior performer of all tested materials.” In fact, the difference in performance was found to be “profound,” and was touted as “the most telling result of all the testing accomplished for this project.” A directive was issued on April 13, 1994 to use FLUID FILM, reducing the maintenance schedules for shipboard cargo/weapons elevator guide rails from quarterly to annually, leading to an estimated savings of over six figures.
- Naval Aviation Depot in Pensacola, Florida conducted a process improvement study in October 1991, comparing FLUID FILM to the required preservatives being used. In addition, further testing was conducted on FLUID FILM for its corrosion protection capabilities in an outside environment:FLUID FILM was found to provide superior protection in salt water environments, and in testing conducted to direct exposure to the outside environment, FLUID FILM was found to provide “outstanding results.” Further statements made about FLUID FILM included “FLUID FILM provides superior corrosion protection plus a more environmentally safe work place. The use of this preservative will help to remove another ozone depleting substance from the system.”
- Boeing North American, Inc. Space Systems Division wrote specification MB0110-020 for FLUID FILM’s use on the Space Shuttle after FLUID FILM met or exceeded all of the following requirements:
- Salt Spray Test Requirement – 750 hours in a 5% salt fog environment according to ASTM B117.
- Solids Content Requirement – At least 95%, ignoring water loss, when tested in accordance with ASTM D2369.
- Heat Resistance Requirement – Subjecting one panel to a temperature of 150ºF for one hour per FED-STD-141.
- Flash Point Requirement – The flash point will be no less than 400º F when tested per ASTM D92.
Boeing ran an additional test, placing FLUID FILM in a 5% salt fog chamber with dissimilar metals, an environment which creates an extremely corrosive environment. FLUID FILM’s use as a corrosion preventive was cemented as a result.
FLUID FILM was also tested by Boeing’s Engineering Materials and Process Laboratory and found to be twice as effective as commonly used CPC’s for aluminum alloys.
- Boeing-Mesa conducted a study in 1996 to find environmentally friendly corrosion preventive materials for short-term protection. The following comments are a result of this study:
“Agencies and companies such as the Department of the Navy at Pensacola, Sikorsky Aircraft, the U.S. Air Force in Georgia, the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Philadelphia, Boeing North American, and the U.S. Coast Guard at Miami and several other locations have done testing and approved the FLUID FILM product for the short term corrosion protection application. When the above were contacted, their unanimous opinion was that the FLUID FILM product provided the best short-term corrosion protection of all the environmental friendly materials tested.”
- In 1994 the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, conducted tests to find a replacement for Class One Ozone Depleting Substances. As a result of the testing conducted by the Naval Aviation Depot in Pensacola, Florida, FLUID FILM was tested against existing MIL-SPECS, MIL-C-16173 and MIL-C-81309. The results are as follows:”All missile processing facilities are hereby authorized to procure and begin implementing of these products into their missile processing flow. FLUID FILM is the only corrosion preventative compound authorized for use on STANDARD missile.”
- The Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the University of Connecticut conducted AC and DC Electrochemical Studies of FLUID FILM on 2024 Aluminum for a report to be published in a 35 page report in “Corrosion” journal in 1998. Here are some excerpts and the conclusion of their findings:
“High strength aluminum alloys are used extensively in aircraft structures because of their excellent strength-to-weight ration.A national intent to keep existing military and commercial aircraft in service well beyond their intended life span of ~ 25 years has prompted considerable effort on methods for both detecting and preventing such forms of corrosion in aircraft.”
“It is clear that the observations described in this paper show that the commercial wool wax-based corrosion preventative coating, FLUID FILM, effectively reduces corrosion of 2024 aluminum in aqueous brine and, perhaps of greater significance, it is nearly equally effective when applied to the alloy after exposure to a corroding environment.”
- Purdue University conducted an Aging Aircraft Project sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in February of 1996. The Test was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of FLUID FILM for stress corrosion resistance of Aluminum Alloy 2024-T351. The results are as follows:”We have shown that the FLUID FILM coating provided effective protection of AA 2024-T351 from environmental damage…applying FLUID FILM before exposure gave the best results.”
- Sunstrand Aerospace wrote specification MS02.43-01 for FLUID FILM’s use as a preservative oil for magnesium, which is now used as a standard throughout the helicopter industry.
- The U.S. Coast Guard wrote an engineering specification GEN200000.01B for FLUID FILM with the purpose being to improve the corrosion resistance of corrosion prone areas of aircraft.
- Delta Airlines wrote a process standard recommending FLUID FILM as a general purpose maintenance lubricant, stating that FLUID FILM “has excellent penetrating and corrosion preventive characteristics. FLUID FILM differs from other general purpose maintenance lubricants in that the lubricating capability remains for extended periods of time and is not subject to evaporation.”FLUID FILM has been tested by the U.S. Air Force in accordance with Mil-C-16173-E Grade 2, and was found to exceed all requirements.
- Volume Resistivity & Electrostatic Discharge Test
Conducted by the California Institute of Electronics and Material Science, these are the resulsts of the volume resistivity and electrostatic discharge test:
SAMPLE VOLUME RESISTIVITY, Ohm/cm Gel White BW 14.9 x 1010 Wire Rope Lubricant (WRL) 1.60 x 1010 Non-Aerosol 3.52 x 1010 Liquid AR 2.71 x 1010 Liquid (A) 2.56 x 1010
Conductivity is the reciprocal (inverse) of electrical resistivity and has the SI units of siemens per metre (S·m-1).
- Toxicity of Water in Contact With Steel Coated With FLUID FILM to Fish:Due to increased concern with pollutants in rivers, ports, and the sea itself, it seemed desirable to determine if ballast water discharged from a ship’s tank coated with FLUID FILM would product toxic effects on marine life.In order to accomplish this, a series of tanks were set up containing a given volume of fresh water and panels coated on both sides with FLUID FILM. The number and size of the panels were selected to give various proportions of surface area to volume. Area/volume ratios were selected to bracket the highest ratios found in ship’s tanks.The method used was No. 231 Toxicity to Fish, according to the Standard Methods for The Examination of Water and Waste Water. 13th Edition.