How to Archive Shot-Peened Almen Strips

Author:  Erik Waelchli, Owner of IBD Connection, Inc. and Electronics Inc. Consultant
Source:  The Shot Peener magazine, Vol 36, Issue 1, Winter 2022
Doc ID:  2022006
Year of Publication:  2022
AN IMPORTANT ASPECT of archiving shot-peened Almen strips is the packaging and location for long-term storage. After years of storage, the last thing one wants to find in the archive is a paper envelope with rusted Almen strips, making verification of the arc height test results impossible. So, how should shot-peened strips be packed to prevent rust? Rust is formed when a moist steel surface meets the oxygen in air. But let’s not get into the chemical details; rather let’s focus on how to provide an environment where rust is inhibited and prevented.

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