The rapid corrosion test described in this project appears to be successful in screening for materials that are likely to be very damaging if used in conjunction with a particular metal. This information is available in a 24-hour period for lead and copper, and within four days for silver. Materials that pass this screening test could be selected for follow-up testing via other means that require more time or expensive equipment, while the materials that are clearly damaging to metals can be eliminated from consideration very quickly. The rapid test also appears to be a period was successful in showing which corrosion inhibitors work well to protect metal. This test would allow for the rapid screening of many possible inhibitors, in a variety of concentrations, and with replication. The solutions producing the best results could then be set aside for more detailed study and experimentation by a variety of other means.
The research conducted during this project also indicates that both the rapid tests and the traditional Oddy tests can be improved by incorporating Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) for corrosion assessment and permanent documentation of results. RTI is commonly employed in museums and conservation laboratories, is very fast to accomplish, and this step can easily be added. An RTI image can be viewed at many different light positions and enhancement conditions, to provide the best possible view of the rapid corrosion test plate or an Oddy test coupon array. Adding in image analysis is also a very fast step. The enhancement capabilities of image analysis software can aid qualitative judgements, and quantitative data can also be obtained if desired.