Mechanics of stress corrosion fracture

  • G. P. Cherepanov
Physicochemical Theory of Deformation and Failure


It should be emphasized that the influence of the environment is sometimes very substantial even under normal atmospheric conditions, due to the presence of moisture. Sometimes there is a combination of hydrogen embrittlement and electrochemical corrosion mechanisms, leading to characteristic linearconstant diagrams (hydrogen embrittlement prevails in the linear sector, and electrochemical corrosion in the sector where KI = const).

A theoretical description of crack growth in metals exposed to various active environmental constituents is given in [5]. Local hydrogen absorption and local electrochemical corrosion at the crack tip are the most important (practical) mechanisms of subcritical crack growth [5]; [39–44] are also devoted to theoretical study of the latter mechanisms.


Hydrogen Atmospheric Condition Hydrogen Absorption Stress Corrosion Theoretical Description 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. Cherepanov
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow Mining InstituteUSSR

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