Gold Bulletin

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 209–214 | Cite as

A facile chemical screening method for the detection of stress corrosion cracking in 9 carat gold alloys

  • B. Neumeyer
  • John Hensler
  • Anthony P. O’MullaneEmail author
  • Suresh K. BhargavaEmail author
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Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) is a well known form of environmental attack in low carat gold jewellery. It is desirable to have a quick, easy and cost effective way to detect SCC in alloys and prevent them from being used and later failing in their application. A facile chemical method to investigate SCC of 9 carat gold alloys is demonstrated. It involves a simple application of tensile stress to a wire sample in a corrosive environment such as 1–10 % FeCl3 which induces failure in less than 5 minutes. In this study three quaternary (Au, Ag, Cu and Zn) 9 carat gold alloy compositions were investigated for their resistance to SCC and the relationship between time to failure and processing conditions is studied. It is envisaged that the use of such a rapid and facile screening procedure at the production stage may readily identify alloy treatments that produce jewellery that will be susceptible to SCC in its lifetime.


Stress Corrosion Crack Ferric Chloride Solution Carat Gold Facile Chemical Environmental Attack 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Applied SciencesRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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