Stress Corrosion Cracking and Corrosion-Fatigue

  • Pietro Pedeferri (Deceased)Email author
Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT.)


When a susceptible metal is in contact with a specific environment, in presence of a tensile stress exceeding a threshold, the corrosion-enhanced formation of cracks and catastrophic failure is called stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Although infrequent, consequences are so dangerous that it deserves to be described in details: in this chapter, after the introduction of the SCC mechanism, mechanical, metallurgical and environmental factors at its basis are explained, and specific preventative measurements are suggested. Another form of degradation that links mechanical stress and corrosion, i.e., corrosion-fatigue, is also described.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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