The purpose of this paper is to clarify the influence of the cathodic polarized potential on the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility of X120 steel in a simulated acidic soil solution and the different SCC mechanisms at different cathodic polarized potentials.
The SCC behaviors of X120 pipe steels at various potentials were investigated in a simulated acidic soil solution by slow strain rate tensile tests, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and surface analysis techniques.
The fracture surface of X120 steel stretched in air showed a ductile fracture. Both elongation and tensile strength of X120 steel in the simulated acidic soil solution decreased compared to that obtained in air. A slight cathodic polarization increased the elongation and tensile strength of X120 steel; therefore, the SCC susceptibility was lower at −0.65 VSCE than that at OCP, anodic dissolution dominates the corrosion process. However, a strong cathodic polarization induced hydrogen embrittlement, decreasing elongation and tensile strength, therefore, the SCC susceptibility was highest at −1.1 VSCE, and hydrogen embrittlement became the dominant process.
The paper provides an essential insight into the mechanism of pipeline SCC for X120 steel in acidic soil environments.
Liu, J., Cheng, J., Hu, Q., Huang, F., Xu, J. and Guo, B. (2012), "The stress corrosion cracking behavior of X120 pipeline steel in a simulated acidic soil solution", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 59 No. 6, pp. 311-316. https://doi.org/10.1108/00035591211274497Download as .RIS
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