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Stress corrosion cracking of A517 steel in marine environments

Lin Chen (University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)
Huisheng Yang (University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)
Yanjing Su (University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)
Lijie Qiao (University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 9 September 2021

Issue publication date: 17 September 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to develop the existence and mechanism of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) for A517 steel in marine environments.

Design/methodology/approach

Slow strain rate test (SSRT) and constant load tests were used to investigate the SCC susceptibility of A517 steel. In addition, the additive stresses caused by the corrosion film and hydrogen entering into steel were applied to reveal the fundamental mechanism of the SCC.

Findings

The SCC susceptibility increased due to anodic dissolution and additive stress caused by the corrosion-produced film under anode polarization. Furthermore, the SCC susceptibility increased with increasing cathodic polarization, which is due to the increased additional stress caused by hydrogen entering into the steel. However, when the cathode polarization further increased, the additional stress remained due to the constant hydrogen content, thus the SCC susceptibility did not vary. Moreover, the SCC susceptibility of A517 steel under an alternate immersion environment (AIE) was lower than that under a full immersion environment and the steel under the AIE with 0.5 W/D had the lowest SCC susceptibility.

Originality/value

The stress corrosion behaviors of A517 in marine environments under various conditions were systematically analyzed.

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Citation

Chen, L., Yang, H., Su, Y. and Qiao, L. (2021), "Stress corrosion cracking of A517 steel in marine environments", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 68 No. 5, pp. 413-421. https://doi.org/10.1108/ACMM-07-2021-2505

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