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Strain enhanced dissolution effects in the corrosion-fatigue failure of metals

Naturevolume 254pages322323 (1975) | Download Citation



IT has been suggested1 that yield assisted dissolution, which occurs during the corrosion fatigue of high carbon steels in aqueous sodium chloride solutions, may be responsible for the initiation of cracking. Furthermore, it is likely1 that at low stresses the process of crack initiation largely determines the overall corrosion-fatigue life. It now seems that these significant dissolution effects can be produced and observed in metals subjected to strain cycling in corrosive solutions.

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    Rollins, V., Arnold, B., and Lardner, E., Br. Corros. J., 5, 33–40 (1970).

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    Pyle, T., Rollins, V., and Howard, D., Corros. Fatigue, 2, 312–318 (1972).

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    Spähn, H., Z. Phys. Chem., 234, 1–25 (1967).

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  1. Department of Chemistry and Metallurgy, Lanchestcr Polytechnic, Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB, UK

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