In-situ Observation of Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking in AA2024-T3 under Constant Load Conditions
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Citation:Liu, Xiaodong; Frankel, G. S.; Zoofan, B.; Rokhlin, S. I. "In-situ Observation of Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking in AA2024-T3 under Constant Load Conditions," Corrosion Science, v. 49, 2007, pp. 139-148.
A specially designed setup was used to apply a constant load to a thin sheet sample of AA2024-T3 and, using microfocal X-ray radiography, to observe in situ the resulting intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) from the exposed edge of the sample. The growth of and competition between multiple IGSCC sites was monitored. In many experiments twin cracks initiated close to each other. Furthermore, the deepest crack at the beginning of every experiment was found to slow or stop growing, and was then surpassed by another crack that eventually penetrated through the sample. These observations cannot be explained by the theory of fracture mechanics in inert environments. The possible mechanisms underlying the competition between cracks are discussed.
This work was supported by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research through Grant No. F49620-02-10148.