Published: Jan 2005
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CORROSION FATIGUE (CF) is an important but complex mode of failure for high-performance structural metals operating in deleterious environments. This view is based on the likelihood of cyclically varying loads and chemical environments in service, the need for predictable long-life component performance and life extension, the universal susceptibility of pure metals and alloys to CF damage, and the time-dependent multivariable character of corrosion fatigue. For example, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) immune alloys are susceptible to CF. Corrosion fatigue has affected nuclear power systems, steam and gas turbines, aircraft, marine structures, pipelines, and bridges; CF issues are central to the behavior of many aging systems [1-3].
Professor and Chair, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA