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A task group formed by Subcommittee IV of ASTM Committee A-10 on Iron-Chromium, Iron-Chromium-Nickel and Related Alloys and a similar group organized as Unit Committee T-5E of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers joined forces to undertake an exhaustive review of the over-all problem presented by instances of stress-corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels. The investigation embraced a review of case histories to define the circumstances under which such difficulties were being experienced, steps being taken to avoid or overcome the problem, research being undertaken to uncover facts about its nature as a basis for its cure, and an assessment of the theories that were being advanced to account for it. Details of these several phases of the investigation will be found in the sections of the full report of the task group devoted to these subjects. Presented here is an over-all summary of the results of the study.
LaQue, F. L.
Vice President and Manager, The International Nickel Co., Inc., New York, N. Y.