SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1972

Exfoliation Corrosion of Aluminum Alloys


This paper is a general review of the subject of exfoliation corrosion of aluminum alloys summarizing both published and unpublished work. Present thinking on mechanisms is presented. Susceptible alloys and the corrosive environments in which exfoliation occurs are discussed, as well as effect of varying degrees of exfoliation on static and dynamic fatigue strength of 7075-T6 and on life of an actual aircraft structure.

Protective coatings and special heat treatments to minimize exfoliation are discussed.

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Ketcham, SJ
Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, Pa.
Shaffer, IS
Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, Pa.
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Developed by Committee: G01
Pages: 3–16
DOI: 10.1520/STP35413S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4617-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0110-4