The purpose of this research was to evaluate and compare the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of Ti-15 Mo (ASTM F2066), Ti-6Al-7Nb (ASTM1295), Ti-6A1-4V ELI (ASTM F136), and Grade 4 CPTi (ASTM F67). Evaluation of alloy composition, microstructure, Vickers microhardness, and tensile properties was performed to determine compliance with the appropriate ASTM specification. For SCC testing, smooth tensile samples with a gauge length of 10 mm and a gauge diameter of 4 mm and notched samples with a notch root diameter of 4 mm (Kt=3.2) were prepared using low stress grinding procedures. Three smooth and three notched samples were tested in distilled HiO and Ringer's solution at 37°C. Testing was performed using the slow extension rate method at a stroke rate of 10-5 mm/s according to the guidelines established in ASTM G129. The ratio of the percent elongation (PER) and reduction of area (ROAR) of smooth and notched samples tested in Ringer's solution and distilled water were evaluated. The fracture surfaces of representative samples were also examined for fracture mode identification using SEM.
Results showed that all alloys complied with the appropriate ASTM specification. SCC may be considered to occur in a material if the ductile properties in an aggressive media are inferior to the ductile properties in a non-aggressive media. Evaluations of the PER and ROAR ratios in smooth and notched samples for each alloy in Ringer's and distilled water showed no indication of SCC failure mechanisms. SEM examination of the fracture surfaces showed no differences in the fracture morphology regardless of the testing solution. These results were consistent with the mechanical testing data. It is therefore concluded that SCC mechanisms were not operating or contributing to the fracture of these alloys under the conditions evaluated.