SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1966

The Relative Stress-Corrosion Susceptibility of Titanium Alloys in the Presence of Hot Salt


Steady-state stress-corrosion tests at elevated temperature were performed on three titanium alloys. Mill annealed titanium 6Al-4V was the least susceptible, followed in order of increasing susceptibility by titanium 8Al-1Mo-1V and titanium 6Al-6V-2Sn. Sodium chloride was more detrimental than ASTM synthetic salt. Extensive tests were conducted on duplex annealed titanium 8Al-1Mo-1V. Cyclic state testing of this alloy indicated an absence of stress-corrosion cracking and demonstrated that the time at temperature below the maximum operating temperature of a supersonic aircraft might be an important variable. Exposure tests on brake-formed, stress-relieved titanium 8Al-1Mo-1V sheet specimens indicated a deteriorating effect distinct from stress-corrosion cracking. Fatigue crack growth and fracture toughness determinations indicated no embrittling effects in titanium 8Al-1Mo-1V exposed to hot salt in the absence of stress.

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Piper, D., E.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash.
Fager, D., N.
The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash.
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 31–52
DOI: 10.1520/STP46426S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6800-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-6624-0