Susceptibility to Stress Corrosion Cracking in Ammonia of Nanostructured Cu-10wt%Zn Alloy Produced by Severe Plastic Deformation


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In this study, susceptibility to SCC of nanostructured Cu-10wt%Zn alloys, produced by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) was investigated under the constant stress test in ammonia vapour, which has been well-known typical environment for IGSCC of Cu-Zn alloy. Billets having diameter of 20 mm and length of 100 mm were subjected to ECAP for eight passes at room temperature to obtain structure with grain size of about 100 nm. After ECAP, some of the billets were flush-annealed in 473 K for 60 seconds to decrease excessive unequilibrium dislocations at grain boundaries. Coarse grained specimens without ECAP and one-pass specimens were also tested for comparison. The specimens for SCC were tensioned by a constant load in ammonia vapour inside a glass chamber for 24 hours at room temperature. After the SCC tests, maximum length of cracks was evaluated by SEM. Specimen having UFG structure by 8-passes exhibited cracks in lower applied stress ratio, (=σa/σys) compared with 0- and 1-pass samples, where σa is applied stress and σys is yield stress, respectively. Most importantly, the specimen with annealed at 473K for 60s after ECAP cracked in higher applied stress. It became less sensitive to SCC after flush annealing although mechanical properties were not changed considerably. In our previous studies, we reported that the SCC of UFG copper produced by ECAP, and the sensitivity to SCC becomes lower by flush annealing. Results are discussed in terms of grain boundary state with or without extrinsic grain boundary dislocations



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 584-586)

Edited by:

Yuri Estrin and Hans Jürgen Maier






H. Miyamoto et al., "Susceptibility to Stress Corrosion Cracking in Ammonia of Nanostructured Cu-10wt%Zn Alloy Produced by Severe Plastic Deformation", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 584-586, pp. 887-892, 2008

Online since:

June 2008




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