This paper is concerned with an accelerated testing and modeling of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) phenomena in pipe grade steels in near neutral pH environment. In modeling of SCC, the authors adopt the crack layer theory that provides formalism to account for contributions to crack growth rate such processes as electro-chemical corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement and mechanical loading. Special attention is paid to the hydrogen diffusion, a precursor to hydrogen embrittlement. The energy-momentum tensor (Eshelby's tensor) is employed to evaluate the thermodynamic forces responsible for SC crack growth. Griffith' crack equilibrium condition is used to derive a quasi-equilibrial SC crack growth equation. A parametric study and comparison with the experimental results of corrosion fatigue tests for various maximal stress, stress ratio and electric potential are performed to examine the validity of the proposed model.
|Journal||International Journal of Fracture|
|Publication status||Published - 2002 Aug 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computational Mechanics
- Mechanics of Materials