The problem of stress corrosion cracking (SCC), which causes sudden failure of metals and other materials subjected to stress in corrosive environment(s), has a significant impact on a number of sectors including the oil and gas industries and nuclear power production. Stress corrosion cracking reviews the fundamentals of the phenomenon as well as examining stress corrosion behaviour in specific materials and particular industries.

The book is divided into four parts. Part one covers the mechanisms of SCC and hydrogen embrittlement, while the focus of part two is on methods of testing for SCC in metals. Chapters in part three each review the phenomenon with reference to a specific material, with a variety of metals, alloys and composites discussed, including steels, titanium alloys and polymer composites. In part four, the effect of SCC in various industries is examined, with chapters covering subjects such as aerospace engineering, nuclear reactors, utilities and pipelines.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Stress corrosion cracking is an essential reference for engineers and designers working with metals, alloys and polymers, and will be an invaluable tool for any industries in which metallic components are exposed to tension, corrosive environments at ambient and high temperatures.

Key Features

  • Examines the mechanisms of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) presenting recognising testing methods and materials resistant to SCC
  • Assesses the effect of SCC on particular metals featuring steel, stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, magnesium alloys, copper-based alloys and welds in steels
  • Reviews the monitoring and management of SCC and the affect of SCC in different industries such as petrochemical and aerospace


Any industries in which metallic components are exposed to tension, corrosive environments at ambient and high temperatures.

Table of Contents

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Part I: Fundamental aspects of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and hydrogen embrittlement

Chapter 1: Mechanistic and fractographic aspects of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC)


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Quantitative measures of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC)

1.3 Basic phenomenology of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC)

1.4 Metallurgical variables affecting stress-corrosion cracking (SCC)

1.5 Environmental variables affecting stress-corrosion cracking (SCC)

1.6 Surface-science observations

1.7 Proposed mechanisms of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC)

1.8 Determining the viability and applicability of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) mechanisms

1.9 Transgranular stress-corrosion cracking (T-SCC) in model systems

1.10 Intergranular stress-corrosion cracking (I-SCC) in model systems

1.11 Stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) in some commercial alloys

1.12 General discussion of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) mechanisms

1.13 Conclusions

1.14 Acknowledgements

Chapter 2: Hydrogen embrittlement (HE) phenomena and mechanisms


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Proposed mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement (HE) and supporting evidence

2.3 Relative contributions of various mechanisms for different fracture modes

2.4 General comments

2.5 Conclusions

Part II: Test methods for determining stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibilities

Chapter 3: Testing and evaluation methods for stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in metals


3.1 Introduction

3.2 General aspects of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) testing

3.3 Smooth specimens

3.4 Pre-cracked specimens – the fracture mechanics approach to stress corrosion cracking (SCC)

3.5 The elastic-plast


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About the editors

V S Raja

V. S. Raja is Professor at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India.

Tetsuo Shoji

Tetsuo Shoji is Professor at the Fracture and Reliability Research Institute at Tohoku University, Japan.