Observations of Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking in a Grain-Mapped Polycrystal

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Science  18 Jul 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5887, pp. 382-385
DOI: 10.1126/science.1156211

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Nondestructive three-dimensional mapping of grain shape, crystallographic orientation, and grain boundary geometry by diffraction contrast tomography (DCT) provides opportunities for the study of the interaction between intergranular stress corrosion cracking and microstructure. A stress corrosion crack was grown through a volume of sensitized austenitic stainless steel mapped with DCT and observed in situ by synchrotron tomography. Several sensitization-resistant crack-bridging boundaries were identified, and although they have special geometric properties, they are not the twin variant boundaries usually maximized during grain boundary engineering.

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