The effects of four machining surface preparations on the environmentally-assisted cracking (EAC) initiation and early crack growth were evaluated for Alloy 182 flat tapered specimens exposed to a simulated boiling water reactor (BWR) environment under constant extension rate tensile test conditions. Results showed that the apparent EAC critical threshold stress for initiation was highly dependent on the surface treatment. Detailed microstructural characterization revealed the nature of the machining-induced deformation associated with the four surface treatments. Surface treatments affected the surface oxidation during exposure in the simulated BWR environment. The machining-induced deformation structure affected the EAC initiation susceptibility.
- Alloy 182
- Environmentally-assisted cracking
- Stress corrosion cracking
- Surface machining