The effects of machining surface preparations on the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) susceptibility in boiling water reactor environment were evaluated for Alloy 182 weld metal. Constant extension rate tensile test, constant load test and electrochemical tests (passivation, current-voltage curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) showed that the surface treatments strongly influence the resistance to SCC initiation. The machining-induced deformation and surface oxide layer from the surface treatments affect the re-passivation behaviour and SCC initiation susceptibility. The SCC susceptibility of the studied surface treatments was found following the sequence of shot peened > industrial surface milled > polished > advanced manufactured surface.
- environmentally-assisted cracking
- Alloy 182
- stress corrosion cracking
- surface treatment