Stress-corrosion Fracture in Silver Solid-State Bonds of Uranium
Silver solid-state bonded components containing uranium failed under zero or low applied load several years after manufacture. The final operation in their manufacture was a proof loading that applied a sustained tensile stress to the bond, which all components passed. The components comprised circular cylinders fabricated by plating a thin layer of silver on each of the contact surfaces (uranium and stainless steel) and pressing the parts together at elevated temperature to solid-state bond the two silver surfaces. The manufacturing process produced a high level of residual stress at the bond. The failures appeared to be predominantly located between...
Stanley Beitscher, W.L. Johns, Stress-corrosion Fracture in Silver Solid-State Bonds of Uranium, Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis, Vol 1, Edited By Khlefa A. Esaklul, ASM International, 1992, p 147–149, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.fach.v01.c9001054
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