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An AISI type 303(Se) stainless steel eye terminal that was roll swaged on the end of a 9.5 mm diam wire rope cracked extensively after one year of service. A hairline crack that had initiated at the inner surface of the fitting was revealed by metallographic examination of a sectioned terminal specimen. It was indicated by the holes in the region adjoining the crack and rough texture of the crack surface that a corrosive medium (presumably seawater) had entered the crack from the inner surface of the fitting and coupled with the hairline crack to develop crevice corrosion. The...

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