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Abstract

Several stainless steel bolts used on a Titan Space Launch Vehicle broke at the shank and failure was attributed to stress-corrosion cracking. But results could not be duplicated in the laboratory with salt-solution immersion tests until the real culprit was established: the secondary effect of galvanic coupling, hydrogen embrittlement.

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Louis Raymond, Ernest G. Kendall, 2019. "Failure of 17-4 PH Stainless Steel Bolts on a Titan Space Launch Vehicle", ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Mechanical and Machine Components

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