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A failed H-11 tool steel pylon attachment stud was found during a routine walk-around inspection. The stud exhibited gross localized corrosion pitting at several different areas on its surface. Light general rust was also evident. Severe pitting occurred near the fracture location. The fracture face contained evidence of intergranular SCC as well as ductile dimples. The protective coating was found to be an inorganic water-base aluminide coating having a coating thickness of 7.5 to 13 micron (0.3 to 0.5 mil). The coating was of a nonuniform mottled nature. It was concluded that the failure of the pylon attachment stud...

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