Corrosion: Fundamentals, Testing, and Protection
Most alloys are susceptible to intergranular corrosion, also known as intergranular attack (IGA), when exposed to specific environments. This article reviews the theory and application of acceptance tests for detecting the susceptibility of stainless steels and nickel-base alloys to IGA. It describes the most serious forms of structure-dependent corrosion, such as stress-corrosion cracking and exfoliation, in aluminum alloys including strain-Hardened 5xxx (Al-Mg) alloys and heat treated high-strength alloys. The article concludes with information on the evaluation tests for other alloys such as magnesium alloys and zinc die casting alloys.