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This chapter addresses the issue of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) in carbon and low-alloy steels. It discusses crack initiation, propagation, and fracture in aqueous chloride, hydrogen sulfide, sulfuric acid, hydroxide, ammonia, nitrate, ethanol, methanol, and hydrogen gas environments. It explains how composition and microstructure influence SCC, as do mechanical properties such as strength and fracture toughness and processes such as welding and cold work. It also discusses the role of materials selection and best practices for welding.

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D.M. Norfleet, J.A. Beavers, Stress-Corrosion Cracking of Carbon and Low-Alloy Steels (Yield Strengths Less Than 1241 MPa), Stress-Corrosion Cracking: Materials Performance and Evaluation, 2nd ed., Edited By Russell H. Jones, ASM International, 2017, p 43–66, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.tb.sccmpe2.t55090043

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