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Uranium alloys are used in applications requiring dense metals, but they have little resistance to oxidation and corrosion and are susceptible to environmentally assisted cracking, particularly when processed to high strength levels. This chapter describes the conditions under which uranium alloys are most prone to cracking. It discusses testing and characterization methods, cracking phenomenology, material properties, and microstructure. It also provides suggestions for avoiding and overcoming environmentally assisted cracking problems.

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