For more than a century, it has been observed that stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and corrosion fatigue (CF) corresponds to synergetic effects between corrosion and mechanics. Researchers and engineers have tried to translate such effects through empirical damage laws, in particular, to predict crack velocities in metallic materials for the nuclear, aeronatical and chemical industries. Nevertheless, the precise nature of those synergetic effects is still difficult to determine and quantify, mainly because of the localization of the damage events. One of the objectives of this publication is to review in detail what is known about these deleterious synergetic effects which lead to SCC and CF. The book takes a multidisciplinary approach, covering materials science, corrosion theory, theory of dislocations and chemistry of surfaces, with some elements briefly introduced. This review is intended for graduate students with some background in materials science, and specifically some knowledge of elementary corrosion theory, as well as for those involved in the research of corrosion.
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