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Tarnishing film-induced brittle cracking of brass

  • Cheng Zhang, Yan Jing Su (a1), Li Jie Qiao and Wu Yang Chu (a1)


Tarnishing film was developed on the brass surface in Mattsson's solution at room temperature. The filmed brass was removed from the solution, dried, and subjected to a slow strain rate (loading speed = 0.5 mm/min) in air for studying the effect of the film on crack propagation in the brass substrate. It was observed that initial cracks started to emerge in the film and then propagated to the brass matrix in a brittle intergranular manner. However, it changed into a ductile mode after removing the deposited film. The galvanic current between platinum wire and filmed brass sample in Mattson's solution was investigated. The results showed that periodic current fluctuations were observed when the sample was under a constant applied load. These observations showed that the film rupture-formation occurred at cracks under the stress-corrosion cracking condition.


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Tarnishing film-induced brittle cracking of brass

  • Cheng Zhang, Yan Jing Su (a1), Li Jie Qiao and Wu Yang Chu (a1)


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