Corrosion failure of Zn–Al detonator housing

Das, Swapan K and Bhattacharya, D K (2003) Corrosion failure of Zn–Al detonator housing. Engineering Failure Analysis, 10 (6). pp. 639-643.

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Some batches of detonator housings made up of Chromium plated Zn–Al alloy were found in an extensively cracked condition after few months of storage at room temperature. An analysis of the failure showed that the cracks were due to intergranular corrosion facilitated by segregation of lead at the grain boundaries. Improper chromium plating further aggravated the corrosion problem. This failure case emphasises the need for strict control of chemical composition for components made from Zn–Al alloy and the process of Cr plating of the components.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Zinc alloy; Intergranular corrosion; Segregation; Casting defects; Galvanic corrosion
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:277
Deposited On:17 Nov 2009 10:00
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