Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member

Ajit K. Roy

Number of Pages



This investigation is focused on the evaluation of stress corrosion cracking (SCC), localized corrosion, and hydrogen embrittlement (HE) susceptibility of martensitic Alloy EP-823 in neutral and acidic solutions at ambient and elevated temperatures. While no failures were observed in smooth specimens in the neutral solution, failures were noticed in the 90°C acidic solution at constant-load (CL) leading to a threshold stress (sigmath) of 102 ksi. The presence of a notch reduced the sigmath value to 91 ksi in a similar environment. The ductility (%El and %RA), time-to-failure (TTF), and true failure stress (sigmaf) were gradually reduced in both environments with increasing temperature during SSR testing. The presence of a notch, however, enhanced the sigmaf value. All polarized specimens exhibited localized attack. The application of a controlled cathodic potential further reduced the ductility, TTF and sigmaf showing the characteristics of more brittle failures. Metallographic and fractographic evaluations revealed secondary cracks along the gage section, and combination of ductile and brittle failures at the primary fracture face, respectively.


Alloy; Alloy Ep-823; Corrosion; Cracking; Embrittlement; Hydrogen; Martensitic; Stress; Stress Corrosion Cracking

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Materials science; Materials science

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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