Corrosion Testing and Research


Stress Corrosion Cracking


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Mobile Sensors for Gas Pipeline

Multielectrode Array Sensor (MAS™)

Coating Degradation Sensor (CDS)

Anodes for Cathodic Protection

Subsea Pipeline Pads

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Biaxial stress corrosion cracking testing fixture

A wide variety of environmentally assisted cracking and stress corrosion cracking tests are performed in a dedicated materials laboratory at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).


Standardized Stress Tests

Standardized tests for oil and gas, chemical, and other applications include:

  • ASTM G38

  • ASTM G39

  • NACE TM0177

  • NACE TM0198

Specialized Stress Corrosion Cracking Testing Capabilities

  • Biaxial stress corrosion cracking frames capable of conducting testing in aggressive environments, such as brines with CO2 and H2S

  • Test frames for applying cyclic loads with the measurement of crack propagation rates

image of load frames with cyclic loading capability   image of SwRI engineer performing stress corrosion cracking tests

Load frames with cyclic loading capability. Tests using pre-cracked compact tension specimens were conducted to determine the susceptibility of Ni-Cr-Mo alloys to stress corrosion cracking in simulated groundwater.


Stress corrosion cracking tests

image of c-ring test specimins   image of post test analysis of fracture surface using a scanning electron microscope

C-ring test specimens


Post test analysis of fracture surface using a scanning electron microscope


For more information about our stress corrosion cracking research programs and capabilities, or how you can contract with SwRI, please contact Elizabeth Trillo, Ph.D., at or (210) 522-4210.


Contact Information

Elizabeth Trillo, Ph.D.

Stress Corrosion Cracking

(210) 522-4210

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August 07, 2014