Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 8–12 | Cite as

Stress Corrosion Cracking of Stainless Steel Refractory Anchors Prior to Service

  • J. Etienne
  • R. G. Metcalfe
Case History---Peer-Reviewed


This paper presents the results of an examination of cracking discovered in stainless steel anchors in a refractory block destined for inclusion in an ignition hood. Cracking was found to be a result of stress corrosion cracking due to exposure to chlorides from the breakdown of PVC electrical tape in which the anchors had been wrapped to form an expansion coating during the curing of the refractory material into which the anchors were inserted.


Chlorides Austenitic stainless steel Hydrochloric acid PVC electrical tape Refractory anchors Stress corrosion cracking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering and Materials Science GroupBureau Veritas–Asset Integrity and Reliability Services, Unit 6UnanderraAustralia
  2. 2.Engineering and Materials Science GroupBureau Veritas–Asset Integrity and Reliability ServicesWarabrookAustralia

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