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Embrittlement by Liquid Metals
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
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The paper reviews the results of a number of investigations of liquid metal embrittlement and discusses the prerequisites and possible mechanisms for its occurrence. It also reviews the effects of variables on the severity of embrittlement that normally influence the fracture behavior of a solid. Additionally this paper describes effects on the occurrence and severity of embrittlement caused by the liquid phase. Other topics discussed are the possible correlation between the severity of embrittlement and the electronegativities of the solid and liquid metals, the use of the concept of inert carrier liquid metals and possible means for enhancing or inhibiting embrittlement.
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