This paper provides a technical basis for a crack growth rate (CGR) for use in performing evaluations of cracking in stainless steel canister materials. The source of crack initiation and growth is deposition of chloride aerosols on the canister surface followed by deliquescence leading to a brine solution. The brine solution attacks the stainless steel surface, leading to pitting; in the presence of tensile stress (such as residual tensile stress due to welding), stress corrosion cracking can occur. The CGR will be used for evaluating flaw growth under a proposed ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Case covering stainless steel canisters.

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