Corrosion-assisted cracking is treated as a time-dependent failure mechanism and is contrasted with other time-dependent phenomena, most notably fatigue. Two cases of failure are reviewed as examples of corrosion-assisted cracking. One case involves a surgical instrument which failed during an operation; the other involves a woman’s shoe. Both cases are documented with electron photomicrographs of the fractured surfaces. Basic features of corrosion-assisted cracking are reviewed and reference literature is cited.

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