thermal stress cracking

thermal stress cracking

[′thər·məl ¦stres ′krak·iŋ]
(mechanics)
Crazing or cracking of materials (plastics or metals) by overexposure to elevated temperatures and sudden temperature changes or large temperature differentials.
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thermal stress cracking

The crazing of some thermoplastics as a result of overexposure to high temperature.
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Murphy, "Thermal stress cracking and the enhancement of heat extraction from fractured geothermal reservoirs," in Proceedings of the Geothermal Resources Council Meeting, Hilo, Hawaii, USA, 1978.
At AEP's Tanner's Creek 995 MW station, located on the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, thermal stress cracking and wall loss indicated impending failures of 60 percent of the feedwater outlet tubes in the heat exchanger on the plant's 500 MW super critical Unit 4.
This technique is often used to produce nonconductive films, since reactive DC sputtering of metals allows higher deposition rates and avoids the thermal stress cracking associated with RF sputtering of nonconductive targets.