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D. Vandermaat, E. Elias, P. Craig, S. Saydam, A. Crosky, P. Hagan and B. Hebblewhite, Experimental protocol for stress corrosion cracking of rockbolts, 12th Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2012, 129-136.


A new laboratory facility designed and constructed at the University of New South Wales, aims to continue and offer a new approach to researching the phenomenon of the stress corrosion cracking. This new approach includes the use of full sized specimens, a specially designed frame, as well as a new loading regime, known as the Periodically Increasing Stress Test, to closely simulate the loading encountered by bolts in service. Coupled with a detailed water testing program to be undertaken at a number of partner sites, this new approach hopes to further increase understanding of stress corrosion cracking and its causes.