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Flakes

Short, discontinuous internal fissures in ferrous metals attributed to stresses produced by localized transformations and decreased solubility of hydrogen during cooling after hot working. In a fractured surface, flakes appear as bright silvery areas; on an etched surface they appear as short discontinuous cracks. Also called “shatter cracks” and “snowflakes.”

 

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