ISO 7539-7:2005 covers procedures for conducting slow strain rate tests for investigating susceptibility of a metal to stress corrosion cracking, including hydrogen-induced failure. The term "metal" as used in this part of ISO 7539 includes alloys.
Slow strain rate tests are adaptable for testing a wide variety of product forms, including plate, rod, wire, sheet and tubes, as well as composites of these and parts joined by welding. Notched specimens may be used, as well as initially plain specimens.
The principal advantage of the test is the rapidity with which susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking of a particular metal/environment combination can be assessed.