Jack Stantons corroded lower spar cap in center spar

Exfoliation corrosion is a particular form of intergranular corrosion associated with high strength aluminum alloys. Alloys that have been extruded or otherwise worked heavily, with a microstructure of elongated, flattened grains, are particularly prone to this damage.

Corrosion products building up along these grain boundaries exert pressure between the grains and the end result is a lifting or leafing effect. The damage often initiates at end grains encountered in machined edges, holes or grooves and can subsequently progress through an entire section. source: http://www.corrosionsource.com

A sight none of us hopes to see.

Exfoliation corrosion in the lower spar cap.

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