In this paper, the effects of high temperature deformation on the microstructure, mechanical properties and hydrogen embrittlement (HE) of the 2.25Cr–1Mo-0.25 V steel was investigated by a scanning electron microscope (SEM), a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and tensile tests. The SEM and TEM images demonstrated that high temperature plastic deformation (HTPD) led to the coarsening of carbides and the dislocation density increase. The tensile tests displayed that the HTPD resulted in the cracking susceptibility increase, as indicated by the increased numbers and sizes of cracks at the fractured surface. This was attributed to the coarsening of carbides during high temperature deformation. In contrast, the HTPD highly decreased the loss of ductility compared to the un-deformed specimens, although the amount of ductility losses (elongation or reduction of area) did not change significantly as the HTPD increased. The correlations among carbides, hydrogen and cracks were discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology