Influence of Hydrogen on the Damage Behavior of IMC Particles in AlZnMgCu Alloys

Ryoichi Oikawa, Kazuyuki Shimizu, Yasuhiro Kamada, Hiroyuki Toda, Hiro Fujihara, Masayuki Uesugi, Akihisa Takeuchi

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In recent years, it has been reported that intermetallic compound particles can suppress hydrogen embrittlement by hydrogen trapping. Some intermetallic particles in aluminum alloys, such as Al7Cu2Fe, have internal hydrogen trap sites; it is proposed that hydrogen embrittlement can be suppressed by preferential hydrogen partitioning in these sites. However, intermetallic compound particles act as fracture origin sites, and excessive addition degrades the mechanical properties of the material. In this study, we quantitatively evaluated the damage and decohesion behavior of intermetallic compound particles in high-hydrogen content 7XXX aluminum alloys by using in situ synchrotron radiation X-ray tomography. The results revealed that the hydrogen particles induced early high-strain localization, and the Al7Cu2Fe particles were damaged in that region due to its brittleness, resulting in early fracture. Hydrogen had no effects on the fracture and debonding behaviors of intermetallic compound particles, suggesting that the observed particle brittle fracture is dependent on their mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1607-1616
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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