Structures of hydrogen-induced cracks under different hydrogen concentrations for a high strength steel

Y. F. Wang, S. Y. Hu, Z. Q. Tian, G. X. Cheng, Jianxiao Zhang

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Abstract

Quantitative prediction of the hydrogen-induced crack initiation remains challenging, partially due to the difficulties in directly measuring the hydrogen gas pressure in the crack cavity. Through detailed cross-sectional observations, this study shows that the structure of the internal cracks beneath the surface blisters, i.e., the ratio of crack depth/length, can be significantly influenced by the hydrogen charging conditions. This is attributed to the change of hydrogen gas pressure in the crack cavity at different hydrogen contents, supported by the formation of stepwise cracks near the specimen surface as well as the hydrogen concentration measurements. The post-failure crack geometry is considered a useful indicator of the level of internal gas pressure to quantitatively assess the hydrogen-induced cracking sensitivity. The mechanisms of crack initiation and propagation at different hydrogen concentrations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105587
JournalEngineering Failure Analysis
Volume128
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering

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