Temperature mitigates the hydrogen embrittlement sensitivity of martensitic steels in slow strain rates

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The joint effect of temperature and strain rate on hydrogen embrittlement properties of martensitic steel was investigated. At 50 °C, the elongation loss first increases and then, decreases with decreasing the strain rate. It was firstly reported that at the low strain rates, hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility was mitigated by temperature due to an increase in the hydrogen effusion to the surface of the material and the release of a significant amount of hydrogen before the yield point by temperature effect. At 25 °C, elongation loss increase with decreasing the strain rate, since in lower strain rates, the hydrogen can interact with mobile dislocations, which finally leads to H-induced fracture. The Kurdjumov-Sachs relationship between martensite and austenite was established, and prior austenite EBSD micrographs were obtained. The intergranular crack was observed which can be related to acting prior austenite grain boundaries as an H-induced crack path.


Original languageEnglish
Article number111187
Number of pages5
Issue numberAugust
Early online date18 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022