An evaluation method for hydrogen embrittlement (HE) susceptibility for ultra high strength steel was studied. The study showed that the evaluation results obtained by the method were independent of the stress concentration factor and the dimension of the specimen. A commercial 0.40C-0.24Si-0.81Mn-1. 03Cr-0.16Mo (mass%) steel with a tensile strength of 1 400 MPa was used. The Local Approach, which was originally used for the evaluation of brittle fracture property, was applied to evaluate the HE susceptibility. The method was modified to consider the effect of hydrogen content to evaluate the HE susceptibility. The critical HE data, which were required in the modified Local Approach, were obtained by the stepwise test in which the stress increasing process and the stress holding process were alternatively repeated until the specimen fractured. The dimensions of the specimen used in the stepwise test consisted of a diameter of 10mm and a stress concentration factor of 4.9. To evaluate the HE susceptibility for specimens with other dimensions, a critical hydrogen content for failure called He, which represents the maximum hydrogen content among the unfracture specimens on the HE test with constant loading, was used. It was found that the HE susceptibility could be evaluated by the modified Local Approach considering hydrogen content distribution in the specimens and that the probability of the HE fracture on the components could be designed by using the evaluation results.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry