An intrinsic effect of hydrogen on cyclic slip deformation around a {1 1 0} fatigue crack in Fe-3.2 wt.% Si alloy

Y. Takahashi, M. Tanaka, K. Higashida, K. Yamaguchi, H. Noguchi

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Abstract

The effect of gaseous hydrogen on cyclic slip behavior around a fatigue crack tip introduced along the {1 1 0} plane in a Fe-3.2 wt.% Si alloy is precisely investigated by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and fractography. The results clearly suggest that the fatigue crack growth rate is promoted by hydrogen, whereas the number of dislocations emitted per load cycle is reduced. In addition, dislocation distribution is localized around the crack, causing quasi-brittle crack morphology. A sustained load test confirms that no subcritical crack growth caused by cleavage or micro-void coalescence exists along the {1 1 0} plane, which indicates that the observed increase in the fatigue crack growth rate is correlated solely to the intrinsic effect of hydrogen on the cyclic slip-off process around the crack tip.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1972-1981
Number of pages10
JournalActa Materialia
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys

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