In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the effect of a hydrogen environment on the fatigue limit of hydrogenpower systems and infrastructure. In carbon steel, strain aging is one of the important factors influencing non-propagating crack behavior, which is related to the fatigue limit. In the present study, to investigate the effects of hydrogen on the strain aging of low-carbon steel (0.13 % carbon steel), Vickers hardness tests were carried out on the carbon steel. A couple of 0.13 % carbon steel specimens with a large-scale plastic zone were aging heat-treated; one was a hydrogen-charged specimen, whereas the other was an uncharged specimen. The Vickers hardness of the hydrogencharged specimen was found to be lower than that of the uncharged specimen. This observation implies that hydrogen inhibits strain-aging hardening of low-carbon steel. The observation also suggests that hydrogen could affect the non-propagating crack behavior through the inhibition of strain aging.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering