Effect of absorbed hydrogen on the near threshold fatigue crack growth behavior of short crack (examination on low alloy steel, carbon steel and heat resistant alloy A286)

Yoshiyuki Kondo, Masanobu Kubota, Keiko Shishime, Jun Ichiro Yamaguchi

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Hydrogen is considered to be a possible energy source in the coming future. However, it has been recognized that hydrogen has a detrimental effect on the fatigue strength of metal. The fatigue crack growth characteristic is an important property for the integrity assessment of hydrogen utilization machine. In this report, the effect of absorbed hydrogen on the fatigue crack propagation characteristic in the near threshold regime was studied using low alloy steel, carbon steels and heat resistant alloy A286. Especially in this study, very short pre-cracked specimen as small as 0.03 mm deep was used. As a result, materials with Vickers hardness higher than 300 were susceptible to absorbed hydrogen irrespective of alloy system. Fatigue crack propagation was accelerated and the ΔKth was lowered about 25%. No remarkable change was observed in materials with hardness lower than 200.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1366-1372
Number of pages7
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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