The interaction of hydrogen with the dislocations in the plastic zone of preexisting cracks (pre-cracks) in engineering components generally degrades the ultimate tensile strength (UTS). Hence, the crack effect coupled with hydrogen-embrittlement (HE) is widely believed to be harmful in engineering applications. However, in this study, the UTS of shallow pre-cracked structures made of interstitial-free (IF) steel, which is a hydrogen-embrittlement sensitive material, may not be wakened in hydrogen environment. Results of cylinder specimens with saturated hydrogen were experimentally and microscope-analytically compared with that of specimens without hydrogen. Then, this anti-common-sense influence of hydrogen was attributed as follows: (1) the crack propagation assisted by hydrogen enhanced localized plasticity (HELP) is stable before the onset of plastic instability because of high fracture instability toughness; and (2) the plastic strain localization at tips of the pre-crack and secondary cracks resists the onset of plastic instability. Additionally, the applicability of such a shallow crack effect coupled with HE presented by this study in engineering applications was discussed.
|Journal||IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 26 2020|
|Event||2020 4th International Conference on Material Science and Technology, ICMST 2020 - Wuhan, Hubei, China|
Duration: Jan 22 2020 → Jan 23 2020
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)