Elasto-plastic fracture toughness tests of a commercially pure iron were performed in air and in hydrogen gas at two different pressures. Some unique characteristics of hydrogen-enhanced cracking were exhibited at both the macroscopic and microscopic length scales, based on the observation of fracture surface, fracture plane, plasticity distribution and dislocation structure. The possible mechanisms responsible for the hydrogen-induced degradation of fracture toughness are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering