Hydrogen-assisted, fatigue crack-growth in pure iron within a low stress-intensity range was ascribed to the emergence of intergranular fracture, the significance of which was emphasized by increased hydrogen-gas pressure, while conversely mitigated by an elevation of test temperature. Based on conventional thermodynamic theory, a single parameter, GB hydrogen-coverage (θx), was used to derive a systematic, unified evaluation of such a complex reliance on the dual environmental variables. Furthermore, post-mortem microscopic analyses of the crack-wake deformation microstructures were employed to elucidate the contribution of dislocation activity regarding the triggering of IG fracture, which also varied significantly with the alteration of θx.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Modelling and Simulation
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering