Crack propagation behavior of SCM440H low-alloy steel enhanced by absorbed hydrogen is investigated. Six materials tempered at different temperatures are used. Effects of stress ratio, loading frequency, hold time and material hardness on the crack propagation rate are examined under long-term varying load. Tests have been performed under continuous hydrogen charging, in which the crack tip has been isolated from the electrolyte and kept dry. An acceleration of crack propagation rate about six times compared to the uncharged material is found in all materials. In addition to this, however, an unexpected acceleration of crack propagation up to 1000 times is experienced under certain conditions. In materials with Vickers hardness higher than 280 tested at low frequency, the above marked acceleration is experienced. The crack surface morphology is quasi-cleavage. This critical hardness (HV= 280) is a little lower than the usually accepted critical hardness for delayed failure (HV= 350). In material with Vickers hardness lower than 268, however, such a marked acceleration is not experienced.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechanics of Materials
- Materials Science(all)