The role of hydrogen in tensile ductility loss and on the fracture behaviours of Ni-based superalloy 718 was investigated via tensile tests under hydrogen-charged conditions (internal hydrogen) or in gaseous hydrogen environments (external hydrogen), in combination with post-mortem analyses of fractured samples using electron microscopy techniques. Whereas intergranular fracture was responsible for material degradation under external hydrogen, the failure modes under internal hydrogen conditions were primarily dominated by cracking along slip planes or twin boundaries. The mechanisms of crack initiation and propagation are extensively discussed in terms of hydrogen distribution, intrinsic deformation character of the material and hydrogen-modified dislocation behavior.
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