Transition mechanism of cycle- to time-dependent acceleration of fatigue crack-growth in 0.4 %C Cr-Mo steel in a pressurized gaseous hydrogen environment

Atsuki Setoyama, Yuhei Ogawa, Masami Nakamura, Yuya Tanaka, Tingshu Chen, Motomichi Koyama, Hisao Matsunaga

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Abstract

Fatigue crack-growth (FCG) tests were conducted in 90-MPa-hydrogen gas on three martensitic steels with tensile strengths of 811, 921 and 1025 MPa. Increased strength levels resulted in augmented, hydrogen-induced FCG acceleration. In the highest-strength material, the FCG rate per cycle was dependent on test frequency, i.e., the crack-growth distance was proportional to load duration. Several observations and analyses revealed that such time-dependent FCG was due to stress-driven cracking along hierarchical martensite boundaries, stemming from the hydrogen-induced degradation of their cohesive strengths as a result of competition between mechanically-determined crack-tip stress (driving stress) and statistically-distributed boundary strength (resistance stress).

Original languageEnglish
Article number107039
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Volume163
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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