Hydrogen-assisted fatigue crack growth in gaseous environment was comparatively examined at room temperature (RT) and 423 K, based on analysis of the deformation structure evolution around crack-wakes using scanning electron microscopy techniques. In hydrogen-gas at RT, the propagating crack displayed weakly-evolved dislocation arrangement, accompanied by a significant acceleration of fatigue crack growth. However, in hydrogen-gas at 423 K, the crack-wake plasticity was well-evolved and analogous to that observed in an inert environment. This apparent recovery of deformation micro structure coincided with suppressed crack growth acceleration, the rationale for which can be interpreted by the trapping/de-trapping equilibrium between hydrogen and dislocations.
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