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Unification of hydrogen-enhanced damage understanding through Strain-Life Experiments and Modeling



May L. Martin, Christopher P. Looney, Peter E. Bradley, Damian S. Lauria, Robert L. Amaro, Andrew J. Slifka


Strain-life testing of a 4130 pressure vessel steel was conducted in hydrogen gas through the careful adaptation of an existing hydrogen-gas mechanical testing apparatus. The strain-life mechanical results reveal that hydrogen has a significant effect on the strain-life, and impacts both the elastic and plastic responses of the material. Microscopy analysis shows a distinct difference in the microstructural development of the material after cyclic loading in air compared to in hydrogen gas. These experimental results will inform coupled damage and deformation modeling.
Engineering Fracture Mechanics


Hydrogen embrittlement, strain-life, plasticity
Created June 20, 2019, Updated July 1, 2019