The hydrogen embrittlement (HE) and H trapping sites of pearlitic steel specimens with various lamellar spacings (λ) were evaluated through slow strain rate tensile testing and thermal desorption analysis. When λ decreases, both tensile strength and resistance to HE were unusually improved. This is because tearing, which is the initiation of H cracking, was delayed in the specimen with fine λ and short cementite (θ) platelets. Undeformed H-charged specimens showed a peak (peak 1), which is separable into two sub-peaks (peak 1-1 and peak 1–2) in their H desorption rate curves, regardless of λ. Peak 1-1 and peak 1–2 were generated by H atoms detrapped from FP/θ interfaces and from dislocations inside FP, respectively. The Ea values of H desorption for peak 1-1 and peak 1–2 were 23.2 kJ/mol, and 26.1 kJ/mol, respectively. Meanwhile, deformed H-charged specimens exhibited the second peak (peak 2) with peak temperature (TP) of ∼600 K, as well as peak 1 with TP of ∼375 K. When tensile strain increased, peak 2 increased at the expense of peak 1. Primary H trapping sites for peak 2 are strained FP/θ interfaces with interfacial dislocations.
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the POSCO Technical Research Laboratories, Pohang, Republic of Korea.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Polymers and Plastics
- Metals and Alloys