Effect of strain rate on the hydrogen embrittlement of a DP steel
Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering, Ghent University,
2 EEMMeCs Department of Electrical Energy, MST-DyMaLab, Ghent University, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium
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Published online: 7 September 2018
Advanced high strength steels (HSSs), such as dual phase steels, are widely used in the automotive industry due to their excellent combination of strength and ductility. In certain applications, they might be exposed to hydrogen (H) which is known to be detrimental for the deformation. H embrittlement (HE) is still not fully understood. It might drastically reduce the energy absorbed in a crash event and limits the use of HSSs in car bodies. Although H diffusion is a highly time dependent phenomenon, so far, the combined effect of dynamic strain rates and electrochemical H pre-charging has not been studied. Therefore, a reproducible methodology has been developed. Tensile specimens were electrochemically H pre-charged and immediately tested in a split Hopkinson tensile bar setup. To distinguish between the effect of strain rate and HE, static tests have been conducted using the same procedure. Results show that the HE resistance decreased due to higher H amounts in the sample for all strain rates. The HE increased when slower strain rates were applied due to higher probability of H to diffuse to regions of stress concentration ahead of a crack tip and as such accelerating failure. At the highest strain rate considered (900 s-1), the material still lost about 10% of its ductility.
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