Roles of hydrogen content and pre-strain on damage evolution of TRIP-aided bainitic ferrite steel

Virendra Kumar Verma, Motomichi Koyama, Bakuya Kumai, Tomohiko Hojo, Eiji Akiyama

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From the aspect of crack/void initiation and growth characteristics, the effects of pre-strain on the hydrogen embrittlement resistance of a transformation-induced plasticity-aided bainitic ferrite steel were examined. The hydrogen uptake in the specimens without pre-strain caused degradation of crack growth resistance, but the crack initiation probability did not change significantly. It is noteworthy that the degree of degradation was independent of the hydrogen content in the present hydrogen charging condition. Pre-straining to 3% and 6% improved the crack growth resistance of the hydrogen-charged specimens because of a reduction in the probability of austenite presence at the crack tip. Furthermore, a high level of pre-strain provided high hydrogen concentration and resulted in strain-age-hardening, which caused an acceleration of quasi-cleavage fracture, an increase in yield strength, and a stress/strain concentration associated with Lüders deformation. These factors diminished the crack initiation resistance and crack growth resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1309-1314
Number of pages6
JournalIsij International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Bainitic ferrite
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Pre-strain
  • Strain aging
  • Transformation-induced plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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