Tensile mechanical properties and fracture behaviors of nickel-based superalloy 718 in the presence of hydrogen

Xinfeng Li, Jin Zhang, Qinqin Fu, Eiji Akiyama, Xiaolong Song, Yanfei Wang, Qizhen Li, Ning Zou

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Hydrogen embrittlement of a nickel-based superalloy IN718 was investigated using slow strain rate tensile tests. Post-mortem observation of fractured samples was performed to explore hydrogen-assisted failure mechanisms of the alloy. The results reveal that hydrogen charging reduces yield strength, tensile strength, fracture strain and work hardening rate. With increasing current density, yield strength and tensile strength reduce linearly and fracture strain decreases exponentially. Furthermore, the crack initiation and propagation in hydrogen-charged region depends on the distribution of δ phase in the alloy. For needle-shaped δ phase within the grains, the nucleation of voids takes place at the intersections between dislocation slip bands and δ phase due to the hydrogen-enhanced localized plasticity (HELP)-assisted shear localization and possible hydrogen agglomeration. For δ phase along the grain boundaries, the impingement of slip bands and local hydrogen accumulation at γ-matrix/δ phase interfaces as well as hydrogen-enhanced decohesion (HEDE)-assisted decohesion lead to the void nucleation at the interfaces. Because of the decoration of δ phase at the grain boundaries, hydrogen-assisted cracking preferentially propagates along the grain boundaries. It is hence suggested that the synergistic interplay of HELP mechanism and HEDE mechanism can be used to explain the embrittlement of the alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20118-20132
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 25


  • Decohesion
  • Dislocation slip
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • IN718 alloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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