The Intergranular Embrittlement of Nickel by Hydrogen.
Technical rept. no. 6,
MARTIN MARIETTA LABS BALTIMORE MD
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The mechanical behavior of polycrystalline nickel specimens that were deformed in tension and cathodically charged with hydrogen simultaneously was investigated with particular emphasis on the fracture of such electrodes. This procedure leads to very definite if, however, weak serrated yielding and also markedly reduces the elongation at fracture compared to polycrystals unexposed to hydrogen. Moreover, in contrast to hydrogenated nickel monocrystals which neck down to give a chisel-edge fracture typical of ductile metals, hydrogenated polycrystal fractures are brittle and intergranular. The embrittlement of nickel by hydrogen is shown by means of Auger electron spectroscopy to be associated with the segregation of hydrogen recombination poisons to the grain boundaries. Author Modified Abstract
- Metallurgy and Metallography