The Nature of Quasicleavage Fracture in Tempered 5.5 Ni Steel After Hydrogen Charging.
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND MINERAL ENGINEERING
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Quenched and tempered 5.5Ni steel was embrittled by hydrogen charging and broken in air at room temperature. The primary fracture mode was transgranular quasicleavage. The quasicleavage facets were studied by scanning electron fractography and by transmission electron microscopy of profile fractographic specimens. The latter were prepared by plating the fracture surface with nickel and thinning so that the fracture surface was contained within the region of the specimen that was transparent to the electron beam. The fracture surface generally followed martensite lath boundaries. In addition, interlath microcracks were frequently found in the material immediately beneath the fracture surface. These results suggest that transgranular hydrogen embrittlement in this steel is primarily an interlath cracking phenomenon. Since the lath boundary planes tend to lie in 110, the results also explain the pervelance of 110 quasicleavage in the embrittled specimens, which contrasts with the 100 cleavage found in uncharged specimens broken below the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature.
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