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Multi-phase modelling of intergranular hydrogen segregation/trapping for hydrogen embrittlement / Sathiskumar Jothi; Nick Croft; L. Wright; A. Turnbull; Steve Brown

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume: 40, Issue: 43, Pages: 15105 - 15123

Swansea University Authors: Sathiskumar, Jothi, Nick, Croft, Steve, Brown

Abstract

Premature failure in polycrystalline materials due to hydrogen absorption affects a wide range of applications, including clean energy systems, hydrogen storage systems and rocket engines. A good understanding of the diffusion and trapping processes within such materials can inform material choices...

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Published in: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
ISSN: 0360-3199
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa23524
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Abstract: Premature failure in polycrystalline materials due to hydrogen absorption affects a wide range of applications, including clean energy systems, hydrogen storage systems and rocket engines. A good understanding of the diffusion and trapping processes within such materials can inform material choices and component design to reduce the likelihood of such failures. Grain boundary segregation of hydrogen can often lead to intergranular hydrogen embrittlement (IHE). Hydrogen diffusion is affected by local microstructural features including intergranular second phase precipitates, grain boundary (GB) thicknesses and geometrically necessary dislocation (GND) density. A multi-scale multi-phase model is presented here that has been developed to study GBSE with respect to hydrogen diffusion and IHE. The results of various multi-scale GBSE models with and without traps (including the effects of microstructure, intergranular precipitate phases and GB thickness) are compared and discussed, and the effects of microstructural parameters such as hydrogen segregation factor and GND trapping density on hydrogen diffusion are investigated.
Keywords: Hydrogen embrittlement; Microstructures; Metallic polycrystalline material; User element; Finite element analysis
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 43
Start Page: 15105
End Page: 15123