Hydrogen Desorption Spectra from Excess Vacancy-Type Defects Enhanced by Hydrogen in Tempered Martensitic Steel Showing Quasi-cleavage Fracture

  • Kei Saito
  • Tetsuya Hirade
  • Kenichi TakaiEmail author


An attempt was made to separate and identify hydrogen peaks desorbed from plastic-strained, hydrogen-enhanced lattice defects from among various trapping sites in tempered martensitic steel showing quasi-cleavage fracture using thermal desorption spectroscopy from a low temperature (L-TDS) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). The amount of the lattice defects beneath the quasi-cleavage fracture surface was measured by L-TDS. The L-TDS results made it possible to separate two peaks, namely that of the original desorption and also that of new desorption from the steel specimens due to the application of plastic strain in the presence of hydrogen. The PAS results revealed that the new desorption obtained by L-TDS corresponded to vacancy-type defects. Hydrogen and plastic strain noticeably enhanced lattice defects formed within 1.5 mm from the fracture surface, where the average concentration of vacancy-type defects reached approximately 10−5 order in terms of atomic ratio. These results indicate that the accumulation of excess vacancy-type defects enhanced by hydrogen in the local region can lead to nanovoid nucleation and coalescence in plastic deformation, resulting in quasi-cleavage fracture of tempered martensitic steel.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Science and TechnologySophia UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.KanagawaJapan
  3. 3.Nuclear Science and Engineering CenterJapan Atomic Energy AgencyIbarakiJapan
  4. 4.Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Science and TechnologySophia UniversityTokyoJapan

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