Investigation of Hydrogen Embrittlement Susceptibility of X80 Weld Joints by Thermal Simulation
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The objective of this study was to investigate the hydrogen embrittlement (HE) susceptibility and influence mechanism of X80 weld joints. Slow strain rate testing (SSRT) under in situ H-charging, combined with microstructure and fracture analysis, was performed on the base metal (BM), weld metal (WM), thermally simulated fine-grained heat-affected zone (FGHAZ) and coarse-grained heat-affected zone (CGHAZ). Results showed that the WM and simulated HAZ had a greater degree of high local strain distribution than the BM; compared to the CGHAZ, the FGHAZ had lower microhardness and more uniformly distributed stress. SSRT results showed that the weld joint was highly sensitive to HE; the HE index decreased in the following sequence: FGHAZ, WM, CGHAZ and BM. The effect of the microstructure on HE was mainly reflected in microstructure, local stress distribution and microhardness.
Keywordshydrogen embrittlement thermal simulation weld joints X80
This work was financially supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51671215).
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