Corrosion Fatigue Behavior of Austenitic Stainless Steel in a Pure D2O Environment

  • L. Yu
  • R. G. BallingerEmail author
  • X. Huang
  • M. M. Morra
  • L. B. O’Brien
  • D. J. Paraventi
  • V. S. Smentkowski
  • P. W. Stahle
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


Corrosion fatigue crack growth rate tests were performed at 288 °C in high purity, deuterated water (D2O), and crack tips were examined for the presence of deuterium (D). A sample from the interior of the specimen (1T-CT) was analyzed for D and total D+hydrogen (H) using time of flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and hot vacuum extraction. With SIMS, two regions 500 × 500 µm in size were analyzed. The first region was located immediately in front of the crack tip. The second region was a control, and was 6 mm away from the plastic zone. The deuterium concentration was found to be enhanced by a factor of 8.7–9.3 over the natural abundance in the plastic zone/crack tip while the concentration was enhanced by 5.9 in the bulk material. With no other source of deuterium, the detection of deuterium represents a unique marker. These data also provide evidence that hydrogen species are concentrated at the crack tip in fatigue crack growth processes at elevated temperature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Yu
    • 1
  • R. G. Ballinger
    • 1
    Email author
  • X. Huang
    • 1
  • M. M. Morra
    • 2
  • L. B. O’Brien
    • 3
  • D. J. Paraventi
    • 4
  • V. S. Smentkowski
    • 2
  • P. W. Stahle
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.GE-Global Research CenterNiskayunaUSA
  3. 3.Naval Nuclear LaboratoryNiskayunaUSA
  4. 4.Naval Nuclear LaboratoryWest MifflinUSA

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