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High Temperature Materials and Processes

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Volume 33, Issue 4


The Influence of Thermal Exposure and Hydrogen Charging on the Notch Tensile Properties and Fracture Behaviour of Dissimilar T91/TP316H Weldments

Juraj Blach
  • Institute of Materials Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Košice SK 04001, Slovak Republic
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Published Online: 2013-10-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/htmp-2013-0053


The effects of ageing and hydrogen charging on the notch tensile properties and fracture behaviour of individual heat-affected zones (HAZ) and Ni-based weld metal (Ni WM) of T91/TP316H weldments were investigated. After the post-weld heat treatment at 750 °C for 1 h the weldments were annealed at 600 °C for 1000 h and 5000 h, respectively. All heat-treated states were studied in condition without as well as with hydrogen charging. Thermal expositions led to additional precipitation and microstructure coarsening but their influence on tensile strength was insignificant. In contrast, remarkable plasticity decrease and the fracture mode transition from ductile dimple tearing to transgranular cleavage were observed. The combined effects of thermal exposure and hydrogen charging were more complex. Whereas the regions of Ni WM and TP316H HAZ did not show any significant change in strength, the hydrogen effect caused the strength increase in T91 HAZ. Although the hydrogen embrittling effects were clearly manifested by decreasing plasticity, their significance was getting smaller with increasing annealing duration. The fracture behaviour of thermally exposed and hydrogen charged regions exhibited mixed fracture modes including transgranular cleavage, intergranular dimple fracture and intergranular decohesion.

Keywords: dissimilar weldment; thermal exposure; hydrogen embrittlement; tensile properties; fracture behaviour

PACS: 81.70.-q

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Received: 2013-05-29

Accepted: 2013-09-21

Published Online: 2013-10-29

Published in Print: 2014-08-01

Citation Information: High Temperature Materials and Processes, Volume 33, Issue 4, Pages 329–337, ISSN (Online) 2191-0324, ISSN (Print) 0334-6455, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/htmp-2013-0053.

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