A novel approach is suggested, using laser-induced shock wave measurements to estimate the effects of cathodic hydrogen charging on the mechanical properties and fracture characteristics of materials. This approach is applied to (1) determine the dominant mechanism of hydrogen embrittlement (HE) in an amorphous Fe80B11Si9 alloy; and (2) estimate the effects of the high pressures involved in cathodic charging. The dynamic spall strength of an amorphous Fe80B11Si9 alloy shocked before and after hydrogenation by a high-power laser to very high pressures (tens of giga Pascals) is measured. The dynamic spall strength of crystalline iron is measured as well for comparison. An optically recording velocity interferometer system (ORVIS) is used to measure the profile of the free surface velocity in time. The spall strength and the strain rate are calculated from the measurement of the free surface velocity as a function of time. Fracture characteristics are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The main conclusions are (1) the most reasonable mechanism of HE in the amorphous Fe-Si-B alloy is the high-pressure bubble formation; (2) the high pressures involved in cathodic hydrogen charging or laser-induced shock waves measurements may have similar effects on fracture characteristics; and (3) at very high strain rates, the spall strength is determined mainly by the interatomic bonds.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science|
|State||Published - 2000|