Hydrogen Re-Embrittlement of Aerospace grade High Strength Steels

R. Valentini, C. Colombo, M. De Sanctis, G. Lovicu


Hydrogen Re-Embrittlement on anodically coated high strength steels is a relevant risk for aerospace structures due to the possibility of hydrogen uptake during the operative life of the components. AISI 4340 and Maraging 250 unnotched tensile specimens were subjected to SSRT in order to evaluate the influence of test environment on time to failure. Fracture surfaces were examined by SEM analysis to evaluate the degreeĀ of embrittlement and to correlate it with hydrogen diffusivity of the tested steels.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3221%2FIGF-ESIS.21.04