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Title:Numerical analysis of interaction of solute hydrogen atoms with stress field of crack
Author(s):Lufrano, Jon M.; Sofronis, Petros
Subject(s):Solute Hydrogen Atoms
Stress Field
Numerical Analysis
Abstract:Finite element analysis is used to study the effect of mobile interstitial hydrogen on the deformation of metals and alloys in the case when hydrogen is in equilibrium with local stresses. The effect is studied by calculating the hydrogen atmosphere around a stationary crack tip in a linearly elastic isotropic material loaded in a mode I plane strain conditions. Stresses, strains and equilibrium hydrogen concentrations are determined through an iterative finite element analysis while accounting for stress relaxation due to hydrogen induced local volume and elastic modulus changes. Numerical calculations reveal a zone immediately ahead of the crack tip in which the lattice is saturated with hydrogen. The dimensionless size of the saturation zone is found to be independent of the applied loads. The stiffness derivative method is used to calculate the hydrogen induced changes in the stress intensity factor. Calculations show that the presence of mobile interstitial hydrogen produces crack tip shielding when hydrogen induced changes in the elastic moduli are considered. The implications of the elastic analysis of the interaction between hydrogen in equilibrium with local stresses near a crack tip on the fracture resistance of materials are discussed. Then results are examined in conjunction with the elastic-plastic deformation at the tip.
Issue Date:1994-10
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 771
1994-6027
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112465
ISSN:0073-5264
Sponsor:Energy Department 94/10
Rights Information:Copyright 1994 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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