2015 Volume 55 Issue 11 Pages 2477-2482
Slow strain rate testings (SSRTs) were carried out on Type304 stainless steel (Type304SS) in room temperature mixed gasses controlled to various pressure levels of up to 75 MPa, and the variation of embrittlement susceptibility of the tested steel under various hydrogen partial pressure was measured. Regardless of gas composition and at a hydrogen partial pressure level of 0.3 MPa or more in the gasses, elongation as well as relative reduction of area lowered, and brittle fracture surfaces appeared with accompanying quasi-cleavage. The critical PH2 at which Type304SS embrittles in a room temperature inert gas environment with mixed hydrogen is inferred to be between 0.05 and 0.1 MPa. From a conservative judgment it is concluded that hydrogen embrittlement fractures would be unlikely to occur to members made of Type304SS when PH2 is around one tenth of the atmospheric pressure or lower (i.e. 0.05 MPa).