2001 Volume 41 Issue 11 Pages 1397-1401
The susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement of a bainite/martensite dual-phase high strength steel with different morphologies obtained by the conventional or thermomechanical heat-treatment has been investigated by means of electrolytic hydrogen charging in this paper. The results show that the finer the microstructure, the lower the sensitivity of steel to hydrogen embrittlement is. The fractographic analysis suggests that the fracture mode of the hydrogen-charged specimens is a mixture of quasicleavage and dimple for both treating processes. The quasicleavage facet of the thermomechanical treated specimens is smaller than that of the conventional heated ones. The observation of the fracture profile specimen shows that the crack propagates preferentially along bainite/martensite laths boundary, suggesting that the fracture mode is predominantly lath boundary separation. In addition, the fractographic analysis indicates that the rhombic Ti(N, C) inclusion is the predominant type of inclusions on the fracture surface of the hydrogen-charged specimens of thermomechanical heat-treatment. The separation between Ti(N, C) inclusions and matrixes is a brittle fracture with small facets, which indicates that inclusions such as Ti(N, C) are harmful to hydrogen embrittlement.