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Effect of Hydrogen on the Deformation Behavior and Localization of Plastic Deformation of the Ultrafine-Grained Zr–1Nb Alloy


In this paper, comparison studies of the hydrogen effect on the structural and phase state, deformation behavior, and mechanical properties of the fine- (average grain size 4 µm) and ultrafine-grained (average element size 0.3 and 0.4 µm) Zr–1wt.%Nb (hereinafter Zr–1Nb) alloy under tension at temperatures in the range of 293–873 K were conducted. The formation of an ultrafine-grained structure is established to increase the strength characteristics of the Zr–1Nb alloy by a factor of 1.5–2 with a simultaneous reduction of its resistance to the localization of plastic deformation at the macro level and the value of deformation to failure. The presence of hydrogen in the Zr–1Nb alloy in the form of a solid solution and hydride precipitates increases its resistance to the localization of plastic deformation at the macro level if the alloy has an ultrafine-grained structure and decreases if the structure of the alloy is fine-grained. In the studied temperature range, the Zr–1Nb alloy in the ultrafine-grained state has a higher resistance to hydrogen embrittlement than the alloy in the fine-grained state.

Funding source: Aker Solution and NTNU.
Countries: Russian Federation

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