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The Impact of Hydrogen on Mechanical Properties; A New In Situ Nanoindentation Testing Method

Department of Materials Science and Methods, Saarland University, Bldg. D2.2, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Mines Saint-Etienne, Univ Lyon, CNRS, UMR 5307LGF, Centre SMS, F-42023 Saint-Etienne France
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Micromachines 2019, 10(2), 114;
Received: 13 January 2019 / Revised: 4 February 2019 / Accepted: 6 February 2019 / Published: 11 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Small Scale Deformation using Advanced Nanoindentation Techniques)
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We have designed a new method for electrochemical hydrogen charging which allows us to charge very thin coarse-grained specimens from the bottom and perform nanomechanical testing on the top. As the average grain diameter is larger than the thickness of the sample, this setup allows us to efficiently evaluate the mechanical properties of multiple single crystals with similar electrochemical conditions. Another important advantage is that the top surface is not affected by corrosion by the electrolyte. The nanoindentation results show that hydrogen reduces the activation energy for homogenous dislocation nucleation by approximately 15–20% in a (001) grain. The elastic modulus also was observed to be reduced by the same amount. The hardness increased by approximately 4%, as determined by load-displacement curves and residual imprint analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: nickel; nanoindentation; hardness; brittleness and ductility; hydrogen embrittlement nickel; nanoindentation; hardness; brittleness and ductility; hydrogen embrittlement

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Müller, C.; Zamanzade, M.; Motz, C. The Impact of Hydrogen on Mechanical Properties; A New In Situ Nanoindentation Testing Method. Micromachines 2019, 10, 114.

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