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Investigation of Mechanical Tests for Hydrogen Embrittlement in Automotive PHS Steels

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Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Pisa University, 56122 Pisa, Italy
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Metals Department, Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A, 10135 Turin, Italy
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R&D Department, Letomec S.r.l., 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Metals 2019, 9(9), 934; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9090934
Received: 19 July 2019 / Revised: 19 August 2019 / Accepted: 22 August 2019 / Published: 27 August 2019
The problem of hydrogen embrittlement in ultra-high-strength steels is well known. In this study, slow strain rate, four-point bending, and permeation tests were performed with the aim of characterizing innovative materials with an ultimate tensile strength higher than 1000 MPa. Hydrogen uptake, in the case of automotive components, can take place in many phases of the manufacturing process: during hot stamping, due to the presence of moisture in the furnace atmosphere, high-temperature dissociation giving rise to atomic hydrogen, or also during electrochemical treatments such as cataphoresis. Moreover, possible corrosive phenomena could be a source of hydrogen during an automobile’s life. This series of tests was performed here in order to characterize two press-hardened steels (PHS)—USIBOR 1500® and USIBOR 2000®—to establish a correlation between ultimate mechanical properties and critical hydrogen concentration. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogen embrittlement; ultra-high-strength steels; automotive; press-hardened steels; hydrogen-induced delayed fracture; diffusible hydrogen hydrogen embrittlement; ultra-high-strength steels; automotive; press-hardened steels; hydrogen-induced delayed fracture; diffusible hydrogen
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Valentini, R.; Tedesco, M.M.; Corsinovi, S.; Bacchi, L.; Villa, M. Investigation of Mechanical Tests for Hydrogen Embrittlement in Automotive PHS Steels. Metals 2019, 9, 934.

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