Hydrogen embrittlement behaviors of additive manufactured maraging steel investigated by in situ high-energy X-ray diffraction

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  • Shilei Li
  • Mingming Liu
  • Yang Ren
  • Yandong Wang


Original languageEnglish
Article number138341
Journal / PublicationMaterials Science and Engineering A
Online published28 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


The microstructures and mechanical properties of additively manufactured (AM) maraging steel were investigated before and after hydrogen charging. The hydrogen-charged specimen suffers severe hydrogen embrittlement and its strength and plasticity decline obviously. The mechanism of ductile-to-brittle transition of AM maraging steel after hydrogen charging was studied by in situ high energy X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction techniques. Martensitic transformation occurs in the hydrogen-charged specimen under low stress. The premature phase transformation along with hydrogen-induced microcracks resulting in the brittle fracture of the hydrogen-charged specimen.

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  • Additive manufacturing, High-energy X-ray diffraction, Hydrogen embrittlement, Martensitic transformation

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