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Hydrogen diffusion and trapping in a low copper 7xxx aluminium alloy investigated by Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy

Oger, Loïc and Lafouresse, Manon Chloé and Odemer, Grégory and Peguet, Lionel and Blanc, Christine Hydrogen diffusion and trapping in a low copper 7xxx aluminium alloy investigated by Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. (2017) Materials Science and Engineering A, 706. 126-135. ISSN 0921-5093

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2017.08.119


The susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement (HE) of the 7046 aluminium alloy (AA 7046) was investigated. Samples of AA 7046 corresponding to different ageing temperature/time couples were hydrogenated by cathodic charging in a H2SO4 solution. Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (SKPFM) combined with global hydrogen amount measurements allowed apparent hydrogen diffusion coefficients (Dapp) to be measured: the decrease of the Dapp values with the increase of the ageing duration was attributed to hydrogen trapping by hardening η’ and η precipitates for the aged alloy. Additional SKPFM measurements were carried out on hydrogen charged samples after desorption at 25 °C and combined with SEM observations of the fracture surfaces after tensile tests. Results showed that hydrogen could be trapped at the grain boundaries leading to brittle intergranular fracture. However, hardening precipitates could act as efficient trapping sites and reduce hydrogen trapping at the grain boundaries. Conclusion is that the most critical microstructural parameters for HE of AA 7046 correspond to the grain boundaries while ageing could contribute to improve the resistance to HE of the alloy by a well-controlled precipitation.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The original PDF of the article can be found at : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921509317311474
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Constellium Technology Center - C-TEC (FRANCE)
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