Metastable precursor structures in hydrogen-infused super duplex stainless steel microstructure – An operando diffraction experiment

Cem Örnek, Alfred Larsson, Gary S. Harlow, Fan Zhang, Robin Kroll, Franceso Carlà, Hadeel Hussain, Ulf Kivisäkk, Dirk L. Engelberg, Edvin Lundgren, Jinshan Pan

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Abstract

We report the evolution of metastable precursor structures during hydrogen infusion in the near-surface region of a super duplex stainless steel. Grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction was employed to monitor, operando, the lattice degradation of the austenite and ferrite phases. Electrochemical hydrogen charging resulted in the splitting of the diffraction peaks of the austenite phase, suggesting the evolution of a metastable precursor structure. This may be explained by the formation of quasi-hydrides, which convert back into the austenite parent structure during hydrogen effusion. The ferrite showed less lattice deformation than the austenite and no phase transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109021
JournalCorrosion Science
Volume176
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Free keywords

  • Duplex stainless steels
  • Grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD)
  • Hydride
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Synchrotron radiation

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