Infusion of hydrogen into nanostructured bainitic steel

30 Jan 2018

The trapping of hydrogen in nanostructured bainitic steel has been investigated using thermal desorption analysis, in order to determine the potency of the ferrite-retained austenite (α/γ) interfaces and retained austenite as trapping sites. Thermal desorption data showed that the volume of retained austenite is more effective in trapping hydrogen than the interfaces. There is a close correlation between the quantity of hydrogen and the retained austenite content rather than the density of interfaces. A local equilibrium model was able to reproduce the hydrogen desorption behaviour of saturated and unsaturated samples considering both retained austenite and α/γ interfaces as the trapping sites. A trap binding energy ranging from 47 to 52 kJ/mol was estimated for retained austenite, suggesting that the observed trapping capacity originates from the austenite lattice sites.