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Volume 326, 2020The 17th International Conference on Aluminium Alloys 2020 (ICAA17)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Durability: Fatigue, Fracture, Corrosion & Surface Treatments|
|Published online||05 November 2020|
Modelling Hydrogen Embrittlement using Density Functional Theory: A theoretical approach to understanding environmentally assisted cracking in 7xxx series aluminium alloys
University of Manchester, Department of Materials
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The effects of H segregation to a Σ11 symmetric tilt Al grain boundary are investigated using atomistic simulations, as part of a wider study on cracking in 7xxx series alloys. Density functional theory based simulations of uniaxial straining of grain boundaries containing 11 different concentrations of H were performed under the cohesive zone fracture mechanics framework. The theoretical strength of grain boundaries is shown to be supressed by H segregation, and the cause of this is attributed to the prevention of the formation of Al ligaments across grain boundaries. Segregated concentrations of relevant alloying elements (Zn, Mg, and Cu) show minimal impact on the H embrittlement process investigated, namely H enhanced decohesion (HEDE). Further modelling, of H transport and grain boundary precipitates, is required to confirm the validity of the HEDE mechanism in the case of 7xxx alloys.
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