Hydrogen-trapping mechanisms of TIG-welded 316L austenitic stainless steels

R. Silverstein, D. Eliezer, Th Boellinghaus

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The interaction of hydrogen with various tungsten-inert-gas-welded austenitic stainless steels’ (AUSS) microstructure is studied by means of desorption/absorption analysis and microstructure observations. One of the limitations of welding is created by the presence of hydrogen in the weld, which can shorten the steel’s service life. The local hydrogen concentration, trapping, and its distribution along the welded samples were studied by thermal desorption spectrometry and were supported by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electronic microstructural observations. Hydrogen content demonstrated a dependence on the welding zone. It was found that hydrogen distribution, and accepted microstructure during welding, played a significant role in the trapping mechanism of 316L AUSS. XRD analysis revealed residual stresses which were caused due to the presence of hydrogen in γ-phase. It was shown that the austenite microconstituents inside 316L can have a crucial effect in preventing hydrogen-assisted cracking phenomenon. The effects of AUSS microstructure on hydrogen absorption and desorption behavior are discussed in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10457-10468
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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