Discerning enhanced dislocation plasticity in hydrogen-charged alpha- iron nano-crystals

M Wagih and YZ Tang and T Hatem and JA El-Awady, MATERIALS RESEARCH LETTERS, 3, 184-189 (2015).

DOI: 10.1080/21663831.2015.1052889

Novel atomistic simulations of alpha-iron nano-crystals starting with pre-existing dislocation networks have been performed to identify the effect of high hydrogen concentrations on enhanced dislocation plasticity. Hydrogen is shown to decrease the dislocations free-surface nucleation stress, as well as increase the flow strength of crystals. The dislocation density is observed to increase in the presence of hydrogen due to dislocation pinning and enhanced dislocation self- multiplications. Hydrogen also changes the deformation morphology from discrete slip planes in hydrogen-free crystals to a homogeneous deformation in H-charged crystals due to the enhanced dislocations self- multiplication.

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