Publication Year

1981

Keywords

Chemistry, hydrogen, steel, atomic hydrogen, hydrogen permeation, materials

Disciplines

Chemistry | Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Abstract

Embrittlement of high strength steels occurs as "a function of the rate of hydrogen entry into the bulk lattice of steel from the surface absorbed state." It is atomic hydrogen, readily produced by the corrosion of iron, that enters the metallic lattice.

High strength steels are commonly used to manufacture airplane parts such as the landing gear. In storage, a plane rests on its landing gear and hydrogen permeation takes on particular significance. Storage combines stress with embrittlement, and can promote the failure of steel parts. This research represents an effort toward finding a means of inhibiting hydrogen permeation.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Chemistry

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