Influence of stress field of expanding and contracting plate shaped precipitate on hydride embrittlement of Zr-alloys

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Influence of stress field of expanding and contracting plate shaped precipitate on hydride embrittlement of Zr-alloys
Author(s) Singh, Ram N. ; Khandelwal, HK ; Bind, AK ; Sunil, S. ; Ståhle, Per
Date 2013
English abstract
The stress fields of expanding (precipitation) and contracting (dissolution) hydride plates were computed by finite element method using Zr–H solid solution and hydride properties at 25, 200 and 400 °C for fully and semi-constrained hydride plates. For the first time simultaneous hydride expansion and matrix contraction and vice-versa have been considered in a simulation of hydride precipitation and dissolution, respectively. It was observed that a fully constrained expanding hydride plate exerts a tensile stress field in the matrix close to the edge of the hydride plate while a partially contracting hydride plate exerts a tensile stress field in the hydride plate as well as a large compressive stress in the surrounding matrix close to the edge of the hydride plate. It is suggested that a compressive stress component in the matrix acting normal to a partially shrinking hydride plate could possibly explain an enhanced resistance to hydride embrittlement of Zr-alloy at elevated temperature.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2013.04.117 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Materials Science and Engineering: A;
Volume 579
ISSN 0921-5093
Pages 157–163
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Zr-alloy
Hydride embrittlement
Fracture toughness
Stress-field
Fully constrained
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17606 Permalink to this page

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