ON THE MECHANISTIC ORIGINS OF THE INCREASED HYDROGEN ENVIRONMENT-ASSISTED CRACKING SUSCEPTIBILITY OF AM 17-4PH STEEL
Zachary HarrisGrand Ballroom E
Literature results indicate that the hydrogen environment-assisted cracking susceptibility of additively manufactured (AM) 17-4PH steel fabricated using laser powder bed fusion is increased relative to comparable wrought 17-4PH. This study seeks to understand the mechanistic origins of this increased susceptibility through a detailed examination of near-crack deformation, alloy microstructure, and hydrogen-metal interactions. Based on these data, it is determined that sub-micrometer porosity present in the AM material provides a primary contribution to the degradation in HEAC resistance. The mechanistic basis for the influence of porosity is considered in the context of an existing model for HEAC. The implications of these findings on the broader AM community are then discussed.