, Volume 70, Issue 7, pp 1068–1073 | Cite as

Probing the Effect of Hydrogen on Elastic Properties and Plastic Deformation in Nickel Using Nanoindentation and Ultrasonic Methods

  • S. K. LawrenceEmail author
  • B. P. Somerday
  • M. D. Ingraham
  • D. F. Bahr
Mechanical Behavior at the Nanoscale


Hydrogen effects on small-volume plasticity and elastic stiffness constants are investigated with nanoindentation of Ni-201 and sonic velocity measurements of bulk Ni single crystals. Elastic modulus of Ni-201, calculated from indentation data, decreases ~ 22% after hydrogen charging. This substantial decrease is independently confirmed by sonic velocity measurements of Ni single crystals; c44 decreases ~ 20% after hydrogen exposure. Furthermore, clear hydrogen–deformation interactions are observed. The maximum shear stress required to nucleate dislocations in hydrogen-charged Ni-201 is markedly lower than in as-annealed material, driven by hydrogen-reduced shear modulus. Additionally, a larger number of depth excursions are detected prior to general yielding in hydrogen-charged material, suggesting cross-slip restriction. Together, these data reveal a direct correlation between hydrogen-affected elastic properties and plastic deformation in Ni alloys.



This work was performed while SKL was affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories and was supported by the DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship [Grant DE-NA0002135] and the Laboratory Directed Research and Development program at Sandia National Laboratories [Grant SNL-LDRD-173116], a multimission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-NA-0003525. SAND2018-2771J.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sigma DivisionLos Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA
  2. 2.Southwest Research InstituteSan AntonioUSA
  3. 3.International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER)Kyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  4. 4.Geomechanics DepartmentSandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA
  5. 5.School of Materials EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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