Comparative study of hydrogen embrittlement in stable and metastable high-entropy alloys

Kenshiro Ichii, Motomichi Koyama, Cemal Cem Tasan, Kaneaki Tsuzaki

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We investigated the effects of hydrogen on the mechanical response and embrittlement behavior of Fe20Mn20Ni20Cr20Co and Fe30Mn10Cr10Co (at.%) alloys precharged with 100 MPa hydrogen gas. These alloys can be classified as stable and metastable austenite-based high entropy alloys (HEAs), respectively. We carried out tensile tests at initial strain rates of 10−4 and 10−2 s−1 at ambient temperature. Both HEAs revealed hydrogen embrittlement associated with localized plasticity-assisted intergranular crack initiation. It is important to note that hydrogen-assisted cracking of the metastable HEA occurred via localized plasticity for both the austenite and ε-martensite phases – an unusual observation for the latter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-77
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun


  • Austenitic steels
  • High entropy alloy
  • Hydrogen desorption
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Martensitic phase transformation


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