Hydrogen uptake in a ferritic steel was investigated through secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) at 83 K, where hydrogen diffusion is sufficiently suppressed. Additionally, the SIMS was operated with cold trap and Si sputtering to reduce the back ground effect. Thanks to the suppression of hydrogen diffusion during the measurements, the cryogenic SIMS could demonstrate reproducible results which showed a significant difference in hydrogen content between hydrogen-charged and uncharged specimens. Namely, hydrogen in the ferritic steel was successfully detected similarly to austenitic steels.
- Chemical and physical analysis
- Ferritic steel
- Hydrogen detection
- Secondary ion mass spectrometry