Measurement of Hydrogen Distributions in Metals by Neutron Radiography and Tomography


Neutron imaging has become a valuable tool for measuring hydrogen distributions qualitatively and quantitatively in metals. Hydrogen mass flow can be measured inside cm thick steel samples with 10 s temporal resolution. Hydrogen accumulations around cracks in embrittled iron samples can be visualized three-dimensionally. The gas pressure of hydrogen in crack cavities has been measured to be in the range of 5 MPa to 15 MPa. This quality of information allows new insights for the analysis of damage mechanisms on a micrometer scale, e.g., of hydrogen blistering. Further, this method is non-destructive and provides local information in situ and in three dimensions with a spatial resolution of 20 μm - 30 μm.

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