Structure evolution of vacancy-hydrogen complexes in a nickel-based single-crystal superalloy

XZ Tang and XT Li and YF Guo, PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE LETTERS, 102, 407-416 (2022).

DOI: 10.1080/09500839.2022.2145026

The structural stability of vacancy-hydrogen complexes at the gamma'/gamma interface in nickel-based single-crystal superalloy is accessed mainly by calculating the activation energies associated with the evolution of their structures. It is found that the structure evolution and subsequent decomposition of the complex needs little time to be thermally activated at the service temperature of an aeroengine, and misfit dislocations at the gamma'/gamma interface significantly reduces the energy barrier for decomposition. Therefore, during the creep process, which is more severe at high temperatures, vacancies around misfit dislocations are not expected to enhance hydrogen interfacial segregation, although vacancy-hydrogen complexes are quite stable at room temperature.

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