Conference Dates

October 4-9, 2015


Recently, metallic glass (MG) membranes that are permeable to hydrogen have gained interest due to the increasing importance of hydrogen separation in a number of applications, e.g., hydrogen-powered fuel cells. An important issue in the context of MG membranes is the hydrogen-induced embrittlement and efforts to understand the role played by hydrogen in the mechanical properties, especially yielding and plastic deformation behavior, of MGs are being made. In this study, therefore, an attempt was made by performing nanoindentation tests with cube-corner and spherical indenter tips on a series of Ni–Nb–Zr amorphous alloy ribbons to investigate the hydrogen effects on nanohardness and pop-in behavior (Figure 1). Weight gain measurements after hydrogen charging and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) studies (Figure 2) were utilized to identify how the total hydrogen is partitioned into mobile and immobile parts. These, in turn, indicate the significant role of hydrogen mobility in the amorphous structure on the mechanical properties. In high-Zr alloys containing immobile H, both hardness (H) and shear yielding stress (τmax) increase significantly; while in low-Zr alloys having only mobile hydrogen, decrease in hardness and τmax were noted (Figure 1). The changes in shear transformation zone (STZ) volume, estimated through cumulative analysis of τmax, caused by hydrogen absorption were also found to depend on hydrogen mobility such that immobile hydrogen reduces the STZ volume while mobile hydrogen increases it. *This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2013R1A1A2A10058551).