Delayed hydride cracking (DHC) is the result of a mechanism of crack initiation and slow propagation. In DHC, hydrogen diffusion in the metal is required. Gradients of concentration, temperature, and stress are all important factors in controlling diffusivity. The classic theory of DHC still has potential to be modified. In this study, a calculation formula for DHC SIF threshold is established with consideration of the temperature history, the temperature field and the stress field induced by the temperature gradient and the external mechanical loading. Moreover, the temperature gradient on crack surfaces has been considered in the model.

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