The present work demonstrates how a slow strain rate test can be used to quantify rapidly the severity of hydrogen embrittlement produced in porous cadmium plated-and-baked high-strength 4340 steel by paint strippers. The results of multiple slow strain rate tests, conducted at a crosshead displacement rate of 2 × 10-4 mm/s using notched tension specimens in various paint strippers, show that a minimum mean fracture stress within the range of 1700 to 1850 MN/m2 can be correlated with the pass/fail criterion for acceptability of paint strippers in standard notched C-ring tests. The advantages of using a slow strain rate test as a viable alternative to existing standard methods for hydrogen embrittlement testing are discussed.
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