Gaseous Hydrogen Embrittlement of Materials in Energy Technologies


  • R P Gangloff, University of Virginia
  • B P Somerday, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

This important two-volume book reviews the problem of degradation of metals and other materials exposed to hydrogen. The first part of volume one begins by discussing how the problem of gaseous hydrogen embrittlement affects such sectors as the petrochemicals, automotive, nuclear and other energy industries. Part two reviews ways of characterising and testing for hydrogen-assisted fatigue and fracture. A final group of chapters analyse the ways gaseous hydrogen embrittlement affects high-performance steels, superalloys, titanium and aluminium alloys.

The first part of volume two reviews the mechanism of hydrogen embrittlement, including absorption, diffusion and trapping of hydrogen in metals. Part two discusses ways of modelling hydrogen-induced damage and assessing service life. The final section in the book assesses future trends in research.
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Book information

  • Published: January 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-78242-135-1