Gaseous Hydrogen Embrittlement of Materials in Energy Technologies

1st Edition


  • R P Gangloff
  • B P Somerday
  • Description

    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.

    Key Features

    • Summarises the wealth of recent research on understanding and dealing with the safety, durability, performance and economic operation of using gaseous hydrogen at high pressure
    • Reviews how hydrogen embrittlement affects particular sectors such as the petrochemicals, automotive and nuclear industries
    • Chapters review mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement including absorption, diffusion and trapping of hydrogen in metals


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    © 2012
    Woodhead Publishing
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    About the authors

    R P Gangloff

    Richard P. Gangloff is the Ferman W. Perry Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA.

    B P Somerday

    Brian P. Somerday is a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California, USA. Both editors are world authorities in the field of hydrogen embrittlement.