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Hydrogen Safety, Codes and Standards

The Hydrogen Safety Codes and Standards program at Sandia includes several areas of research, including the compatibility of materials and components with high-pressure gaseous hydrogen. The materials and components compatibility program element has several broad objectives:

  1. optimize the reliability and efficiency of test methods for structural materials and components in hydrogen gas
  2. generate critical hydrogen compatibility data for structural materials to enable technology deployment,
  3. create and maintain information resources such as the “Technical Reference for Hydrogen Compatibility of Materials“, and
  4. demonstrate leadership in the international harmonization of standards for qualifying materials and components for service with high-pressure gaseous hydrogen.

Each of these objectives supports the development, optimization, or implementation of hydrogen containment codes and standards, such as ASME Article KD-10 for stationary and transport vessels, ASME B31.12 for piping and pipelines, CSA HPIT1 for industrial truck fuel systems, SAE J2579 for fuel systems in hydrogen vehicles, and CSA CHMC1 for hydrogen containment material qualification.

Process of implementing R&D into the code development process.

Process of implementing R&D into the code development process.

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