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Materials Testing

Advancing Materials Testing in Hydrogen Gas Meeting
On April 9th and 10th, 2013, the Hydrogen Effects on Materials Laboratory team at Sandia National Laboratories/California, invited representatives from 10 institutes in 7 different countries to participate in a meeting to identify gaps in capabilities (equipment, procedures, safety) for testing materials in hydrogen gas, particularly at high pressures (up to 100 MPa) with demanding duty cycles and long test durations. The purpose of these specialized testing systems is for applying monotonic and cyclic loading to material specimens (metals and non-metals) in hydrogen gas to measure deformation and fracture properties. The meeting provided a forum for interactive exchange of information and ideas on the participants’ facility designs and operations.

The following are the presentations from each of the 10 institutes.

Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Ken Lee
Powertech Labs, Inc., Canada
Darren Bromley
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Takashi Iijima
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Japan
Hideki Fujii
Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), S. Korea
Seung Hoon Nahm
Pprime Institute, France
Gilbert Henaff
The Welding Institute (TWI), UK Richard Pargeter
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France Laurent Briottet
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA Andrew Slifka
Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Finland Pekka Moilanen

Financial support for the Advancing Materials Testing in Hydrogen Gas Meeting was provided by the Safety, Codes and Standards program of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, United States Department of Energy.


Understanding hydrogen embrittlement in steels is vital to our global hydrogen energy future.

Outcomes In-Progress:

  • Initial data to inform design/engineering- e.g. materials selection
  • Paper presented at ASME conference

Longer-term benefits:

  • Influence the harmonization of international codes & standards for H2
  • Impact cost, reliability, and safety of H2 energy systems- e.g. fuel cell vehicles, H2 fueling infrastructure, etc.
  • Seed key relationships with Japanese industrial and academic partner
  • Leverage data and understanding for other Sandia mission areas

Read “Sandia/AIST Meeting Highlights Energy Research Collaboration between U.S. and Japan” Dec 2012


Gaseous hydrogen embrittlement of materials in energy technologies

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Volume 1 of Gaseous hydrogen embrittlement of materials in energy technologies is an invaluable reference tool for engineers, designers, materials scientists, and solid mechanicians working with safety-critical components fabricated from high performance materials required to operate in severe environments based on hydrogen. Impacted technologies include aerospace, petrochemical refining, gas transmission, power generation and transportation.

Visit the book’s website for more information.


Sandia researcher Dr. Brian P. Somerday is Lead Principal Investigator for the Hydrogen Compatible Materials and Interfaces Division in one of Japan’s world-premier research centers: the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research. The technology objective for the basic research activities in this division is to optimize the cost, performance, and safety of pressurized hydrogen containment systems.


The International Hydrogen Conference series has consisted of eight meetings between 1973 and 2012. The conference is the premier topical meeting on hydrogen effects in materials. Sandia has played a prominent role in this conference series over its 40 year span. Sandians Neville Moody and Brian Somerday have each served as co-organizer of the conference.

  • Visit the International Hydrogen Conference 2012 webpage
  • Visit the International Hydrogen Conference 2012 proceedings

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