SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Hydrogen Embrittlement Test Methods: Current Status and Projections


This paper reviews the current standardized test methods for controlling the possibility of hydrogen embrittlement in high-strength steels as a result of different manufacturing and processing variables such as the use of maintenance chemicals or plating processes. The standards are addressed from the point of view of: (1) basic concepts for acceptance; (2) type of loading; (3) significance of time-to-failure and magnitude of stress; (4) future trends, which include the use of fracture mechanics concepts and methods for small-specimen, accelerated testing. Finally, newly proposed standards and new areas requiring hydrogen embrittlement controls are identified.

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Raymond, Louis
L. Raymond & Associates, Newport Beach, CA
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Developed by Committee: F07
Pages: 10–16
DOI: 10.1520/STP45283S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6239-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0959-9