Recent advances on hydrogen embrittlement of structural materials

Mohsen Dadfarnia, Akihide Nagao, Shuai Wang, May L. Martin, Brian P. Somerday, Petros Sofronis

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This paper presents a critical review of current understanding of the effect of hydrogen on fracture and fatigue of metals and alloys. First, microstructures found immediately beneath hydrogen-induced fracture surfaces in various materials are presented. Then, recent progress toward the fundamentals of hydrogen-induced fracture is reported. Lastly, a recent attempt to model hydrogen embrittlement by linking the macroscale (e.g. applied load and hydrogen content) and the operating microscopic degradation mechanism at the local microstructural defect level is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-243
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Dislocation
  • Fatigue
  • Fracture
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Microstructure
  • Plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials


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