Hydrogen embrittlement in pipelines

Quasi-static fracture and damage mechanics - Robin Depraetere

Hydrogen will play an important role in the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy. Hydrogen-based degradation may harm the structural integrity of steel pipelines. We investigate this degradation in a combined experimental and numerical study. The ultimate goal is to develop a numerical damage model, that includes hydrogen diffusion, material degradation and ultimately damage, and experimentally calibrate and evaluate this model. Microstructural influences are complementarily examined by the Sustainable Materials Science research group.

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