Special Issue "Hydrogen Embrittlement of Metallic Materials: Past, Present and Future"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 August 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jesús Toribio

Fracture & Structural Integrity Research Group (FSIRG), University of Salamanca (USAL), Campus Viriato, Avda Requejo 33, 49022 Zamora, Spain
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Interests: fatigue and fracture; structural integrity; corrosion; stress corrosion cracking; environmentally assisted cracking; hydrogen assisted cracking; hydrogen diffusion; hydrogen degradation; hydrogen embrittlement

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Hydrogen embrittlement is a phenomenon of material degradation present in many engineering materials (metals and alloys) working under aggressive environments, thereby promoting fracture and compromising their structural integrity at both the macro- and micro-levels. Apart from the classical name of hydrogen embrittlement, many names have been used in the past, such as hydrogen degradation (Panasyuk, Andreikiv) or the dual terms coined by Birnbaum and Gerberich: Hydrogen-enhanced localized plasticity (HELP) and hydrogen enhanced decohesion (HEDE).

This Special Issue seeks work on the following topics (but the Special Issue is not limited to them):

  • Hydrogen embrittlement (HE)
  • Hydrogen degradation (HD)
  • Hydrogen damage (HD).
  • Hydrogen enhanced localized plasticity (HELP)
  • Hydrogen enhanced decohesion (HEDE).
  • Hydrogen enhanced delamination or debonding (HEDE).
  • Hydrogen assisted fracture (HAF) and hydrogen assisted cracking (HAC).
  • Hydrogen transport by diffusion and dislocational dragging.
  • Hydrogenation versus cracking. Coupled effects. Effect of history.
  • Hydrogen and plasticity. Hydrogen and dislocations. Hydrogen trapping.
  • Hydrogen deformation interactions. Role of stress-strain fields.
  • Effect of cyclic loading on hydrogen embrittlement. Hydrogen assisted fatigue.
  • Multiscale approaches to hydrogen embrittlement.
  • Fracture and structural integrity at all scales in a hydrogen environment.
  • Computational approaches to the process of embrittlement or degradation.
  • Microscopic approaches. Fractographic analysis of the damage/fracture process.

Accordingly, this Special Issue is open for the following types of manuscripts covering the topic of hydrogen embrittlement/degradation/damage:

  • original research articles
  • review articles
  • technical reports
Prof. Dr. Jesús Toribio
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Metallic materials
  • Hydrogen environment
  • Hydrogen diffusion
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Hydrogen degradation
  • Hydrogen assisted cracking
  • Hydrogen assisted fatigue
  • Corrosion fatigue

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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