Hydrogen Embrittlement

Researchers are trying to Find Out Why Hydrogen Makes Steel Brittle

Engineers have long known that hydrogen makes steel brittle but no one has yet figured out why the weakening occurs. While stronger and lighter steel continues to become available, steel’s one remaining weakness, called hydrogen embrittlement, holds it back from mainstream use. Oxford University researchers are now collaborating to try to sove this mystery once and for all. Read more here.