Hydrogen is often produced, absorbed, and potentially exerts various deleterious effects on the mechanical properties of many engineered materials. This in turn affects the service life of many metallic components. It is therefore essential for industry to understand, anticipate, and manage the hydrogen embrittlement threat and to be fully prepared for future challenges in the form of both emerging high performance material, harsh environments, and high mechanical driving forces.

In May 2018, OCAS—the Flemish research center for the application of steel—organized its 3rd international SteelyHydrogen conference, fully focused on the interactions between metals and hydrogen. The organizers of SteelyHydrogen aimed for symposium content ranging from highly technological to purely scientific, offering a well-balanced forum for discussion of both final applications and academic research. As a result, the program blended industrial hydrogen embrittlement issues and solutions with scientific research on theoretical aspects sometimes using model materials...

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