New video from the Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steels Project, to which three St Anne’s academics contributed

The Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steels (HEMS) project was a consortium funded by the English Physical Science Research Council to study the damage caused to steels by exposure to hydrogen. Upon exposure to hydrogen steels demonstrate a dramatic decrease in their tensile strength and instead of bending and stretching, the steel “cracks” in a brittle fashion. The HEMS consortium was a collaboration between a number of UK universities to study this phenomenon and elucidate the physical mechanisms underpinning it. If steels could be manufactured which are resistant to this effect it would enable a range of new technologies in the fields of energy and transport, and would be an essential step towards transforming to a hydrogen based energy economy.

Three St Anne’s academics — Professor Alan Cocks, Dr Elsiddig Elmukashfi, and Dr Ed Tarleton — contributed to the project. 

Watch the video below to find out more.