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Materials Science for Hydrogen Service Training

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17th November | 9:30am (Perth) 12pm (Adelaide)


The use of hydrogen gas as a source for power generation, commercial and industrial heating, and propulsion is growing rapidly. Containment and delivery of gaseous hydrogen for these applications can be very challenging. Gaseous hydrogen can readily diffuse into/through metals and polymers causing degradation. This seminar will discuss the effect of hydrogen on different materials starting with an explanation of the fundamentals of materials
science, which will provide a better understanding of hydrogen embrittlement. Specific examples will be used to show how certain materials behave and which materials should be avoided in high-pressure hydrogen service applications. The qualification of materials for use in hydrogen, as it is described in a new standard, will be discussed.


  • Critical concepts covering the nature and behaviour of materials including an atom-level view of metals, as well as the microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of materials
  • The principles of materials science, corrosion and other factors affecting material properties especially for service in hydrogen gas
  • Different types of corrosion and how specific engineering alloys such as stainless steels, brass, and aluminium alloys resist degradation in various environments including hydrogen
  • How to select optimal materials of construction for demanding applications based on pressure and temperature ratings, corrosive threats and compliance.


This class is appropriate for Engineers, Managers, Supervisors, Buyers or Purchasing Agents, and anyone involved in the material selection process.


Robert Bianco joined Swagelok in 2017 as a materials expert bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in multi-disciplinary groups of scientists, engineers and technicians. Bob earned a B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Bob championed new technology developments which led to incremental, distinctive, and breakthrough innovation for stakeholders. He has authored 13 refereed journal articles, 50+ internal technical reports for employers, part of 16 US patents issued and filed 40 invention records and conducted over 50 presentations. He is currently volunteers as a Board Member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University and the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology at Kent State University.

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For further details on the courses available or information on how we can individually tailor workshops to your requirements please call our Training Manger, Bryan Roberts, on (08) 8369 0899 or email