International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 196, Issue 1–2, pp 223–243 | Cite as

Recent advances on hydrogen embrittlement of structural materials

  • Mohsen Dadfarnia
  • Akihide Nagao
  • Shuai Wang
  • May L. Martin
  • Brian P. Somerday
  • Petros Sofronis
Special Invited Article Celebrating IJF at 50


This paper presents a critical review of current understanding of the effect of hydrogen on fracture and fatigue of metals and alloys. First, microstructures found immediately beneath hydrogen-induced fracture surfaces in various materials are presented. Then, recent progress toward the fundamentals of hydrogen-induced fracture is reported. Lastly, a recent attempt to model hydrogen embrittlement by linking the macroscale (e.g. applied load and hydrogen content) and the operating microscopic degradation mechanism at the local microstructural defect level is reviewed.


Hydrogen embrittlement Fracture Fatigue Plasticity Dislocation Microstructure 



This work was supported by the DOE EERE Fuel Cells program through Grant GO 15045. M.D., A.N., S.W., B.P.S., and P.S. acknowledge the support from the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), MEXT, Japan, through the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) of Kyushu University. S.W. acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation through Award No. CMMI-1406462. The authors would also like to acknowledge Prof. I.M. Robertson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his guidance, support and discussions. Also, the authors acknowledge K.E. Nygren at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for fruitful discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohsen Dadfarnia
    • 1
    • 6
  • Akihide Nagao
    • 2
    • 6
  • Shuai Wang
    • 3
    • 6
  • May L. Martin
    • 4
  • Brian P. Somerday
    • 5
    • 6
  • Petros Sofronis
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Science and EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Material Surface and Interface Science Research Department, Steel Research LaboratoryJFE Steel CorporationKawasakiJapan
  3. 3.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Institut für MaterialphysikGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  5. 5.Sandia National LaboratoriesLivermoreUSA
  6. 6.International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER)Kyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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