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Hydrogen: fundamentals and materials challenges

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20 November 2023 - 22 November 2023
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All Day
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Hydrogen is experiencing an unprecedented momentum, driven by climate-friendly and energy-safety policies. However, due to its peculiar physical-chemical properties, material compatibility issues arise: hydrogen embrittlement, hydrogen permeation, mechanical integrity at cryogenic temperatures and water vapour corrosion.

In this course, Cranfield University has brought together experts in this constantly evolving field to deliver an intense 3-day course. The course, established in 2023, focuses on understanding the fundamental principles and testing methodologies for material challenges faced by all potential components of the hydrogen supply chain: production, storage & distribution and use.

Course structure

The course is delivered over 3 days and is mostly in the form of lectures and lab activities. Group work is also used to enable discussions among the participants. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

The course will be delivered by lecturers experienced in Hydrogen and related material challenges and will consist of lectures and lab experience to provide delegates with both theoretical and practical understanding of Hydrogen interaction with materials.

What you will learn


This course will provide delegates with:

  • Knowledge of Hydrogen physical-chemical properties and their relation to material challenges: mechanical properties variation at cryogenic temperatures, embrittlement, permeation, and water vapour corrosion.
  • An understanding of experimental methods and testing standards to evaluate Hydrogen-material interaction, including practical experience with electrochemical cathodic charging.
  • An understanding of the role of Hydrogen as an energy carrier in a decarbonised society.
  • An overview of Hydrogen production, storage & transportation and use technologies and related challenges.

Core content

  • The role of Hydrogen in the present and future energy mix.
  • Physical-chemical properties of Hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen safety.
  • Testing methods and standards for Hydrogen-material interaction.
  • Hydrogen embrittlement.
  • Material properties at cryogenic temperatures.
  • Hydrogen permeation.
  • High temperature oxidation and water vapour corrosion.
  • Hydrogen production methods and fuel cells.
  • Hydrogen storage and transportation.
  • Overview of Hydrogen use in different sectors.
  • Practical lab experience with electrochemical cathodic charging.

Who should attend


Subject matter experts and speakers ensure the course’s relevance to novice and expert alike. As the course is introductory on Hydrogen supply chain technologies and focused on Hydrogen-related material challenges, it is specifically relevant to delegates involved in material selection/design for Hydrogen applications wishing to acquire fundamental state-of-the-art knowledge on the subject. Delegates from academia and a broad variety of industries would benefit from the course, including but not limited to: metal suppliers, equipment manufacturers, service providers, aerospace, automotive or more generically transport industries and policymakers.



Speakers are drawn from across industry to provide up to date and relevant expert knowledge of all elements of Hydrogen material challenges.



30% discount for students.

20% discount for Cranfield University alumni.

10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.