1163 Hydrogen Embrittlement

Hydrogen embrittlement may be categorized as one form of stress corrosion cracking because of the mechanism by which cracking occurs. However, a brief separate description is given in order to highlight some of its features. HE is widely associated with premature failure of high yield strength steels in "sour" oil wells and acid brine environments. Spring steels also suffer from failure by HE, particularly when the manufacturing process route includes pickling or electroplating treatments.

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