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Video: Mitigating Hydrogen Embrittlement

Video: Mitigating Hydrogen Embrittlement

Learn about the science behind hydrogen embrittlement and how to avoid hazardous fastener failure.

Although electroplating is designed to lengthen an object or application’s lifespan through corrosion resistance, some factors can result in electroplating producing the opposite effect. The electroplating process introduces a high concentration of hydrogen atoms to steel fasteners, for example, but it’s possible for hydrogen to accumulate inside the steel and cause a rupture when subjected to the stress of an application.

Risks associated with hydrogen embrittlement range from property damage to staff endangerment. However, choosing the right steel hardness or applying certain post-processing techniques can mitigate these risks. 

Deciding which fastener materials, finishes, and processes prevent hydrogen embrittlement are critical. In this episode of Würth Knowing, a free educational video series, learn about the science behind hydrogen embrittlement and practical recommendations to avoid hazardous fastener failure caused by this phenomenon from Würth’s engineering experts Randy Lammers and Aaron Keevan, who have more than 55 years of combined industry experience. 

Industrial distribution leader Würth operates in more than 80 countries and fosters the belief that investing in manufacturing industry education is vital to fostering innovation and strengthening the industry. Learn more about fastener innovations from across industries from other videos in Würth's educational video series.

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