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NIST Workshop on Materials Test Procedures for Hydrogen Pipelines



Thomas A. Siewert, Joseph D. McColskey, Richard E. Ricker


The Materials Reliability and Metallurgy Divisions have expanded their efforts to advance the technology for the construction, repair, and inspection of pipelines. One key factor is to identify and prioritize the research needs of the pipeline community, such as through our August 21 and 22, 2007 workshop in Boulder, Colorado entitled "Materials Test Procedures for Hydrogen Pipelines." Assistance in organizing the workshop came from contacts in the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation, as well as standards organizations that represent some of the different interests in the pipeline industry. This group helped to prepare the addenda, identify speakers, organize the working groups, and promote attendance. The workshop had 46 participants representing pipeline owners, technology developers, trade and standards organizations, academia, and government agencies. The workshop structure included six keynote presentations to provide some background and suggest some issues, three working groups (materials, test techniques, and standards) to refine and rank the research needs, and summary presentations back to the whole group (to compare results and comment on any overlaps or omissions). The top action items included: complete the NIST test facility (following detailed guidance listed in the group report), measure the performance of materials (especially those in current use), and develop advanced tools (better ways of assessing performance in the field). The results are being formatted and will be published as NISTIR 6649.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6649
Report Number


codes, hydrogen pipelines, mechanical testing, standards


Siewert, T. , McColskey, J. and Ricker, R. (2007), NIST Workshop on Materials Test Procedures for Hydrogen Pipelines, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created September 1, 2007, Updated January 27, 2020