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A review of fatigue crack growth for pipeline steels exposed to hydrogen



Nicholas Nanninga, Andrew J. Slifka, Yaakov Levy, Calvin L. White


Hydrogen pipeline systems offer an economical means of storing and transporting energy in the form of hydrogen gas. Pipelines can be used to transport hydrogen that has been generated at solar and wind farms to and from salt cavern storage locations. In addition, pipeline transportation systems will be essential before widespread hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology becomes a reality. Since hydrogen pipeline use is expected to grow, the mechanical integrity of these pipelines will need to be validated under the presence of pressurized hydrogen. This paper focuses on a review of the fatigue crack growth response of pipeline steels when exposed to gaseous hydrogen environments. Because of defect tolerant design principles in pipeline structures, it is essential that designers consider hydrogen-assisted fatigue crack growth behavior in these applications.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -


steel, pipelines, hydrogen, fatigue crack growth, review


Nanninga, N. , Slifka, A. , Levy, Y. and White, C. (2010), A review of fatigue crack growth for pipeline steels exposed to hydrogen, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created November 30, 2010, Updated November 14, 2018