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Title: An in situ tensile test apparatus for polymers in high pressure hydrogen

Degradation of material properties by high-pressure hydrogen is an important factor in determining the safety and reliability of materials used in high-pressure hydrogen storage and delivery. Hydrogen damage mechanisms have a time dependence that is linked to hydrogen outgassing after exposure to the hydrogen atmosphere that makes ex situ measurements of mechanical properties problematic. Designing in situ measurement instruments for high-pressure hydrogen is challenging due to known hydrogen incompatibility with many metals and standard high-power motor materials such as Nd. Here we detail the design and operation of a solenoid based in situ tensile tester under high-pressure hydrogen environments up to 42 MPa (6000 psi). Modulus data from high-density polyethylene samples tested under high-pressure hydrogen at 35 MPa (5000 psi) are also reported as compared to baseline measurements taken in air.
Authors:
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  1. Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington 99354 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22305918
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; AIR; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DEGASSING; DELIVERY; HYDROGEN; HYDROGEN STORAGE; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; POLYETHYLENES; PRESSURE RANGE MEGA PA 10-100; RELIABILITY; SOLENOIDS; TENSILE PROPERTIES; TIME DEPENDENCE