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Investigation and modelling of Hydrogen effusion in electrochemically plated ultra-high-strength-steels used for landing gear structures

H2Free

Investigation and modelling of Hydrogen effusion in electrochemically plated ultra-high-strength-steels used for landing gear structures

Call for proposal: 
H2020-CS2-CFP11-2020-01
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

One drawback associated to Ultra High Strength Steels (UHSS) coated components is the risk of hydrogen embrittlement (HE) and delayed hydrogen fracture of the part. This problem has been tackled by developing LHE (Low HE) processes and by applying a degassing stage. The standard degassing process is applied equally to the components regardless UHSS or coating composition/morphology. However, it is known that the nature and structure of both the base material and the coating have a great influence in the hydrogen intake and degassing efficiency. Thus, there is much room for improvement if a better understanding of the underlying phenomena of electrochemically deposited corrosion protection layers of UHSS parts on hydrogen degassing is achieved.

As there are no experimental techniques to measure hydrogen content or HE in a specific part of a real component at an industrial environment, modelling and simulation approaches, developed with a strong experimental base, are expected to provide the keys to process improvement.

Objectives: 

The main objective of the H2Free project is to develop a practical guideline for hydrogen degassing of UHS-steels plated with LHE-Zn-Ni, with the aim of saving production costs and allowing Zn-Ni to overtake Cd coatings. The guideline will contain simple rules/formulas to provide criteria to design the degassing process, based on experimental data and on modelling to predict the hydrogen effusion in coated UHSS, the remaining hydrogen concentration in the components and so the probability of hydrogen embrittlement. With its digital approach, H2Free will accelerate materials modelling uptake into European industrial decision making and link all partners to central European materials modelling platforms and activities.

The project brings together a strong consortium composed of 4 outstanding research centres and 2 SMEs with complementary profiles and large expertise, covering the special skills, capabilities and certification expected for the project.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
JTI-CS2-2020-CFP11-SYS-03-25 Investigation and modelling of hydrogen effusion in electrochemically plated ultra-high-strength-steels used for landing gear structures
Lead Organisation: 

Fundacion Cidetec

Address: 
PASEO MIRAMON 196 PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE MIRAMON
20014 SAN SEBASTIAN
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€202,891
Partner Organisations: 

Elsyca Nv

Address: 
VAARTDIJK 3 BUS 603
3018 WIJGMAAL
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€250,650

Max Planck Institut Fur Eisenforschung Gmbh

Address: 
MAX PLANCK STRASSE 1
40237 DUSSELDORF
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€135,113

Electroless Hard Coat Sa

Address: 
CTRA SABADELL A GRANOLLERS KM 11.4 NAVE 7
08185 LLICA DE VALL
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€42,594

Fundacion Azterlan

Address: 
ALIENDALDE 6
48200 DURANGO
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€160,485

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum Fur Material- Und Kustenforschung Gmbh

Address: 
MAX PLANCK STRASSE 1
21502 GEESTHACHT
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€208,165
Technologies: 
Development phase: