Hydrogen is experiencing an unprecedented momentum, driven by climate-friendly and energy-safety policies. However, due to its peculiar physical-chemical properties, material compatibility issues arise: hydrogen embrittlement, hydrogen permeation, mechanical integrity at cryogenic temperatures and water vapour corrosion.

In this course, Cranfield University has brought together experts in this constantly evolving field to deliver an intense 4-day course. The course, established in 2023, focuses on understanding the fundamental principles and testing methodologies for material challenges faced by all potential components of the hydrogen supply chain: production, storage & distribution and use.

HyDEX and C-DICE would like to offer 3 fully funded scholarships for the course, to current research students, postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers. Please apply using the link on the HyDEX page.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration4 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£2,250 Concessions available

Course structure

The course is delivered over 4 days and is mostly in the form of lectures and lab activities. Group work is also used to enable discussions among the participants. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

The course will be delivered by lecturers experienced in Hydrogen and related material challenges and will consist of lectures and lab experience to provide delegates with both theoretical and practical understanding of Hydrogen interaction with materials.

What you will learn

This course will provide delegates with:

  • Knowledge of Hydrogen physical-chemical properties and their relation to material challenges: mechanical properties variation at cryogenic temperatures, embrittlement, permeation, and water vapour corrosion.
  • An understanding of experimental methods and testing standards to evaluate Hydrogen-material interaction, including practical experience with electrochemical cathodic charging.
  • An understanding of the role of Hydrogen as an energy carrier in a decarbonised society.
  • An overview of Hydrogen production, storage & transportation and use technologies and related challenges.

Course Timetable

Download the course timetable.

Core content

  • Hydrogen production methods 
  • Electrolysis and Fuel Cells 
  • Materials for Hydrogen Storage and Transport 
  • Standards for Hydrogen Storage and Transport 
  • Hydrogen internal combustion engines 
  • Tritium in Nuclear Fusion 
  • Hydrogen safety 
  • Hydrogen sensors 
  • Physics of Hydrogen and fundamentals of hydrogen transport 
  • Hydrogen embrittlement 
  • Material properties and testing at cryogenic temperatures 
  • Testing for hydrogen embrittlement 
  • Experimental techniques for hydrogen quantification
  • Fundamentals of hydrogen permeation in composites 
  • High temperature oxidation and water vapour corrosion 
  • Modelling hydrogen transport in materials

Who should attend

Subject matter experts and speakers ensure the course's relevance to novice and expert alike. As the course is introductory on Hydrogen supply chain technologies and focused on Hydrogen-related material challenges, it is specifically relevant to delegates involved in material selection/design for Hydrogen applications wishing to acquire fundamental state-of-the-art knowledge on the subject. Delegates from academia and a broad variety of industries would benefit from the course, including but not limited to: metal suppliers, equipment manufacturers, service providers, aerospace, automotive or more generically transport industries and policymakers.


Speakers are drawn from across industry to provide up to date and relevant expert knowledge of all elements of Hydrogen material challenges.


30% discount for students.

20% discount for Cranfield University alumni.

10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.

HyDEX and C-DICE would like to offer 3 fully funded scholarships for the course, to current research students, postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers. Please apply using the link on the HyDEX page.

Accommodation options and prices

Rooms are available on campus at two locations: Mitchell Hall and CMDC.

Please email Mitchell Hall or CMDC or call 01234 754820. Let them know you are attending a short course in order to receive discounted rates, please quote 386995. Upon reservation you will be asked to provide a credit/debit card as a guarantee only. The full amount will be charged upon arrival at the hotel.

N.B. Please specify at the time of booking if you require a specific room (e.g. twin, accessible etc.), otherwise the reservation will be made on a run of house basis and we cannot guarantee availability at time of check in.

Rates agreed for this short course:

Mitchell Hall

  • Single room with breakfast: £92.00 per room, per night


  • Single room with breakfast: £113.95 per room, per night

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.