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Understanding Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners

03/16/2016 @ 8:00 am - 03/17/2016 @ 12:00 pm

Part of FTI’s advanced continuing education fastener program, Understanding Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners is a one and a half day workshop with instructor Salim Brahimi, a leading researcher in hydrogen embrittlement. This course will provide a broad understanding of hydrogen embrittlement with a particular focus on the conditions leading to hydrogen embrittlement failure of high strength mechanical fasteners. Click here to register

Also included in your registration fee: Salim Brahimi’s Fundamentals of Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steel Fasteners. This recently published paper is part of Salim’s doctoral thesis and is the result of over seven years of scientific research on the subject.

Threaded mechanical fasteners and bolted joints are deceptively simple components but damage resulting in loss of integrity or failure can occur by a complex interaction of material characteristics, environmental conditions, manufacturing flaws, installation conditions, and joint design criteria.


The most unpredictable failures result from hydrogen embrittlement. The consequences of fastener failures can range from minimal to catastrophic, even resulting in loss of life. The prevention of failure is therefore a fundamental preoccupation for designers, application engineers, fastener manufacturers and distributors alike.

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Understanding Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners is designed to provide practical information and encourage an open discussion aimed at understanding how to avoid hydrogen embrittlement failures using real-life examples.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of hydrogen embrittlement
  • Understanding stress in fasteners
  • Manufacturing and application considerations
  • Susceptibility of materials
  • Hydrogen embrittlement testing
  • Specifications and failure analysis

Who should attend:
For anyone who works with mechanical fasteners either as a manufacturer, tier supplier, distributor or OEM, Understanding Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners is a must. There are no prerequisites and the material is suitable for people with technical and non-technical backgrounds.

Salim Brahimi

    • President of IBECA Technologies
    • Licensed member of the Quebec Order of Professional Engineers
    • More than 24 years of experience in the fastener industry (metallurgist, process engineer and director of quality and engineering)
    • Current chair of ASTM Committee F16 (fasteners) and member of the SAE Fastener Committee
    • Recipient of the Fred F. Weingruber award by ASTM Committee F16 for outstanding contributions to the development of fastener standards, especially in the area of hydrogen embrittlement.

The registration fee includes:

  • A full day of training on Wednesday and a half day of training ending at 12:00 noon on Thursday.
  • Training materials to take back to the job.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on Wednesday. Continental breakfast on Thursday.
  • A certificate of completion.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Classroom instruction will be conducted at the Hilton Garden Inn, Chicago O’Hare Airport, 2930 South River Road
Des Plaines IL 60018 Phone: 847-296-8900

Hotel Information:
Seminar attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. Please contact the Hilton Garden Inn for a special rate of $129.00. Phone: 847-296-8900

Click here to make hotel reservations

Pricing Information:
Registration fees are per person for the day and a half training. Click here to register

    Paid by March 2: First person per company $1099, additional attendee from the same company $899.
    Substantial discounts are available to members of endorsing fastener associations.
    Please contact FTI for details: or 562-473-5373.

    Paid after March 2: Add $200 per person.

    No registrations will be accepted after March 15.

    Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made no later than March 9 and are subject to a $100 processing fee.

    All no-shows will be invoiced for full registration fees.

    The Fastener Training Institute reserves the right to change instructors or cancel seminars and cannot be held responsible for costs incurred other than the registration fee.

    To be invoiced for this event please call the FTI office at 562-473-5373.


03/16/2016 @ 8:00 am
03/17/2016 @ 12:00 pm


Hilton Garden Inn, Chicago O’hare Airport
2930 South River Road
Des Plaines , 60018
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