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Understanding Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners (CFS2.0) Class – Wixom, MI

June 19 @ 8:00 am - June 21 @ 12:00 pm

Part of FTI’s advanced continuing education fastener program, Understanding Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners -Advanced CFS2.0 is a two-and-a-half day workshop with instructor Salim Brahimi, Director of Engineering Technology for the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) and Carmen Vertullo (Carver FACT Center). 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.


Understanding Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners -Advanced is an elective course in the Certified Fastener Specialist2.0 (CFS2.0) curriculum. This class will employ Problem Based Learning methods of teaching where students will work in teams to solve open-ended problems related to fasteners. This class is very hands on and designed to challenge students to use core knowledge.

Also included in your registration fee: Salim Brahimi’s Fundamentals of Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steel Fasteners. This 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-Advanced CFS2.0 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. This is an advanced, technical course. Open to all, but the new CFS2.0 designation will only be available to those who have also completed the CFS (Certified Fastener Specialist) series.

Salim Brahimi

  • Director of Engineering Technology for the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) & 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.

Carmen Vertullo

  • Founder of Carver FACT Center, a San Diego-based consulting, engineering and training company specializing in fasteners and bolted joints.
  • Experience in fastener quality assurance, manufacturing, sales and inventory management programs.
  • Designer and producer of aircraft support equipment and tooling for all branches of the U.S. military, prime contractors and foreign military sales.
  • Developed and teaches a series of advanced fastener training classes for the Fastener Training Institute®.
  • A Certified Fastener Specialist through FTI, and holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from National University, San Diego, CA.

The registration fee includes:

  • Two and a half days of training.
  • Training materials to take back to the job.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on Wednesday and Thursday,   Continental breakfast on Friday.
  • A certificate of completion.

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

Classroom instruction will be conducted at EJOT Fastening Systems, 48679 Alpha Drive, Suite 110, Wixom, MI 48393 LINK TO GOOGLE MAP

Hotel Information:
Seminar attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

Hampton Inn and Suites has offered a $149 room rate from June 18th – June 21.  Cutoff for rate is May 18th.  Register online or call the hotel (use Group Code FTI to receive the special rate).   Hampton Inn and Suites – 49025 Alpha Drive, Wixom, MI 48393.  Ph: 248-348-0170.  Website Link

Pricing Information:

  • Registration fees are per person for the two and a half day training.
  • Discounts are available to members of endorsing fastener associations. First person per company $1399, each additional attendee from the same company $1199
  • General Rate: First person per company $1599, additional attendee from the same company $1399.
  • Rates increase by $200 May 29th


Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made no later than May 29th 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.


June 19 @ 8:00 am
June 21 @ 12:00 pm