Joachim Dias

Fourth year student in Materials

Steel, the most widely used alloy in the world, is dramatically susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement. Hydrogen causes cracking of alloys much below their fracture strength, leading to critical safety issues and financial losses for the bearing, nuclear and petroleum industries. The mechanical performance of hydrogen-resistant steels has recently reached a plateau due to their crystal structures’ inherent limits. My Ph.D. investigates a new structure, bainite, which can outperform commercial alloys. Two microstructural features inducing hydrogen resistance in bainite have been identified: a tortuous austenitic structure and carbides that trap hydrogen. This research could inaugurate a new class of hydrogen-resistant steels.

The photo shows Prof. H.K.D.H. Bhadeshia colecting the award on behalf of Joachim Dias

Other 2018 award winners

Tiesheng Wang

Luca Peruzzotti-Jametti

Jan Lyczakowski

Craig Pearson

Elizabeth Moore

Oliver Taherzadeh

Vera Graup

Alexander Avramenko

Chen Jiang

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