What is Hydrogen Embrittlement Relief/Baking?
Hydrogen embrittlement, or baking, is an embrittlement of a metal or alloy caused by absorption of hydrogen during a pickling, cleaning, or plating process.
- Parts can either be batched or suspended on a rack
- No dimensional change
- Does not affect conductivity or corrosion resistance
- Stress relief process
- Parts that are undergoing electrochemical surface treatments, such as pickling and electroplating at high current are more susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement
- Simple hydrogen bake-out cycle can be performed to reduce the risk the of hydrogen damage