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Preventing, Investigating and Testing for Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners

Questions about our HE Program

I’m not an engineer or metallurgist – is this program too advanced for me?

No- this program is appropriate for anyone in the fastener industry or OEM’s who can read and understand specifications. We will not be diving deep into the chemistry or metallurgy behind the HE process. We will focus on the practical aspects of HE prevention, detection and testing. One of our presenters Salim Brahimi, is a researcher who is on the cutting edge of HE research, so we will have the knowledge available. Salim also leads a program that does goes deeper into the metallurgical and failure analysis aspects of HE. This program is offered through the Fastener Training Institute and Industrial Fasteners Institute. It takes place in Chicago on March 16 and 17, 2016.


How do I know what equipment I need to get my testing program underway?

HE testing is very easy on the equipment budget compared to most other kinds of fastener inspection and testing. When you register for the program we will review what you have and tell you what you need based on your product mix. We will help you to get it purchased and encourage you to bring it to the class.

We are very concerned about HE, but we do not process any plated parts, we only buy them already processed – do we need this class?

Yes- Any supplier who is in the supply chain of an HE susceptible part needs to know all they can about managing the risks associated with these parts.

You will know how to know if your suppliers are doing their jobs, you will make them better suppliers and you will better serve you customers.

We and our platers are all ISO certified and they bake plated parts to the spec –isn’t that good enough?

No it is not good enough, unless good enough includes leaving significant risk in the air. ISO registration has no bearing on correctly processing your parts –your registration or theirs. Only a well-developed, comprehensive HE Risk Management Strategy which includes extensive hands-on training is adequate for a supplier or user of these products who wants to have a handle on the risk.

This seems like a lot of money and time – is there an easier or cheaper way?

Yes – but not a faster or a better way. Managing HE risk is not rocket science (however understanding HE is). Any technically competent and motivated QM professional can come up to speed with some independent study and trial and error testing. This may or may not be a less expensive route. We are happy to review that option with you and help you to decide if it is right for you. The fact that you are reading this means you have a concern for the problem, so please do call us.

There are two other options – Personal On-Site consultation and training with us or another consultant – this could easily cost 2-3 times as much and may not expose you to the broad spectrum of HE scenarios you would get in our program

Do nothing and have a HE failure event that leads to a large settlement.  This could easily cost 10 to 100 time as much. And afterwards you will seek out the training or choose to walk away from the business – a further cost to consider.

Your Instructors:


Carmen Vertullo

Carmen is the founder of the Carver FACT Center, a San Diego-based consulting, engineering and training company specializing in fasteners and bolted joints. He has experience in fastener quality assurance, manufacturing, sales, and inventory management programs. Carmen is a designer and producer of aircraft support equipment and tooling for all branches of the U.S. military, prime contractors and foreign military sales. He has developed and teaches a series of advanced fastener training classes for the Fastener Training Institute® . Mr. Vertullo is a Certified Fastener Specialist through FTI, and he holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from National University, San Diego, CA..



Salim Brahimi

Salim is Director of Engineering Technology for the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) and president of IBECA Technologies, a consulting firm that provides engineering and business process improvement services. He is a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Professional Engineers and is an active voting member of numerous ASTM, SAE, IFI, and ISO standards and technical committees. In May 2004, he was awarded the Fred F. Weingruber Award, bestowed by ASTM Committee F16 for his outstanding contributions to the development of fastener standards, especially in the field of hydrogen embrittlement. Mr. Brahimi is also currently completing a doctorate at McGill University in Montreal on the topic of fastener hydrogen embrittlement.

Preventing, Investigating and Testing for Hydrogen Embrittlement in Fasteners

  • This program is intended to provide you with skills and equipment needed to conduct your own in-house HE testing program. If you already have some equipment, you are welcome to bring it or ship it in advance. We will provide each attending company with a pre-program survey to help you determine what equipment you need to start or enhance your HE test capability based on the products and processes you offer. We can help you with procuring the equipment and you can ship it to us. We will arrange to have your equipment shipped back to your shop at the completion of the program. If you goal is to learn about HE testing, but do not have a need for in-house testing, we have plenty of equipment here for your use. Equipment includes: torque wrenches, test plates, bench vises, test plate fixtures, and bolt tension calibrators.
  • You will produce you own HE Risk Management Policy from a template we will provide. We encourage you to bring your laptop.
  • The training will take place in a shop floor / work bench environment. Comfortable, casual dress is recommended.
  • This is a technical program. Some fastener technical background is needed. If you have attended any of the programs offered by the Fastener Training Institute, especially the CFS, Automotive, Aerospace, or Hydrogen Embrittlement programs you are well prepared for this program.
  • For those attendees who need a refresher or some background, we will offer a webinar a week or so before the program.

Space is limited. The program will be small in scope to allow the maximum personal attention to each attending company and their particular product mix.


Registration for this two-day program is $2495.00. Click here to register

This includes all course materials, lunch and continental breakfast both days, break time refreshments, and an optional evening at one of our local craft beer breweries. Transportation, and lodging are on your own. Significant Discounts are available for multiple company attendees, Carver FACT Center Partners, Carver On-Call Clients and PACWEST/NFDA Conference attendees.

Discount Schedule

Up to 2 weeks prior to event. Within 2 weeks of event, discounts are half their normal value.

  • PACWEST Fastener Association, NFDA OR IFI MEMBER – $500.00 each for up to two registrants, $250.00 for each additional registrant.
  • Members of any ASTM, ASME, ISO or NACE technical committees:  $500.00

(Attendee must be the committee member)

  • Carver FACT Center Partners or On-Call-Consultant Clients -$1000.00 each for up to two registrants, $500.00 for each additional registrant.

One discount per registrant. Multiple registrants must be from the same company and paid for together.

( Please note – the named organizations do not formally endorse or directly support the Carver FACT Center)


Program Schedule:

Day 1

7:30 – 8:30          Check in – Breakfast available

8:30 – 9:45          Introductions and Course Overview

10:00 – 10:45      Understanding HE in Fasteners – Specifications, Materials and Processes

11:00 – 12:00      Hands-on HE testing of fasteners –Part 1

12:00 – 12:45      Lunch on-site

12:45 – 1:30        Hardness and hardness testing in fasteners

1:45 – 2:30          Hands on hardness testing

2:45 – 3:30          Process Control – Sales, Purchasing, Outside Processing (Plating), Testing Laboratories

3:45 – 4:30          Developing Your HE Risk Management Policy, Q & A day 1

5:00 – 7:00          Optional – Happy Hour at Bolt Brewery

Day 2

7:30 – 8:30          Check in – Breakfast available

8:30 – 9:30          Case Studies of HE failures

9:45 – 10:30        Group Exercise in HE Failure Analysis

10:45 – 12:00      Group Presentation on HE Failure Analysis

12:00 – 12:45      Lunch on-site

12:45 – 1:45        Hands-on HE testing of fasteners –Part 2

2:00 – 2:45          Completing Your HE Risk Management Strategy

3:00 – 3:45          Hands-on HE testing of fasteners – Part 3

4:00 – 4:30          Pack shipped materials, final Q & A