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Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

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I am sure there are many reasons why it's a bad idea to put a stepper motor/gearbox/clutch inside a tank pressurized with hydrogen, but all I can think of so far is hydrogen embrittlement of the metal components. What other risks/concerns are there? Sparking and explosion isn't a concern because there won't be any oxygen in or near the system.

RE: Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

I assume you are thinking liquid hydrogen. Consider the CT effects of the motor and the stray spark mixed with the oxidized material on the motor.

RE: Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

How does a stepper motor generate a spark?

RE: Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

(OP)
Good clarification, my application would be in a high pressure Hydrogen gas environment.

I was thinking of possible failure modes, and was assuming any electrical component has the potential to spark or arc

RE: Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

I don't know of any lubricant in the motor bearings and whatever you are moving that would be useful at that temperature, unless you use something dry which is not very effective in rotating assemblies

Brad Waybright

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RE: Stepper motor inside pressurized hydrogen tank

Not cryo? Can't see any real harm. You need fairly warm H2 (>150C) to start embrittlement, and your stepper isn't likely to be made, or rely on, high-strength steels?

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