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Michael Brown

Senior Materials Engineer

Mike Brown

Michael is a Senior Materials Engineer in the Engineering Materials Team. Prior to working at HSE, Michael completed his doctoral research at the University of Manchester, where he studied the performance of engineering materials in hydrogen environments.

Since joining HSE he has worked on numerous projects characterising the effect of gaseous hydrogen on the mechanical properties of gas network components. His responsibilities also include failure analysis and incident investigation support.

Research Interests

  • Effect of hydrogen on mechanical properties of engineering materials
  • Decarbonisation of UK gas networks
  • Specialist in corrosion assessment and general consultancy on materials characterisation and performance

Previous Projects

  • HyDeploy - The regulatory assessment of a safety case to use Winlaton for a trial of a blend of 20% H2 in NG in the natural gas distribution system
  • H21 - Understanding and demonstrating the feasibility of conversion of the UK natural gas distribution system to 100% hydrogen (NGN)
  • Hy4Heat - providing safety evidence to demonstrate whether hydrogen can be used for heat in buildings
  • H100 - Excess flow valve testing for novel devices on predominantly hydrogen distribution system (SGN)
  • HSE incident investigations relating to engineering materials

Notable Achievements

  • Currently applying for chartered status with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

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