How to Analyse Metal Hydride Decomposition Temperatures Using a Sieverts’ Type Hydriding-Dehydriding Apparatus and Hydrogen-Storage Characteristics for an MgH2–Based Alloy


  • Young Jun KWAK Chonbuk National University
  • Myoung Youp SONG Chonbuk National University



hydrogen absorbing materials, mechanical milling, hydrogen, thermal analysis, MgH2-based alloy


In this work, a method to analyze metal hydride decomposition temperatures (the onset temperature of the metal hydride decomposition and the temperature for the maximum ratio of released gas quantity change with temperature change), of prepared samples were investigated using a Sieverts’ type hydriding-dehydriding apparatus, in which a back-pressure regulator was employed. The quantity of the gas released under 1.0 bar H2 was measured as the temperature was increased with a heating rate of 4 K/min. The variation in the ratio of released hydrogen quantity Hd change with temperature T change, dHd/dT, as a function of temperature was obtained and from the variation in dHd/dT with T, the metal hydride decomposition temperatures were analyzed. This analysis method can be used instead of thermal analysis methods such as thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, differential thermal analysis (DTA), and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) analysis. For this analysis, a sample with a composition of 89 wt.% MgH2 + 4.9 wt.% Ni + 1.7 wt.% Zn(BH4)2 + 1.0 wt% NaCl + 1.7 wt.% Ti + 1.7 wt % Fe (named MgH2-Ni-Zn(BH4)2-NaCl-Ti-Fe) sample was prepared by planetary ball milling. In the prepared MgH2-Ni-Zn(BH4)2-NaCl-Ti-Fe sample, it is believed that MgH2 begins to decompose at about 575 K and dHd/dT reaches its peak at about 610 K.


Author Biographies

Young Jun KWAK, Chonbuk National University

Department of Materials Engineering

Myoung Youp SONG, Chonbuk National University

Division of Advanced Materials Engineering