The solid storage through hydrides allows good compactness and safety due to low pressure. Intermetallic hydride materials have a significant volume increase and decrease (10–35%) upon absorption/desorption respectively. The measurement of the mechanical behavior of these materials is of major interest for the design of H2 storage tanks. In the present work, Ti–V–Cr hydride powder beds underwent hydrogen absorption/desorption cycles in a cylindrical instrumented cell with a mobile upper piston. Different compressive stresses have been applied by the piston and a spring on the powder bed. The variations of samples volume were measured upon cycling and analyzed while considering the mechanical behavior of this granular medium. In particular, part of the volume change is balanced by the variation of the intergranular porosity of the granular media. Changing upper stress reveals the combined importance of the powder sample friction on the cell side walls, and of internal friction strongly influenced by the grains interlocking in the cyclic powder densification process observed. [All rights reserved Elsevier].