Cases

First symposium on combinatorial metallurgy confirms its high potential

To maintain this strategic industrial strength, it is imperative that the scientific and industrial communities continue to make new metallurgical discoveries. OCAS currently has some running projects demonstrating that combinatorial…

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Helping customers reach their design & engineering goals

From needs analysis to final design In the first stage, the team works with the customer to identify the customer’s needs. For example, the customer’s objective might be to reduce…

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Significantly reduce the number of experimental welding tests

As OCAS and its customers are keen to predict welding issues − such as residual stresses leading to distortion, or the metallurgy of the heat-affected zone influencing the hardness −…

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Predicting transformer vibrations

OCAS has gained a wide experience in advanced finite element modelling of all types of electrical machines thanks to close collaboration with customers from both automotive and industrial markets. Today’s…

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Help needed for your forming processes?

Finite element simulations are widely used as it enables customers to reduce their trial-and-error time and cost. Indeed, being able to check the formability of a part already during the…

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Computer simulation of pipeline burst fracture helps preventing catastrophic events

One of the most dangerous failure scenarios is associated with the pipeline running fractures, damaging long pipeline sections and resulting in rapid releases of large amounts of the inventory. For…

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Microstructure-based models predict abrasion of high strength steels

Traditional constitutive mechanical material models are relied upon in many real-scale applications to tackle mechanical issues such as buckling, damage, fatigue, etc. These models are generally calibrated experimentally to reproduce…

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Passing welding pre-qualification with flying colours – and in record time

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Steel concept re-developedThe first step was to improve the base material. OCAS re-developed the steel concept by modifying the chemical composition and optimising the rolling schedule. The resulting 40 and…

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Filling the gap

In any pipe welding project, great attention is given to guarantee in-use properties and customer specs. So, it’s also important to select the best filler wire, with the most suitable…

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MSC has held a succesful second structural integrity seminar

INFRABEL held the keynote speech in which an overview of their ageing assets was given. For Infrabel, targeted monitoring is being carried out on steel bridges, rail tracks and catenaries,…

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25th anniversary – XXL calendar story

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To celebrate 25 years of OCAS, also the Finocas, I-SenS and Finindus teams joined in for this challenge. Our teams proved to be highly creative in showing their expertise! We therefore decided to…

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Limit hydrogen uptake during plating

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Hydrogen is typically introduced into the steel during the electrodeposition process from water-based electrolytes. The electrolyte composition and the plating process (potential, current density, plating time, …) both have an…

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Meet tomorrow’s challenges 

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"This is a milestone", explains Roger Hubert, Chief Scientific Officer at OCAS. "Quality and timing is important for our customers. Being fully certified according to ISO9001 for its quality and OHSAS18001…

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Ultimate lateral resolution reveals complexity of microstructure

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Since the installation of the new FEG-EPMA with SXES (soft X-ray emission spectrometer) detector, OCAS has been able to study microstructures using much higher resolution. E.g. Below a mapping across a…

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IChemE global process safety 2016 highly commended award

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The Application & Solutions department of OCAS (=OnderzoeksCentrum voor de Aanwending van Staal) was involved in the European CO2QUEST FP7 project for advanced materials characterisation e.g. dynamic tear testing and to…

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