Cases

Accelerating research towards a new generation of lightweight tough steels

The European funded RFCS project LIGHTOUGH aims at a profound assessment of the quaternary Fe-Mn-Al-C system to form the basis for lightweight, heavy gauge steel development. Therefore, the material properties…

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Artificial neural network model predicts hardness

Artificial neural network modelling provides a way of using examples of a target function to find the coefficients that make a certain mapping function approximate the target function as closely…

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High-throughput coating research

The approach, in which automated systems are used in combination with smart experimental designs, allows accelerated discovery and industrialization. The case of the development of a new UV-curable paint system…

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Automated annealing complements accelerated small scale processing of metal samples

Over the past decade, OCAS invested in new methodologies and equipment for processing and characterisation of miniaturised samples. Recently, the available equipment for high-throughput annealing was complemented with an automated…

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Combinatorial re-assessment of the INVAR effect in Fe-Ni-Co alloys

The INVAR effect Almost a century later, many models have been proposed on this anomolous behaviour and although there is still debate on a complete theory, it is clear that…

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Quickly screen metal surfaces for corrosion protection

The OCAS scanning flow cell allows high-throughput screening of corrosion properties to identify key parameters adjusted to real-life exposure conditions. Moreover, it monitors the dissolved elements online using UV-VIS or ICP-MS.…

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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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Enabling extreme testing conditions in a safe way

OCAS is expanding its high-pressure testing capabilities for large components. Two new testing pits have been designed and built as part of the OCAS XT (Extreme Testing) facility, making a…

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Fatigue testing of large-scale welded structures made efficient

OCAS is using an in-house developed and unique technique to test full-scale jacket node geometries, manufactured using different weld methods, on their fatigue performance in an accelerated and efficient way…

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Sour corrosion testing at your service

Although both HIC and SSC are hydrogen cracking phenomena in steel, the microstructural parameters that control HIC are different from those that control SSC due to the superimposed stress.  Some…

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MaDurOS – a private public partnership for material durability breakthroughs in challenging operational conditions

Improved materials call for advanced testing In 2012, OCAS created a regional network between industry and academia to develop the vertical SIM (Strategic Initiative Materials) R&D program MaDurOS exploring the…

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Custom-built dynamic tear test better reflects in-service conditions

To study dynamic ductile crack propagation over long distances under conditions as close as possible to in-service conditions, OCAS studies dynamic ductile crack propagation in full-thickness plates at high crack…

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25th anniversary – XXL calendar story

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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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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