Cases

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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Pushing the detection limit of light elements

With recent progress of X-ray sensitive spectrometers, collection of low energy X-rays - so called “soft” X-rays - is now possible with energy resolution of 0.3 eV using the Soft…

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Characterisation right down to the wire

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OCAS can evaluate the in-use properties of coated wire such as corrosion resistance, resistance to specific chemicals or corrosive gases, quality of welds, roughness and surface topography, mechanical resistance: hardness, abrasion, friction…

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Coating solutions for wire covering your needs

Combining their expertise in the field of surface pre-treatment, coating application technology and advanced coating characterisation, the OCAS surface engineering team can offer an interesting range of services on plating:Pre-activation…

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Wire rod in good shape

From customised cast to tailor-made wireThe OCAS hot rolling lab mill has been adapted for wire rod rolling to produce small quantities of tailor-made wire material for R&D purposes.  Straight round bars…

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Process optimisation thanks to smart modelling

Finite element analysis (FEA) is widely used in multiple domains of scientific research and successfully applied in many customer applications. Also in the support and development of bar rolling at…

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Wire rolling: craftsmanship meets technology

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At OCAS, hot rolling of wire is performed on a reversible rolling mill that has been equipped and extended with dedicated systems to guide and control steel billets during the consecutive…

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OCAS’s unique fatigue testing technique drives new Carbon Trust programme

Jacket foundations are set to become a more dominant design solution, as monopiles are unlikely to be practical for many future offshore wind farms located in deeper water sites and…

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