Cases

SOCORRO – Seeking Out Corrosion, before it is too late

An often underestimated threat to our economy is steel corrosion, in any kind of industry where water meets steel: the maritime sector, ports, water purification plants, energy production, offshore renewable…

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Fully automatised pilot cooling

Lab tools are ideal for cost-effective product development. However, in order to collect all the necessary data needed for future industrial upscaling, automation including full data logging is a major…

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Lab rod capabilities implemented in dedicated projects

New steel grades or new applications making use of additive manufacturing may require new solutions for welding wire.

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Lab scale heavy gauge hot rolling, now fully automated

The OCAS heavy gauge reversible hot rolling lab scale mill has been fully automated. As manual manipulations are no longer required, blocks with a weight up to 65 kg can…

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Ondernemer voor de STEM klas

Wat verwachten bedrijven van afgestudeerden? Welke vaardigheden zijn nodig om in een bedrijf mee te draaien?

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Joint seminar promotes platform for the metal plasticity community

Material forming and shaping through plastic deformation is still one of the most efficient and economical manufacturing processes and is therefore extensively used in large industries such as automotive, appliance,…

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Bending the rules?

When bending a steel sheet, both elastic and plastic deformation occur. After removal of the load, both the bend angle and the bend radius change. Therefore, OCAS provides guidelines to…

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Earlier online detection of micro-cracks

Non-destructive testing (NDT) to determine the integrity of materials and components is of great interest to many manufacturing industries. OCAS detects micro-crack initiation earlier during fatigue testing, thanks to the…

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OCAS and Endures embark on joint offshore and maritime journey

PRESS RELEASE PERSBERICHT

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How failure analysis can save lives

To protect workers against falling from heights in a professional environment, lifelines are used. These lifelines are typically made from stainless steel to ensure excellent performance in an industrial environment.

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Assess corrosion in various environments

Structures can be exposed to all kinds of different environments. It is therefore important to assess corrosion using accelerated tests with conditions close to reality.

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Testing soil corrosion resistance for buried applications 

Although soil corrosion is often not visible, its consequences are important for any buried structure.

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Weld pool metallurgy meets filler metal development

New steel grades may require new solutions for welding, including the development of an adapted filler wire. OCAS therefore developed a methodology - via casting, wire rod rolling and drawing…

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Numerical models to improve HFI welding process parameters

Improvement of existing welding technology requires numerical models to better understand the underlying physical interactions and optimise process parameters. In order to enhance our understanding of High Frequency Induction Welding,…

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Significantly reduce the number of experimental welding tests

Process simulation is to be understood as a virtual sequence of the process that aims to determine geometrical, metallurgical and technological process results. The simulations allow faster and more precise…

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Larger, better, faster, stronger: accelerated fatigue testing of large-scale components

As several industries - such as onshore and offshore wind - are developing ever larger structures, materials and components are pushed to their limits. Conventional materials and production techniques are…

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JaBaCo optimises modular jacket design

Aim of JABACO is to develop a Modular Jacket concept composed by components of pre-qualified quality, for cost reduction of offshore wind farms. The concept is based on an integrated…

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Innovative materials’ screening to meet our customer’s challenges

DEME offshore explains the benefits of working with OCAS.

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Collaborative materials’ research to accelerate the R&D of our customers

Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK.CEN explains the benefits of working with OCAS.

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APT has a good eye for detail

Atom probe tomography (APT) provides morphology, size distribution composition and the volume fraction of embedded nanoparticles and precipitates . It resolves elemental segregation at phase and grain boundaries with high…

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Dedicated APT sample preparation

Powerful analysing techniques call for special sample preparation. At OCAS we prepare the needle-shaped "APT tips" using our in-house focused ion beam (FIB).

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Atom Probe Tomography for advanced materials studies in 3D

Quantitative nano-information is nowadays required for the understanding of various mechanisms occurring in steel manufacturing. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) is the only material analysis technique offering extensive capabilities for both…

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Quickly harvest the value from data

Technologies such as artificial intelligence are advancing at high speed. However, access to consolidated, quality data remains a challenge.

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Data analysis identifies product issue

A customer experienced a complex quality issue on their final product. Traditional methods failed to identify the cause of the problem.

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Predicting mechanical properties from microstructure images

OCAS is developing methodologies to allow machines to analyse images from microstructures, based on artificial intelligence principles. The objective of this work is to improve our understanding of the relationship…

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