Cases

OCAS’s new transmission electron microscope is now fully operational

As electron microscopes are sensitive to vibration OCAS first revamped an area in the basement of its Zelzate head quarters building before installing the brand new TEM.

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Electroplating at your service

What if you want to test an alternative electrolyte? What is the most effective way to optimise your plating parameters? The OCAS upscaling plating pilot is available for your next…

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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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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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Bending: ever stronger, ever thicker

The heavy machinery market seeks to improve the performance and efficiency of their products. To reduce the maintenance cost and to prolong the life time of this equipment, heavy gauge…

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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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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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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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Artificial intelligence seminar brings together academic researchers and industrial experts

OCAS organised the “Artificial Intelligence for advanced image processing and analysis in new product development” seminar on Friday February 1st 2019 in its labs at Zwijnaarde (Belgium), attracting 60+ participants…

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To measure is to know

To measure is to know, is a key principle of risk management. OCAS has a longstanding tradition in measuring potentially hazardous compounds.

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Hexavalent chromium-free alternative for hard chrome plating within REACH

Back in 2012, driven by the need for REACH* compliant alternatives, OCAS initiated a project on hexavalent chromium-free hard chrome plating. (*REACH: European regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction…

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Green enamelling solutions

Vitreous enamelling has been acknowledged for centuries as one of the most durable ways to protect metals against abrasion, temperature and corrosion. In recent years, driven by ever-stricter environmental legislation,…

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Pro-actively adapt formulations without compromising performance

The essential role of chemical passivations and thin organic coatings is to provide corrosion protection during handling, transport and storage of metallic coated products. The combination of environmental constraints with…

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Food contact compliant materials

To be considered compliant for food contact, materials must meet requirements. Currently, standardization bodies are working on a standard for porcelain (vitreous) enamel. OCAS was invited to participate in the…

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Preventing ovalisation during reeling

Reeled pipelines are submitted to cyclic deformation during reeling and unreeling operations. To assess the risk of ovalisation of the pipe after reeling and unreeling, OCAS investigated the behaviour of…

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Looking beyond the standard – an engineering critical assessment case study

A new seabed pipeline had been struck by an anchor. In addition to being moved out of its position, the pipeline was also deformed. As this brought the pipeline out…

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Simulation tools – key to achieving the target first time right

As speed is essential in many additive manufacturing related business cases, going through iterative product design cycles isn’t compatible. Simulation tools can provide key differentiators to enable the target first…

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