Cases

Combatting sour corrosion

Sour corrosion is a serious issue that can cause material failure at stress levels well below the yield strength.

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Offshore wind benefits from accelerated qualification of new welding & joining techniques

Offshore wind is moving fast ahead, especially since cost has come down significantly. Currently, further efficiency improvements are being investigated. OCAS is equipped with a test bench that reduces the…

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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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Innovative materials’ screening to meet our customer’s challenges

DEME offshore explains the benefits of working with OCAS.

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From stress to strain-based design

To meet the rapidly growing demand for energy, fossil fuels are now being extracted in more hostile and remote locations. These out-of-the-way environments can be under permafrost or they can…

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Introducing higher strength steels to improve safety of blast barriers on offshore platforms

Blast panels are integral structures in offshore topside modules to protect personnel and safety critical equipment by preventing the escalation of events due to hydrocarbon explosions. As such, blast panels…

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Computer simulation of pipeline burst fracture helps preventing catastrophic events

It is widely accepted that economically viable long-distance onshore transportation of large quantities of gases and liquids in petrochemical industry and, recently, carbon dioxide (CO2) in Carbon Capture and Sequestration…

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Enabling extreme testing conditions in a safe way

Pressure-containing equipment such as pipelines, risers, valves, fittings and pressure vessels are often subject to complex loading conditions during their service life. Extreme testing conditions are required to accurately reproduce…

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Assess adhesion of field joint coatings

Coated pipes for offshore field joint coatings are submitted to reeling, clamping and field joint application. These processes might induce cracks in the coating due to tensile and shear stress.

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Sour corrosion testing at your service

An increasing number of wells contain considerable amounts of hydrogen sulphide H2S. This requires the use of sour resistant steel, to avoid phenomena such as hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) and sulphide-stress…

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

The offshore environment puts severe durability requirements on materials. One of its main inherent characteristics is that material is often exposed to several environmental conditions simultaneously: corrosive environment, fatigue loading,…

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

The structural integrity of many industrial structures is generally ensured by preventing the initiation of cracks. However, in the field of pipeline industries, the problem of fast crack propagation and…

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Helping customers reach their design & engineering goals

OCAS has a long standing track record in conducting co-engineering projects with customers in a wide variety of market segments, including agricultural machinery, transportation, heating ventilation and air conditioning, and…

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Filling the gap

A request for technical support from an offshore gas pipeline customer highlighted the importance of the effect of filler wire selection on weld metal toughness. This triggered OCAS to set…

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MSC has held a successful second structural integrity seminar

In the afternoon of May 18th the partners of the Metal Structures Centre organised their second seminar on structural integrity of metal structures. Over 60 people joined to listen to…

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Raising our hydrogen research to the next level

Since 2005, OCAS has been building up hydrogen research competence systematically in order to serve the needs related to modern technological developments, i.e. hydrogen as an energy vector, the industrialisation…

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Is a crack the end of life?

Many structures and components are used longer than their design life, or operate in conditions different from what was originally expected. As consequence, defects like cracks can be present and…

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Providing technical solutions to the energy market

OCAS is a solution provider in the energy market. Our services include technical support, failure investigation, research & development, finite element modelling, and materials testing. Results are obtained in such…

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Shedding light on pipe coatings

The energy-reducing UV-curing technology has inspired OCAS to formulate novel internal coatings for steel pipes. With the help of high-throughput methodologies, a large number of experiments could be performed rapidly…

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Understand hydrogen interactions

Significant efforts are being made to design steel grades that can be used to safely generate, store and transport hydrogen. However, to develop new materials with the necessary resistance to…

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Welding energy pipes – much more than joining metals

Thanks to its multi-wire submerged arc welding (SAW) facility, OCAS is able to develop welding guidelines for the most demanding applications in the energy sector. All data on steel properties…

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