Cases

Industrial Asset Reliability

Assets are made to do their job. Whether it is a process plant, a manufacturing site, a marine vessel, a pipeline, a safety gear, or a critical component inside a…

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Lifetime prediction of subsea bolts in natural seawater

Subsea bolt failure is a recurrent and critical issue in the oil & gas, as well as offshore wind, industries: in many cases, the likely failure mechanism is environmentally assisted…

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Sensor qualification by full-scale accelerated fatigue testing

BOPTIC is an industry-university research and development project aimed at maximizing the profitability of offshore wind farms by reducing their operational expenses.

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MTS calls upon OCAS to expand their service offer with accelerated fatigue testing equipment

Jeroen VAN WITTENBERGHE (OCAS), Kelly FISHER (MTS), John HUBBARD (MTS), Jacob FERN (MTS) (left to right) behind the brand new HIPNOS US accelerated fatigue test bench. A clear win-win case…

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OCAS takes tailor made alloy processing to the next level

OCAS has a long track record in alloy development. Over the past decade, the team further explored and optimised its possibilities in the field of tailored alloy making. More complex…

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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data in Metal Plasticity – 2021 Webinar

The Metal Plasticity Seminar is an annual event to promote a platform for people working in the field of metal plasticity, to discuss the state-of-the-art, the current research challenges and…

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Accurate precipitate analysis made easy

OCAS replaced its old Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in metallurgical research

The 3-year project has been approved by the Vlaio evaluation committee after receiving highly positive comments of the expert reviewers.

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FatCor: better understanding the FATigue CORrosion mechanisms

“Towards a longer lifetime of offshore wind turbine monopile structures by better understanding the FATigue CORrosion mechanisms”

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Measuring high-temperature hardness to save lives

With an ever-increasing number of steel constructions in residential and industrial buildings, fire safety remains a work of continuous improvement. The main parameter used is the ‘fire resistance period’ –…

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You name it, our GD-OES can analyse it

Steel, non-ferro, painted materials, metallic coatings, tubes, flat samples, small, large, thin, thick, you name it, the OCAS glow discharge optical emission spectrometer (GD-OES) can analyse it

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OCAS’s microscopy lab relocates and expands

Not only is the OCAS microscopy lab being relocated, state-of-the art new equipment is being added.

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Fast response prevents failure

OCAS created a dedicated task force to support key accounts in ensuring the reliability of their safety-critical industrial assets.

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Structural health monitoring renders industrial assets smart

Lifetime assessment is essential towards decision support for quantification of lifetime extension and optimisation of predictive maintenance.

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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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Getting a seal of approval

Sealing matters have many different aspects. Thanks to its various skills and advanced equipment, OCAS is in a good position to look at sealing-related problems from all angles.

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Raising numerical modelling up to the sealing: prediction and evaluation of leakage and leak tightness

Increasing demand for seals that can withstand ever higher pressures in severe operating conditions need advanced numerical modelling to simulate these conditions and predict leak tightness.

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Co-developed test rig enables customer to predict sealability of novel connections

Shell explains the benefits of working with OCAS

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Put the seal on metal-to-metal connections

Investigating complex matter requires custom-built equipment

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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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Shining a light on corrosion products

Avoid confusing corrosion products with all kinds of other small surface contamination particles by rapid screening.

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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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The power of combining micro-and nano-analysis equipment

More complex multi-component metallic microstructures require the combination of different, yet complementary equipment. Discover the strength of combining instruments.

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Ultimate lateral resolution reveals complexity of microstructure

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Metallic coating developments concentrate on altering the microstructure. However, characterising this often complex microstructures is not easy.

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2020 Metal plasticity event goes digital

To respond to the current situation, OCAS transformed its scientific seminars into webinars. The audience appreciated the new format. We are already looking forward to next year's edition!

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