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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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