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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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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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Passing welding pre-qualification with flying colours – and in record time

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Structural offshore applications require steel plates that have been pre-qualified according to EN, API and NORSOK standards. The aim of pre-qualification is to show the steel’s tolerance to both high…

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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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