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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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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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Innovative materials’ screening to meet our customer’s challenges

DEME offshore explains the benefits of working with OCAS.

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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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Dedicated APT sample preparation

Powerful analysing techniques call for special sample preparation. At OCAS we prepare the needle-shaped "APT tips" using our in-house focused ion beam (FIB).

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Atom Probe Tomography for advanced materials studies in 3D

Quantitative nano-information is nowadays required for the understanding of various mechanisms occurring in steel manufacturing. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) is the only material analysis technique offering extensive capabilities for both…

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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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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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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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