JUN 05 2024

Wind Energy Technology Summit

OCAS co-organises and co-hosts the Wind Energy Summit together with Sirris, OWI-Lab, De Blauwe Cluster and Agoria Energy Technology Club, the 4th edition of the Wind Energy Technology Summit.  Whereas the first day will deal with green electrons and molecules at sea (June 4th), the second day will focus on offshore wind structural integrity management (June 5th) incl. a visit to the main labs. Details and registration on  Fourth edition of Wind Energy Technology Summit

Location: Zwijnaarde-Ghent (Belgium)
MAR 27 2024

Belgian Offshore Days

OCAS will speak on the Belgian Offshore Days in Ostend on March 27th.  We invite you to join us at the Blue Cluster Innovation stage for an interesting pitch on the JaCo joint-industry project.

Location: Ostend (Belgium)
MAR 14 2024

Steel Days (INFOSTEEL)

OCAS will host one of the INFOSTEEL Steel Days in its facilities in Zwijnaarde (Ghent) on March 14th.  We invite you to register and participate to the afternoon event (in Dutch).

Location: Zwijnaarde (Ghent)
FEB 01 2024

Floating Offshore Wind event

OCAS will participate in the Floating Offshore Wind conference which will be held in London on February 1st.  Join us at the event!

Location: London - UK
NOV 21 2023

Rostocker Schweisstage

OCAS is happy to attend and contribute to the 13th edition of the Rostocker Schweisstage taking place November 21-22 in Rostock (Germany).

We will give an oral presentation on “Background and Practice of offshore pre-qualifications, explained using thick plates as example”.

More information about the event can be found here: Rostocker Schweisstage

Location: Rostock (DE)
OCT 04 2023

Floating Offshore Wind 2023 conference & exhibition

OCAS will participate in the Floating Offshore Wind Overview ( which will be held in Aberdeen on October 4th & 5th.  Join us at the conference and exhibition.

Location: Aberdeen - UK
SEP 18 2023

Atom Probe Tomography & Microscopy conference

OCAS joins the APT&M conference in Leuven on September 17-21 for its 60th edition. This major international forum brings together newcomers and experts from various scientific disciplines and makes it the perfect platform to (re)connect with research fellows and strengthen your scientific network. OCAS’ APT expertise will be presented during an oral talk.

Event website: APT&M 2023.

Please get in touch with us to discover what the OCAS microscopy services can mean for you. More information available on: OCAS microscopy services.

Location: KULeuven, Belgium
SEP 04 2023


OCAS will contribute to upcoming EUROMAT, the premier international congress for the latest advancements in materials science and technology. One of our research engineers will give a talk on High Entropy Alloys in the Structural Materials session (B05). 

We look forward to catching up with you from September 3rd till 7th in Frankfurt. 

Event website: EUROMAT 2023

Location: Goethe University (Westend campus), Frankfurt am Main, Germany
AUG 28 2023


OCAS participates to the EUROCORR exhibition during the last August week, so come and join us on booth 17 (in the Belgian Pavillion)!  We also welcome you to discover the corrosion posters and presentation of our sister company ENDURES.  Meet us there! 

Location: Brussels, Belgium
AUG 28 2023

Offshore Foundations & Substations event (IQPC)

OCAS will speak at the IQPC Offshore Foundations & Substations 2023 conference which will be held in Bremen from August 28th to 31st.  Philippe Thibaux and Marc Vanderschueren will hold a presentation about the unique large-scale large-scale testing activities and the focus on the fatigue performance of welded connections.  Meet us there!

Location: Bremen (Germany)
JUL 17 2023

International conference on Welding & Joining

OCAS will participate to the 76th IIW ANNUAL ASSEMBLY AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WELDING AND JOINING, taking place in Singapore from July 16th till 21st. The conference provides a platform for knowledge exchange and networking among scientists, researchers and industry experts in the field of welding and joining. 

One of our senior research engineers will be chairing the Sub-Commission XI-E: Transmission Pipelines and representing in the Annual Assembly. 

Event website: IIW 2023

Location: Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Convention Centre, Singapore
JUN 15 2023

Materials Eurofinish & Surface event

OCAS will be participating to the Materials, Eurofinish and Surface event in Veldhoven on June 15th 2023. Looking forward to welcoming you in our booth #159 where you will find us together with our sister company ENDURES.  

Event website: MES 2023

Location: NH Conference Centre Koningshof, Locht 117, 5504 RM Velhoven, NL.
MAY 15 2023

International Electric Machines and Drives Conference

OCAS will attend the 14th IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC) in San Francisco, May 15-18th 2023. The IEMDC 2023 provides a forum to share technology advances and new developments in design, operation, analysis and applications of electric machines and drives.

OCAS will also contribute to the conference with a paper of its scientific research.

Event website: IEMDC 2023 


Location: San Francisco, CA
APR 25 2023

Wind Europe annual event 2023

WindEurope is heading to the spiritual home of wind, Copenhagen, for its Annual Event, 25-27 April 2023. Wind energy has to take the lead, driving Europe’s response to this energy crisis and safeguarding European livelihoods.

Our colleague Philippe Thibaux presents the JaCo project “Improved fatigue capacity of tubular joints by robotic welding”, during the session on Turbine structures and mechanics on Wednesday, 26 April  at 14:00-15:15 in auditorium 12. Meet us there!

Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
APR 19 2023

International Institute of Welding Sub-Commission XI-E: Transmission Pipelines

International Institute of Welding Sub-Commission XI-E: Transmission Pipelines, under chairmanship of OCAS welding expert.

Location: Eisenberg (DE)
MAR 07 2023

European Project SCHEDULE – Application of modular construction in nuclear power plant

The conference is dedicated to a European project focused on construction efficiency of nuclear power plant. At this conference, delegates will hear directly from the project team about the experience gained in modelling, design, manufacture, construction and partial dismantling of a full-scale replica of diesel generator building using a modular form of construction.They will also have the opportunity to visit and inspect the demonstration building.

Whilst the demonstration building is typical of one used on nuclear sites, this form of construction has applications in other sectors as an alternative to reinforced concrete; for example, it has proved very successful for the construction of core walls in high rise buildings.

SCHEDULE – Steel Concrete High Efficiency Demonstration – eUropean colLaborative Experience – is an RFCS funded project on the use of offsite modular SCS (Steel Concrete Structures) for nuclear civil engineering.

SCHEDULE has been funded by a grant from the European Commission’s Research Fund for Coal and Steel (grant agreement number 800732) and financial contributions from ENRESA (Spain), Framatome, ORANO and ADF (France) as well as contributions from all the project partners.

Location: Moret-Loing-et-Orvanne, France
OCT 11 2022

SteelyHydrogen 2022

The 4th edition of the International Conference on Metals and Hydrogen SteelyHydrogen, organised by OCAS, focuses on hydrogen embrittlement of metals. It has a balance between theoretical and industrial aspects. Since 2014, we decided to expand the scope of this conference to metals, including aluminium, titanium and nickel based alloys in addition to steel.   

Browse the brand new SteelyHydrogen website for the 2022 focus topics, online programme and registration.

Apply here to receive regular updates about this conference right in your mailbox or follow us on the dedicated LinkedIn page.

Location: Ghent, Belgium
OCT 07 2021

Metal Plasticity hybrid seminar 2022: Material Testing 2.0: innovative information-rich material testing

OCAS is pleased to invite you to the Metal Plasticity Seminar 2022 – Material Testing 2.0: Innovative Information-rich material testing, a seminar jointly organised with KU Leuven and supported by ESAFORM (Participation in the webinar is free of charge for ESAFORM members) . Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, this is a hybrid event in which you can physically (Ghent) or virtually attend on Friday October 7th from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

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 future developments. The intent is to strengthen the cross-fertilization between theoretical material modelling, computational and experimental plasticity and the development of industrial applications.

Following three successful seminars (see 2019, 2020 and 2021), this year’s seminar is devoted to Material testing 2.0 (MT2.0). Renowned international experts will give keynote lectures on heterogeneous mechanical tests for characterizing plasticity of metals using full-field measurements. Knowledge transfer to industry is pursued in the afternoon via a workshop.


Morning: keynote lectures

  • 09:00 AM  The VFM for anisotropic plasticity: a material testing 2.0 perspective, Prof. Pierron, MatchID and University of Southhampton
  • 09:45 AM  Mechanical behavior of metals: from homogeneous to heterogeneous mechanical tests, Prof. Thuillier, Southern Brittany University
  • 10:30 AM  Bulge test 2.0: how to give a new life to the hydraulic bulge test, Prof. Rossi, Marche Polytechnic University
  • 11:15 AM  On the use of optimization and ML approaches in MT2.0, Prof. A. Andrade-Campos, University of Aveiro

Afternoon: industrial workshop DIC and VFM

The workshop aims at encouraging and helping industry to adopt MT2.0, and, consequently, fostering innovation in metal plasticity. After a comprehensive introduction to MT2.0, several practical applications of this technique are presented and discussed.

  • 13:30 PM Workshop DIC & VFM for metal plasticity, Dr. Lava, Match ID


Fee 50,00€ VAT incl., Registration is required before September 30th, 2022. 

Location: hybrid webinar in Ghent/virtual attendance also possible
OCT 04 2022

NIL/BIL Lassymposium 2022

Op dit NIL/BIL lassymposium zullen de accenten liggen op de belangrijkste ontwikkelingen op het gebied van apparatuur, materialen, onderzoek, arbeidsomstandigheden, kwaliteit, economie, opleiding en regelgeving.

OCAS neemt deel met de presentatie “Optimalisatie en pre-kwalificatie van plaat uit lasbaar constructiestaal voor vaste, buitengaatse constructies” 

Location: Gorinchem (NL)
JUN 21 2022

Offshore Pipeline Technology (OPT) Conference 2022

Offshore Pipeline Technology (OPT) Conference 2022 brings insightful technical presentations on pipelines in the energy transition, re-use of pipelines for hydrogen, overcoming design challenges for ultra deep waters and extending the lifetine of existing pipeline networks.  

Meet our colleagues in Amsterdam and browse our service offer on energy transition

Location: Amsterdam (NL)
JUN 15 2022


Seanergy is the international leading event, dedicated to Offshore Renewable Energy, held in Le Havre (F). The event showcases the industry by covering all technologies: fixed and floating wind power, tidal energy, wave energy, marine thermal energy, floating solar, salinity gradients energy and related industries such as: energy storage, digital, decarbonated maritime transports (wind-powered & hydrogen), drones or eco-designed materials.

Meet our colleagues in Le Havre and find out our service offer on offshore wind

Location: Le Havre (F)
MAR 23 2022

2nd Annual Floating Wind Europe

Floating offshore wind technology is an emerging option for generating power in deeper water further offshore than wind turbines fixed on the seafloor. The 2nd Annual Floating Wind Europe is gearing up to provide attendees with seminal insights for successful operations within a digitally shifted green energy landscape. 

Meet OCAS in Amsterdam and browse our offshore service offer.

Location: Amsterdam (NL)
MAR 16 2022

An insight into development and testing of pipeline steels at ArcelorMittal covering metallurgy, welding and properties testing.

The welding institute, London branch, organises this event in which Christoph Gerritsen (Senior Project Engineer Welding, ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent/OCAS NV) highlights some  examples of research and development work performed at ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent’s research centre in Ghent (Belgium) for linepipe steels from coil. This type of work is performed to give modern linepipe steels the required combination of properties that make them suitable for use in critical oil and gas pipeline applications.

Firstly, some of the metallurgical mechanisms available to the steel maker and their influence on the properties are covered. Secondly, some weldability studies are discussed, covering both spiral submerged arc welding for pipe manufacture and gas metal arc girth welding in the field. Lastly, investigations dedicated to the characterisation of the materials properties are discussed. These address for example the issue of the influence of the forming operations on the tensile properties and the implications thereof for establishing the tensile properties of pipe, pipeline toughness measurements for the avoidance of brittle running fracture.


Location: London (UK) - hybrid event
JAN 20 2022

Ondernemers voor de STEM klas

Welke vaardigheden zijn nodig in het bedrijfsleven? Wat betekent ondernemer zijn nu precies? Wat verwachten bedrijven van jongeren? Heel wat vragen die jongeren hebben, maar zelf moeilijk kunnen beantwoorden.

Vlajo organiseert ieder jaar ‘Ondernemers voor de Klas’ in samenwerking met structurele partners Pulse Foundation, ETION, VKW Limburg en projectpartners BNP Paribas Fortis, essenscia vlaanderen en JCI Vlaanderen. Deze interactieve sessie biedt jongeren de ideale kans om al hun brandende vragen te stellen aan een ondernemer of bedrijfsleider, spannend toch?

In het voorjaar 2022 mogen enkele scholen in Vlaandern opnieuw Sven Vandeputte, managing director van OCAS, verwelkomen in hun klas. Na een lezing “Energiek ondernemen” gaan de leerlingen met hem in dialoog rond de energie-uitdagingen van vandaag en morgen en krijgen ze de kans om te ontdekken wat ondernemer of bedrijfsleider zijn nu precies inhoudt. 
Meer informatie over Vlajo Ondernemers voor de Klas via

Location: Diverse scholen in Vlaanderen (BE)
NOV 23 2021

WindEurope Electric City

Electric City” is a new onshore and offshore wind event, with participants from wind and beyond. Heavy industry, mobility, district and domestic heating, storage, hybrids, hydrogen and many more are invited to join the conversation on how we build a clean economy. 

Join OCAS and discover our offshore wind serivce offer

Location: Copenhagen (DK)
NOV 16 2021

Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT)

The FOWT is the world’s largest event dedicated to floating offshore wind and will be held from November 16 -18, 2021 in St. Malo, France. The objective of the FOWT is to further the advancement of floating wind and to accelerate its implementation into the global renewable energy mix. This event is meant to promote constructive discussions between all actors and stakeholders of this emerging industry.

Meet us there and browse our offshore wind service offer.

Location: Saint-Malo (F)
NOV 16 2021

Advanced characterization of steels at the nano and microscale – Webinar

This ASM International webinar highlights examples of advanced microscopy techniques applied to steel research at OCAS and is jointly organised with ThermoFisher Scientific.

Join us and register now

Location: Online webinar
NOV 15 2021

Electrochemical Doctoral School

The traditional Electrochemical Doctoral School organized by the Research group of Electrochemical and Surface Engineering (SURF, VUB) goes ONLINE this year.
When? 4 h morning sessions during the weeks of 15 and 22 Nov. 2021.
The Doctoral School is open for PhD students and academia/industrial researchers seeking an in-depth understanding of electrochemical phenomena.
To assure the event’s interactive nature, the number of participants is limited to 50 places (the selection is based on background adequacy).

Members of the OCAS Surface team will be lecturing online. Find out more about our service offer corrosion and surfaces


Location: Online
OCT 05 2021

Energy Materials for Innovation (EM4I) workshop

Following the “Materials Discovery and Development” workshop last July in which OCAS was invited to present (Energy Materials For Innovation (EM4I) Initiative – “Materials Discovery and Development” Workshop – YouTube), a second event of “Energy Materials for Innovation (EM4I)” workshop series will take place on October 5th & 6th 2021. In this 2-half-day webinar “From Lab to Engineering,” the focus is given on a crucial question “How to bring innovative ideas and products from the lab to the engineering scale?”

Location: Online webinar
OCT 01 2021

Metal plasticity webinar 2021: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data in Metal Plasticity

OCAS is pleased to invite you to the webinar on Metal plasticity 2021: “Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data in Metal Plasticity“, organised in collaboration with KU Leuven. Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we welcome you online on Friday October 1st from 09:00 to 17:00

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 future developments. The intent is to strengthen the cross-fertilization between theoretical material modelling, computational and experimental plasticity and the development of industrial applications.

Following two successful seminars (see 2019 and 2020), this year’s seminar is devoted to the use of the Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data in Metal Plasticity. Renowned international experts will give keynote lectures in the morning. Knowledge transfer to industry is pursued in the afternoon via a workshop.


Morning: keynote lectures

  • 09:00 AM  Deep neural network-based numerical material tests of aluminum alloys sheets, Prof. A. Yamanaka, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
  • 09:45 AM  Deep learning of the mechanical properties of steels based on microstructure images, Dr. K. Lejaeghere, OCAS NV
  • 10:30 AM  Using machine learning and crystal plasticity simulation to design damage resistant dual phase steels, Prof. M. Diehl, KU Leuven
  • 11:15 AM  Coupled DIC- Data-driven approach for stress estimation on metallic structures in the presence of shear bands or singularities, Prof. M. Coret, EC Nantes
  • 12:00 AM  From steel composition to essential plastic properties with zero physics, Dr. J. Gawad, NMLK

Afternoon: industrial workshop machine learning in metal plasticity

The workshop aims at encouraging and helping industry to adopt machine learning and, consequently, fostering innovation in metal plasticity. After a comprehensive introduction to machine learning, several practical applications of this technique are presented and discussed.

  • AI for materials industry, Dr. M. Sluydts, ePotentia
  • Numerical and experimental data acquisition for the development of machine learning models for strength prognosis of mechanical joints, Dr. M. Jäckel, Fraunhofer IWU
  • Implicit material modelling using artificial intelligence techniques, Prof. A. Andrade-Campos
  • Advanced Forming Simulation based on Sensitivity Analysis with LS-DYNA (presentation and demo), Dr. S. Kriechenbauer, Fraunhofer IWU


Fee 50,00€ VAT incl., Registration is required before September 20th, 2021. 

Location: online webinar
JUL 01 2021

Energy Materials for Innovation (EM4I) Workshop series – Materials Discovery and Development

Starting in Summer 2021, the EERA Joint Programme on Advanced Materials and Processes for Energy Applications (JP AMPEA), together with the EERA Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials (JP NM) and the transversal Joint Programme Digitalisation for Energy (tJP DfE), will be hosting a workshop series on “Energy Materials for Innovation (EM4I)“.

This workshop series will bring Materials Science to the forefront of Europe’s energy research landscape, highlighting how different stakeholders (researchers, industries, and policymakers) can achieve the net-zero objectives also through concerted research and innovation efforts.

The first workshop will be held on 1 July 2021 and will be dedicated to “Materials Discovery and Development”. The event will be filled with webinars given by experts in the exascale modeling of new materials, cross-cutting characterization techniques and much more. The detailed agenda will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Nele Van Steenberge, Senior Researcher Metallurgy at OCAS will present a keynote paper on “Combinatorial screening of structural alloys”.

Registrations are open at this link.

Read more about our expertise on combinatorial screening

Location: online event
DEC 14 2021

Webinar “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”

During this webinar we’ll share the latest updates regarding the detection and monitoring of cracks on welds of offshore structures. This research is part of the BOPTIC project aiming at setting a major step forward in the development of a structural health monitoring system for the Balance of Plant components of an offshore windfarm using optical sensor technologies.

OCAS is amoung the experts who will share their views on the topic.

Location: Online webinar
OCT 07 2020

Metal plasticity webinar 2020: Large strain flow curve identification

OCAS is pleased to announce the webinar on Metal plasticity 2020: “Large Strain Flow Curve identification“, organised in collaboration with KU Leuven. Given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we welcome you online on Wednesday October 7th from 09:00 to 17:00

The theme of last year’s  Metal Plasticity Seminar 2019 was the use of simulation tools in metal forming industry and the adopted constitutive models. Accurate knowledge on the mechanical material behavior is key for the reliability of such simulations and acquiring this knowledge may require dedicated test set-ups and analysis techniques. This year’s seminar is devoted to the identification of the large strain flow curve of metals.

Renowned international experts will give keynotes lectures on advanced strategies to acquire the large strain flow curve. Knowledge transfer to industry is pursued in the afternoon via a workshop on FE modelling of mechanical joining. 


Morning: keynote lectures

  • 09:00 AM   Large strain flow curve identification strategies, Dr. S. Cooreman, OCAS NV
    09:30 AM   The in-plane torsion test, Prof. A. E. Tekkaya, TU Dortmund
    10:15 AM   The stack compression test, Prof. T. Kuwabara, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    11:00 AM   The plane strain compression test, Dr. T. Balan, Arts et Métiers – ParisTech
    11:45 AM   The post-necking tensile test, Dr. S. Coppieters, KU Leuven

Afternoon: industrial workshop simulation in mechanical joining

To keep pace with ever more stringent joining requirements, in recent years simulation industry successfully dealt with the compelling need for innovation in mechanical joining by developing dedicated, yet user-friendly FE modules

Today, it is possible to simulate the complete process chain and evaluate the mechanical performance of a mechanical joint without being an expert in finite element simulation. The workshop aims at encouraging and helping industry to adopt this technology, and, consequently, fostering innovation in mechanical joining. The workshop discusses all essential ingredients for proper use of the FE modules in mechanical joining.

The workshop starts at 13:30 and ends at 17:00.

  • Joining by forming technology, Dr. M. Jäckel, Fraunhofer IWU
  • Material testing, Dr. S. Coppieters, KU Leuven
  • FE modeling, Dr. R. Bernhardt and Markus Raabe , SIMUFACT Engineering
  • Experimental validation, Dr. M. Jäckel, Fraunhofer IWU


Fee 50,00€ VAT incl., Deadline September 20th, 2020.

Register now or browse mtm.KULeuven webpages for more information.

Location: online webinar
MAR 31 2021

Launch of Flanders Metals Valley

Flanders Metals Valley is a catalyst for a vibrant, climate-neutral and circular metallurgical cluster in Flanders, dynamically embedded in an international industrial ecosystem. Flanders Metals Valley stimulates enthusing education and groundbreaking research in the domain of sustainable metallurgy.

Sven Vandeputte will give a keynote speech during the launching event March 31th 2021.

Flanders Metals Valley will be established as a Strategic Interest Group within the Spearhead Cluster SIM-Flanders. Flanders Metals Valley vzw will be open for all members who sign a formal Letter of Commitment. Flanders Metals Valley targets companies, knowledge institutes and other organisations (incl. civil society) that are active in the broad metallurgical cluster in Flanders (ranging from companies/actors dealing with metal production, metal processing, product manufacturing and valorisation of metal-containing waste streams and residues.)

FMV-team: Mathias Chintinne (Metallo), Frederik Verhaeghe (Umicore), Geert Van Beveren (Aperam), Sven Vandeputte (OCAS), Bart Blanpain (HiTemp-KU Leuven), Annelies Malfliet (HiTemp-KU Leuven), Peter Tom Jones (SIM² KU Leuven)


Location: On-line launch event
MAR 03 2020

20. Kolloquium: Gemeinsame Forschung in der Klebtechnik

Das Kolloquium „Gemeinsame Forschung in der Klebtechnik“ ist seit vielen Jahren das Forum für Klebstoffentwickler, -hersteller und Anwender. Übersichtsvorträge, Präsentationen von Klebstoffherstellern und Vorträge über Projekte der Industriellen Gemeinschaftsforschung vermitteln ein umfassendes Bild vom aktuellen Stand in Forschung und Anwendung.

OCAS presents a paper on”Kleben stückverzinkter Oberflächen”.

Meet us or read more about adhesive bonding at OCAS.


Location: Marienberg, Würzburg (DE)
FEB 25 2020

Substructures for offshore wind

The International conference “Substructures for offshore wind” is a meeting place for experts to engage with the concepts for cutting edge substructure solutions. Case studies, new research and technical advances will be interrogated in order to increase cost-efficiency and advance offshore wind as a world leader in commercially competitive renewable energy.

OCAS gives a presentation on “Cross-market experiences & developments for steel based wind structures”.  

Read more about OCAS’s in-house developed and unique technique to test full-scale jacket node geometries, manufactured using different weld methods, on their fatigue performance in an accelerated and efficient way allowing rapid result interpretation or watch the video on power generation

Location: London, UK
MAR 10 2020

Corrosion and material integrity in offshore and maritime environment

In industrial constructions, offshore structural integrity and corrosion go hand in hand. The need for adapted materials that can withstand harsh conditions and that are compatible with cost and lifetime requirements are more relevant than ever. Pushing the limits of conservatism whilst limiting risks is a crucial aspect to prepare tomorrow’s market opportunities.

To allow a better understanding of the benefits of new and implemented solutions, ENDURES and OCAS jointly organise this one-day seminar at the ENDURES premises in Den Helder on Tuesday March 10th 2020, from 09:30 to 17:30.


09:30 Registration

Part I – chaired by Marc Vanderschueren, Sr. Business Development Manager R&D Partnerships OCAS

10:00 Welcome and introduction, BSc. Sibo Buter, Managing Director Endures

10:05 Keynote – Bridging corrosion science and engineering in maritime environments, Prof. Dr. Arjan Mol, TU Delft

10:40 Novel developments of steel grades for offshore use, Dr. Philippe Legros, ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent

11:05 MIC in offshore and maritime environment: a reason for concern?, Dr. Nanni Noël-Hermes, Endures

11:30 Coffee break

11:55 Failures in seawater cooling systems, Dr. Raphael Fredon, Endures

12:20 Rapid performance testing of hull coatings for ships, Dr. Job Klijnstra, Endures

12:45 Lunch

Part II – chaired by Sibo Buter, Managing director Endures

13:45 Keynote – Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundations – insights from the Carbon Trust, Dr. James Sinfield , Carbon Trust OWA

14:10 Thermally Sprayed Aluminium (TSA) in offshore environment, Dr. Xiaolong Zhang, Endures

14:35 Coffee break

14:50 Simulating real life conditions for corrosion assessment, Dr. Philippe Verpoort & BSc. Sibo Buter, OCAS/Endures

15:15 Q&A

15:50 Lab tour and networking drink

17:30 End 

Case studies and industrial examples from various industrial sectors presented by experts will be followed by a tour to the facilities of the ENDURES lab.  Meeting with international colleagues will encourage open and facilitate inter-disciplinary discussions.  The target audience includes corrosion engineers, fleet engineers, design engineers, engineering managers, integrity specialists, maintenance managers, process managers, superintendents, etc. 

Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to get the latest up-to-date status! 


ENDURES, Bevesierweg 1 DC002, 1781 AT, Den Helder (NL). You can reach Endures by car or public transport. Click here for detailed instructions. There is also a car park in front of the Endures building (GPS coordinates car park: N 52 57,738 – E 4 46,761).

In case you require accomodation: Hotel Lands End is at walking distance, Grand Hotel Beatrix is only a few minutes driving away. 


Participation fee 98,00 EUR (VAT included) includes lunch and coffee break.

Stay tuned and receive our mailings or simply contact us.

Location: Endures Den Helder, NL
NOV 20 2019

8th Fatigue Design conference

OCAS presents at the 8th Fatigue Design conference. This conference aims to present the most innovative approaches and scientific progress in design methodologies, tools, and equipment’s life extension, focusing on industrial applications. For this edition, a new focus is made on the relation between additive manufacturing and fatigue.

Find out more about OCAS’s expertise on fatigue.

Location: Senlis, France
OCT 23 2019

High productivity welding processes for thick section steels seminar

OCAS and the Belgian Welding Institute are pleased to announce the seminar on “High productivity welding processes for thick section steels”. 

This international seminar highlights some welding options available for increasing productivity when welding thick section steels. These include both traditional and more modern arc welding techniques, as well as other options, such as beam and friction welding. Aim of the seminar is to provide a non-commercial introduction to some of these lesser used techniques, with a focus on (near) industry-readiness. In addition to the lectures from international speakers, there is a short tour of the welding facilities and a visit to the large-scale testing laboratory. The target audience includes welding engineers and co-ordinators, production and operations managers and R&D personnel.

We welcome you on Wednesday October 23rd from 09:30 to 16:30, including lunch and coffee break in Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Pre-registration is required.


Part 1 – Chaired by Christoph Gerritsen, ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent/OCAS

  • Friction-based welding processes for thick section steels”, by Koen Faes, Belgian Welding Institute 
  • “Welding of high thickness plates using different methods – laser submerged arc hybrid welding and laser beam welding under vacuum”, by Simon Olschok, Welding and Joining Institute ISF of Aachen University
  • “Advances in high productivity electron beam welding processes for power generation and related industry sectors”, byChris Punshon, TWI Ltd.
  • “Old technologies facing new requirements – (Re-)Introduction of electrogas-arc- and electroslag-welding in shipbuilding”, by Andreas Gericke, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Large Structures in Production Engineering

Part 2 – Chaired by Fleur Maas,  Belgian Welding Institute 

  • “High productivity welding processes for thick section steels – Narrow Gap welding”, by Alexis Ferrari, Institut de Soudure
  • “Productivity improvement methods for submerged arc welding of thick section steels”, by Christoph Gerritsen, ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent/OCAS NV (Belgium)


Participation fee 100,00 EUR (VAT included). Registration before October 18th is required.

Stay tuned and receive our mailings or simply contact us.

Location: OCAS Zwijnaarde, BE
OCT 01 2019

Metal plasticity seminar: Towards a virtual test environment

OCAS is pleased to announce the seminar on Metal plasticity: “Towards a virtual test environment”, organised in collaboration with KU Leuven. We welcome you on Tuesday October 1st from 09:30 to 17:30, including lunch and coffee break in Zwijnaarde (Belgium). 

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, energy, etc. Since many years, FEA (Finite Element Analysis) is used to optimize metal forming processes, as it reduces the cost of the trial-and-error phase and the time-to- market. The reliability of such FE simulations to a large extent depends on the capability of the constitutive model to reproduce the mechanical material behaviour, which can be quite challenging in the case of metals. 

The aim of this seminar is to promote a platform for people working in the field of metal plasticity, to discuss the state-of-the-art, the current research and future developments. The intent is to strengthen the cross-fertilization between theoretical material modelling, computational and experimental plasticity and the development of industrial applications.


  • Steel industry – latest developments and future trends, Dr. L. Bracke, ArcelorMittal Global R&D
  • Some features of the strain rate dependence of metal plasticity, Prof. P. Verleysen, Universiteit Gent
  • Advanced phenomenological models, Prof. A. H. van den Boogaard, University of Twente
  • New advances for evolving meshes/discretization methods in 3D large deformation problems. Application to metal forming, wear, crack propagation and fluid-structure interactions using FEM, DEM and PFEM, Prof. J.-P. Ponthot, Université de Liège
  • Statistical crystal plasticity models and their implementation in FE models for plastic forming simulations, Prof. A. Van Bael, KU Leuven
  • Application of plasticity models for the design of damage tolerant microstructures, Prof. S. Münstermann, RWTH Aachen University
  • Quantitative full-field measurements for material identification and model validation, Dr. P. Lava, MatchID NV


Registration fee 100 EUR or 50 EUR for students (VAT included).

Please register before 15th September.

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Location: OCAS Zwijnaarde, BE
JUL 09 2019

Integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) seminar

OCAS is pleased to announce the integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) seminar, organised in the framework of  RFCS project “Toolkit for the design of damage tolerant microstructures”. OCAS welcomes you on Tuesday July 9th from 10:30 to 17:30, including lunch and coffee break in Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Personal invitations have been sent. If you want to join us, please contact us.

The properties of steel must be continuously improved to perform well in the challenging competition with other materials on the one hand, and to fulfil sustainability requirements on the other hand. The conventional measures for mechanical property optimisation have been widely exploited for many years, so that tailoring the microstructure morphology is the most promising approach for future steel development.  The overall objective of the RFCS project TOOLKIT was to develop a simulation toolbox for the computer-assisted design of damage tolerant microstrutures. Involved partners: RWTH Aachen, Universiteit Gent, University of Thessaly, Corinth Pipeworks,  thyssenkrupp and OCAS.


  • Registration & welcome
  • Keynote lecture: DAMASK – The Düsseldorf Advanced MAterial Simulation Kit for studying multi-physics crystal plasticity phenomenaFranz Roters, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung
  • Toolkit for the design of damage tolerant microstructures, Sebastian Münstermann, RWTH Aachen University
  • Lunch break
  • Identification of relevant mechanical properties and numerical simulations, Sarath Chandran, Gent University & Nikolaos Aravas, University of Thessaly
  • Tailored microstructure configurations for required mechanical properties, Wenqi Liu, RWTH Aachen University
  • Process design to achieve improved microstructures, Margianna Tzini, University of Thessaly
  • Complementarity of computational design versus experimental screening in metallurgical developments, Lode Duprez, ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent, OCAS NV

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Location: OCAS Zwijnaarde, BE
JUN 12 2019

Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures (CFRAC 2019)

OCAS presents at the 6th edition of International Conference on Computational Modeling of Fracture and Failure of Materials and Structures (CFRAC 2019).   CFRAC gathers academic researchers and industrial partners involved in development and application of numerical procedures for fracture and failure simulation of materials and structures.

Designers of engineering structures must answer to ever increasing requests on performance in terms of safety, reliability, durability, low cost and low energy consumption. As new materials and new applications arise, traditional design rules and conventional testing methods become insufficient or inapplicable, which strengthens the role of computational methods in the design process. Numerical tools can accelerate the development of new products and their optimization.

Find out more about OCAS’s expertise on computational modelling.

Location: Braunschweig, Germany
MAR 15 2023

OCAS – Tree Composites – TuD joint event day

OCAS is proud to announce that a full-scale test program for the Tree Composites wrapped composite joints has been successfully executed at our premises. In front of a large international audience of interested parties from the Offshore Wind sector, it was demonstrated that these full-scale wrapped composite joints have real superior performance in tensile and fatigue resistance vs. traditionally welded joints. This is an important milestone for Tree Composites and Delft University of Technology that have developed this joint as a high-performance alternative towards foundations for offshore wind turbines. Whilst steel remains the preferred material for jacket foundations, this technology has the potential to reduce their cost or, alternatively, can lead to a superior lifespan.  OCAS has added real value through the acceleration of the test program during the upscaling phase of this new joining technology.  We would like to thank all attendees and partners for their support. The performed tests are part of the WrapNode-I project and is supported by Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO).  Read more about the WrapNode-I project here.  We also invite you to read more about OCAS large scale testing and related equipment and hope you’ll enjoy the video of the joint demo-day. 


Location: Ghent (Belgium)
JUN 09 2019

38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2019)

OCAS presents at the 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2019). This conference aims to present advances in technology and its scientific support
exchange ideas and experiences while promoting technological progress and its application in industry, and
promote international cooperation in ocean, offshore and arctic engineering

Find out more about OCAS’s solutions for offshore structures and read how OCAS’s patented fatigue testing method drives the new Carbon Trust programme

Location: Glasgow, UK
MAY 15 2019

16th International Conference on Tribology – SERBIATRIB ’19

OCAS presents a paper during the “16th International Conference on Tribology – SERBIATRIB ’19″. The aim of the SERBIATRIB ’19 is to bring together researchers and engineers, to present and discuss ideas, experience, challenges, research results and potential solutions on topics relating to research and practice in tribology. 

Read more on OCAS’s expertise and available equipment for research on wear.

Location: Kragujevac, Serbia
APR 15 2019

18th Conference on Sheet Metal

OCAS presents at “18th Conference on Sheet Metal“. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for researchers, academics and industrialists to discuss and promote both early dissemination of research results and technology transfer in sheet metal processing. It will provide an opportunity for those working on experimental research and development as well as those involved in analytical and numerical modeling to present their recorded work.

Find out more about how OCAS’s uses finite element simulations in combination with its in-depth knowledge of steel grades and of the deep-drawing process, to select the best solution – thickness and steel grade selection – for your future parts.

Location: Leuven, Belgium
APR 14 2019

22nd International Conference on Wear of Materials

OCAS participates at “22nd International Conference on Wear of Materials“. The conference focuses on advances in the understanding of both the fundamental and applied aspects of wear and friction of materials. It provides a progressive international forum for researchers and practicing engineers from different disciplines to interact and exchange their latest understandings.

Find out more about OCAS’s expertise on wear.


Location: Miami, US
APR 01 2019

2nd International Symposium on corrosion & Fouling

OCAS will be presenting “Saline resistant weathering steel for offshore and naval: corrosion testing and characterisation” at the 2nd International Symposium on corrosion & Fouling.

Watch video on OCAS’s expertise on offhore wind .


Location: Antwerp, Belgium
MAR 19 2019

Connect the dots, Industry meets university

BiR&D presents its “Industry meets university – Connect the dots” programme, including 100+ pitches on health, energy, food & industry 4.0.

Invitations have been sent.

Location: Grimbergen, Belgium
MAR 11 2019

Postacademische opleiding Additive Manufacturing

Wegens het grote industrieel en technologisch belang, ligt de klemtoon in deze opleiding op toepassingen voor polymeer- en metallische materialen. Op basis van de algemene eigenschappen van deze materialen, worden hun toepassingen binnen AM beschreven en verklaard.

Deze opleiding wordt georganiseerd door Universiteit Gent, UGent Academie voor Ingenieurs.

Location: Zwijnaarde, Belgium
FEB 01 2019

“Artificial intelligence for image processing in metallurgy” seminar

OCAS is  pleased to announce its “Artificial intelligence for image processing in metallurgy” seminar. OCAS welcomes you on Friday February  1st from 08:30 to 12:30 in Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Invitations have been sent. If you want to join us, please contact us.

At present, digital images of the microstructure of metals must be analysed by expert scientists who are trained for this task. This leads to a bottleneck on the number of images that can be analysed, and a certain subjectivity in the resulting classification of the image.

By organizing this seminar, OCAS aims to shed a light on the latest techniques to process and classify images by machines, using methods derived from artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and computer vision.

The development of such algorithms promises to significantly increase the understanding of materials and accelerate research in metallurgy.

Presentations will be given by leading scientists in this field to share their work and findings.


  • “Person identification (classification) from radar images”, by Dr. Ivo Couckuyt,  IDLab research group, Department of Information Technology, UGent (Belgium)

  • AI for image and video processing: applications and model architectures“,  by Jean-Yves Parfait, Multitel (Belgium)

  • Presentation on the correlation between microstructure and mechanical properties (draft title), by Prof. Geurt Jongbloed, Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics,  TU Delft (The Netherlands)

  • Advanced Steel Microstructural Classification by Classic and Deep Learning Methods”, by Dr. Seyed Majid Azimi, German Aerospace Center (Germany)

  • Metallography 4.0 – How Machine Learning can help to make Microstructural Classification more reliable“, by Dr Dominik Britz, Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS) (Germany)

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Location: OCAS Zwijnaarde, BE
SEP 11 2018

Indentation 2018

OCAS participates at Indentation 2018 by presenting the paper “Quantitative mapping of nanoscale mechanical properties of Zn-Al coating on steel by nanoindentation”.

Meet us!

Location: Liège, Belgium
JUL 15 2018

IIW annual assembly

The IIW 2018 International Conference, organized by Indonesian Welding Society will take place on 15-20 July 2018 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali – Indonesia. In conjunction with the IIW General Annual Assembly, the conference aims provide a forum for networking and knowledge exchange among scientists, researchers, and industry related to welding and joining.

Meet OCAS during the “71st  IIW Annual Assembly and International Conference“.

Discover more about OCAS’s expertise in the field of welding

Location: Bali, Indonesia
SEP 09 2018


OCAS participates in the European Corrosion Congress by presenting the paper “Towards a better understanding of hydrogen embrittlement of steel in sour service conditions” in the session Corrosion in Oil and Gas Production.

Meet us! Watch our video on sour services.

Location: Krakow, Poland
JUL 15 2018

PVP Pressure vessels & piping conference

The ASME 2018 PVP Conference is an international technical forum for participants to further their knowledge-base by being exposed to diverse topics, and exchange opinions and ideas both from industry and academia in a variety of topics related to Pressure Vessel and Piping technologies for the Power and Process Industries.

OCAS presents a paper.

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
SEP 23 2018

ECCE 2018

The 10th IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2018) is the pivotal international conference and exposition event on electrical and electromechanical energy conversion field. ECCE 2018 will feature both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, as expositions. ECCE 2018 will bring together practicing engineers, researchers and other professionals for interactive and multidisciplinary discussions on the latest advances in various areas related to energy conversion.

OCAS researches present several papers.

Location: Portland, Oregon, US
JUL 30 2018

International conference and whorkshop on numerical simulation of 3D sheet metal forming processes

The NUMISHEET conference series have been established as a world-class forum through which new ideas and technologies in the area of sheet metal forming simulation are exchanged. One of the most distinguishing features of the NUMISHEET conference series is the benchmark session, during which numerical simulations of sheet formed parts are compared with experimental results from the industry and academia.

OCAS presents a paper during the NUMISHEET conference.

Location: Tokyo, Japan
SEP 28 2018

International pipeline conference 2018

Members of the pipeline industry from around the world will gather in Calgary for the 12th International Pipeline Conference (IPC 2018).

OCAS researchers present several papers.

Location: Calgary, Canada
JUN 04 2018


OCAS participates in SUR/FIN2018, the event for the finishing industry.  PhD student Jacob Obitsø Nielsen, from DTU (Danish technological institute and ssupported by OCAS will present his work on Electrodeposited Fe-C coating with high hardness.

Location: Cleveland, US
JUN 15 2018

“Abrasion resistant steels: modelling and experimental challenges” wear seminar

OCAS is  pleased to announce the “Abrasion resistant steels: modelling and experimental challenges” wear seminar. OCAS welcomes you on Friday June 15th from 11:00 to 16:30 in Zwijnaarde (Belgium). Invitations have been sent. If you want to join us, please contact us.

The abrasion resistance of a material is not solely determined by the ratio of its hardness as compared to the hardness of the abrasive medium. It is also affected by the surface state and the level of residual stresses at the surface.

At the same time, systematic screening have indicated that the material’s microstructure as well as its mechanical response to impact have a pronounced effect on the abrasion resistance. This effect is not captured in the conventional design criteria, where only the material hardness is taken into account. 


  • Keynote presentation “Atomistic simulation in tribology:  potentials, perspectives and limitations“, by Michael MOSELER,  Fraunhofer IWM, Microtribology Center µTC (Germany)
  • Materials, service life and wear mechanisms in agricultural tools”, by Jacob SUKUMARAN, UGent (Belgium)
  • “Modelling of macroscopic loads on agricultural tools with the Discrete Element Method” ”, by Florian SCHRAMM, TU-Braunschweig (Germany)
  • Micromechanical modelling in design of wear resistant microstructures, by Anssi LAUKKANEN, VTT (Finland)
  • Macro-damage mechanical modelling of abrasion in agricultural tools”, by Peerapon WECHSUWANMANEE, RWTH Aachen (Germany)
  • Developing next generations wear resistant steels”, Lieven BRACKE, OCAS NV (Belgium)

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Location: OCAS Zwijnaarde, BE
NOV 29 2017

BIL-NIL Lassymposium

OCAS presents their study of the “Effects of steel chemistry and processing route on CGHAZ toughness”  during the BIL-NIL Lassymposium.

Meet us there.

Location: Berchem, Belgium
NOV 29 2017

Global geothermal summit

The Global geothermal summit  will give the latest updates on the global geothermal energy market and its new developments. Showcasing new techniques and technologies that are paving the way for the sector and expanding the geographical regions where exploration can take place.

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NOV 12 2017

Galvatech 2017

OCAS presents at Galvatech 2017, the international conference on zinc and zinc alloy coated steel sheet.

This conference is organised by the iron and steel institute of Japan.


Location: Tokyo, Japan
OCT 01 2017

IEEE Industry Applications Society 52nd Annual Meeting & Conference

The IAS annual meeting provides an international forum for experts to present and discuss the latest developments in the application of electrical technology to industry.

OCAS participates by presenting a paper.

Location: Cincinnati
MAY 29 2018

SteelyHydrogen 2018

177 Participants from 27 countries attended the the 3rd edition of the International Conference on Metals and Hydrogen SteelyHydrogen2018, organised by OCAS.

Former editions were mainly focused on hydrogen and steel. Based on feedback, we decided to expand the scope of this 3rd conference to metals, including aluminium, titanium and nickel based alloys in addition to steel.   

This conference with a focus on hydrogen embrittlement of metals, is organised to have a good balance between theoretical and industrial aspects. Therefore the topics for this conference are:

  • Hydrogen Embrittlement of metals in various industries  (high strength steels, enameling steels, sour service grades, Aluminum-based alloys, Titanium-based alloys, Ni-based alloys, etc.)
  • Prevention of hydrogen embrittlement (microstructural design, coatings, etc.)
  • Advanced methodologies to study hydrogen-material interactions (TDA, APT, TOF-SIMS, etc.)
  • Hydrogen transport, trapping and embrittlement modeling (from ab-initio to meso-scale)

The members of the Scientific Jury will chaired the sessions and judged the “Best SteelyHydrogen2018 Paper” and “Best SteelyHydrogen2018 Poster” award competition. Discover the winners.

Location: Ghent, Belgium
JAN 29 2018

“Use of EPMA in materials research” seminar

OCAS organises the seminar “Use of EPMA in materials research” on Monday 29th January 2018 from 13:30 to 17:30 in Zelzate (Belgium).


  • Electron Probe Microanalysis: something old, something new”, Stefan Kuypers, Jeol Europe
  • Some decades of EPMA analysis in metallurgy”, Blandine Remy, ArcelorMittal Global R&D Maizières
  • Soft X-ray emission spectrometer for EPMA: a new micro-analytical tool for steel research“, Mélanie Gauvin, OCAS
  • Six years of FEG EPMA at KU Leuven and its application in the field of metals, metallurgical residues and refractory”, Annelies Malfliet, KULeuven
  • Following the lectures, the OCAS FEG-EPMA with soft X-ray emission spectrometer can be visited.

Contact us if you are interested to participate.

Location: Pres. Kennedylaan 3, 9060 Zelzate (Belbium)
SEP 26 2017


Flamac and OCAS join forces in COMMET 2017 – Combinatorial Metallurgy – the International symposium on “Accelerated exploring of novel metal systems”


  • Combinatorial synthesis
  • Accelerated characterization
  • Computational research
  • Scientific case studies of accelerated metallurgical R&D

Discover the programme.

Location: Ghent, Belgium
MAY 24 2018

3rd Structural Integrity seminar

OCAS and its MSC partners have the pleasure to invite you to their seminar on Structural integrity, May 24th, 2018 (13-17h).

Structural integrity evaluations serve to judge the acceptability of detected or assumed defects. This method relies on the actual performance of the material as used in the structure and has proven on numerous occasions to give the best performance at minimum cost. 

The MSC is now organising its 3rd seminar on industrial examples of structural integrity of metal structures.

The previous sessions in 2016 and 2017 revealed strong interest and an interactive participation from different sectors, ranging from the oil & gas and petrochemical sectors, as well as offshore wind, infrastructure and pressure vessel markets. Based on the feedback from the previous seminars, it has been decided to continue with a repeat edition.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to exchange market experiences across different sectors! Check out the programme and and register now. Participation fee amounts 85 eur.

Location: Metal Structures Centre, Zwijnaarde, Belgium