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Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre

Element Materials Technology : 25 October, 2013  (Company News)
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from the city of Houston.
The innovative design of the centre presents several benefits to clients, including significantly expanded capabilities, reduced testing lead times and increased operational efficiency. The laboratory also promises to offer unparalleled capabilities within fracture mechanics and corrosion testing, areas of huge importance to the industry as it operates at deeper, colder and more extreme ultra-deepwater environments.
 
The innovative design of the centre and its state-of-the-art equipment allows for milling omplex material specimens, including advanced polymers and composites, within the product testing area, drastically reducing logistical operations and result lead times.
 
The laboratory has already had key equipment delivered, including automated hardness testers, 110 kip dynamic frames and fan mills, in order to be in a position to offer a full suite of ISO-accredited single edge notch tensile (SENT) and crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) tests from the day of opening.
 
Charles Noall, President and CEO of Element, says: “This will be the USA’s first centre of its kind, and is the company’s largest investment in a single site to date. This laboratory is to collectively expand services to the O&G Majors and their supply chain."
 
Knowledge shared from the upgrade of corrosion facilities at Element Sheffield, UK, and the relocation of Element Amsterdam allowing for a dramatic increase in production and sample rates, has been incorporated into the design of the Houston Technology Center. Leading polymer testing specialists from Element Hitchin, formerly MERL, are providing expertise for the design of proprietary control systems for pressure and corrosion testing autoclave equipment to be used in the new centre. The technology centre will also be staffed by several new appointments, including technical specialist Andy Barron and fatigue and fracture expert Sebastien Jeuch.
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