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Element Aberdeen extends fracture toughness testing accreditation

News International-French

2 Dec 2014

Element Materials Technology has extended its fracture toughness testing accreditation at its Aberdeen, UK laboratory, significantly expanding the facility’s pipeline testing capabilities for Oil & Gas Primes.

The BS EN ISO 17025-based UKAS scope of accreditation for Element Aberdeen has been extended for Single-Edge Notched Tensile (SENT) geometry fracture toughness testing and elevated temperature tensile testing. These tests complement the laboratory’s existing fracture toughness and tensile testing capabilities and allow more representative data to be generated for the demanding offshore pipeline installation sector. This data is used as part of an Engineering Critical Assessment (ECA) to derive an alternative weld flaw acceptance criteria to replace traditional workmanship criteria for pipeline girth welds.

Rod Martin, Element’s Executive Vice President, Oil & Gas, comments: “This extended accreditation reflects the significant investment we have made developing world-class facilities and bringing industry-recognized experts to Element Aberdeen. ECA testing is an area of huge potential growth in the Oil & Gas sector and we are now one of a select few companies with the capacity to offer such a comprehensive service in multiple laboratories worldwide.”

Element is continuing to expand its Oil & Gas services worldwide, with a significant recent expansion of its Hitchin, UK laboratory and planned relocations of its Hengelo, NL and Antwerp, BE facilities.