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3rd Materials in Aggressive Environments Workshop

Seminars 02 April 2019

This workshop will aim to address the materials demands for harsh environments for E&P and will comprise a series of short presentations with discussion with the goal of establishing Members' requirements for TWI expertise, facilities and knowledge provision over the next 5 years.

TWI has provided its Members with increasingly more complex research facilities over the years to address the on-going changes in the service duties necessary for E&P worldwide. This continues with interest in multi-material systems, corrosion/environmentally assisted cracking and corrosion-fatigue in higher pressure and temperature (HPHT) systems across downhole, wellhead and SURF.

This workshop for invited TWI Industrial Members will bring participants up-to-date with TWI’s current activities in the assessment of materials performance in aggressive deep-water environments including recently commissioned high pressure / high temperature test facilities and progress on related projects and research initiatives. Feedback will be sought from participants with a view to influencing future TWI investments in test facilities, the current Core Research Program (CRP) and opportunities for collaboration through joint industry projects.

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Please contact Caroline Young or Dave Harvey for more details about this event.


Meet the team

Dave Harvey

Technology Fellow - Surface Engineering

Dave Harvey is Technology Fellow for Surface Engineering in TWI's Materials Group and has specialised in thermal spraying and other coating technologies for over 20 years. For the last 10 years, his work has included focus on the cold spray technology and its industrial application, involving studies related to  process equipment, powder feedstock development and the characterisation and testing of cold spray deposited materials.

Caroline Young

Programme Manager - Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals at TWI Ltd

Caroline Young is TWI's Programme Manager for the oil and gas industries. She is based at the Cambridge office and provides an interface with oil and gas member companies worldwide.

She is also the Industrial Membership Sector Manager for oil and gas, which she has been involved with for 18 years. However, now she is tasked with managing members on a more technical level and facilitating interactions with TWI's technical groups on, consultancy, research and project work.

Kasra Sotoudeh

Manager - Stainless Steels & Non-Ferrous Alloys Section, TWI

Kasra Sotoudeh joined TWI in 2011. Prior to his appointment at TWI, Kasra worked as a research associate at the University of Manchester's Materials Science Centre where he also completed his MSc and PhD in Metallurgy and Metal Forming (2008). 

Kasra has published a number of papers and presented them both in the UK and internationally.  He has led projects on a wide range of topics, from rapid turn-round failure investigations to long-term R&D programmes for individual companies and governmental programmes in the oil and gas, power generation, heavy engineering and transport sectors.

He also manages and conducts single and joint industrial research projects related to materials selection, e.g. microstructure, property relationships, failure analysis, welding metallurgy and fabrication cracking. He also possesses expertise in, service performance and failure, corrosion, creep, fracture and resistance, and environmentally assisted cracking of metallic materials with emphasis on stainless steels and non-ferrous alloys (i.e. nickel and titanium).

Shiladitya Paul

Research and Product Development Programme Manager – Materials

Shiladitya Paul joined TWI’s Surface Engineering Section in 2008 after graduating with PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy as a Gates Scholar from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is currently the Research and Product Development Programme Manager of Materials Group. He has published over 60 technical papers in the field of coatings and corrosion, and has also authored several book chapters. He is the member of the editorial board of several international journals and a peer-reviewer for several publishers. He is also the vice-chair of the European Federation of Corrosion Working Party 9 (Marine Corrosion).

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