Advanced materials characterisation - Laboratory
The advanced materials characterization laboratory in Oslo develops techniques and makes use of advanced experimental facilities within the national infrastructure centers NORTEM, NICE, and NORFAB. It also employs modeling frameworks utilizing the supercomputer infrastructure in SIGMA2, as well as fundamental materials competence. This combined approach allows for determination of structure, chemistry and materials response from the atomic to millimeter scale.
The cavitation tunnel is used to investigate the hydrodynamic performance of different type of ship hulls, propulsors and other hydrodynamic objects. Propeller induced pressure fluctuations and noise as well as cavitation are investigated by means of measurements and high speed video observation. Propeller shaft and single propeller blade forces and moments can be measured using advanced in-house developed miniaturized instrumentation, in addition to standard thrust and torque measurements.
In the characterization laboratory we have strong expertise in metallographic characterization of steel, aluminum and other metals and alloys. The laboratory is located very close to the mechanical/fracture mechanical laboratory, the corrosion laboratory (CorLab), the welding laboratory and the workshop.
We offer laboratory and field testing services in addition to contract research and development. Our laboratories are equipped with modern instruments for coating testing and characterization. Additionally, we have access to a wide range of advanced methods and equipment for coating and surface characterization within the SINTEF group.
Degradation studies of solvents
Solvent studies is essential in the work with developing post combustion CO2 capture technologies. Solvent degradation may lead to a significant loss of solvent performance (solvent losses, corrosion problems etc.) and also lead to a negative environmental impact (emissions to air, production of special waste).