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Surface Engineering

Overview

 
 

The Surface Engineering Program designs, develops and characterizes protective materials and their application processes, used in oil, gas and oil sands applications.

Operating within InnoTech's Oil and Gas sector, the Surface Engineering team develops new industrial materials, material processing technologies, and provides technical services for Alberta's manufacturing and resource industries. The team serves more than 100 customers. 

“Syncrude spends in the order of $1 billion each year on maintenance, not including the production time that is lost when equipment is out of service. Innovation in materials and reliability can pay double benefits as it can reduce maintenance costs and increase production by keeping equipment working more reliably.”

Stefano Chiovelli, Syncrude Canada

Composite Materials for Oil Sands (Core projects within the MARIOS program)

  • Guidelines for the selection of composite overlays
  • Performance mapping of sintered tungsten carbides
  • Novel composite materials and processes
  • Repair welding of overlays

Materials Design and Development (Client technology and process development)

  • Design of coatings and overlays for oil, gas and oil sands applications
  • Development of materials processing technologies
  • In-house PTA and GMAW welding facilities
  • Materials performance evaluations, demonstrations and training
  • Additive Manufacturing

Materials Testing and Services (Fee-for-service)

  • Metallography
  • Wear testing
  • Corrosion testing
  • Hardness and microhardness
  • Characterization
  • Image analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Vacuum brazing
  • Consulting services

Materials Testing & Characterization

The key components of InnoTech's laboratory include: 

  • ASTM B611 slurry abrasion testing
  • ASTM C633 coating bond strength testing
  • ASTM G65 low stress abrasion testing
  • High stress abrasion testing
  • Dry erosion testing
  • High temperature erosion testing
  • Slurry jet erosion/corrosion testing
  • Pilot scale slurry flow loop (Devon facility)
  • Impact wear testing – high frequency/low energy
  • Corrosion testing
  • Full metallography laboratory
  • Image analysis
  • Hardness & microhardness
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Inductively coupled plasma analysis (ICP)

Clients and Partners

Producers

  • BP Exploration
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. 
  • Imperial Oil
  • Shell/Albian Sands
  • Suncor Energy
  • Syncrude Canda
  • Total E&P Canada

Suppliers

  • Black Cat Blades
  • Bradken Canada
  • Clear Stream
  • Durum Canada
  • ESCO
  • Halliburton
  • H C Starck
  • Hughes Christensen
  • Inotec Coatings
  • Kennametal
  • Manluk Mining
  • Masterflo Valve Inc. 
  • Matrix Wear Technologies
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Pacific Particulate Materials
  • SIlver Fox Completion Services
  • Oerlikon Metco
  • Trimay Wear Plate
  • Universal Weld Overlays
  • Western Hard Chrome
  • Wilkinson Steel & Metals

Put our expertise to work for you by contacting:

Gary Fisher, PhD, PEng
Team Lead
Surface Engineering
780.450.5026
gary.fisher@innotechalberta.ca

 

Tonya Wolfe, PhD, PEng
Researcher
780.450.5180
tonya.wolfe@innotechalberta.ca