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Material Sciences & Engineering Center

Materials Science & Engineering Center for Energy

The solution to your most important challenges

Since 1986 Altran has provided electrical, I&C, mechanical, civil/structural, and chemical engineering, design and project management services for our expanding customer base. Our areas of expertise in the Energy Sector to assist customers in Industrial/Institutional, Nuclear Power, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Power Delivery and Renewable.

The Materials Science & Engineering Center (MS&EC) laboratory services have been utilized for support of process and materials changes, vendor changes, manufacturing outsourcing and product quality. Altran provides materials testing services utilizing both on-site field services and laboratory based investigations. Our technical services are compliant with 10CFR50 Appendix B.   

Altran offers you something no other engineering consulting firm can: an understanding of the energy industry combined with the expertise, resources, and systems to provide insight and solutions. Rather than focusing on one discrete aspect of an issue, we look at materials, performance, structure and design as they influence one another and how they impact operation and regulatory requirements. This is why Altran can deliver more reliable, comprehensive solutions.

We have unmatched experience in condition and aging assessment, life extension, and materials testing and evaluation in matters relating to:

  • Nuclear Facility Coatings and Linings
  • Raw and Treated Water Systems
  • Fresh Water and Salt Water Cooling Systems
  • Emergency Diesel Generator Components
  • Expansion Joints, Rubber and Metal Bellows
  • Containment Coatings and Tank Linings
  • Pipes and Fasteners
  • Water Filters
  • Transformers, Motors, Switchgears
  • Cable Insulation
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Pumps and Valves
  • Gaskets, Seals and O-Rings
  • Low, Medium and High Voltage Electrical Components, Cables, Switches, Relays, etc.

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Failure Analysis, Root Cause, And Mitigation

The MS&EC offers high end analysis and laboratory based testing services that focus on performing investigations and solving problems for our clients.  We emphasize a methodical approach that focuses on root cause analysis. Failure Analysis requires broad-based engineering skills, fundamental materials knowledge, forensic experience, and scientific objectivity. With our integrated engineering and laboratory capabilities, we provide this unusually broad capability. We understand the criticality of timely and responsive results to support tight deadlines and crisis management.

Where radioactive materials are utilized, the MS&EC is licensed to handle radioactively contaminated samples

We have unmatched experience in condition and aging assessment, life extension, and materials testing and evaluation in matters relating to:

  • Nuclear Facility Coatings and Linings
  • Raw and Treated Water Systems
  • Fresh Water and Salt Water Cooling Systems
  • Emergency Diesel Generator Components
  • Expansion Joints, Rubber and Metal Bellows
  • Containment Coatings and Tank Linings
  • Pipes and Fasteners
  • Water Filters
  • Transformers, Motors, Switchgears
  • Cable Insulation
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Pumps and Valves
  • Gaskets, Seals and O-Rings
  • Low, Medium and High Voltage Electrical Components, Cables, Switches, Relays, etc.

Testing and Simulations

Testing with custom made mock-up simulations are often used to solve complex engineering problems or to assess a material, system, structure or component.  This can be performed on-site or in the MS&EC’s laboratory. Our testing and analysis laboratory allows us to perform a wide range of laboratory testing including:

  • Custom setups/fabrication
  • Prototype testing
  • Accelerated aging

Hot Lab

Altran's Hot Lab allows us to offer the full services of Altran Laboratories to projects involving radioactive material. We are able to examine, test, analyze and investigate radioactive samples without requiring prior decontamination that could alter materials or remove evidence valuable to the analysis.

 

 

Materials Consulting

Decisions in the area of materials selection, usage, and processing are impacted by design, technical, and economic factors. To be genuinely effective with these materials decisions, it is necessary to consider all of the factors which affect your business. Altran has the experience, staff, and tools needed to help you make optimal materials decisions and to put your team on the path to better decision making.

Corrosion/Degradation Assessments

Corrosion, wear, and deposits on structures and equipment can lead to accelerated aging, reduced reliability, and operational problems. Altran provides a diverse range of corrosion engineering and testing services, from failure analysis to materials selection and mitigation. As facilities and equipment age, the needs to understand and correctly resolve corrosion and materials-related issues have become a fundamental part of a plant optimization and reliability strategy. Altran's experience with corrosion in manufacturing and product development environments uniquely enables us to provide practical and cost-effective solutions.

Mechanical Testing

Altran can develop and fabricate fully customized fixtures in its own in-house machine shop for the evaluation of standard or non-standard samples and component testing. We have extensive experience in evaluating various sized and non-standardized prototypes, samples and components.  The MS&EC is experienced and proficient at designing unique customized tests with computer control, data acquisition and video overlay monitoring in-progress testing with detailed playback.  Testing can be performed in cold, humid and elevated controlled temperature using various environmental chambers. Our mechanical testing capabilities include tensile, compression, bend, peel, burst, stress relaxation, fatigue, hardness testing, etc.

Services

Laboratory Testing

  • Metallography
  • Fractography
  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) analysis
  • Chemical analysis 
  • Polymer characterization & testing
  • Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermal aging
  • Mechanical testing (low and high temperatures)
  • Hardness and microhardness testing
  • Product performance testing
  • Specialized test fixturing
  • Corrosion analysis and testing
  • Electrical analysis and testing