Oil & Gas Industry Testing

Exploration, extraction, refining and transporting oil and gas products is vital to keeping our industrialized world running. The process for finding and extracting oil and getting it refined and to market consists of extensive infrastructure. In recent years we've seen that the cost of failure of parts and materials can be catastrophic not just financially, but also to the local ecosystems where these disasters occur.

IMR Test Labs have the expert staff and knowledge to provide material verification and R&D testing for metals, nonmetallics, ceramics, coatings and contaminants. We have earned a wide range of accreditations and our quality system has passed some of the most stringent audits.  All of our labs operate under the same strict quality system to ensure that the results you get are accurate as well as fast.

We have extensive experience working with the high-performance materials used in oil & gas production. We offer a variety of chemical analysis, metallurgical testing, mechanical testing and corrosion testing services. In the event of failure, we offer root cause determination and solutions to prevent recurrence.

IMR's corrosion experts can identify corrodents and other variables that are responsible for corrosion attack. We have a history of addressing complicated corrosion issues, including stress corrosion cracking, dezincification, pitting corrosion and many other mechanisms.  

The potential for dramatic and costly pipeline failures continues to be a top concern for regulatory agencies, pipeline operators and energy providers.  In 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule that mandates several preventative and documentation processes designed to standardize the measurement, testing and assessment of pipeline inspection procedures.

IMR Test Labs-Louisville is a well-equipped and experienced pipeline materials testing center.  We've helped several regional, national and international petro-chemical production and transmission companies answer questions specifically related to pipeline material properties.  IMR has the mechanical, chemistry and metallurgical expertise to help operators apply the test data to decisions about future pipeline maintenance plans.  Our clear, concise reports contain the critical analyses to insure compliance with 49CFR, Part 192- the requirement that operators have full knowledge of assets operating in High Consequence Areas (HCA).

For more information on testing your pipeline assets to be in compliance with the PHMSA, click here.

Our facilities provide extensive coatings evaluation services including adhesion, coating shear fatigue, corrosion simulation and metallurgical evaluations.  With AWS CWI's at all US locations we can provide weld qualification and testing packages to meet your needs.

Learn more about our analytical services for the oil & gas industry below, or request a quote today.

ANALYTICAL SERVICES FOR THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

Metallurgical Analysis

Case Depth
Certified Weld Inspections
Decarburization
Fractography
Grain Size
Heat Treat Analysis
Inclusion Rating
Intergranular Attack
Intergranular Oxidation
Microhardness Testing (Knoop, Vickers, Macro Vickers)
Microscopy (SEM, Macro, Micro)
Microstructure
Particle Analysis
Plating & Coating Analysis
Plating Thickness
Porosity
Quantitative Image Analysis
SEM Analysis
Surface Topography
Thermal Spray Coating Evaluations
Weld Qualifications

Failure Analysis

Contaminant Identification
Corrosion Failure
Fixed and Rotating Equipment Failure
Nonmetallic Failure Analysis
Root Cause Determination
Structural Failures

CORROSION TESTING

Accelerated Weathering
Chemical Exposure Testing
Chemical Resistance Testing
Cyclic Corrosion
Dezincification
Electrochemical Corrosion Simulation
Environmentally Assisted Cracking (EAC)
Heat & Fluid Aging
Mercurous Nitrate Testing
Salt Spray Testing
SO 2 Exposure
SO 2/CO2 Exposure
Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC)
Temperature & Humidity Cycling

Mechanical Testing

3 & 4 Point Bend Testing (including wraparound)
Charpy Impact Testing
Coating Shear Fatigue
Creep & Stress Rupture Testing
Fatigue Testing
Fracture Mechanics
Hardness (Brinell, Rockwell, Barcol, Durometer, Shore)
Hydrogen Embrittlement
Rotating Beam Fatigue
Slow Strain Rate Testing (G129)
Tensile Testing
Torsion Testing
Weld Inspection/Testing

CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

Alloy Chemistry
Contaminant/Corrodent Identification
Corrosion Product Analysis
DSC Analysis
FTIR Analysis
GC/MS Analysis
Hazardous Substances
Heavy Metal Impurities
ICP-AES Analysis
ICP-MS Trace Element Analysis
Ionic Contamination
Internal Cleanliness
Metallic Material Verification
N, O, C, S, H
OES Analysis
On-Site Positive Material Identification (PMI)
Polymeric Material Identification
Rare Earth Elements
RoHS Testing
SEM/EDS
Surface Cleanliness
TGA Analysis
Trace Element Analysis
XRD Analysis
XRF Analysis