TMK Ipsco Breaks Ground on R&D Center
The building will feature a high bay testing area, a variety of support laboratories and 27,000 square feet of office space. Two high-tech connection testers rated at 4 million pounds and 2 million pounds of tension, respectively, will be among the key pieces of equipment installed at the new research center. Other key equipment will include a scanning electron microscope, a collapse tester, tensile and fatigue testers, and a corrosion testing lab. Other work would involve simulation, modeling and analysis work in the areas of alloy design, welding, mechanical forming, connection integrity and nondestructive testing. In addition to connections testing, the center will also work to improve the quality of steelmaking itself, engaging in a wide range of metallurgical research involving both carbon- and micro-alloyed steel.