Ironhaven conducts failure analysis since 1989. We are active in all markets, from oil and gas to nuclear power plants and marine corrosion. And from breweries to climate control units in (large) buildings. We have access to a laboratory with a SEM microscope with EDX analysis instrument, metallographic microscopes, MIC analysis (microbiological influenced corrosion) and other equipment. We work for several courts as expert witness.
In our laboratory we can analyse on microorganism that cause MIC (microbiological corrosion). We use all modern technologies like DNA analysis but we also use the well known culture assays for the notorious SRB’s (sulfate reducing bacteria) and other micro organism.
For a (process) plant, many materials can be selected. Take seawater. Common materials for seawater processing are carbon steel, stainless steels, GRE (glassfiber reinforced epoxy), coated carbon steel (Rilsan coating), carbon steel under cathodic protection and titanium. We know exactly what material to select under which circumstances.
Corrosion and inspection management
Since 2001 Ironhaven has been specialised in Corrosion Management. We are specialized in ‘Risc Based Inspection’ (RBI) in accordance with API 580 and API 581. This method for improving maintenance and inspection quality has been integrated by most industries worldwide, and also maintenance in building industry and civil works is being organized more and more in accordance with risc based inspection phylosophy.
We have contracts for CM for oil and gas platforms, for process industry and for buildings.
The benefits of this approach are evident:
- Increased safety on behalf of health and environmental risks.
- More effective maintenance and asset integrity management.
- Better remaining lifetime prediction.