The Materials Systems research theme at ICAM is improving our fundamental understanding of the properties inherent in materials, such as toughness and ductility. The research theme is also looking at the implications of any modifications, such as surface engineering, coatings and joining, on the performance of a material when operating in different environments.
BP is interested in understanding the ways in which both new and existing materials operate within and respond to the demanding environments and loads under which they are placed. This requires a systems approach that takes into account both the conditions they operate under and the way in which they are joined, surface engineered and coated.
ICAM research in this area is improving BP’s Upstream and Downstream operations by delivering:
- a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of current and new materials in the environments found in oil and gas operations
- development of new materials such as wear and corrosion resistant coatings
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working with BP to lead the way in the development of revolutionary new coatings, known as smart coatings.
The team at Illinois have created self-healing materials which not only heal but protect against corrosion, with potential applications for the oil and gas, energy, aerospace and transport industries.