The development of new materials and processing technologies has always been hot topic in aviation and aerospace industries in pursuit of higher efficiency and reliability. Such new materials and technologies must be validated by as-processed material characterisation efforts including mechanical testing at the design temperatures and/or environments. Ion has undertaken various research and commercial programmes applying its mechanical and physical metallurgy knowledge to aircraft and space borne payload structures in collaboration with TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defense Industries Research and Development Institute), Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ), TUSAŞ Engine Industries Inc., and their subcontractors.
Microstructural degradation due to thermal processes in both fabrication routes and service conditions plays a critical role in driving creep and other high temperature degradation of high-alloyed steels and other alloys for high temperature applications. Ion has provided many damage and condition assessment services to the plant owners, 3rd party surveillance or insurance bodies and EPCMs, such as GAMA, TEKFEN, TTOPCO, EÜAŞ, TÜV Süd, SGS, etc.
OIL & GAS
The standards and codes are based on emprical criteria for workmanship that provides an excellent record of reliability in pipeline service in many years. Fitness-for-service criteria, which provide more realistic allowable imperfection size, has emerged as an alternative method. Fracture toughness property has recently become an important consideration in the engineering critical assessment of on-shore and off-shore pipeline girth welds. Ion and METU WTNDT R&D Group own the only accredited laboratory, which provides fracture toughness and resistance curve testing services not only to oil and gas sector but also to all sectors with both linear elastic and elasto-plastic definitions, in Turkey.