March 6, 2018

Nickel and Titanium alloys for Challenging Upstream Conditions

Continuous development of Corrosion Resistant Alloys (CRA’s) for oil and gas is driven by the need for higher strength coupled with greater resistance to sour and acidic conditions at higher temperatures.  For decades, Special Metals has been at the forefront of alloy development and manufacture of nickel based alloys.  Now, with more stringent regulations, materials selection must meet higher quality standards with a better understanding of the in service performance characteristics.

This talk will focus on developments in precipitation-hardened alloys such as 725, 718, 925, 945 and 945X for subsea applications with examples of in-use parts. With the integration of the PCC Energy Group under Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), new developments in OCTG have enabled production of a full range of CRA’s including Duplex, Super Duplex, Incoloy®, Inconel®, and Titanium.  The talk will finish with an overview of the new manufacturing capabilities and products that are now possible through this fully integrated process.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Speakers: Bill MacDonald, Ph.D, M.Sc

Bill MacDonald, Ph.D, M.Sc. is a metallurgical engineer with extensive experience in the non-ferrous metals industry.  During a career spanning 31 years he has worked for PCC Metals Group, Timet, Timminco Metals, Westaim Corporation and Alcan Research and Development.  In his current role as Technical Sales Director at PCC Metals Group, he is focused on providing customer support for nickel and titanium alloys in industrial, and oil and gas applications.   These projects include titanium alloy casing for high temperature geothermal energy production, corrosion resistant titanium electrodes for grid scale energy storage and high strength alloys for subsea applications.  While obtaining his PhD in Metallurgy at MIT, he developed a model for transient liquid phase diffusion bonding for titanium, and played varsity hockey.  At Queen’s University, he obtained his Master’s in Metallurgical Engineering on formability of stainless steels.   He has worked with many materials including advanced ceramics, superconductors, bio-active wound dressings, automotive magnesium, aluminum and lead master alloys.  Bill has been a member of ASM International since his undergraduate days, and is currently registered with the ASM Delaware Valley Chapter in Pennsylvania.


5:30 Social Hour cash bar

6:30 Dinner – $45 per person

7:30 Program – Nickel and Titanium alloys for Challenging Upstream Conditions

Fratelli’s Ristorante

1330 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055

(Spring Branch, Wirt Road Exit)

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