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Technical Services

Texas A&M at Qatar promotes innovative thinking in addressing engineering and scientific questions. Through its central facilities and technical services, Texas A&M at Qatar provides expertise and service to local industry and caters to the needs of multiple scientific disciplines. Texas A&M at Qatar’s partners can access facilities, equipment and faculty consultants, benefiting Qatar in its progress towards prominence as an international hub for research.

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And now Texas A&M at Qatar has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Management Systems certification by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, meaning that the quality of the branch campus’ processes and standards are on par with international management systems. In formalizing and maintaining its quality assurance methods, partners of Texas A&M at Qatar can be assured that services and research quality remain at its best and that transactions are done efficiently. Texas A&M at Qatar’s achievement of the ISO 9001:2008 certification strengthens its vision and promise to provide sustained research and service of high quality for the benefit of Qatar and is a testament to its goal of research integration through building innovation and developing human capital in Qatar. This certification is an official, public recognition of world-class quality of processes and standards, indicating that they are equal to or exceeding the best international management systems in the world.

The central facilities, which include a central electronics shop, central materials facility and central machines shop, support the research activities within Texas A&M at Qatar, as well as provide technical services to industry, government and academic partners. Texas A&M at Qatar facilities provide materials and services including printed circuit board prototyping, electronic solutions, material characterization and machining.

To provide technically competent service for all customers of the central facilities, Texas A&M at Qatar has developed a Quality Management System (QMS) to meet the requirements of International Standard ISO 9001:2008. Staff and faculty implemented QMS to formalize best practices and to ensure superior quality for customers and clients.

Texas A&M at Qatar secured certification for six more labs and facilities (Water and Environmental Research Laboratories, Fuel Characterization Laboratory, Rapid Manufacturing Laboratory, Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory, Sustainable Energy and Clean Air Research Laboratory and the Engine Research and Testing Laboratory). Taken together, this ongoing effort toward international certification will create new opportunities for collaborations and partnerships with local organizations and industry. This will in turn support the State of Qatar in its progress toward the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Click here to view a copy of the Technical Services Fact Card.

Click here to view a copy of the ISO Certificate.

Click here to view a copy of the Technical Services Quality Policy.

Technical Services at Texas A&M at Qatar provides services and expertise to local industry and organizations. By working with the advanced facilities of participating laboratories, Technical Services caters to the research needs of multiple scientific disciplines by offering Texas A&M at Qatar partners access to facilities, equipment and faculty consulting for their use. this benefits Qatar in its progress toward prominence as an international center for influential pure and applied research.

Central Electronics Shop
The Central Electronics Workshop is ISO 9001:2008 certified and provides services in the form of repair, construction and prototyping of electronic items to support all departments of Texas A&M at Qatar and to provide professional services for industry. Services include PCB fabrication and masking, professional soldering of electronic components, setup and troubleshooting of electrical and electronic equipment, supporting industrial automation solutions, LabVIEW programming, and various training capabilities. The workshop consists of multiple workstations equipped with the necessary measurements and testing devices such as soldering stations, measurement and testing equipment and various tools that are used for electronics. Moreover, the shop includes the latest technology of PCB prototyping machines to produce multilayer printed circuit boards, of up to eight layers.
Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory

The Science Program at Texas A&M at Qatar has a highly advanced instrumental analysis laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art instruments conducted by a professional staff of scientists with decades of experience. Currently our analytical laboratory, which is ISO 9001:2008 Certified, offers the following instrumental capabilities:

  1. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer 600 MHz
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer 400 MHz
  2. Thermal Analysis
    • Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
    • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  3. Gas and Liquid Chromatographs
    • Liquid Chromatograph — Mass (Triple Quad LC/MS)
    • Gas Chromatograph — Flame Ionization Detector (GC/FID)
    • Gas Chromatograph — Mass Spectrometer Detector (GC/MSD)
    • Gel Permeation Chromatograph with RI, UV, Light Scattering and Viscosity Detectors (GPC)
  4. Spectroscopy
    • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR)
    • Ultraviolet –Visible –Near Infrared Spectrophotometer (UV/Vis/NIR)
    • Ultraviolet –Visible Diode Array Spectrophotometer (for kinetic studies)
  5. Elemental Analysis
    • C, H, N Elemental Analyzer
Central Machine Shop
Texas A&M University at Qatar’s state of the art machine shop which is ISO 9001:2008 certified offers prototype, production and R&D machining utilizing CNC and manual machines. Texas A&M at Qatar’s machine shop has more than 20 years of experience in the petroleum, aerospace and educational industries combined. The Texas A&M at Qatar machine shop services can be provided in a variety of material including polymer, stainless steel, aluminium, alloy and carbon, magnesium, titanium, and super alloys. The state-of-the-art CNC machines include CNC lathes that have live tooling and 5-axis milling capabilities. The use of MasterCam X5 allows the control of the CNC equipment to produce highly accurate machined components.
Fuel Characterization Laboratory
Texas A&M at Qatar’s Fuel Characterization Lab is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and is built to built to support both research and teaching activities in the area of fuels and value-added chemicals formulation and characterization. This laboratory is currently used for the development of future generations of synthetic fuels obtained from natural gas via the gas-to-liquid technology. This lab is equipped with advanced analytical equipment to measure both physical and chemical properties of fuels and value-added chemicals. It also equipped with number of advanced gas chromatographs that are capable of identifying chemicals composition of all species existing in fuels. Furthermore, this lab equipped with necessary blending accessories to formulate new generations of fuels. The work conducted in this lab adheres to a sophisticated data control quality system and safety regulations, developed with the support of our industry partners. This system ensures equipment, testing procedures and data recording comply with industry and international standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). This lab hosts number of projects representing unique collaboration between world-leading companies in fuels and engine manufacturing and academic institutions around the globe.
Water and Environmental Research Laboratories

Texas A&M has more than 6,000 square feet of world-class water and environmental research laboratories that are continuously upgraded and expanded. Our water and environmental research laboratories are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and contain a wide range of state-of-the-art analytical equipment. Laboratory analytical capabilities include all inorganic, organic and physical parameter testing of samples with a variety of matrices, including water, wastewater, soils and sludges. The laboratories maintain comprehensive quality assurance and quality control programs. The sources of analytical procedures include, but are not limited to, USEPA methods, standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater (APHA), and ASTM methods. A set of standard operating procedures is available for each of the laboratory areas and contain clear, complete written instructions for completing each standard test performed by lab personnel.

The laboratories include well-trained and highly qualified staff and state-of-the-art lab facilities. In addition to analytical equipment, these facilities include constant temperature rooms, chemical storage, autoclaves, cold storage, anaerobic chambers, laminar flow benches, exhaust hoods, ovens, furnaces, etc. With current R&D water and environmental research and technical service projects worth more than $10 million, the research team builds upon a strong scientific and technological base related to the sustainable utilization of water and environment of direct relevance to Qatar.

Central Materials Facility

The Central Materials Facility at Texas A&M at Qatar is ISO 9001:2008 certified and houses high-end, state-of-the-art equipment employed for advanced micro and macro material characterization. Materials equipment present in the facility caters to multiple fields of scientific research including engineering, metallurgy, geology and medicine. This facility is capable of providing various material characterizations services, such as elemental and phase analysis, imaging, surface, microstructure and particle size analysis. Other technical capabilities include:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS)
  • X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD)
  • Wavelength dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (WD-XRF) analysis
  • X-Ray Computer Tomography (XRCT)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Rock Core Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
  • Particle Size analysis
Research Computing
Research Computing aims to foster research at Texas A&M at Qatar by providing researchers with advanced high-performance computing technologies, including computational platforms, storage capabilities, specialized scientific and engineering software, as well as user training. Research Computing provides technical support and training for the Linux operating system environment, as well as for critical system software such as the GNU, Intel, and PGI compilers as well as the cluster batch scheduler (PBS Pro). Research Computing also installs and maintains specialized software, including ANSYS, MATLAB, FLUENT, CFX, and more.
Wettability Research Laboratory

The lab is well equipped to conduct:

  • Identification of various rock-fluid interaction parameters for wettability
  • Relative permeability and capillary pressure
  • Perform thin-section analysis
  • Studies of rock-fluid compatibility issues for various applications including acid stimulation, water flooding and enhanced oil recovery
  • Reservoir fluid characterization and phase behavior studies

This lab is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to conduct flow tests and perform flow measurements through rock-cores at reservoir conditions. It includes the capabilities to measure various petro-physical properties of rocks. It has fully operational flow setups for different fluid injections in reservoir and outcrop cores. It also includes a Goniometer for wettability studies.

A Foam Loop and Core Flow Tester is available. The system combines the functionality of a foam loop rheometer with a core flow tester. Foam can be created, measured (flow, rheology, density), modified, and passed through a core flow system for complete core flow analysis, including temperature, pressure, and viscosity parameters. Foam rheometry is hence accomplished and offered as service. The core flow system accurately measures any permeability changes of the various core formation samples when they are exposed to different injected fluids, including acids. Cores that can be handled can be of 1-in. or 1.5-in. diameter and of length up to 6-in. with temperatures up to 1760C and pressures of up 350 bar. Acidization and any other core-flooding studies can be performed.

A benchtop Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI) for EOR studies and rock characterization is expected to be operational by end of March 2015. The proposed instrument is expected to provide unique information on rock cores, well construction and drilling materials, the interaction between chemicals and reservoir fluids, all in two- and three-dimensional maps. MRI is an excellent tool for 3-D analysis of the microstructure of porous media, multiphase flow processes, and chemical interactions at fluid-grain interfaces. It offers notable advantages over traditional core analysis methodologies as it is capable of high spatiotemporal resolution of the full 3-D volume, including the interior of the sample.

The equipment available to support the activities includes:

  • HPHT rheometer
  • Thin section
  • Foam rheometer and acid core flooding system
  • Research-grade PVT
  • Benchtop MRI
Direct Digital (Rapid) Manufacturing Facility

3-D printing is changing and impacting the way we conduct our day-to-day lives. It was with this understanding that Texas A&M at Qatar established its unique 3-D printing facility in August 2007. This 3-D printing facility is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and allows designers, researchers and engineers from all disciplines to step beyond the virtual barriers and interact with a real-world objects. To satisfy its internal and external customers’ prototyping and manufacturing needs, the facility houses a total of eight 3-D printers, which can print in materials ranging from titanium to different grades of plastics. The facility is mainly used to manufacture functional parts and prototypes, of complex geometry, that are otherwise harder to manufacture through conventional manufacturing methods. The facility also has a 3-D surface scanner in place to scan any three-dimensional object and create replicas or 3-D models instantly. Different software packages in the facility allow the pre-processing and post-processing of CAD files to perform quality control on newly printed parts or reverse engineering on currently existing parts.

Engine Research and Testing Laboratory

The ISO 9001:2008 certified Engine Research and Testing Laboratory at Texas A&M University at Qatar provides state-of-the-art research services that promote the detailed investigation of gas mixtures and complex fluids from the molecular all the way to macroscopic level. Fundamental understanding for properties of these systems is possible, allowing for optimum design of industrial processes and of improved final products. This facility is equipped with various gasoline and diesel engines, and sophisticated data acquisition and analysis systems.

Sustainable Energy and Clean Air Research Laboratory

The ISO 9001:2008 certified Sustainable Energy and Clean Air Research laboratory (SECAReLab) was established within Texas A&M University at Qatar with the rationale that many environmental, health, energy, safety, and process industry related matters are interdependent and rely on understanding and exploiting the science of chemical engineering. Acknowledging the potential of this diverse set of applications and their basis on common principles, SECAReLab conducts basic and applied research, and develops new technological products and processes in these niche areas. Thus, we recognize and respond to social and market needs in the field of clean air and sustainable energy.

SECAReLab provides quality-assured and quality-controlled services related to the:

  • Measurement, modeling and control of indoor and outdoor air quality. These include the collection and measurement of gaseous and particulate atmospheric pollutants mass using screening and standardized methods and equipment. Following data interpretation and source apportionment we can develop emission models and air pollution control processes and strategies.
  • Development, modeling and testing of solar-driven chemical processes. These include the characterization of solar simulators; optical and thermal characterization, and solar aging of materials for energy production and storage; characterization of photo and concentrated light processes and materials.
Petro-physics Laboratory

The Petro-physics Laboratory is one of the Petroleum Engineering Program labs. It is furnished with equipment for the tests related to the reservoir rock properties. Major equipment in this lab includes:

  • Three sieve analysis units for grain-size distribution measurement
  • Five core-flooding units
  • Two centrifuges for capillary pressure measurements
  • One solvent-extraction unit with multiple extractors for core cleaning and fluid saturation measurement
  • Core sample cutting and preparation
  • Helium Porosimeters for Porosity measurement
  • Resistivity meters for Archie’s parameters determination

The Petro-physics Laboratory can provide the following technical services to oil companies:

  • Core cutting and preparation
  • Dean stark core cleaning and rock fluid content
  • Rock thin section
  • Helium Porosity measurement
  • Electrical measurement and determination of Archie’s parameters (a, m and n)
Thermophysical Properties Measurement Laboratory
The Thermophysical Properties Measurement Laboratory provides services related to the measurement, modelling, characterization and training on Modulated Digital Scanning Calorimetry and Xenon Flash Analysis. The capabilities of this laboratory include measuring the specific heat, latent heat, and thermal conductivity of materials at elevated temperatures.

To request any of the above services, visit the Facility Request Form.

It is the policy of Texas A&M University at Qatar to comply with United States export control laws and regulations including, without limitation, those implemented by the Department of Commerce through its Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Department of State through its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), as well as those imposed by the Treasury Department through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

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