Technical Quality Assurance and Services
Texas A&M at Qatar promotes innovative thinking in addressing engineering and scientific questions. Through its technical services, Texas A&M at Qatar provides expertise in experimental testing and computational analysis to local industry, government agencies, and research organizations in 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.
Nine facilities of Technical Services at Texas A&M at Qatar are certified with the ISO 9001:2015 International Standard by the British Standards Institution (BSI Group), meaning that the quality of the branch campus’ processes and standards are on par with international management systems. Partners of Texas A&M at Qatar can be assured that services and research quality are at its best and that transactions are done efficiently. The achievement of the ISO 9001:2015 certification strengthens the vision and promise to provide sustained services of high quality for the benefit of Qatar and is a testament to its goal of building innovation and developing human capital in Qatar.
ISO-certified Technical Services include printed circuit board prototyping and electronic solutions, material characterization, machining, fuel analysis and characterization, analysis of water, wastewater, air and other environmental matrices, sustainable (solar) energy research, rapid manufacturing (3D printing), internal combustion engine performance, emission measurements and analysis, and elucidation of chemical structures. Taken together, this ongoing effort toward international certification continues to 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.
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 Shop (CES) complies with ISO 9001:2015 certification requirements to ensure the right quality of service for industry and academia partners.
The Central Electronics Workshop provides services in the form of repairing, building and prototyping electronic items to support all the programs of Texas A&M University at Qatar. It also offers professional services to industry. Services include PCB fabrication and masking, professional soldering of electronic components, setup and troubleshooting of electrical and electronic equipment, and supporting industrial automation solutions. The workshop consists of multiple workstations equipped with useful measurement and testing devices, soldering stations, testing equipment and various tools to enable design and analysis of electronic circuits. Moreover, the shop is equipped with the latest technology of PCB prototyping machines to produce multi-layer printed circuit boards.
Central Machine Shop
Texas A&M University at Qatar’s state-of-the-art machine shop, which is ISO 9001:2015 certified, offers prototype, production, and 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 materials, including polymer, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, alloy and carbon, magnesium, titanium, and superalloys. The state-of-the-art CNC machines include CNC laser cutting for steel, stainless steel, and non-metal sheets, CNC lathes that have live tooling and 5-axis milling capabilities. The use of CAMWorks and SigmaNest allows the control of the CNC equipment to produce highly accurate machined components.
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 9001:2015 Certified, offers the following instrumental capabilities:
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer 600 MHz
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer 400 MHz
- Thermal Analysis
- Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
- Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
- 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)
- Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR)
- Ultraviolet –Visible –Near Infrared Spectrophotometer (UV/Vis/NIR)
- Ultraviolet –Visible Diode Array Spectrophotometer (for kinetic studies)
- Elemental Analysis
- C, H, N Elemental Analyzer
Central Materials Facility
The Central Materials Facility at Texas A&M at Qatar is ISO 9001:2015 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
- HeliScan Micro-computed Tomography (microCT)
- Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
- X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
- Rock Core Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
- Particle size analysis
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 9001:2015 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 9001:2015 certified Engine Research and Testing Laboratory (ERTL) at Texas A&M University at Qatar provides state-of-the-art research services that promote the detailed investigation of gas mixtures and the performance of internal combustion (IC) engines. Industrial and research activities at ERTL focus on improving fuel economy and reducing emissions through the in-house development of bespoke experimental setups.
Fundamental understanding of the properties of engine systems is possible, allowing the optimum design of industrial processes. Analysis capabilities at the ERTL provide a better understanding of engines’ performance, which allows the improvement of the final products such as fuel blends and emission reductions.
This facility is equipped with versatile gasoline and diesel engines inventory, engine dynamometer setups, data acquisition, and emission analysis benches with fast response for analyzing cycle-by-cycle measurements of emissive gases: CO, CO2, NO, NOX.
The ERTL provides certified quality-controlled services that include measurements of:
- Power output and RPM
- Torque output and RPM
- Specific fuel consumption
- Exhaust gas temperature
- Brake mean effective pressure
- Brake thermal efficiency
- Temperatures of exhaust gases, coolant and oil
- fuel and air flow rates
- Emission analysis for gases — CO, CO2, O2, NO, NO2, and hydrocarbons
- In-cylinder pressure
- In-cylinder temperature
Fuel Characterization 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
- One centrifuge 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)
Sustainability Energy and Clean Air Research Laboratory
The ISO 9001:2015 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.
Thermophysical Properties Measurement Laboratory
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 9001:2015 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.
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
To request any of the above services, visit the Facility Request Form.
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Manager of Quality Assurance
|Dr. Wubulikasimu Yiming
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