Successes in the Development of an Arabian Gulf Materials Program

Successes in the Development of an Arabian Gulf Materials Program

Bruce. R. Palmer (Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar), Dana Abdeen (Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar), Walid Khalfaoui (Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar), Nasser Al Jassem (Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar), Brajendra Mishra (Colorado School of Mines, USA), Eunkyung Lee (Colorado School of Mines, USA) and David LeRoy Olson (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1798-6.ch009
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Abstract

A materials research program was established to identify new corrosion resistant stainless steel alloys for the oil and gas industry. One important goal of this work was developing professionals to address the critical materials issues in the Arabian Gulf Region. This chapter reports the results of these efforts. Development of research professionals involved a multifaceted approach. One key element involved laboratory work to develop the critical research tools required in this area. The effort also included development of important course content for both undergraduate and graduate-level materials education. The research in this program stems from a collaboration between Texas A&M University at Qatar and the Colorado School of Mines. Collaboration provided many of the important tools required for this new Middle Eastern education initiative. The present chapter describes the challenges that were addressed in order to develop crucial new materials research and education capabilities in this major petroleum producing region.
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The future of the world-class Middle Eastern oil and gas business is greatly dependent on the availability of highly trained materials engineering professionals. Universities in the Arabian Gulf Region are a vital source of materials professionals who solve corrosion problems in this important petroleum producing region. The current chapter describes the development of courses and research programs at Texas A&M University at Qatar to provide quality personnel who can address Middle Eastern corrosion and plant integrity issues.

Texas A&M University at Qatar (Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2014a) is an ABET accredited branch of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA (Texas A&M University, 2014). The Middle Eastern branch campus started operation in Doha, Qatar in 2003 under funding from Qatar Foundation (Qatar Foundation, 2014; Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2014b). Research started with Qatar Foundation support in 2007, and the first Graduate Studies Program in chemical engineering was initiated in 2010. The university is an important supplier of engineers in the Arabian Gulf Region and graduates technical personnel with strong materials engineering backgrounds. This chapter describes the development of a key research program, one goal of which is to provide skilled corrosion professionals for the Middle Eastern region.

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