DNV GL Laboratories - Columbus, Ohio

Materials and technology testing and qualification, forensic investigation, failure analysis, corrosion studies, non-destructive testing, flow studies

Laboratories - Pipelines

Our Columbus facility is recognized as one of North America’s leading materials and corrosion testing laboratories.  Though oil and gas is our primary focus with specialization in pipelines and facilities, our Columbus laboratory delivers value to a range of other industries to include energy, transportation, medical devices, and manufacturing.  Our expertise satisfies not only the needs of the asset’s owner/operator but those of the insurance, legal, and regulatory sectors.

Our laboratories are staffed with a complement of scientists, engineers and subject matter experts (SME’s) dedicated to providing unmatched technical expertise and practical experience.  Our systematic and detailed approach to material science is augmented by a full understanding and in-depth knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and regulations.  Our staff utilizes cutting edge laboratory and modeling tools for determining asset/component fitness for service and, in the case of failure, the mechanism/mode and root cause of failure.

We provide material testing and qualification for both metallic and non-metallic components.  Degradation and failure mechanisms/modes regularly encountered include:

  • Fatigue / Corrosion fatigue
  • Localized corrosion pitting 
  • Oxygen concentration cell corrosion
  • Microbiologically influenced corrosion
  • Effects of harsh environments and mediums (H2S, NH3, etc.)
  • Mechanical damage
  • Weld defects 
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Thermal and chemical degradation of gaskets and seals
  • Explosive decompression of gaskets and seals
Some of the technologies and methodologies utilized in our material testing include: 
  • Optical microscopy
  • 3D microscopy and laser scanning
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Gas chromatography / Mass spectrometry
  • Bacterial testing (serial dilutions, epifluorescent microscopy
  • Tensile testing
  • Charpy V-notch impact testing
  • Burst pressure calculations (CorLAS™, RSTRENG™)

For more information

NDE brochure

Non-destructive examination (NDE)

Forensic investigation brochure

Forensic investigation brochure