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An Introduction to Oilfield Metallurgy

An overview of alloys and specifications for oilfield applications

This course provides an improved understanding of material specification and selection for the oilfield environment. Knowledge gained from the course will enhance discussions between customers and suppliers and gives a better understanding of the properties of materials and their influence on oiltool component design.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at personnel who work in engineering, production and design and who manufacture or supply engineering components. This includes buyers and salespersons. It will also be a useful introduction to the subject for new starters and graduate engineers. If you want to make sure it's for you or your colleague, watch this FREE overview Webinar of the full course.

What is the course structure?

The full course will be run via Zoom Webinar in four x 90 minute segments running daily as follows.

Monday 20 July         10:00 am - 11;30 am

Tuesday 21 July        10:00 am - 11:30 am 

Wednesday 22 July   10:00 am - 11:30 am

Thurday 23 July         10:00am - 11:30 am

What are the requirements to attend the course?

The course is run via Zoom so you will need a reliable internet connection.

Course Programme

Introduction to Oilfield environment

  • What is oil / gas?
  • How do they affect materials?
  • What are the special features of oilfield metallurgy?
  • API Material classes
  • NACE MR0175/ ISO 15156

Basic Metallurgy and Materials Science

  • Metallurgy and properties of low alloy steels
  • Hardenability of oil tool materials
  • Effect of alloying elements
  • Heat treatment
  • Weldability of oil tool materials
  • Factors affecting material selection

Corrosion Resistant Alloys (CRA)

  • Stainless steels
  • Nickel alloys
  • Material selection of CRA s
  • API 6A CRA


  • API 6A, API 17D, NACE standards etc.
  • How to use them and what are their key features
  • How do they affect material selection and fabrication?

Corrosion and Material Properties

  • Why is oil/gas corrosive?
  • Sweet and Sour environments
  • Typical corrosion problems
  • Stress corrosion cracking

Sour Service

  • NACE MR0175
  • ISO 15156
  • Material selection and sour service
  • Effect on welding

By the end of the course what will I have learnt?

  • Understand the oilfield environment and its effects on material selection
  • Appreciate heat treatment and alloying requirements of oil tool components
  • Show how common oiltool standards affect material processing and fabrication
  • Gain a better understanding of material properties and their influence on oiltool design.

What does it cost?

For the full four sessions the cost is £250+vat for non-members, £200 +vat for IOM3 Members. Payable before the start of the course.  

How to I register?

Simply click here to register