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Subsea Students Visit Tenaris

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Laurie Fickman

As part of the “Subsea Materials and Corrosion” course, students joined Yolanda De-Abreu, Cullen College lecturer in materials and corrosion, on a field trip and tour of Tenaris, one of the world’s leading suppliers of tubes and related services for the energy industry.

The field trip was an interactive way to learn about materials, corrosion and other topics covered in the course. Much emphasis was given to coil tubing, widely used in the oil and gas industry. Jorge Bungee, blue coil line coordinator at Tenaris, explained basic concepts of coil tube fabrication, mechanical properties and testing.

All agreed the field trip helped students to bridge the gap between what is taught in the classroom and its practical application.

“Students understood the value of fabrication process in the final quality of the product and appreciated the opportunity to visit the plant,” said Ishan Sharma, Cullen College teaching assistant. “This tour was successful beyond expectations.”

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