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Central Office

Soete Laboratory

1st Floor 
Technologiepark 46 
9052 Zwijnaarde-Gent 
T+32 9 331 04 89 (secr.)
T+32 9 331 04 73 (direct)
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Prof. dr. ir. Patrick De Baets
Head of Soete Laboratory Tribology and machine elements patrick.debaets@ugent.be
Dr. Koen Van Minnebruggen
Manager - Industrial projects koen.vanminnebruggen@ugent.be

Types or Fields of Activity

The Laboratory Soete has built up its reputation in large-scale testing of welds (curved wide plate). Numerous studies have been undertaken on the weldability and fracture resistance of the new generation pipeline steels, mainly on the basis of private sponsoring. The Laboratory is one of the driving forces in developing defect acceptance criteria for pipeline girth welds.