M.Sc. Candidate

Ryan Ouellet

I received my B.Sc in Nanoscience in 2012 from the University of Guelph and started my M.Sc in May 2013 at the University of Saskatchewan under Dr. Jerzy Szpunar. In my spare time I enjoy playing hockey and golf as well as practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo.

Research Goals

Currently my research focuses on two related corrosion based failures in pipeline steel. Hydrogen embrittlement occurs more frequently in high strength steels when hydrogen is able to diffuse into the steel which reduces the overall strength. I am investigating the possible sites for the crack initiation of X60, X60 SS and X70 steels that have been charged with hydrogen and placed under mechanical stress (tensile and fatigue). Ideally my research colleagues and I hope to be able to index what features in these metals are responsible for the crack initiation under the aforementioned conditions. Additionally, I am investigating the crack initiation sites for the same steels under a stress corrosion cracking environment. Hopefully this research will allow my colleagues and I to better understand the mechanisms of failure associated with these types of corrosion and allow us to come up with innovative ways to combat them.

Contact Details

Email: reo293@usask.ca