December 7, 2023

Past Student Poster Winners & Student Testimonials

Carbon Content Effects on Hydrogen Embrittlement

Hydrogen Embrittlement is an issue that must be considered on most welding projects. This research has been conducted to discover carbon content effects on hydrogen induced cracking (HIC). The primary objective of the experiment to is to compare low carbon steel to medium carbon steel and the susceptibility to HIC. This crack will then be examined under a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

2022 IPEIA Winner of the Student Poster Session… Mr. Rodrigo Diaz!

Phased Array Ultrasound in lieu of Radiographic testing for boiler tube welds (ASME B31.1)

The dangers and challenges in terms of safety presented by industrial radiography are well known. This paper will discuss the regulatory scope of replacing the radiography test (RT) with phased array ultrasound test (PAUT). The benefits and disadvantages of PAUT will be indicated. The sizing methods and the differences in sensitivity detection that this technology presents with respect to the radiographic test will be shown as well. In addition, a comparative analysis related to inspection times and costs of both methods will be indicated.

IPEIA 2022 Student Poster Winner, Rodrigo Diaz


“My experience as a new resident in Canada has been full of surprises and, of course, IPEIA has been one of the highlights of this journey so far. Networking is definitely one of the purposes that interested me the most when I applied for the student paper competition and it definitely exceeded all my expectations. Everything at the conference was excellent: the presentations, the food, the service, and of course the excellent disposition of each and every one of the Exhibitors to feed my eternal curiosity as a student. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who without interest gave me all the employability tips, and made it much clearer for me to find the path I want to follow after finishing my program this year. Lastly, I would like to recommend all new SAIT Welding Engineering Technology students participate in these types of activities. The conference was definitely invaluable to me as a student and newcomer. I can’t wait to participate again next year.”


“My experience at IPEIA was above anything I had expected, from the amazing networking opportunities to the delicious food and drinks, it was an unforgettable experience. I was able to meet people from all over the pressure equipment integrity industry, including those who worked for the companies I had applied to. Having a poster meant that I had working professionals approaching me, something that I don’t believe I would have the opportunity to experience in any other situation. I learned more about the industry in my few short days there than all the time I have spent at school. Additionally, as a student who has never presented a poster before this, the feedback I received has been instrumental in helping me complete my capstone project. I would highly recommend any student who is on the fence about submitting an abstract for next year to do it, it only takes 15 minutes to fill out the form to have a chance to spend a few days in Banff.”

Tina Chen, Materials Engineering Technology, NAIT