National Physical Laboratory

Phil Cooling

Phil Cooling

Current interests

Phil Cooling is currently working on laboratory testing of materials for exploration and production, with particular emphasis on down-hole tubing, casing and drill-pipe.


Phil is a Higher Research Scientist at NPL and worked previously as a Materials and Corrosion Engineer at BP Research. Phil has published 30 NPL Test Reports to third-party customers and numerous internal technical reports whilst employed by BP. He has 11 years' experience in the Electrochemistry and Corrosion Group at NPL, using the experience and knowledge gained from over 27 years' experience in research and development in the oil and exploration industry with BP Research.

Skills and experience include:

  • Assessment of materials' corrosion rates and resistance to stress corrosion cracking in simulated down-hole well environments
  • Assessment of resistance to localised corrosion by pitting / crevice, using standard test methods to NACE, ASTM, etc.
  • Assessment of mechanical properties and compliance to ASTM, API, etc. specifications. Fatigue and corrosion fatigue testing
  • Sour service testing, including handling and safety aspects of using hydrogen sulphide (H2S)

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6499

Last Updated: 24 Aug 2015
Created: 30 Jan 2012


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