Oil, Gas, Petroleum

Ultrasonic Testing

Ultrasonic flaw detectors and phased array systems are widely used for monitoring the integrity of pipes, tanks, heat exchangers, and structural metals throughout the energy and chemical industries, including detection of hydrogen cracking and similar forms of intergranular weakening, and for pipeline weld inspection. Phased array systems provide imaging capability as well as the potential for automated inspection with motorized fixturing. Hand-held ultrasonic thickness gages are widely used for corrosion monitoring.


Eddy Current Testing

Eddy current instruments are used in the oil and petrochemical industries primarily for the inspection of in service tubing, including tube bundles that are used for cooling processes. Often these tube bundles can be several thousand tubes, each of which must be inspected for pitting, cracking, wear, and corrosion, and eddy current makes this a relatively fast process. Eddy current array technology quickens the process even further. Eddy current array technologies are also being developed for detecting cracking, particularly chloride stress corrosion cracking.

Remote Visual Inspection

Videoscopes, fiberscopes and borescopes are used throughout many different types of plant, for instance in condenser tubes, heat exchangers and tubes, pipelines, steam and power turbines, pumps, gearboxes, compressors, boilers, headers and valves. Remote Visual Inspection equipment can be used for condition monitoring, by means of integral or optional photo-documentation systems, including advanced digital image management software, and by measurement via videoscopes and borescopes, allowing accurate assessment of defect length, width and depth.

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PowerGeneration

Ultrasonic Testing

Ultrasonic Thickness gauging are commonly used in both fossil and nuclear power plants for measuring and documenting the effects of corrosion and erosion on steam boiler tubes, and also for measuring the thickness of the internal oxide buildup that limits tube life.

In-service cracking in pipes, boiler tubes, steam lines, and reactor vessels can be identified with ultrasonic flaw detectors and phased array systems, which can also be used for locating cracking in generator turbine blades and rotors.

Eddy Current Testing

Eddy current technology is important to the power generation industry, particularly for the inspection of tube bundles used in the cooling process. The bundles being inspected can include many thousands of tubes, all requiring inspection, analyzing and cataloging. With projects like these, the eddy current technology is coupled with complex inspection recording programs, which allows the operators to complete the tube inspection and record the results for each tube and compile these results into a simple and easy-to-read report.

Remote Visual Inspection

Remote Visual Inspection helps engineers get to the heart of problems quickly and easily, by checking for pitting, cracking, corrosion, erosion, weld and other defects, thus minimizing downtime and optimizing planned maintenance. If access to plant is via ladders, catwalks and into cramped spaces, portability is obviously important. Lightweight, compact, versatile inspection systems are available to suit most industrial environments and products, providing high resolution imaging in compact and mobile packages, where portability is enhanced with battery operation.