Providing more than just an inspection, InfiniumNDE provides knowledge and experienced-based solutions for the most complex NDE challenges in the energy market. Our expert knowledge of various advanced ultrasonic testing techniques allows us to offer the best solution required, not just an inspection.
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ritical to the continued safe operation of a gas turbine is the periodic inspections provided to determine the presence of any service induced damage. Most common among these nondestructive examination (NDE) techniques are remote (borescope) and direct visual inspections. While these inspections are capable of identifying “visually” detectable conditions, other general NDE techniques are required to identify less visible and/or subsurface conditions.
- Penetrate Testing (PT)
- Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)
- Metallographic Surface Replication (MSR)
- Eddy Current Testing (ET)
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]o increase the probability of detecting earlier stage damage in critical gas turbine components more advanced NDE techniques have been developed and validated using the latest in NDT technology.
- Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT)
- Eddy Current Array Testing (ECA)
- 3D Visual Measurement
- Laser Surface Profiling
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s NDT technology has advanced, so too has the request for using NDE as an effective piece of an overall asset integrity management program. Providing reliable and repeatable NDE results is essential, which leads to the use of qualified inspection processes. In serviceability assessments, this is paramount: in-service damage types that occur are often much smaller and more complex than weld fabrication defects, thus increasing the difficulty of detecting, discriminating, and characterizing service damage.
Our advanced NDE processes are developed using the appropriate qualification requirements found in the ASME B&PV Code Section V for Nondestructive Examination. In addition to these controlled development processes, serviceability assessment techniques typically require demonstration and acceptance by the owner, or an independent third party.
Only personnel that have successfully demonstrated their technical proficiency are eligible to conduct serviceability assessment exams.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith an increased concern for the control of radiological sources used for industrial X-rays, ultrasonic acceptance examinations have become more prevalent than ever. InfiniumNDE weld acceptance procedures are provided to meet the specific requirements for most of the industry acceptance standards.
- ASME Section I, Rules for Construction of Power Boilers
- ASME Section VIII, Rules for Construction, Pressure Vessels
- ASME B31.1 Pressure Piping
- ASME B31.3 Process Piping
- AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel
- AWS D1.6 Structural Welding Code – Stainless Steel
Although some industry Codes and Standards allow the use of a manual UT examination for weld acceptance, InfiniumNDE procedures are typically developed using a fully encoded examination process. As a result, our weld acceptance examinations provide a permanent record of inspection for independent review, as well as customer and/or regulatory acceptance.
For quality assurance purposes, all InfiniumNDE procedures are regularly maintained to be compliant with the latest edition of the ASME B&PV Code Section V.