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Introduction to Nondestructive Testing:

Introduction to Nondestructive Testing


Outline Introduction to NDT Overview of Six Most Common NDT Methods Selected Applications

Definition of NDT:

The use of noninvasive techniques to determine the integrity of a material, component or structure or quantitatively measure some characteristic of an object. i.e. Inspect or measure without doing harm. Definition of NDT

Methods of NDT:

Methods of NDT Visual Liquid Penetrant Magnetic Particle Eddy Current Ultrasonic X-ray Microwave Acoustic Emission Thermography Laser Interferometry Replication Flux Leakage Acoustic Microscopy Magnetic Measurements Tap Testing

What are Some Uses of NDE Methods?:

What are Some Uses of NDE Methods? Flaw Detection and Evaluation Leak Detection Location Determination Dimensional Measurements Structure and Microstructure Characterization Estimation of Mechanical and Physical Properties Stress (Strain) and Dynamic Response Measurements Material Sorting and Chemical Composition Determination Fluorescent penetrant indication

When are NDE Methods Used?:

When are NDE Methods Used? To assist in product development To screen or sort incoming materials To monitor, improve or control manufacturing processes To verify proper processing such as heat treating To verify proper assembly To inspect for in-service damage There are NDE application at almost any stage in the production or life cycle of a component.

Six Most Common NDT Methods:

Six Most Common NDT Methods Visual Liquid Penetrant Magnetic Ultrasonic Eddy Current X-ray

Visual Inspection:

Most basic and common inspection method. Tools include fiberscopes, borescopes, magnifying glasses and mirrors. Robotic crawlers permit observation in hazardous or tight areas, such as air ducts, reactors, pipelines. Portable video inspection unit with zoom allows inspection of large tanks and vessels, railroad tank cars, sewer lines. Visual Inspection

Liquid Penetrant Inspection:

A liquid with high surface wetting characteristics is applied to the surface of the part and allowed time to seep into surface breaking defects. The excess liquid is removed from the surface of the part. A developer (powder) is applied to pull the trapped penetrant out the defect and spread it on the surface where it can be seen. Visual inspection is the final step in the process. The penetrant used is often loaded with a fluorescent dye and the inspection is done under UV light to increase test sensitivity. Liquid Penetrant Inspection

Magnetic Particle Inspection:

Magnetic Particle Inspection The part is magnetized. Finely milled iron particles coated with a dye pigment are then applied to the specimen. These particles are attracted to magnetic flux leakage fields and will cluster to form an indication directly over the discontinuity. This indication can be visually detected under proper lighting conditions.

Magnetic Particle Crack Indications :

Magnetic Particle Crack Indications


Radiography The radiation used in radiography testing is a higher energy (shorter wavelength) version of the electromagnetic waves that we see as visible light. The radiation can come from an X-ray generator or a radioactive source. High Electrical Potential Electrons - + X-ray Generator or Radioactive Source Creates Radiation Exposure Recording Device Radiation Penetrate the Sample

Film Radiography:

Film Radiography Top view of developed film X-ray film The part is placed between the radiation source and a piece of film. The part will stop some of the radiation. Thicker and more dense area will stop more of the radiation. = more exposure = less exposure The film darkness (density) will vary with the amount of radiation reaching the film through the test object.

Radiographic Images:

Radiographic Images

Eddy Current Testing:

Conductive material Coil Coil's magnetic field Eddy currents Eddy current's magnetic field Eddy Current Testing

Eddy Current Testing:

Eddy Current Testing Eddy current testing is particularly well suited for detecting surface cracks but can also be used to make electrical conductivity and coating thickness measurements. Here a small surface probe is scanned over the part surface in an attempt to detect a crack.

Ultrasonic Inspection (Pulse-Echo) :

High frequency sound waves are introduced into a material and they are reflected back from surfaces or flaws. Reflected sound energy is displayed versus time, and inspector can visualize a cross section of the specimen showing the depth of features that reflect sound. f plate crack 0 2 4 6 8 10 initial pulse crack echo back surface echo Oscilloscope, or flaw detector screen Ultrasonic Inspection (Pulse-Echo)

Ultrasonic Imaging:

Ultrasonic Imaging Gray scale image produced using the sound reflected from the front surface of the coin Gray scale image produced using the sound reflected from the back surface of the coin (inspected from “heads” side) High resolution images can be produced by plotting signal strength or time-of-flight using a computer-controlled scanning system.

Common Application of NDT:

Common Application of NDT Inspection of Raw Products Inspection Following Secondary Processing In-Services Damage Inspection

Inspection of Raw Products:

Inspection of Raw Products Forgings, Castings, Extrusions, etc.

Inspection Following Secondary Processing:

Machining Welding Grinding Heat treating Plating etc. Inspection Following Secondary Processing

Inspection For In-Service Damage:

Cracking Corrosion Erosion/Wear Heat Damage etc. Inspection For In-Service Damage

Power Plant Inspection:

Power Plant Inspection Probe Signals produced by various amounts of corrosion thinning. Periodically, power plants are shutdown for inspection. Inspectors feed eddy current probes into heat exchanger tubes to check for corrosion damage. Pipe with damage

Wire Rope Inspection:

Wire Rope Inspection Electromagnetic devices and visual inspections are used to find broken wires and other damage to the wire rope that is used in chairlifts, cranes and other lifting devices.

Storage Tank Inspection:

Storage Tank Inspection Robotic crawlers use ultrasound to inspect the walls of large above ground tanks for signs of thinning due to corrosion. Cameras on long articulating arms are used to inspect underground storage tanks for damage.

Aircraft Inspection:

Aircraft Inspection Nondestructive testing is used extensively during the manufacturing of aircraft. NDT is also used to find cracks and corrosion damage during operation of the aircraft. A fatigue crack that started at the site of a lightning strike is shown below.

Jet Engine Inspection:

Jet Engine Inspection Aircraft engines are overhauled after being in service for a period of time. They are completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and then reassembled. Fluorescent penetrant inspection is used to check many of the parts for cracking.

Crash of United Flight 232:

Sioux City, Iowa , July 19, 1989 A defect that went undetected in an engine disk was responsible for the crash of United Flight 232. Crash of United Flight 232

Pressure Vessel Inspection:

Pressure Vessel Inspection The failure of a pressure vessel can result in the rapid release of a large amount of energy. To protect against this dangerous event, the tanks are inspected using radiography and ultrasonic testing.

Rail Inspection:

Rail Inspection Special cars are used to inspect thousands of miles of rail to find cracks that could lead to a derailment.

Bridge Inspection:

Bridge Inspection The US has 578,000 highway bridges. Corrosion, cracking and other damage can all affect a bridge’s performance. The collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967 resulted in loss of 47 lives. Bridges get a visual inspection about every 2 years. Some bridges are fitted with acoustic emission sensors that “listen” for sounds of cracks growing.

Pipeline Inspection:

NDT is used to inspect pipelines to prevent leaks that could damage the environment. Visual inspection, radiography and electromagnetic testing are some of the NDT methods used. Remote visual inspection using a robotic crawler. Radiography of weld joints. Magnetic flux leakage inspection. This device, known as a pig, is placed in the pipeline and collects data on the condition of the pipe as it is pushed along by whatever is being transported. Pipeline Inspection

Special Measurements:

Special Measurements Boeing employees in Philadelphia were given the privilege of evaluating the Liberty Bell for damage using NDT techniques. Eddy current methods were used to measure the electrical conductivity of the Bell's bronze casing at various points to evaluate its uniformity.

For More Information on NDT:

For More Information on NDT The Collaboration for NDT Education The American Society for Nondestructive Testing

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