STP908: Nondestructive Inspection with Portable Ultrasonic Imaging System

    Grills, RH
    Division manager, and division scientist and manager of Research and Development, Ultra Image International, Division of Science Applications International Corp., Two Shaw's Cove, New London, CT

    Tsao, MC
    Division manager, and division scientist and manager of Research and Development, Ultra Image International, Division of Science Applications International Corp., Two Shaw's Cove, New London, CT

    Pages: 13    Published: Jan 1986


    Abstract

    The device described herein is a microprocessor-controlled ultrasonic imaging system, the Ultra Image III, originally developed for the inspection of corrosion/erosion inside seawater pipelines. It has been used successfully for many other types of nondestructive testing (NDT) applications, including intergranular stress corrosion cracking detection in nuclear piping systems. It consists of four packages each with a weight of less than 13.6 kg (30 lb): the microprocessor, the dual-diskette drive, the ultrasonic pulser/receiver/gate package, and the display package that consists of an A-scan scope and a two-dimensional imaging scope. The scanner, equipped with pulse/echo or pitch/catch transducers, can function automatically or manually. Information for operational controls is input using a hand-held terminal that can be placed at remote distances from the test site. Output results are displayed in two-dimensional format in gray scale indicating the thickness of the pipe wall after corrosion/erosion effects. Test results are stored permanently on floppy diskettes for on-site overview and off-site detailed analysis.

    The system is further equipped with a variety of software packages providing capabilities for a multicolor display of the size, configuration, and distributions of erosion patterns or flaw and crack orientations or both inside the tested material. The portability and versatility of the system is demonstrated with examples of different applications.

    Keywords:

    corrosion, cracks, erosion, imaging, microprocessor, nondestructive testing, portable, tomography, transducer, ultrasonic testing (UT), hydrogen blistering


    Paper ID: STP17438S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E07.06

    DOI: 10.1520/STP17438S


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