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Vol.1, No.4, NT17 EJAM (1-4-NT17) - Application of 3D Ultrasonic Inspection System for pipe wall thinning

Application of 3D Ultrasonic Inspection System for pipe wall thinning

 
TOSHIBA Corporation.
 

KEYWORDS:
Phased array UT, SAFT, pipe wall thinning

 
1. Technical summary
 
Classification
(I: Inspection, II: Repair, III: Replacement, IV: Preventive Maintenance, V: Others)
 

- 3D Ultrasonic Inspection System (Fig.1) has a feature that high speed inspection can be accomplished by using Phased Array Probe. This system has been applied for inspection of airplane parts (CFRP components), car components (aluminum die casting, spot welding), and pipe welding.

- High speed, wide area inspection is possible by using 2D-SAFT method, which is one of the functions of 3D Ultrasonic Inspection System, for pipe wall thinning which includes local wall thinning. (Fig.2 and 3)

EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.1_Overview_of_3D_Ultrasonic_Inspection_System

Fig.1 Overview of 3D Ultrasonic Inspection System
EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.2_Example_of_system_components
Fig.2 Example of system components
EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.3_Principle_of_SAFT_Method
Fig.3 Principle of SAFT Method
 
2. Scope

(1) Components
Steel Piping (over 100A)

(2) Materials
Steel piping (carbon steel, stainless steel)

(3) Condition
This method can be applied to components under atmosphere.
It is necessary to remove the heat insulation over sensor attachment area.

 
3. Features

(1) The current UT inspection process for measuring wall thickness is by measurement of a single point. However, in the new 3D-UT inspection process, the system measures the entire area.

(2) High speed, wide area inspection is possible by using SAFT method for pipe wall thinning which includes local wall thinning (Fig.4).

EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.4_Overview_of_inspection_of_pipe_wall_thinning
Fig.4 Overview of inspection of pipe wall thinning
 
4. Examples of Application

A typical test result is shown below
(1) 200A Straight pipe(Fig.5,6)
(2) 100A Elbow(Fig.7,8)

This process has been used three times in actual plant piping inspections.

EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.5_Example_of_Application_for_200A_straight_pipe_Manual_scan
Fig.5 Example of Application for 200A straight pipe (Manual scan)
EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.6_Display_of_UT_Result_for_200A_straight_pipe_Erosion_area
Fig.6 Display of UT Result for 200A straight pipe (Erosion area)
EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.7_Example_of_Application_for_100A_Elbow_using_elbow_scanner
Fig.7 Example of Application for 100A Elbow (using elbow scanner)
EJAM1-4NT17-Fig.8_Display_of_UT_result_for_100A_Elbow_inside_drill_spot
Fig.8 Display of UT result for 100A Elbow (inside drill spot)
 
5. Reference
(1) T.Sasayama, M.Katayama, T.Hamajima; "Application of 3D Ultrasonic Inspection System for pipe wall thinning", 1st co-operation lecture for inspection, evaluation and Maintenance, Japan Society of Maintenology, 2008(in Japanese)
 
6. Contact
Japan Society of Maintenology (ejam@jsm.or.jp)