Reliability of non-destructive testing results has a
direct influence on structural integrity assessment and
safety of the inspected structures, e.g., NPP primary
circuit pressure boundaries. Advanced technology together
with highly skilled and experienced personnel is
One of the current trends is automation. Mechanised
equipment can replace tedious manual work in positioning
and moving of the transducers. Large areas can be
scanned, analysed and numerically documented for direct
comparison of eventual later repeated inspections.
Another major trend is qualification, which aims to
ensure that the inspection results are correct and fit
for the purpose. The suitability and proper operation of
equipment, methods and personnel, i.e. the whole chain,
shall be proven.
This presentation summarises the advances in automation
and qualification of non-destructive inspection during
the second project year. Monitoring of material
degradation was included in the studied topics and will
also be shortly described.
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