Developments in mechanised ultrasonic inspection and qualification of NDE

Pentti Kauppinen, Jorma Pitkänen, Petri Kuusinen

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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 required. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant Life Management
Subtitle of host publicationMidterm status of a R&D project
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Electronic)951-38-5728-X
ISBN (Print)951-38-5727-1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventPlant Life Management: Midterm status of a R&D project - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 1 Jan 20011 Jan 2001

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium


ConferencePlant Life Management


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