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Ultrasonic inspections at elevated temperature

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The present economic climate is focusing downstream oil companies on maximising the use of their production assets. The major driver for this has been the reduction in maintenance periods with the emphasis on increasing activities that can be carried out when the plant is on stream. Inspection on stream has many advantages for the operator, the more obvious being that there is no requirement to shut their plant down. Other gains to be made are that there can be better planning for any subsequent remedial action before any planned shutdown.

This paper will discuss the progress made by TÜV Rheinland Sonovation in the application of conventional and automated ultrasonic techniques leading to the present capability of inspection at 900 degrees Fahrenheit (480°C).

Explanations will be given as to how this was achieved, with the attendant considerations on health and safety and application problems with the required calculations. In addition, several case studies will be presented.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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